Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month (UK) at DNEG
As we reach the end of LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the meaningful insights shared with our DNEG team by writer and researcher Kevin Guyan, who joined us earlier this month to share his research in a presentation titled ‘Queer Data’.
Kevin Guyan is a writer and researcher whose work explores the intersection of data and identity. He is the author of Queer Data: Using Gender, Sex and Sexuality Data for Action, a book which examines the collection, analysis and use of gender, sex and sexuality data, particularly as it relates to LGBTQ+ people in the UK.
During his presentation, Kevin underscored how current methods of queer data collection have harmed LGBTQ+ communities. Challenging the assumption that more data is always better, he advocated for a more nuanced and critical approach to queer data that takes into account the politics, history and power dynamics that shape these methods of data collection, use and analysis.
Kevin wrapped up his talk by highlighting how, and where, a more inclusive approach to queer data can be implemented into the VFX and animation sector. Following this, our team enjoyed an insightful Q&A discussion, diving deeper into the presentation’s themes of data, representation, storytelling and visibility.
We’ve very thankful for the time that Kevin and our DNEG Proud Group put into making this event a success. Thanks to their efforts, our team gained invaluable insights and perspective on the intersection of queer identity and data.