Series Seven, Episode Two: Coming Out and Staying Visible

Posted on February 12, 2020

Host Julia Streets is joined by BBC presenter Jane Hill and partnership and sponsorship consultant Polly Shute discuss the lack of visibility of gay women in society. They consider why LGBTQ+ networks are failing to support and represent the female members of their community, addressing the central question, ‘Where are the women?’ This wide ranging discussion explores the connotations around language, how identity has changed over time, the reality of the double glass ceiling, what support rising executives need and how corporate and LGBTQ+ networks can become more effective for women, in terms of both gender and intersectional balance. In this episode recorded during LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK, the discussion charts the changes and progress of Pride, Diva Media Group’s plans for Lesbian Visibility Week and how organisations can get involved.



Jane Hill

Jane presents the BBC News at One, Six and Ten, and on the BBC News Channel. She’s covered many high profile stories for TV News, including the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Manchester Arena; the Grenfell Tower fire; the murder of Jo Cox MP; US Presidential elections; British general elections; Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal; the 2012 London Olympics and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Passionate about the arts, Jane hosts The Film Review on BBC News with Mark Kermode, and fronts BBC News’ annual coverage of the BAFTA film awards and the Turner Prize. She was a radio producer for 10 years before moving into television, and has presented programmes on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, and has stood in for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. Her 3 part documentary about Parkinson’s disease aired on the BBC World Service last autumn.

Outside the newsroom, Jane has worked for more than 10 years in the field of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. She lives in London with her wife Sara and their dog Bess. She supports a number of charities in the fields of health and diversity; including Diversity Role Models, the Albert Kennedy Trust, and Parkinson’s UK. Her hobbies include the arts, particularly theatre; walking her dog and going to the gym.

You can follow Jane on Twitter @JaneHillNews.


Polly Shute

Polly Shute is a partnership and sponsorship consultant, who focuses on connecting good brands with good causes. Polly is currently working for DIVA Media Group, Europe’s biggest LBTQ title. She spent 4 years on the Board of Pride in London and is currently a committee member for Nexus and Out in Tech.

You can follow Polly on Twitter @shute_polly.