We were delighted to welcome Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, to the University of Reading to deliver our inaugural Wolfenden Lecture, discussing 'LGBT Equality: Past, Present and Future'.
In 2015, Ruth was voted the third most influential LGBT person in Britain in the Independent's Rainbow List. She continues to be an inspirational figure today.
This special event was named in honour of the 1957 report written by the Wolfenden Committee, which was chaired by Lord Wolfenden, the University's Vice-Chancellor between 1950 and 1964. The report became a key milestone in LGBT history in the UK when it recommended that homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence.
On the 60th Anniversary of The Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution (better known as the Wolfenden Report), we were pleased to celebrate this extraordinary part of our heritage with this special event to reflect on progress and to inspire future generations of the LGBT+ community and their allies to achieve great things.