Featuring on the LGBTQI+ pocast: Khakan Qureshi – Founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT 

The LGBTQI+ Podcast

Khakan joined us on Leading Communities, the LGBTQI+ podcast edition. Firstly, who is Khakan? Khakan founded Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice. This voluntary led, social support group is for South Asian men and women aged 18+.


Campaigner, activist, writer and speaker, Khakan has been a visible force in the recent Anderton Park School protests. Khakan is a problem solver and therefore has organised discussions between protestors and the LGBT community. So we invited him onto the podcast find out his perspective.

In addition to this Khakan has completed the Stonewall LGBT School Role Model and Diversity Role Model programme.

He has been shortlisted for several LGBT awards. And he organised the first South Asians LGBT Conference 2018 in Birmingham. Finally, and most relevant to our discussion, he organised the first LGBTIQ+ Intersectionality and Islam Conference.


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Featuring on the LGBTQI+ pocast: Simon Whincup Senior Intelligence Manager at West Midlands Police

The LGBTQI+ Podcast

Simon is a senior manager within West Midlands Police and Vice Chair of the forces’ internal LGBT+ staff association. Therefore we were very excited to invite him onto the LGBTQI+ podcast.
Simon has worked in policing for just over 20 years. So he’s seen the evolution of the LGBT+ discussion in policing. In fact, the force has evolved a lot in that time. For example, policing is now more tolerant and inclusive, in line with changes in society as certain aspects of LGBT+ became mainstream.


But there is still work to be done. Simon works to support his staff association and the force in developing and responding to the changing world. This means being attuned to what the key issues are in the local community and responding and engaging with them for instance.
Simon believes in the power of dialogue. He thinks the only way to deal with the challenges facing communities is through working together. Therefore it is essential to reach out to get a solution. The most important thing is to engage, listen and keep the conversation going.


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