Claire Harvey: ‘The Journey to London 2012 as a Gay Paralympian’ Thursday 29th May, 17:00 As one of a tiny number of openly gay athletes, Claire Harvey captained the GB Women’s Sitting Volleyball team at the London 2012 Paralympics. A former head of corporate responsibility for the Financial Services Authority, she now works as assistant director of inclusion at the Youth Sport Trust, work for which she was named ‘Hero of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards. She is an active campaigner for greater inclusion of LGBT people in sport, and appeared in last year’s IoS Pink List.
Richard Parkinson: ‘A Little Gay History: LGBTQ and World Heritage’ Tuesday 3rd June, 17:00 We are delighted to welcome the college’s very own Egyptology fellow, Professor Richard Parkinson. A former curator at the British Museum, he is the author of ‘A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity across the World’, which explores the history of human sexuality through the examination of 40 artefacts. His many other published works include the article ‘Boasting about Hardness: Constructions of Middle Kingdom Masculinity’, and a translation of Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ into hieroglyphs.
Kate Smurthwaite: 'Anti-Theism: the Future's Rational' Monday 9th June, 19:30 Comedian and activist Kate Smurthwaite is the vicechair and media spokesperson for Abortion Rights UK, and a member of the London Feminist Network and the National Secular Society. She has written for numerous publications, including for the Independent on her work teaching English to female asylum seekers. She has made hundreds of appearances on local and national TV and radio shows, and in 2012 Radio 4's ‘Four Thought’ series included a program written and performed entirely by Kate about sexism in comedy. Kate tours an annual solo comedy show, ‘The News At Kate’, for which she won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award in 2013, and is a writer for the BBC shows ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’ and ‘Have I Got News For You?’
Mobeen Azhar: ‘Inside Gay Pakistan’ Monday 16th June, 17:00 Journalist and filmmaker Mobeen Azhar has drawn some of the least-known areas of LGBTQ life to the public’s attention. He reported the BBC’s radio documentaries ‘Boy for Rent’, about London’s male escort industry, ‘5 Live Investigates: Same Sex Nikahs’, exploring the pursuit of marriage equality by British LGBT Muslims, and ‘Inside Gay Pakistan’. His extensive body of work also includes BBC 2’s Baftanominated ‘Generation Jihad’ and Panorama’s ‘Secret Drone War’, which won an Amnesty International human rights media award. He was a new entry at number 25 on the 2013 Independent on Sunday Pink List.
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