On November 2015 we hosted our second ever LGBT Leaders Conference, bringing together nearly 200 students from across the UK for an inspiring day of panels and workshops. Tyrone Steele kicked off the conference by introducing our keynote speaker, Lord Cashman. Lord Cashman was a long-standing Member of the European Parliament, as well as featuring in the first gay kiss ever in British soap opera.
After the first session, the attendees split up into groups for the first panel sessions of the day. Our Gold Sponsors, Freshfields, conducted the first Commercial Law Workshop with a group of aspiring lawyers.
After these first few sessions, the attendees and speakers came together in the Clifford Chance lobby for a lunch break. This was an opportunity for our attendees to meet their queer peers as well as network with our speakers. Our sponsors also held a careers fair in the lobby during the lunch break, where prospective applicants have the chance to discuss graduate jobs and internships with sponsor representatives.
After lunch, we hosted a series of panel discussions on a variety of topics including Bisexuality, Being LGBT in Tech, and LGBT Rights ad the EU. Natalie Bennett, then leader of the Green Party, spoke passionately about the LGBT rights case for remaining in the EU.
Our committee member Sandy Downs convened the first ever Bisexuality panel to be hosted at the LGBT Leaders Conference.
The rest of the afternoon was taken up by a mixture of panel sessions and workshops.
We hosted our first ever trans panel at the conference, which saw trans speakers from many different industries in business come together to discuss their experiences of being trans in the workplace, as well as the particular obstacles trans people face coming out to their families and work colleagues.
We also hosted Emily Brothers, the first trans Parliamentary candidate for the Labour party, at an unique one-on-one discussion session with Tyrone Steele, the co-director of the conference.
At the end of a long day of discussion and networking, everybody came down to the Clifford Chance to enjoy our drinks reception and some canapes, courtesy of our sponsors King & Wood Mallesons who hosted the evening. An openly gay King & Wood Mallesons partner, Carl Richards, spoke about the firm’s diversity efforts and the activities of its internal LGBT network.