Sexuality, Equality and Local Governance

Past conferences & events

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2015 conferences/events

Transforming Citizenship? Implementing LGBT Equalities Initiatives

Author:
Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
March 30th, 2015
Location:
Centre for Gender and Sexuality Law, Law school, Columbia University, New York, USA.
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Abstract: "Transforming Citizenship? Implementing LGBT Equalities Policy Initiatives" will address advances in citizenship status for LGBT people, in relation to the challenges faced by those progressing LGBT equalities within a context of neoliberal diversity politics. This is illustrated by using UK local government responses to equalities legislation to examine both drivers of processes of change as well as resistance to implementing equality measures. The paper will draw on a recent study of LGBT equalities initiatives in local government that examined the views of those who now have a 'public duty' to implement legislative and policy shifts in relation to 'sexual orientation' and 'gender reassignment.

LGBT Rights Around the World

Authors:
Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
April 13th, 2015
Location:
Columbia University Law School, New York, USA
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European Sociological Association ‘Differences/Inequalities and Sociological Imagination’

The Limits to Sexual Citizenship
Authors:
Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
August 25-28th, 2015
Location:
Prague
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Abstract: What are the limits to and limitation of ‘sexual citizenship’? This question can be addressed in a number of different ways, both in terms of its conceptual construction and in relation to political activism. This paper maps the literature on sexuality and citizenship and identifies four main areas of critical framing: work that contests the significance of sexuality to citizenship, critiques that focus on the possibilities and limitations of mobilising the language of citizenship in sexual politics, and literature that critically examines how debates about sexual citizenship (re)articulate forms of western imperialism and may be understood as constituting neo-colonial and orientalist practices. To progress the field theoretically, the paper argues for a timely revisioning that includes a de-centering of the ‘western-centric’ focus in order to advance understandings of how sexual citizenship operates both in the global north and south. It addresses the limits to sexual citizenship by focusing on two key aspects of its conceptual construction: the (sexual) citizen-subject and the spaces of sexual citizenship.

4th European Conference on Politics and Gender

Democracy and Transgender
Authors:
Surya Monro and Shaun McDaid
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
June 11th to 13th, 2015
Location:
Uppsala University, Sweden
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Abstract: Transgender has been largely overlooked by scholars concerned with gender and politics. This paper provides an exploration of key issues for democracy and transgender people. The paper uses empirical material from several sources as well as a range of materials provided by trans* activist and support organisations. Beginning with representative democracy, the paper addresses topics such as role of trans* politicians, the impact of different electoral systems on the possibility of trans* representation, and the issue of gender quota systems, which currently rely on notions of a discrete male-female gender binary. The paper challenges political science approaches (and political processes) which re-inscribe gender binaries, asking questions about whether gender quota systems should address transgender, and if so, how people who identify as neither male nor female will be included. It also addresses broader issues concerning public opinion, the impact of the global recession on human rights and equalities agendas, and the rise of xenophobia in some European Member States, as these impact on the representation of trans* persons’ interests via the electoral system. The paper then moves on to scope out some of the key issues regarding participatory democracy and trans* people. It provides case studies of trans* activists’ engagement in participatory democratic mechanisms and processes, and the mechanisms that are provided by governments for trans people to engage in. These can include consultations, research, and joint service planning. The activist organisations that engage with these mechanisms vary in their agendas and strategies. They sit within a broader context, affected by other structures and mechanisms, such as those relating to religious groups and medical lobbies.

Equal Is Not Enough Conference

Gender Variance: From individual pluralities to institutionalised equalities?
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
4th - 6th February 2015
Location:
Antwerp, Belgium
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Abstract: In Europe and the USA, the last few years have seen a shift from a uniformly binary sex/gender system to one in which there is some space for trans* identities that are gender queer, or neither male nor female, or gender fluid, or androgynous, or multiply-sexed and gendered. This can be theorised using the gender pluralist model that I developed in the early 2000s. It is now possible to talk more easily of both gender and sex in terms of spectra, with a range of subject positions. Within certain subcultures, gender-diverse identities have proliferated. Within mainstream culture, gender queer is visible. These developments mark a major cultural and discursive shift, and a shift in personal possibilities. However, at present there is a major dysjunction between individualised expressions of gender queerness or non-binarism, and the social and political structures that underpin central social instiutions including those of employment, education, and healthcare. The challenges that trans* raises in terms of law, language and bureaucracy have not been fully addressed. This paper explores one element of the challenges concerning the inclusion of gender-diverse people: the discursive, normative elements of this. Drawing on institutional theory, it looks at the ways in which the institutional and cultural fields associated with queer and bisexual subcultures are constructed in opposition to mainsteam, binaried cultures. It addresses the sedimentation of gender binaries and heterosexism within dominant cultures. The paper develops some indications concerning the types of attitudinal changes, cultural shifts and discursive developments that may be required before gender-diverse people can be socially included. It draws on empirical material from a number of research projects.

