Queer Question Time

Publish Date: 23/09/2011

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are hosting Queer Question Time on Sunday 2 October 2011.

***People can submit questions until 10am on Tursday 29th September by emailing darren.knight@lgf.org.uk***

The event will be chaired by Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation and the panel will consist of LGB&T leads of the three main political parties James Asser (Labour), Adrian Trett (Lib Dem), Matthew Sephton (Conservative) with special guest Claire Mooney – respected singer, songwriter and radio presenter.

What’s next for LGB&T equality? How is the age of austerity affecting our communities? Will we ever get full same-sex marriage? What more can we do to stop HIV in our communites? Is enough being done to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime in our cities and bullying in our schools?... these questions and many others are more than likely to be raised at this special event to coincide with the political party conference season.

The event is open to the public, with the emphasis of the questions being around current affairs and politics and how they impact on and affect our communities.

It promises to be full of interesting thoughts, opposing views and perhaps even a little heated debate, but just like the BBC’s Question Time, the audience will ask all the questions and you are invited to join the debate.

You can submit your questions up to 7 days before the event to: darren.knight@lgf.org.uk and these will form the structure of the debate.

Queer Question Time takes place on Sunday 2nd October 2011, 2-4pm at the Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF. E-mail: darren.knight@lgf.org.uk  or telephone 0845 3 30 30 30 for more information.

This is a FREE event, but please confirm your attendance in advance. Refreshments will be provided.

More on the panel...

James Asser is Co-chair of  LGBT Labour - The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights. James is based in Brighton, works for the trade union movement and is a former vice-president of the NUS. He has been involved in gay rights campaigning since the early 1990s.

Matthew Sephton is Chairman of LGBTory, a group affiliated to the Conservatives and committed to standing up for LGBT rights and responsibilities in the UK. He stood in the 2010 Parliamentary elections for the constituency of Salford and Eccles .

Adrian Trett is Chair of  Liberal Democrats Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Action (DELGA), the officially recognised  organisation committed to promoting the policies of the Liberal Democrats to gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, and to ensure that the party's policies address their needs.

Claire Mooney is a  singer, songwriter, performer, community artist and creative consultant. a patron of Manchester Pride, Claire has years of experience working with all kinds of groups in all sorts of settings in the community; running poetry, song writing, recording and training workshops.