Join iDebate to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual relationships in the UK. The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 decriminalised private homosexual acts. It was a milestone and the start of the slow march over the last half century towards legal equality with heterosexuals. As it was fifty years ago it is worth rejoicing in the progress that has taken place. The change may have stopped people in the UK going to jail for homosexuality but it did little to prevent discrimination. It is only in the last decade that gay marriage has become legal.
At the same time, we also need to think about the future. With all the gains that have been made what is next? If it has become normal to give equality to minority and previously marginalised, or criminalised groups, perhaps the next question is whether there can ever be complete integration? Where diversity is so normal that there is no need for separate identities.
iDebate will be exploring this idea in City Hall where we debate the topic Gender’s Got To Go: the first priority of the LGBT movement should be the removal of the concept of gender.
We will be doing this with students from Schools and Further Education Colleges from across London; the generation for whom, if there is any such change in 50 years’ time, it will still have an impact. iDebate’s World Debate Clubs will be providing the speakers who will be arguing for and against the motion.
The debate will take place on the 29th November from 18:00 to 20:00.
If you are interested in attending the event then please visit our Eventbrite page.
If you are a School/College student, or a representative of a School/College and interested in the event please contact Duncan Crowe.