Bisexuality: Theoretical and political challenges

Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
3rd February 2015
Location:
Brussels, Belgium
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Abstract: Bisexuality has for many years been a marginalised topic within academia. Bisexual people have also historically been marginalised by both the lesbian and gay, and the heterosexual, communities. This lecture examines the erasure of bisexuality, and the academic and political implications of this. Drawing on empirical material from the UK and Columbia, it also discusses bisexual activisms, and the ways in which bisexual people exercise agency in democratic societies.

2014 conferences/events

Compulsory Sexualities Seminar, Sexgen Northern Network

Biphobia and the Hypersexualisation of Bisexuality
Author:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
28th February 2014
Location:
Huddersfield

The Psychology of Sexualities Section Conference

Intersectionality and Sexualities: Multiple trajectories, empowered selves
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
December 13, 2014
Location:
London
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Sexuality and Citizenship. Remaking Boundaries of Tolerance and Acceptance

Authors:
Diane Richardson
Type:
Invited Paper
Date:
November 18, 2014
Location:
Department of Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA.
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Workshop: Transgender and Political Science in Europe: a comparative approach

Professor Monro, together with Joz Motmans at University of Antwerp, as Principle Investigator and Janneke van der Ros, University College of Lillehammer as second Co-Investigator, organised a workshop bringing together key established and emerging European scholars working in the trans field in September 2014 in Brussels. The workshop addressed the themes of citizenship and recognition, welfare regimes, and social movements. The workshop raised important questions concerning the direction and scope of political science in relation to gender diversity, including the gender binaried nature of much current theorising, and in so doing it advanced the discipline more broadly. It was funded by the European Social Fund.

Seminar Series: Diversity and Equality in Social Policy Research

Sexuality, Equality and Diversity. Policy Change and Forms of Resistance to Implementing Sexualities Equalities Initiatives
Authors:
Diane Richardson
Type:
Invited Paper
Date:
July 1, 2014
Location:
Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of York
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Video of talk available at www.york.ac.uk/inst/spru/RichardsonJuly2014.mp4

Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice conference

Bisexuality, Diversity and a Lack of Recognition
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
June 20-21, 2014
Location:
Leeds
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‘Trans’ as Everyday Culture: Social networks, social movements, everyday lives and everyday repertoires seminar

Theorising Gender Diversity: Current trans, future directions
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
May 23, 2014
Location:
Warwick
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The Future of Social Relations: Rethinking Prejudice and Togetherness in Times of Crisis, Live Difference Conference

Transforming Citizenship? (Re)making Sexualised Borders on In/Tolerance
Authors:
Diane Richardson and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
May 21-23, 2014
Location:
Sheffield
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2013 conferences/events

Minorities and Migrations: States, Minorities, Identities. CITSEE Conference

Title: Contesting the existing frameworks of citizenship: Sexuality, gender and feminism
Authors:
Diane Richardson
Type:
Invited discussant
Date:
June 2013
Location:
University of Edinburgh
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Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities in Principle and Practice Conference

Title: Bisexuality, Diversity and a Lack of Recognition
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
June 2013
Location:
Leeds University
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Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities in Principle and Practice Conference

Title: Mind the Gap: Policy Change and Forms of Resistance to Implementing Sexualities Equalities Initiatives
Authors:
Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
June 2013
Location:
Leeds University
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Human Sciences Research Council

Title: Categories and their discontents: The trials and tribulations of using the terms ‘LGBT’ and ‘MSM/WSW’
Authors:
Surya Monro
Date:
February 2013
Location:
Pretoria, South Africa
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Human Sciences Research Council

Title: Overcoming Barriers: Strategies for supporting LGBTQI human rights across the South African and UK contexts
Authors:
Surya Monro
Date:
February 2013
Location:
Pretoria, South Africa
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Critical Diversities@ the Intersections: Policies, Practices, Perspectives ESRC Seminar Series

Title: Sexuality, Equality and Diversity
Authors:
Diane Richardson and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
January 2013
Location:
Leeds University

2012 conferences/events

The ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, ESRC funded

Title: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities: Surviving Austerity
Authors:
Surya Monro and Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
November 2012
Location:
London
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ESRC Festival logoWorkshop: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities: Surviving Austerity

This workshop provided a forum for stakeholders, community activists, and service users to discuss current developments in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equalities field. It included presentations by key community organisations and introduced the recently published book Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Diane Richardson and Surya Monro, Palgrave MacMillan 2012). The workshop was funded by the ESRC as part of the Festival of Social Sciences.

