The world’s only annual academic conference in lesbian studies, held in Brighton last month at the end of LGBT History Month, has been hailed a huge success by the organisers and participants.
THE two-day, international, interdisciplinary event was hosted by the University of Brighton LGBT and Queer Life Research Hub in conjunction with the Women’s Studies Centre, University College Dublin.
One of the attendees, Ellen Ricketts from Hull, said: “What I’ve loved about the conference is the inclusivity the opportunity to connect with people, academic and also from the public and just the sheer variety.”
Helen Shanahan from Manchester, added: “I enjoyed coming to the conference and listening to the very diverse selections of voices from lesbian and queer communities”, she said. “It’s been really great to get perspectives from people of colour, people who are much older than me, younger people and different kinds of trans people.”
Dr Kath Browne of the University of Brighton, who helped to organise this year’s event, said: “I think it’s a fantastic conference that we have the pleasure of hosting. It brings together a group of people who define as or relate to being lesbian and reiterates some of the power relationships that we all struggle with on a daily basis.”
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