It has been announced that Caitlyn Jenner will deliver a keynote diversity lecture to the UK parliament on 9 May.
Jenner, who publicly announced her intention to transition in 2015, will give the annual keynote lecture hosted by Channel 4 in the House of Commons.
The lecture was created three years ago to give high-profile figures a platform to publicly address the importance of diversity in the entertainment industry. Jenner will be the first trans person to participate in the lecture series.
A Channel 4 spokesperson confirmed Jenner would be the third person to deliver the lecture, kicking off the channel’s upcoming season of programs that explore gender.
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.
During last year’s lecture, actor Riz Ahmed criticised the British entertainment industry's lack of diversity. In 2016, actor Idris Elba spoke about the lack of representation in TV.
Yet, it is fair to say that there is no love lost between Jenner and the LGBT+ community, following her outspoken support for US president Donald Trump.
Trans comedian, journalist and activist Shon Faye criticised Channel 4 for their choice to give Jenner such a platform.
Others also questioned whether Jenner is a good spokesperson for the trans community.
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