"I COULDN'T KEEP JOBS, I WAS SCARED TO LEAVE MY HOUSE AND FOR MY LIFE" : A SEAT AT THE TABLE WITH MUNROE BERGDORF
Welcome back Ladies & Gentlemen!
I hope you are all well! Monday 22nd marked 11 days since the launch of 'The Trusted Black Girl', and critics of the book have realised an important intersection we didn't cover in the book... LGBTQ Black Women. With this in mind, when I was made aware of the chance to meet Munroe Bergdorf by the Black Girls Book Club, I had to make every endeavour to go!
Munroe Bergfdorf is a British model who came to public attention in August 2017 when she was employed as the first transgender model to front a L'Oréal campaign in the UK. On 1 September, L'Oréal sacked Bergdorf due to public controversy . Since then she has spent much of her time as an activist for LGBTQ and Black Women.
I was greeted with amazing hospitality by the Founders of the "Black Girls Book Club",at the prestigious venue Kitty Hawk restaurant.
Shortly after introductions, Prosecco, and fine dining; I asked Munroe about her experiences in the corporate world. I was shocked and appalled by the extent of abuse Munroe had been prone too and received. She spoke of the daily fear she felt and the ostracisation she struggled with, causing her to leave several jobs. Munroe explained, " I struggled to leave my house in fear of my life and abuse because people just didn't understand me."It occurred very quickly to me that the experience of a black women in the LGBTQ community is a completely different experience to that of heterosexual black women, and it is very important to expose light onto it, as it is an intersectionality that many people fail to realise exists.
National LGBT Survey: Summary report
These statistics are concerning and make Munroe's mission so important. Evidently there is more to do with regards to improving inclusion for the LGBTQ Community, and would love you all to comment below ways in which you think that can be done!
Until next time,