LGBT RIGHTS IN RUSSIA – with guest speakers PETER TATCHELL and CLAIRE HARVEY

Tuesday 10th September 2013

Join the Westminster Russia Forum in partnership with the InterLaw Diversity Forum for a unique evening focussing on the controversial issue of LGBT Rights in Russia, with a host of speakers including leading political rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Peter will also talk frankly about his personal experiences in Russia and a panel will be available to foster a discussion about the new laws as well as answer any questions from the audience.

Among the issues due to be discussed are:

  • The recent legislation against the promotion of homosexuality amongst minors and the equalisation of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships.
  • The alleged discrimination against minorities in Russia.
  • The religious and cultural context of the new legislation.
  • Whether it is right to extend the debate into other spheres by boycotting Russian Vodka and the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics.

We are also lucky to be joined by LGBT Paralympian Claire Harvey who will share her views and experiences with us. Claire was the captain of the seated women’s volleyball team during the Paralympics 2012.

Tuesday 10th September 2013

Refreshments from 6pm, Discussion and Q&A 7-9pm

CMS, Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4DD

Nearest tube: Barbican

Entry by pre-purchased ticket ONLY

Tickets can be purchased at £10 each from the Westminster Russia Forum here.

(£5 from each ticket sale will benefit the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Foundation)

Westminster Russia Forum (WRF) is a UK-wide apolitical voluntary organisation which seeks to encourage open debate on issues that impact upon the relationship between the United Kingdom and Russia, in the hope of improving understanding and relationships between the two countries. WRF is a large and varied membership-based organisation of those with a genuine interest in Russian politics, history, business and culture. www.wrforum.org.uk

The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks (InterLaw Diversity Forum) is an inter-organisational forum for LGBT networks in law firms and all personnel in the legal sector. It has over 1,200 members and supporters from more than 70 law firms and 40 corporate and financial institutions, including Simmons & Simmons US securities partner, Allen & Overy, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Herbert Smith and Lovells. The InterLaw Diversity Forum’s overall objective is to encourage LGBT diversity and inclusion in the legal sector. www.interlawdiversityforum.org

The Peter Tatchell Foundation (PTF) seeks to raise awareness, understanding, protection and implementation of human rights, in the UK and worldwide in accordance with established national and international human rights laws. This involves research, education, advice, casework, publicity, lobbying and campaigning for the enforcement and furtherance of humanitarian statutes and values. www.petertatchellfoundation.org

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