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To celebrate LGBT History Month the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster will debate the current state of play in equality for LGBTQ communities (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) in global politics.

Despite recent advances in many states in relation to LGBTQ equality—from gay marriage, to anti-discrimination legislation, to adoption and parenting rights - there is still considerable resistance in global politics to talking and acting on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Not all LGBTQ experience is the same. In bringing together different voices, we hope to highlight important questions about inequality and violence against LGBTQ communities in world politics. In particular, we wish to examine how violence operates through racial, sexual, and gendered discourses in global politics.

Scholars of political science and international relations have paid little attention to the ways in which sexualities and gendered identities are implicitly linked to discourses of both state and non-state violence.

This event features academic staff from the Department of Politics and International Relations and aims to engage students and the broader community in dialogue about the political and global dimensions of LGBTQ rights today.

Confirmed speakers: Dr Dibyesh Anand (Head of Department of Politics and International Relations); Beatrice Chateauvert-Gagnon (University of Westminster and University of Sussex); Dr Thomas Moore (Principal Lecturer in International Relations).

This event is free but guests outside of the University must register online via Eventbrite.