CPMS Diversity & Inclusion February 2020

3 February 2020

Diet & Lifestyle:

Our nutrition and food choices have an effect on our health today, tomorrow and in the future. A poor diet can cause major health risks such as heart disease, osteoporosis and some forms of cancer to name just a few. By being smart with your food choices and exercising regularly, you can protect yourself from these health problems by getting the nutrients that your body needs and staying fit, healthy and strong.

LGBT History Month:

LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. We will be posting on LinkedIn every Friday this month, talking about the history of LGBT, the letters themselves and what they mean, how far we have come and also taking a look at the individuals who changed history. 

L - For our first week we will be focusing on Lesbian history. 

We look at the world we are in today and the amount of Lesbian role models we have from Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen Page, Ruth Davidson, Kate McKinnon and Sandi Toksvig to name but a few.
But we are seeing more of the 'lucky' generation, as we do not have to face half of the trials and tribulations as the Lesbians in our history.

Not only was Ruth Ellis known for being the oldest surviving lesbian and gay activist, seeing 100 years of change in gay rights, she is also celebrated as a pioneer for the LGBTQ community and their youth. In a time when many would not dare reveal they were gay, Ellis was very open about her sexuality. While living at home, Ellis met Babe who she would go on to have a 30 year relationship with. The couple, encouraged by Ellis' brother, moved to Michigan and opened a printing business. Although to most people, Ellis looked like a successful store owner, a lot more was going on behind the scenes. From the 1940s through to the 1960s the couple's home became what was known in Detroit as a "gay spot" for gay and lesbian African Americans. In addition to giving people a safe place to meet, Ellis took on the responsibility of looking after the younger gay and lesbian adults, offering shelter and food to many of them.

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