I’m absolutely delighted to be speaking as part of the Student Union run Diversity Week in Sunderland next week.  More information about the week can be found here.

I’m speaking on Wednesday 14 November (not December as I accidentally wrote earlier) as part of the session called ‘Being Gay’.   Here’s the official description:  In order to celebrate, raise awareness and highlight the LGBT ( lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community at University of Sunderland as well as the Sunderland City, we are organizing an exciting event that will include a talk by Chris Ashford and a movie screening […] After the talk we will be showing: Beautiful Thing (trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf0fvLprGk4) There will also be a buffet available and the event is FREE to attend.

I’m going to talk on the subject of ‘Being Gay’, particularly how shifts in the law over the last few decades and re-shaped and re-made the LGBT identity.  Don’t worry, I’ll be pitching it for a broad audience so I promise there will be (I’ll try) no impenetrable theory.  If you’re in the area – whether a student at the uni or otherwise – do feel free to come along and say hello.  It’s an event for the City community, not just the University.  Me, a film and free food – what else were you going to do on Wednesday?  Hope to see some of you there!

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