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InterMedia is a network for LGBT people working in media

Set up in 2012 by Creative Skillset and Stonewall, InterMedia connects LGBT people across a range of industries including TV, Film, Computer Games, Radio, Advertising Marketing and Communications and Publishing.

Large firms such as ITV and BBC may have LGBT employee network groups, but as there are large numbers of freelancers in media, InterMedia provides a place to meet people, get support and make business connections.

ITV, Channel 4, BBC, and MTV have all been involved in developing the network.

Despite an informal image, the media industries LGBT individuals can often be isolated and find the necessary networking of our industries hard to manage in a dominant heterosexual culture.

A lack of realistic portrayal onscreen and on air also often perpetuates stereotypes and focuses on angst and difficulty for LGBT characters.

In 2013 InterMedia celebrated its first birthday and has…

  • grown from 7 to a mailing list of 400;
  • held a true variety of gatherings and events, mostly in London but also in Manchester and Sheffield at DocFest bringing together 150 people on one occasion;
  • begun a working group on fair LGBT representation in the media and made connections with other LGBT and diversity networks;
  • set up a website http://intermediauk.org and started building a presence on social media; and, last but not least
  • been nominated for the Pink News Best LGBT Business Network award – announced in timely fashion on the day of Royal Assent for the Marriage Bill.

In 2014 InterMedia’s plans include…

  • Four key events, with high profile speakers and a diverse range of topics with increased presence out of London;
  • An improved website bringing together experiences and examples of portrayal to inform debate and raise questions about representation;
  • More connections with other LGBT and diversity networks across media.

If you want to know more, or to join the mailing list, please email intermedia@creativeskillset.org.

To find out more about LGBT portrayal in our industry and on our screens have a look at the work of Stonewall and this research from the BBC.