York Union event
The York Union and Derwent College have joined forced to host Peter Tatchell. Tatchell is an Australian-born British political campaigner, best known for his work with LGBT social movements.
In the 1990s, Tatchell founded the direct action group OutRage!, campaigning extensively for gay rights. He has worked on various campaigns, and writes and broadcasts on various human rights and social justice issues. He attempted a citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999, and again in 2001.
Tatchell has represented both the Labour Party and the Green Party in UK politics. Indeed, having been selected as Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1981, he was denounced by party leader Michael Foot for supporting extra-parliamentary action against the Thatcher government, although was subsequently permitted to stand in the Bermondsey by-election of February 1983. The battle for Bermondsey has gone down in the history books as the dirtiest, most violent and homophobic parliamentary election Britain has ever seen.
In April 2004, Tatchell joined the Green Party of England and Wales, and in 2007 was selected as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the constituency of Oxford East. Two years later, he announced that he was standing down as a candidate due to brain damage caused by a bus accident, and several violent incidents when campaigning in Zimbabwe and Russia.
Tatchell continues to campaign extensively on issues of social justice, and is currently the Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, a human rights organisation.
Tatchell will be addressing the York Union on the issue of what the future holds for LGBT rights. He will take questions from the floor after his set-speech. An event not to miss.
(As with all York Union events, there will be a wine reception to finish where audience members can speak to the guest one-on-one.)