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Driving the change: culture versus legislation

Has culture or legislation been the driving force behind improved equality for the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, and questioning) community?
The panel will include, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, Brie Stevens-Hoare QC, Sue Sanders Chair of Schools OUT UK, campaigner Juno Roche and artist Jez Dolan. They will consider the influence of legislation – from the Sexual Offences Act 1967 through to The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 – on improved equality for LGBTIQ people. The panel will ask whether sexuality legislation has actually just followed newly developed cultural norms, or whether the legislation has been instrumental in shaping changes in society.

They will also question what effect the mainstreaming of ‘Gay Culture' has had on the LGBTIQ community and suggest what further action is needed going forward.


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