Kate is half of an award-winning, two-mum, LGBTQ family, travel and lifestyle blog called Lesbemums. Her specialities include making ‘The Best Cheesy Pasta’ and helping her five-year-old build endless train tracks. When she’s not being ‘mum’, she’s passionate about inclusion and diversity. Kate has been blogging for eight years and has a track record in proving to brands the value of having more diverse people at the table. She’s direct and to the point, and makes a mean risotto.
What are your areas of expertise?
Define expertise! If you mean what do I shout the loudest about, then that would be topics around diversity and inclusion in mainstream media. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’m an expert at anything, but I certainly have a lot of experience in dealing with a lack of diversity and how I think it should be done – but then my standards are probably set a little high!
When I’m not talking about inclusion and making the world more accessible, I enjoy talking about my local area and what you can do as a family.
What do you bring to The Social Conversation that’s different and unique?
As a parent blogger, I’m still very much a minority, and when brands do decide to include LGBTQ people, I’m in an even smaller minority! My wife and I are butch/masculine-appearing, and in our mid-late thirties, so we’re not as ‘attractive’ as the gay dads (haha!), but I still think we have a lot to offer.
Raising a son as two ‘butch’ women opens up a lot of conversation about heteronormativity and gender stereotypes, and I think society has a long way to go before families like ours are treated as equals. I want to be a part of that.
What about your life outside of work and social media?
I work in the public sector – which is all I can say before I bring out the non-disclosure agreements – and work funny shifts around childcare. Just like any working situation, it comes with its pros and cons. I like being able to leave the house and keep a healthy distance from social media when I’m at work, but it also means I don’t het to see my family at weekends or attend glitzy events (not that I often get invited to those (see above)).
I also adore travelling and eating! That’s about it.
Tell us three other things about you
I met my wife online before social media existed. (I lie, we may have had MySpace!)
I’m a vegetarian 99% of the time as I still have a weakness for salmon and bacon (not together – although that sounds amazing).
I can’t ride a bike, despite learning when I was in my teens. I found this out the hard way when I finally bought a new bike and totalled it (and myself) whilst riding down a dipped curb.
Without explaining further, sum yourself up with a single GIF
Finally, where can we find you on social media?
Written by Kate Everall.