Speakers:
Alice Ashworth (Stonewall)
Petra Davis (Bi.UK)
Louis Bailey (Transgender Resource and Empowerment Centre – TREC)
Professor Diane Richardson
Dr Surya Monro

Date & Location: 6 November 2012, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Camden, London.

2011 conferences/events

Rhetorics of Moderation: Politics, Religion and the Market , ESRC conference

Title: Faith-Sexuality Intersections and the Rhetorics of Tolerance: The case of LGBT equalities initiatives in local government in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Authors:
Surya Monro and Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
2011
Location:
University of Huddersfield
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Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting

Title: Intersectionality and Sexuality: The case of sexuality and transgender equalities work in UK local government
Authors:
Surya Monro and Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
10-13 March 2011
Location:
Seattle, Washington (USA)
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Annual Association of American Geographers

Title: Public Duty and Private Prejudice
Authors:
Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
12-16 April 2011
Location:
Seattle, Washington (USA)
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Annual Association of American Geographers

Title: 'New' Gendered and Sexual Politics for 'New' Equalities Landscapes?
Authors:
Diane Richarson
Type:
Invited Roundtable Discussant
Date:
12-16 April 2011
Location:
Seattle, Washington (USA)

Understanding the Social World

Title: Identity complexity, Intersectionality and Sexuality: A headache for policy makers?
Authors:
Surya Monro, Diane Richardson and Ann McNulty
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
13-15 July 2011
Location:
Huddersfield
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2010 conferences/events

AHEAD Project Conference (Against Homophobia, European Local Administration Devices)

Challenges for Anti-Homophobia Policies
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
14/15 October 2010
Location:
Barcelona
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Transforming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Lives: Activism and Research for Gender and Sexual Liberation

Title: Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans Equality at a Local Level: Where are we at? What Challenges await us?
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Invited Keynote speech
Date:
15 September 2010
Location:
Brighton
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Personal and Public Lives: Exploring Relationships, Roles and Responsibilities

Title: 'The only Lesbian in the Authority’ The role of LGBT champions in local authority equalities work in the UK
Authors:
Surya Monro, Diane Richardson and Ann McNulty
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
7-9 September 2010
Location:
University of Huddersfield
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International BiRecon Conference

Title: Where are all the bisexuals? Bisexuality and local government equalities work in the UK
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
26 August 2010
Location:
University of East London
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Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging

Title: In the Name of Equality? The Limits to Sexual Citizenship
Authors:
Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty, and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
30 June - 2 July 2010
Location:
Birkbeck Univesity, London, UK
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Gender, Work and Organization

Title: Organisational Change, Resistance, and Democracy: Findings from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities in Local Government project
Authors:
Surya Monro, Ann McNulty, and Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
21-23 June 2010
Location:
Keele Univesity, Staffordshire, UK
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British Sociological Association Annual Conference

Title: ‘You could see people squirming in their seats’: Sexuality and its Discontents in UK Local Authorities
Authors:
Surya Monro, Diane Richardson and Ann McNulty
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
7-9 April 2010
Location:
Glasgow
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Broadening Horizons: Sexuality, Equality and Diversity

Title: LGBT Equalities Work in Local Government: Changes and Challenges

Authors:
Diane Richardson, Surya Monro and Ann McNulty
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
11 March 2010
Location:
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Workshop: Broadening Horizons: Sexuality , Diversity and Equality in Local Government

Facilitator:
Ann McNulty
Type:
Workshop
Date:
April 2010
Location:
Antrim
Description:
Workshop organised by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and the research team. Workshop was facilitated by Ann McNulty and Christine Stoll.

A Fair Share of the Future: Regional Conference for the East of England

Workshop to explore the new Equality Bill
Facilitator:
Ann McNulty
Type:
Workshop
Date:
February 2010
Location:
University of Manchester
Description:
Workshop participants discussed the research findings and shared examples of their own work. See 'Getting LGBT issues acknowledged in the Local Area Agreement' by David Fullman (published with permission).

Shifting Agendas: Political Studies Association (UK) Women and Politics International conference

Space and Sexuality in Intersection: The Case of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equalities Initiatives in UK Local Government
Authors:
Surya Monro, Diane Richardson & Ann McNulty
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
19 February 2010
Location:
University of Manchester
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2009 conferences/events

2009 LGBT Health Summit

Title: Trans and Bisexuality: Developing Social Models of Health
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Invited keynote speech
Date:
6th-7th October 2009
Location:
Gateshead
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2009 LGBT Health Summit

Title: From Alien Other to Worthy Citizens: Constituting LGBT Citizenship
Authors:
Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
6th-7th October 2009
Location:
Gateshead
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European Sociological Association

