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Thursday 17 May


Flagpole between Whiteknights House and the Library

International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Show your support for IDAHOBIT!

Join staff and students,  led by the LGBT Plus Staff Network, and RUSU, for short speeches and reflections from LGBT+ staff and students.

Thursday 24 May

16:00 – 17:30

Henley Business School G15




Wolfenden Seminar - Section 28: Context, Impact, and Resistance

A discussion panel featuring Rosemary Auchmuty, Eve Featherstone, Deb Heighes, and Booan Temple, reflecting on the political and social contexts in which the legislation was proposed and passed, its impact on individuals, families and organisations, and the strategies developed for protest and resistance.

Rosemary Auchmuty is Professor of Law at the University of Reading. Her areas of expertise concern property law, legal history, and gender and sexuality issues, and she has also written widely in on women's history and children's literature.

Eve Featherstone was formerly Principal Equalities Officer for Haringey Council and an anti-Section 28 activist.

Deb Heighes is Head of Academic Development and Enhancement at the University of Reading, and co-chair of the LGBT+ Network. She is a teacher-educator who previously taught on the PGCE secondary science programme, and before that worked for more than twenty years in secondary schools.

Booan Temple is an Associate Member of Matrix Chambers, where her main practice area was asylum and immigration. At the time of Section 28 she took part in a number of protests including an 'invasion' of the BBC 6 o'clock News. She continues to work to promote LGBT+ rights.

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is for staff, students and members of the public.

Staff can book places via the ESS Training Portal.

Students can use the following link to Register to attend.

Thursday 24 May

19:00, doors at 18:30

G11, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus

Wolfenden Lecture: “Section 28: A Poisonous Law and Legacy” by Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation Join us, on the 30th anniversary of the enactment of Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 (in England, Wales and Scotland), when Peter Tatchell, internationally renowned LGBT+ and human rights activist, will be speaking about, “Section 28: A Poisonous Law and Legacy”. The amendment of the Act stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” This special event is named in memory of Lord Wolfenden, who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading from 1950–64. Lord Wolfenden chaired a committee that wrote the 1957 ‘Wolfenden Report’, a key milestone in LGBT+ history in the UK.

Admission is free, places are limited.

Register to attend.

Tuesday 29 May

13:00 - 14:00

Women@reading Network event

Women in the Army with Colonel Colette MacDonald OBE

This event is open to all colleagues, irrespective of gender. As this event runs 13:00 - 14:00, please feel free to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Places can be booked via the ESS Training Portal.

For more information about our Women@Reading Network, please visit our Diversity and Equality Networks page.   


Thursday 7 June

13:00 - 17:30

Reading Law School, Foxhill House, Whiteknights Campus


This interdisciplinary half-day symposium on queer kinship will include contributions from law, history, English literature, and cultural studies.

For further details please see the Queer Kinship Symposium Programme.

To register please use this link.


University achieves highest ever Stonewall ranking

The University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2018.

In rankings announced to mark the start of LGBT History Month, we were placed 138 out of the 434 employers that entered this year's index.

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University's new Pro-Vice-Chancellors appointed as a job-share

Professors Parveen Yaqoob and Dominik Zaum have been appointed, in a job-share arrangement, as the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and Innovation.

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Diversity diary

 May 2018  
 16 May  Start of Ramadan
 17 May  International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)
 17 May  Ascension Day (Eastern Christian religious holiday)
 19 May  Erev Shavout (Jewish religious holiday)
 20 May  Shavuot (Jewish religious holiday)
 20 May  Whit Sunday (Christian religious holiday)
 21 May  Isru Hag Shavuot (Israel) (Jewish Religious Holidays)
 21 May  Shavuot Yom Tov (2nd Day-outside Israel) (Jewish Religious Holidays)
 June 2018  
 2, 4, 6 June  Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Shia) Religious Holidays)
 8, 10, 12 June  Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic (Sunni) Religious Holidays)
 14 June  Eid al Fitr (TBC) (Islamic Religious Holidays)
 28 June  Fast of 17th Tamuz (Jewish religious holiday)

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