Peter Tatchell

Edge Hill University’s LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Society is hosting an event which will see one of the most prominent political figures in the last few decades deliver a public lecture.

Peter Tatchell, a human rights campaigner for over 45 years, will talk on The Unfinished Battle for LGBT Rights on Wednesday 9th May. He will discuss the ongoing issues in the struggle to gain LGBT equality and his actions to ‘out’ political figures who were closeted homosexuals but portrayed an extreme homophobic stance in parliament. He will also take part in a question and answer session after the lecture.

Peter is best known for his work in LGBT social movements and was the co-founder of the direct action group OutRage! He is an activist with the Gay Liberation Front, a Co-ordinator of the Equal Love Campaign and is now the Director of The Peter Tatchell Foundation, which seeks to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in the UK and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law. He has won several awards and recently received the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year 2012.

Kashka Georgeson, Co-President of the LGBT+ Society and one of the event organisers, is pleased that Peter is coming to Edge Hill. She said: “The LGBT+ Society of Edge Hill University is proud to be hosting a talk by Peter Tatchell, an important campaigner for human and LGBT rights. Things are improving for LGBT people within our society and we are lucky to live in an age where this is happening. However, we believe there is so much more left to do and this will be an exciting opportunity to debate these issues. It is important to see the past of our movement and honour it by looking at Peter’s work, and how it has touched our lives.”

The event starts at 6:00pm and is held in H1 in the Faculty of Health and Social Care. If you would like to book on to the event please visit surveys.edgehill.ac.uk/tatchell_lgbt. For more information, email edgelgbt@hotmail.co.uk.