HRIC Seminar: LGBT History Month 'We ask, what’s next for Queer Britain?'

11 February 2021, 5.00 PM - 11 February 2021, 6.00 PM

Jonathan Cooper

Online via - Zoom

On Thursday 11th February 2021, to celebrate LGBT History Month, the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRIC) is delighted to welcome Jonathan Cooper OBE, from Doughty Street Chambers, who will delve into queer history and explore the human rights of being queer. The event will be chaired by Dr Sandra Duffy, and Jonathan will be joined in conversation by Cheryl Morgan and Dr Peter Dunne. The event will ask, what’s next for Queer Britain?


Twenty years ago LGBT equality became a real prospect with the equalisation of the age of consent and the consolidation of non-discrimination protections in the Equality Act 2010. Yet, despite legal reforms, meaningful equality remains out of reach.

  • Trans identities are increasingly the subject of public and political debate
  • Measures to protect LGBT kids from bullying at school are under attack
  • A trans man cannot be registered as the father of the child he gave birth to
  • A gay man can be denied a service with a pro-gay marriage message and the law will provide a legal fiction to justify why that is OK

As the National LGBT Survey 2018 reveals, the daily reality for many LGBT people in this country does not feel equal. Can we be equal if we deny our queer identity? Equality cannot mean conformity. Yet, gay men and lesbians toe the line and deny their queerness in order to fit in. Bisexuality is simply denied.

Is gender the problem and not the solution? Do we need to end gender? Following lively debate and discussion, we hope to shed light on this question which defines us all. We welcome you to join this event via Zoom.

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