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Before and After Wolfenden: LGBTQ+ History and Reading – University of Reading

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Before and After Wolfenden: LGBTQ+ History and Reading

In 1957, the Report of the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution chaired by Lord Wolfenden, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, recommended the decriminalisation of consensual homosexual behaviour between men over the age of 21. Although the recommendations were not implemented for a further decade, this was a partial but significant step on path towards equal rights and freedom for LGBT+ people.

To mark the Report’s 60th anniversary, academic researchers from the University of Reading and Support U will discuss defining moments in LGBT+ history and its connection with Reading. We welcome the following speakers:

Dr Katherine Harloe, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics
Lorna McArdle, Co-founder and COO of LGBT Charity, Support U
Professor Peter Stoneley, Head of Department for English Literature

Chaired by: Dr Rhi Smith, Director for the Heritage and Creativity Institute

As part of the afternoon programme, the seminar will be followed by a wine reception. Spaces are limited for the seminar, and booking is essential.

This event will close at 6:30pm prior to the University’s inaugural Wolfenden Lecture.

Event information


04 May 2017




G15, Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus

0118 378 6718

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