Journalist India Willoughby to tell her transgender story

BRITAIN’s first openly transgender TV newsreader India Willoughby is giving a free public lecture about her career and experiences.

The journalist who currently works for ITV, is also a reporter and presenter who has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes including Lorraine, Loose Women, BBC’s Inside Out and BBC Five Live.

India will present her unique story of transition and working successfully in the media, both as a presenter and as the subject of news stories. She will share her experiences in a public lecture on Tuesday, March 14 at Teesside University in Middlesbrough from 5.30pm to 6pm.

The lecture is open to students, staff and members of the public and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions following the talk.

Teesside University has shown its commitment to embracing diversity and actively opposing prejudice through its All Different, All Equal pledge. The pledge is part of an ongoing initiative to ensure everyone across the University community feels respected and supported in an inclusive environment.

The University also features in lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall’s annual list of top 100 UK employers. Stonewall’s top 100 places for LGBT employees to work across Britain is judged on the way each treats members of staff from the LGBT community.

The University is also a proud member of Athena SWAN, with membership open to higher education institutions which are committed to advancing women’s careers, addressing gender equality and barriers to progression.

Margaret Younger, Teesside University’s Equality and Diversity Advisor, said: “The University is proud to be an employer which is wholeheartedly committed to equality across our campus and for all our students and staff.

“We marked the recent LGBT History Month in February with a series of events which form part of a much wider calendar of activities which promote inclusivity and celebrate diversity at Teesside.”

Places to hear India’s talk being held in the Curve building are free, but must be reserved by contacting Helen Severs on h.severs@tees.ac.uk Places can also be booked online.

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