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The University of Southampton

Human Rights Lecture 2014 Event

1 May 2014
Lecture Theatre A, Building 65 Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

This lecture is supported by Humanities, Business & Law and Amnesty International.

This is the fourth annual Human Rights Lecture and this year our speaker is Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

'The Unfinished battle for LGBT human rights in the UK'

In 1999, Britain had the largest number of anti-gay laws of any country in the world. Indeed, the criminalisation of homosexuality only finally ended in 2003. In just over a decade, we have made huge advances towards LGBT equality.
The legalisation of same sex marriage in 2013 ended the last major legal homophobic discrimination. But there are inequalities that remain, including the fact that all the new equality laws have qualified exemptions for religious organisations and the new same-sex marriage legislation is not full equality, in pension inheritance, for example. There is still an ongoing problem with the way so many genuine LGBT asylum applicants are refused refugee status.
Homophobic bullying continues to affect too many young LGBT people and about half our schools don't have anti-bullying programmes that specifically address homophobia and transphobia. LGBT mental health issues are the elephant in the room, which very few organisations are addressing. Close to 50% of LGBT young people suffer from depression and anxiety, have self-harmed or have contemplated suicide.
Despite these unresolved issues, we've still made vast progress over the last decade or so. Nowadays we have some of the best laws in the world. How did we achieve this extraordinary change in such as short space of time?

There will be an end of lecture collection for Amnesty International and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Please register with Tracy asap to attend this lecture, closing date for registration is 24 April 2014.

Speaker information

Peter Tatchell,Peter Tatchell Foundation,Human Rights Campaigner and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

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