Decriminalisation in the Commonwealth Book Launch

Decriminalisation in the Commonwealth Book Launch

When: Tuesday, 04 Dec 2018 6:00PM  |  Where: School of Advanced Study, Room 349 Senate House-South Block, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU, London

The recent court decisions that struck down the anti-sodomy laws in Belize, Trinidad and India highlight the role that religion, and in particular, Christianity, played in the establishment of these statutes. Similarly, the ongoing “gay purges” in Chechnya and Tanzania, as well as recent “cake cases” before the US and UK Supreme Courts demonstrate that the issue of balancing LGBT human rights and religious freedoms remains very topical.

In 2017, to mark the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalization of consensual same-sex intimacy in England, Anglicans for Decriminalization, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and our local and international partners held the “Intimate Conviction” conference in Jamaica. This was the first-ever global event that discussed the role of churches (past, present and future) in the criminalization of private consensual same-sex intimacy. This historic gathering featured presentations by multilateral agencies, Christian leaders, and academics from across the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, the University of Glasgow, the Archbishop of the West Indies, and the Bishop of Buckingham.

An edited volume of some of the presentations is now ready and will be launched at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study on December 4 from 6-8 p.m.  We  would be honoured if you  would attend.  The launch will also feature short addresses by several of the UK-based speakers who participated in the conference.

Copies of the volume will be available free of cost and light refreshment will be provided.

A registration link is below and space is limited so we would appreciate if you would register today and SHARE the link with your networks.