12-2pm, 24th March 2017
Woburn Suite (G22/26) Ground Floor, Senate House
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Free to attend but booking is essential: http://www.sas.ac.uk/events/event/7097
Prof. David Murray (York University, Toronto) Prof. Thomas Glave (Binghamton University) Dr Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck University) Dr Gus Subero (University of Edinburgh)
The heightened visibility, and controversy, surrounding sexual rights movements and sexual minorities in the Caribbean and Latin America makes research into these communities increasingly crucial. In the Caribbean, 11 countries continue to have anti-sodomy laws bringing sentences of 25 years in some cases (such as Belize), violence towards members of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) communities continue to be widespread and widely reported in the media, and LGBTQ people apply in increasing numbers for asylum to the United States, Canada, and Europe. In Latin America, by contrast, many countries (including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Colombia have legalized gay marriage, and Bolivia recently passed a gender identity law allowing transgender individuals to change their name and gender on legal documents. These legal changes have not necessarily resulted in a decrease in violence against LGBTQ communities and have occasionally produced backlashes in the countries. Indeed, in the case of Colombia concerns about gay rights was a factor in the defeat of the Peace Agreement between FARC rebels and the Colombian state in October of last year. Meanwhile, violence against women in the Caribbean and in Latin America continues to persist despite decades of gender activism on the part of women.
12-1pm: Presentations by Speakers
1-2pm: Lunch (included)