The transgender activist will give the lecture, which has been previously given by The Wire star Idris Elba and The Night Of star Riz Ahmed, on May 9 in the Churchill Room at the House of Commons, the seat of power for the British government. Previous versions of the lecture have been screened live on YouTube.
In 2016, Luther and Dark Tower star Elba, urged British TV to better represent people of different races, women and disability and called the American dream the “most famous diversity policy of all”. “The problem is the gap between the dream and reality,” he added.
Similarly, Ahmed, who starred in Star Wars prequel Rogue One said it took American remakes of British shows, such as BBC’s Criminal Justice, to “cast someone like me”. “We end up going to America to find work. I meet with producers and directors here and they say ‘we don’t have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s’,” he added.
Jenner’s speech will come as Channel 4 kicks off its Genderquake season, two weeks of programming designed to open up the debate on gender.
A Channel 4 spokesman said: “The aim of the Channel 4 diversity lecture is to raise awareness and stimulate public debate about diversity issues.
“Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most high-profile transgender people in the world and her transition brought transgender issues into the mainstream, helping to stimulate debate and increase awareness.”