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.