New LGBTQ+ Journalism Network to host its first event

The new LGBTQ+ Journalism Network will host its first event in May.

The LGBTQ+ Journalism Network will host ‘Why LGBTQ+ journalism is important in 2022’ on May 26 at 7pm, with speakers Charlotte Summers, Jamie Wareham, Ryan Butcher and Shivani Dave have all confirmed.

Jamie Wareham

The free event, sponsored by Newsquest, will see the panel share their thoughts on why LGBTQ+ journalism is important in 2022 and why LGBTQ+ voices in newsrooms matter.

LGBTQ+ Journalism Network founder Sophie Perry said: “I would like to thank Newsquest who have sponsored our first event.

“I am so excited to bring this event to both the LGBTQ+ and journalism communities.

“The speakers who are taking part in this panel are extremely experienced, well-respected and talented figures in the media.

“I cannot wait to hear what they have to say about the future of LGBTQ+ journalism.”

She added: “Growing up, I never saw LGBTQ+ media or journalism. LGBTQ+ magazines were hidden on the top shelf and documentaries aired after the watershed, like a dirty secret.

“LGBTQ+ journalism is incredibly important for telling the stories of our community in a fair, accurate and compelling way. Not only that but LGBTQ+ journalists contribute to newsrooms across the country and in every part of the media.

“Our voices have always mattered, and they always will.”

Charlotte Summers: Charlotte Summers is the founder of Unite UK an Independent LGBTQ+ platform sharing the voices of queer individuals from around the world. Through her work, she’s explored life as a queer woman through her podcast LesTalk.

Jamie Wareham: Jamie Wareham is the founder of QueerAF, an independent publisher that was launched after he was told to “stop pitching gay stories” by an editor because there was no “money” or “audience” in them. QueerAF now has an award-winning podcast with an international audience and a newly launched top-rated weekly newsletter, trusted by hundreds. He is also a digital content producer, audience development lead and journalist who tells stories in video, audio and words, a Forbes Contributor and Interactions Manager for narrative change charity On Road Media.

Ryan Butcher: Ryan John Butcher is the head of news for the award-winning PinkNews, the most read and watched LGBT+ media publisher in the world.

A journalist for more than 13 years, Ryan has previously worked as deputy editor for Gay Times magazine, one of the world’s longest-running queer publications, and as editor for, the acerbic sister site to The Independent. Ryan has penned exclusive interviews with LGBT+ trailblazers and allies to the community; such as Sir Ian McKellen, Peter Tatchell, Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Russell T Davies, Lord Michael Cashman, Annie Lennox and Grace Jones.

He has also led in-depth investigations into some of the biggest issues impacting the community, from chemsex to conversion therapy, and interviewed a large number of politicians from all parties on the continued fight for LGBT+ rights and equality, including Jeremy Corbyn, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, David Cameron, Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner.

Ryan began his career as a local news reporter for the Lincolnshire Echo taking on a number of beats — including local politics, health and education. It’s here his passion for LGBT+ journalism began, breaking exclusives around LGBT-inclusive sex and relationships education and taking on a staunchly homophobic MP during the fight for marriage equality.

Shivani Dave: Shivani has been confirmed for the event. Biography pending.

Since being established by Oxford Mail digital reporter Sophie Perry the LGBTQ+ Journalism Network has grown to hundreds of members.

The LGBTQ+ Journalism Network is a community group and network for LGBTQ+ journalists at all stages of their career. It was created in order for LGBTQ+ journalists to meet each other, seek advice and share their big wins.

Recently, the network partnered with media platform QueerAF to produce a paid content series focusing on the experiences of LGBTQ+ journalists in the media.

Journalist Like Me is taking pitches now.

You can sign up to ‘Why LGBTQ+ journalism is important in 2022’ here.

The LGBTQ+ Journalism Network is looking to work with other sponsors on future events. Please reach out to Sophie Perry on



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