Oral history interview with Martyn Loukes, 2015
Interview summary :
Oral history; Interview with Martyn Loukes, 2015
Martyn Loukes was born in Windsor, Berkshire on 5 January 1966. Left school at 16 with 5 O levels. Mentions that he went onto further education and completed an accountancy qualification. Current occupation is Business Development Manager for Customer Experience in Marketing and Communications at Transport for London (TfL). ML has been in this position for 8 years. Recalls when he first started working as the chair of Outbound, TfL’s LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or any other non-heterosexual or non-binary identity and allies) network in May 2012
[00:05:01]. Loukes discusses his role as chair of Outbound and events run by Outbound in regard to LGBT+ history month, London Pride and HIV awareness
[00:10:04]. Describes the process of setting up a Pride event such as wrapped vehicles and comments on Outbound’s relationship with Pride
[00:13:49]. Discussion on the possibility of collecting Outbound material into LTM collection
[00:15:15]. Expresses his idea about having a TfL LGBT exhibition at LTM. ML also describes groups run by Outbound such as HIV testing drop in sessions
[00:20:01]. Comments on the Trans community in Outbound and TfL
[00:21:25]. Mentions how Outbound have influenced TfL’s policies and have made them more LGBT friendly such as first Trans guidelines
[00:25:00]. Comments on issues regarding disclosure of sexuality and gender identity
[00:27:48]. Remarks on the impact the British Empire Medal (MBE) had on Outbound and himself. Recalls his Involvement in the Network of Networks.
[00:30:01]. Continues to describe the work he has done with members of Network of Networks such as PWC
[00:35:01]. Describes the leadership structure of Outbound. Discusses the representation of Women in LGBT network, events for LGBT women. ML also mentions how his team advertise Outbound
[00:41:34]. ML introduces an anecdote about a gay cab driver who inspired and drove the first Ride with Pride taxi.
[00:44:08]. Discusses the BAME (Black, Asian, Minority ethnic) LGBT community both within and outside the context of Outbound
[00:50:00]. Discussion on BAME LGBT community and questions whether or not it is important to be out in the work place
[00:55:01]. Recalls how the Ride with Pride vehicles have been imitated in other countries such as Calgary
[00:58:16]. Discusses Mental Health and the LGBT community
[01:00:02]. ML mentions his experience of being LGBT at (TfL) and recalls personal experience of homophobia in the workplace
[01:05:40]. Discusses support groups for the families of LGBT employees
[01:10:01]. Comments on the potential issues facing LGBT operational staff at TfL
[01:14:10]. ML provides a comparison on the needs of the BAME and LGBT network at TfL. End of recording
[01:14:29] Track 2
[0:03:10] Continues on from track 1 recalling publications produced by Outbound and his blog
[00:01:25]. Discusses the placement of the Rainbow Crossing and provides an anecdote on the time when he viewed the Rainbow Crossing in LTM and remarks on its scale
[00:02:06]. Remarks on the second rainbow crossing and its placement outside London Transport Museum. Mentions that the network changed its name from LGBT+ Network to Outbound.
Short summary : Martyn Loukes, chair of OUTbound, TfL’s LGBT+ staff network group, talks about LGBT history month, London Pride and HIV awareness.