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

With Dr Kevin Guyan
5 Jun 2023
With Dr Kevin Guyan

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 shared 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.


Kevin Guyan

Dr Kevin Guyan

Research Fellow, School of Culture & Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow

In 2022, Kevin published his book Queer Data: Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action (Bloomsbury Academic), which examines gender, sex and sexuality data, relating to LGBTQ people in the UK