Sexuality, Equality and Local Governance

Broadening Horizons: Sexuality, Equality and Diversity

11th March 2010, Research Beehive, Newcastle University


Sexuality, Equality and Local Governance held a highly successful one day conference on 11 March 2010 at Newcastle University. This conference facilitated discussion around key issues in LGBT equalities work with over 80 participants from a wide variety of agencies, including academics, practitioners, policy makers and activists. Speaker biographies, and presentation abstracts are available to download below.


10.00-10.20 Welcome

David Faulkner (Deputy Leader, Newcastle City Council) and Diane Richardson (Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University)

10.20-11.20 Papers Session 1

Brian Heaphy (University of Manchester)
‘Living with Equality? LGBT Lives across the Generations’
Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty (Newcastle University) and Surya Monro (University of Huddersfield)
‘LGBT Equalities Work in Local Government: Changes and Challenges’

11.20-11.45 Coffee Break

11.45-1.00 Panel Discussion

Emma Roebuck (Gay Advice Darlington/Durham)
Federico Podeschi
(LGBT Excellence Centre Wales)
Jackie Driver
and Mark Wright (Equality and Human Rights Commission)
Nathanael Miles

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-3.00 Workshops

3.00-3.15 Short Break

3.15-4.15 Papers Session 2

Chris Creegan (National Centre for Social Research)
‘Formal Equality and Real LGBT Lives: Extending the Reach of Governance’

Kath Browne (University of Brighton)
‘‘There’s no point in doing research if no one wants to listen’: Identifying LGBT Needs and Effecting ‘Positive Social Change’ for LGBT People in Brighton & Hove’ (written with Leela Bakshi)

4.15 Closing, followed by wine reception in the Courtyard Restaurant