Two public lectures at the University of York

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Two public lectures with LGBT history themes are taking place towards the end of the month; more details below.

Homosexuality: From toleration to acceptance

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell is to deliver the annual Morrell Memorial Address on Toleration at the University of York at 18:15 on Tuesday 28 October. The organisers say:

Peter will take a critical look at the 1957 Wolfenden Report and 1967 Sexual Offences Act as examples of the era of disapproving tolerance and then examine the transition to the current majority acceptance of same-sex relations.

For more information and to book a ticket, see the event page.


Belarusian LGBTQ movements\initiatives: within the bounds of oppression and irrecognition

Gay Belarus logo

Katsiaryna Borsuk, Executive Director of LGBT Human Rights Project “GayBelarus” and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, is to deliver a lecture on LGBTQ movements and initiatives in Belarus, as part of the Learning from Human Rights Defenders series. This will take place at the University of York at 13:30 on Friday 31 October. The organisers say:

Katsiaryna Borsuk will describe the specifics of the development of LGBTQ movements in Belarus from the beginning of the 90s until now. She will discuss the discriminative and homophobic attitudes of Belarussian society and the authoritarian state towards LGBTQ people and activists.

She will specifically focus on cases of harassment and violence towards LGBTQ people and activists in Belarus over the past 6 years, and analyse briefly the approaches and strategies of LGBT rights promotion in the country.

For more information, see the event page.

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Ynda is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London researching queer and genderqueer speech. They established York LGBT History Month in 2014 while working at York St John University. They then developed it into an independent organisation, and served as Lead Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, which included overseeing its registration as a charity. They now remain vaguely involved from a distance. During their seven years in York, Ynda also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They also founded Non-binary London and are involved in Bar Woetever and Everyday Cissexism. They write about queer matters on their website.

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