London South Bank University celebrates LGBT History Month with a range of exciting and varied events throughout the month to show support and help raise awareness of LGBT issues.
The programme of events commenced last night, February 7, with a lively official launch party to celebrate LGBT History Month where members of the public were able to explore the innovative film gallery at the London Road Building.
On February 15, a lively debate featuring a Global Panel Discussion with high profile guest panellists, including Peter Tatchell – the Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and Emma Scott – the Director of Global partnerships for Stonewall, will take place at the Keyworth Centre, Keyworth St, London SE1 6LN
The panel will look at LGBT issues affecting staff and students when they visit other countries, where standards of human rights are not on a par with the UK. This includes preparing staff with the knowledge of local customs in visiting countries.
Penny Green, Head of Procurement Services at LSBU, said: “This debate is critical at this time as this isn’t just an issue for LGBT staff and students, but also for any colleagues travelling with them abroad, as individuals can also be put in a vulnerable position, as they can be ‘outed’ on a trip accidently.
“It’s important for staff and students to be aware of cultural sensitivities when they travel. This panel discussion will help raise awareness and engagement with these important issues.”
Peter Tatchell will be talking about global human rights at the event.
He said: “I’m delighted that LSBU are tackling global LGBT+ rights head on. Raising awareness about international homophobia, biphobia and transphobia is important. We need to show solidarity and work with local activists to secure solutions to worldwide anti-LGBTI oppression.”