Title: Head above the Parapet: Organisational Resistance and UK Sexualities Equalities Work
Authors:
Ann McNulty, Diane Richardson and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
3rd - 6th September 2009
Location:
Lisbon
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European Sociological Association

Title: In the Name of Equality: Sexuality and Social Change
Authors:
Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
3rd - 6th September 2009
Location:
Lisbon
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Untying Development’s Straightjacket: Masculinities, Sexualities and Social Change

Title: Gender/sexual diversity and the conundrum of categorisation
Authors:
Surya Monro
Type:
Invited presentation
Date:
18-22 September, 2009
Location:
Cape Town
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Ninth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations

Paper: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Initiatives: The case of UK Local Government.
Authors:
Surya Monro, Ann McNulty, Diane Richardson
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
16th - 19th June 2009
Location:
Riga, Latvia
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Social Policy Association Conference: Policy Futures - Learning from the Past?

Paper: Mind the gap: putting sexualities equalities policy into practice in local government settings
Authors:
Ann McNulty, Diane Richardson, Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
29th June - 1st July 2009
Location:
University of Edinburgh
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Equality Opportunities International 2009 Conference

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Times of Crises

Title: Democracy, Complexity and Change: LGBT Equalities Initiatives in the UK
Authors:
Surya Monro, Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
15th -17th July 2009
Location:
Istanbul
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Every LGBT Youth Matters

Organised by the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Voluntary and Community Organisations
Authors:
Ann McNulty, Diane Richardson and Surya Monro
Type:
Invited presentation
Date:
24 April 2009
Location:
London
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Catch 21 - LGBT Every Youth Matters Conference
Date:
April 2009
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Centre for Research into Diversity in the Professions Seminar

Presentation: The Pitfalls of Box ticking: Intersectionality and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Work in the UK
Authors:
Surya Monro, Ann McNulty, Diane Richardson
Type:
Invited presentation
Date:
April 2009
Location:
Leeds Metropolitan University
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British Sociologial Association Annual Conference 2009

Paper: Rethinking Sexual Citizenship: Sexuality, Equality and Local Governance
Authors:
Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty, Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
16-18th April 2009
Location:
City Hall, Cardiff
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Northern Deanery

Taking Liberties Workshop - Supporting Diversity: Conference for (Medical) Trainers and Trainees
Authors:
N/A
Type:
Workshop facilitation in partnership with North East Strategic Health Authority
Date:
27th March 2009
Location:
Gateshead Marriott Hotel

Contribution to LGB Research Day

Equality and Human Rights Commission
Date:
17th March 2009
Location:
Manchester

Equality North East 'NEtworking for Change' Event, organised by LGB and Transgender North East

Sexualities Equalities Initiatives in Local Government
Authors:
Diane Richardson, Ann McNulty and Surya Monro
Type:
Invited presentation
Date:
5th March 2009
Location:
Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle University Diversity Week 2009

Workshop: Inclusive Communities? ESRC Sexualities Equalities Research Project
Authors:
Diane Richardson and Ann McNulty
Date:
4th March 2009
Location:
Research Beehive, Newcastle University
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2008 conferences/events

Contribution to LGB Seminar 1, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Date:
27th November 2008

Contribution to LGB Research Conference Steering Group, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Date:
27th November 2008

CRESC Conference 2008 - Cultural Citizenship

'Normal gays, good citizens?': exploring the everyday practices of LGBT equalities work in local government
Authors:
Michaela Fay, Diane Richardson, and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Event:
CRESC Conference 2008, Cultural Citizenship
Date:
3-5 September 2008
Location:
Oxford
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Bi ReCon 2008

Sexualities Equalities Initiatives in Local Government Project: Initial Findings
Authors:
Surya Monro, Michaela Fay, and Diane Richardson
Type:
Invited presentation
Date:
28 August 2008
Location:
University of Leicester

Contibution to Sexual Orientation Roundtable, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Author:
Surya Monro
Date:
10 April 2008

Flexible Bodies, Transgressive Genders workshop

'As long as it's fair': LGBT equalities, democracy and local governance
Authors:
Michaela Fay, Diane Richardson, Surya Monro
Type:
Paper
Date:
3-4 April 2008
Location:
Humboldt University, Berlin

British Sociological Associated Annual Conference 2008- Social Worlds Natural Worlds

Naturalising Difference; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Initiatives in Local Government
Authors:
Diane Richardson, Michaela Fay and Surya Monro
Type:
Paper presentation
Date:
28-30 March 2008
Location:
University of Warwick
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AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality

Engaging Complexities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities Initiatives and Local Democracy in the UK
Authors:
Surya Monro, Diane Richardson, and Michaela Fay
Type:
Invited seminar
Date:
27 February 2008
Location:
University of Kent
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