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Navratilova and John Amaechi to speak at Out & Equal work summit

Sports legends Martina Navratilova and John Amaechi join business leaders at global gay workplace summit in London
Martina Navratilova is a key speaker at the Out & Equal global LGBT workplace summit.
Photo by Angela George.

Business leaders will meet in London this summer to discuss how to increase workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees around the world.

The Out & Equal summit on 5 and 6 July coincides with the UK capital holding this year’s World Pride – Gay Star News is a partner of both events.

The speakers include:

► Lesbian tennis legend and cultural icon Martina Navratilova who has been a lifelong champion for individual freedom and a pioneer for human rights. Outspoken and unapologetic about her sexual orientation, Martina is a vocal advocate for equality and is passionate about her philanthropic work within the LGBT community.

► Harry van Dorenmalen was appointed chairman of IBM Europe in October 2010. He represents IBM to European institutions and other authorities such as NATO and the European Defence Agency on issues of international public policy and business regulation.

► John Amaechi is an organisational consultant, a high-performance executive coach and a New York Times best-selling author. In February 2007, after his retirement from professional basketball, Amaechi became the first former player to come out publicly. He has his own sports and community center in the UK serving more than 2,500 young people each week.

► Co-founder and former chair of Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization, Michael Cashman MEP campaigned alongside Ian McKellen and others to repeal Section 28, an amendment that stated that local authorities ‘shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality,’ and helped bring equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people to the forefront of British politics. He is currently the chair of the UK Labour Party’s National Executive Committee and a member of the European Parliament.

And BBC correspondent Jane Hill will be moderating a panel addressing how business visibility has an impact on LGBT issues globally.

Convened by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates with support from a number of partner organisations, the conference expects to draw several hundred people from multiple countries at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge.

Alongside Gay Star News, other partners include Pride at Work Canada, PARKS, Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust, Equal India Alliance, Q Factor, and Bailey Balfour Consulting, Community Business, Workplace Pride, The Advocate and Tumlare Mice & Sport.

IBM is the presenting sponsor for the conference; other corporate sponsors include Deutsche Bank, Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, Citi, Eli Lilly, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and British Airways.

The event will include dozens of workshops, a gala dinner, and multiple opportunities for learning and networking. Detailed information about the LGBT Global Workplace Summit can be found on the event’s site.

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