The Rainbow System: Queer Data and the Limits of LGBTQ Inclusion

Whether you’re completing an employer’s diversity monitoring form or an immigration application, a drop-down menu on a website or a national census, many of the systems we encounter in everyday life have adapted to welcome some LGBTQ individuals. But with this turn to recognition, who is included and who is left behind?

In this lecture, Guyan will share new work on the importance of systems – and their associated documents, policies and administrative practices – as a key battleground for LGBTQ equalities in the UK.

Everyone loses when systems repeatedly fail to reflect the world around us and make bad decisions based on biased assumptions. How we choose to engage with these systems – or if we choose to engage – is fundamental to everyone’s future.