Keele University celebrates International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Posted on 03 May 2011

Keele University is marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia with a series of events exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.

The day of events, taking place on campus from 10am on Tuesday, May 17, includes film screenings, stalls, a student discussion forum and speakers from a range of backgrounds.

PC John Wilson, Northern Public Protection Coordinator at Hanley Police Station, will talk about tackling hate crime, while Keele academics Professor Alex Sharpe and Dr Dana Rosenfeld will look at trans awareness and insights from past generations of gay men and women. Chris Hall, Senior Policy Adviser for the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), will discuss “The journey of LGB equality in higher education: the work of the ECU in advising and supporting the Higher Education sector”.

The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) commemorates the World Health Organisation’s decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. The aim of the day is to coordinate international events to call for respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people worldwide.

Jenny Ratcliffe, Keele University’s Equality and Diversity lead, said: “Keele University strives to be a place where learning, living and working is a positive experience for all.  Our diverse base of staff and students – whatever their gender or sexual orientation – all have the right to study, work and live at Keele in an environment that is inclusive, respectful and free from victimisation and hate crime.

“Keele University takes its responsibilities to its staff and students very seriously and is committed to providing a positive experience for everyone.”

The event is open to staff, students and the public, and visitors can attend as many sessions as they wish.  Sessions are free to attend but registration is required. To book your place please contact Craig Morris on 01782 733407 or email

For further information about the event see the website