Welcome to a series on Proudly dedicated to sharing the stories from a variety of influential LGBTQ+ content creators who come from all different backgrounds within the media.
This series will enable us to showcase their achievements and experiences within the industry and give advice to inspire future content creators from the LGBTQ+ community.
Proudly wants to shine a light on the people who have made strides in a very competitive industry. Hopefully, this series is the start of something special for Proudly where we have been lucky enough to interview inspiring people such as Jo Currie, Jon Holmes, Amazin LêThi, Benjamin Cohen, Kaylee Golding, Jon Lee-Olsen and Michael Gunning who have shared their incredible stories with us already.
Kirsty is our first ally LGBTQ+ influencer who instead shares important LGBTQ+ content across the second city.
Kirsty is an independent author, journalist, blogger and passionate writer who created her first novel at the age of 17, and her second by the time she was 19. Kirsty’s pronouns are She/Her.
Since graduating from Birmingham City University Kirsty-Louise Card has gone on to become a Community Reporter for Birmingham Live with an interest in stories at the heart of our city’s LGBTQ+ community.
The northeast born journalist has many awards to her name that include being listed as one of Birmingham Live’s 30 under 30.
In her spare time Kirsty enjoys reading, cross stitch, make-up and dabbles in Plus-SIze modelling.
LGBTQ+ Representation in the media
“I don’t, I think the media coverage has always been heteronormative and white middle-class lead and that needs to change”.– Kirsty on her thoughts about LGBTQ+ representation in the media
LGBTQ+ solely based media is great but the community is everywhere and has so many people with incredible stories to tell whether it’s from a personal struggle or setting up an inclusive business.
Coverage is also one stepping stone but language also has to change – in particular, giving trans people the respect and dignity they deserve when they bravely share their stories with mainstream media.
Why did Kirsty become a Community Reporter?
Kirsty always wanted to use her talent and writing skills to help people. Telling stories about people is what I do and they are the role models, not me. I’m just the facilitator.
“I’ve always loved to write and meet new people – plus I’m great with numbers and data too which is a keen interest of mine. I aspire to be nothing more than a talented journalist who’s made a difference to someone’s life.”– Kirsty on why she became a Community Reporter for Birmingham Live
First fears of breaking into the industry
I felt like my financial background would be a problem when starting out in the media which was my biggest concern.
Sexuality and Gender isn’t a problem for me as I’m just an ally looking to make mainstream media better for my friends and family members who are part of the community who are my biggest inspirations in life.
Advice for LGBTQ+ journalists
“Don’t let anyone make you feel like you’re not good enough to be there. You have way more power to make changes than you realise and the more people that do that the better.”Kirsty Louise-Card offering advice to aspiring LGBTQ+ journalists
As mentioned previously, Proudly.blog will be taking an insight into various LGBTQ+ creators to help inspire the young and upcoming journalists of today. If you have a story you would like to share or think you know someone who would like to share their story. Get in touch and get involved.
A huge thank you to Kirsty for sharing her story and advice to our readers.