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Homophobia and the media: NUJ meeting


Tuesday 16 April 2013


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NUJ Head Office, Headland House , 308-312 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP


Homophobia and the media: from Bermondsey to Moir & Burchill. Has anything changed?

Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, and Lesley Woodburn, member of the South East TUC LGBT network, will be addressing the issues.

Chair: Marc Vallée, documentary photographer.

Peter Tatchell said:

"Standing as a leftwing Labour candidate who was pro-gay-rights and anti-racist, I was savaged by the tabloids and became a magnet for every right-winger, homophobe and fascist. The constituency was plastered with three foot-high hate graffiti, including 'Tatchell is queer' and 'Tatchell is a n****r-lover'."

The 1983 Bermondsey by-election is arguably one of the most homophobic elections in British history. With the recent transphobic article by Julie Burchill published in The Observer we ask: "Has anything changed?"

In marking the 30th anniversary of the Bermondsey by-election this meeting will examine how the real life experience of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community are reported by the press and media.

Homophobia conference
© Photo: Paul Mattsson

Slideshow: 30 Years of LGBT Protest and Dissent:

A slideshow by NUJ photographers who have documented LGBT rights protests and demonstrations will be on shown on the night.

The meeting is open to all and will have plenty of time for questions and contributions from the floor.  

Further details and contact information

Lena Calvert
Telephone: 020 7837 8143

Tags: homophobia, lgbt, NUJ pride