ThisIsMe Magazine : Read Issue1

ThisIsMe Magazine : Read Issue1

Welcome to the first issue of Inclusive Networks brand new #ThisIsMe magazine. 72 pages of special features, inspiring role model interviews, awesome entertainment interviews and features, recipes, things to do (and colour in) and win, diversity and inclusion news and lots more…

The magazine is free to read online and for each issue we’ll also be publishing a limited number of printed copies (we have big plans for issue2) and a limited edition print of the front cover.

We will be collaborating with an awesome artist for each issue so every issue will feel extra special – no stock images here! Edinburgh-based artist Mark Vice has created our very first cover, and we love it. We hope you do too.

#ThisIsMe is all about spreading the message that everyone should feel they can be themselves in every part of their life with no filters. With so much hate making the news around the world, this seems even more important now. We need to celebrate who we are, and be proud about it too.

We hope you enjoy the first issue of #ThisIsMe

We’re doing our best to get this message to as many people as possible in a non-traditional way. We’re working hard not to put labels on what we do and we want our audience to be as diverse as possible. We hope by doing this people who may not have otherwise heard about some of the subject matters we’ll be covering will learn something new, and hear and see things from a different perspective. We’ve found that often in diversity forums we are speaking to the same people event after event and it’s often the people who need little influencing – they already get the value of embracing diversity and inclusion. We need more allies or, as we like to call them, friends.


RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio | Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite | YouTube sensation Tanya Burr | Singers Jordan Gray, Imani Williams and Vengaboys | French actress Catherine Frot | Role models Indy Hothi, Siobhan Corria, Lisa Jay, Funke Abimbola, Scott Barclay, Justine Smithies and Molly Aldrich-Wincer | Creative talents Mark Vice and Alice Carnegie | A special foodies section, diversity news, lots of photos from our events, entertainment reviews and features, Lucky Luciano asks ‘Is vinyl really better?’ and lots more!



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If you’re feeling creative, print out our awesome colouring in page. Put your skills to the test and colour in the famous Scottish mouthwash bottle AKA Irn-Bru. This is a version of an original piece of art by Mark Vice.

Once you’re done, share your pic with us on our Facebook page or Tweet us. Facebook : /InclusiveNetworks | Twitter : @ThisIsMe_Mag The best entry will win an awesome Kiehl’s hamper worth £80. Competition ends 31st October 2016.



You could feature in the next issue of #ThisIsMe and in our ’12 Snaps’ online photo gallery. Print out our #ThisIsMe board, have your pic taken with it, and email it to us or tweet us @ThisIsMe_Mag using the hashtag #ThisIsMeUK


About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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