The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community took place at Google’s Central Saint Giles offices in London on Wednesday evening, hosted by the InterTech Diversity Forum.

Speaking were inspiring members of the LGBT start-up community, each sharing their experiences and advice on the various stages of starting up.

The panel include Isaac Pinnock, the Founder of Made by Many, Alex Wood, the Editor at Tech City News, Robyn Exton, Founder of Dattch Dating, and Sarah Drinkwater, the Head of Google Local EMEA,Google Campus London.

Introducing the panel was Kelly Allison International Director for gTech Partner Solutions at Google.

In attendance were Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert, who asked a question about what the Government can do to help the tech sector, Stephen Williams, Lib Dem MP, and Labour assembly member Tom Copley.

The InterTech Diversity Forum is a professional network which encourages LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the UK technology sector for the benefit of the individual, the organisations they represent and the industry overall.

The full panel discussion is available to view here, and below are a selection of photographs from the evening.

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Labour assembly member Tom Copley, Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams, Andrew Macalpine of Google, Asher Ismail, Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert, and PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen.

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