Conor Hall, Ulster University Belfast Campus
31st March: 7.30pm – 9.00pm (doors 7.00pm)
Peter Tatchell: in conversation with William Crawley
Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT+ freedom and global justice since 1967. Among his many involvements, he was a leading activist in the Gay Liberation Front 1971-74 and in the queer human rights group OutRage! 1990-2011. For this event, he will be interviewed by the leading BBC NI journalist, William Crawley, presenter of Talkback.
Through the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he currently campaigns for human rights in Britain and internationally. Although great progress has been made in repealing anti-gay laws in the UK, he is still campaigning to complete the unfinished battle for queer equality: action against anti-LGBT hate crimes and bullying in schools, the enforcement of the laws against inciting homophobia violence, LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education in schools and asylum rights for LGBTs fleeing persecution in other countries.
He is also supporting LGBT activists in the 70 countries that still totally outlaw lesbian and gay relationships, and which punish same-sexers with maximum penalties including flogging, life imprisonment and execution. This solidarity work has included support for queer activists in South Africa, Nepal, Iraq, Nigeria, Iran, Uganda, Malawi, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Peter’s key political inspirations are Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst, Martin Luther King and, to some extent, Malcolm X and Rosa Luxemburg. He has adapted many of their methods to his contemporary non-violent struggle for human rights – and invented a few of his own.
He is the author of over 3,000 published articles and six books, including The Battle for Bermondsey (Heretic Books), Democratic Defence – A Non-Nuclear Alternative (Heretic Books/GMP) and We Don’t Want to March Straight – Masculinity, Queers & The Military (Cassell). Awards won by Peter Tatchell include Observer Ethical Awards Campaigner of the Year 2009, Blue Plaque 2010, Irwin Prize – Secularist of the Year 2012, Gandhi International Peace Award 2016 and Albert Medal 2016.