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Caitlyn Jenner to give diversity talk in House of Commons …. Seriously .. WTF ?

Caitlyn Jenner to give diversity talk in House of Commons …. Seriously .. WTF ?

Caitlyn Jenner will be delivering a diversity lecture in the House of Commons.

The former Olympic gold medallist, 68, is following in the footsteps of actors Idris Elba and Riz Ahmed in giving Channel 4’s diversity talk.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: “The aim of the Channel 4 diversity lecture is to raise awareness and stimulate public debate about diversity issues.

“Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most high-profile transgender people in the world and her transition brought transgender issues into the mainstream, helping to stimulate debate and increase awareness.”

The lecture also kicks off the start of the broadcaster’s Genderquake season, two weeks of programmes “to open up the debate on gender”.

Transgender activist Jenner made a documentary, I Am Cait, about her transition in 2015.

MPs are invited to attend the lecture, which has been screened on YouTube in previous years, at the Churchill room in the House of Commons on 9 May.

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Schools can win £30,000 grants if they hire and promote gay and transgender teachers

Schools can win £30,000 grants if they hire and promote gay and transgender teachers

A scheme offering schools £30,000 to hire and promote gay and transgender teachers has been slammed by critics as being ‘profoundly misguided’.

The Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund, backed by the Department for Education, will provide training to existing staff, or recruit new staff, in an effort to promote diversity within schools.

Applications are encouraged on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010, which include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief and sex.

The category also includes sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

Schools with low numbers of staff who are gay, mature or returning to work after having children, are thought to benefit from the grant, which can provide additional training for promotion.

The £900,000 fund accepted applications for the first time this year, following a pilot scheme in 2014/2015.

However, critics say the scheme promotes teachers on the basis of diversity, rather than skill.

The fund, run by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, was also set up to specifically promote black and minority ethnic teachers and women, but the grant has also been used to recruit more male teachers.