Trans activist Charlie Craggs to speak at ELVIS Outspoken LGBTQ+ workshop

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by Mark Johnson

London-based creative agency ELVIS is to host a free workshop which aims to offer LGBTQ+ young people an insight into a career in the advertising industry, ahead of Pride in London on Saturday 6 July. 

Developed by Elli Stone and James Bougourd, an ELVIS creative team with a passion for inclusive advertising, the day-long event on Thursday 4 July aims to give queer youth the boost they need to begin a career in marketing, the company said. 

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With inspirational speakers and hands-on exercises, the workshop is open to all LGBTQ+ youth (aged 18 or over) looking for their place in the industry. 

Charlie Craggs, trans activist and founder of Nail Transphobia, will speak at the workshop, ELVIS said. 

Influencer: Trans activist Charlie Craggs to join ELVIS LGBTQ+ workshop event

Emma Gardner, Managing Partner, Operations at ELVIS, who also hosted the agency’s panel event, ELVIS Outspoken: The Disability Debate in November 2018, will introduce the session.

New York mission

Stone and Bougourd developed the idea for the workshop following a diversity-focussed inspiration mission to New York earlier this year.

“Queer people belong in the creative industries, but 52% of people see the LGBTQ+ community as “invisible” in advertising”, said James Bougourd, Junior Creative, ELVIS. 

“So how do we fix this? Simply hiring LGBTQ+ people isn’t enough. We need to make our industry a safe space and nurture queer talent from the ground up so we can create work that feels authentic and inclusive.” 

Elli Stone, Junior Creative, ELVIS, added: “For our industry to represent a community authentically, those people need to be behind the scenes, not just in the ads; so we wanted to do something to inspire more LGBTQ+ people to start their career in advertising.”

LGBTQ+ young people (aged 18 and over) who are interested in attending the free workshop are invited to email with their name, date of birth and a brief outline of why they’d like to attend.

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