Date(s) - 20/02/2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Image from last years discussion on Religion.
Event: Is the LGBT+ Community Inclusive?
When: 20th Feb 2019, from 6.30pm
Where: The Mayors Palour, Civic Offices, Bridge St, Reading RG1 2LU
Last year we discussed if there was a place for LGBT+ in religion? This year we are discussing wether the LGBT+ Community is inclusive. If you have an opinion on this subject please come along or volunteer to be on the panel.
Who is running this panel: Support U
Meet the Panel:
Chair: Lorna McArdle, CEO and Founder for Support U
As founder of Support U, Lorna brings a rounded view on discrimination and what that can mean to those affected by it.
Paul Britt, Chair of Trustees for Reading Pride.
Sophia James, is the Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods and Communities at Reading Borough Council. She is also a Trustee of Reading Pride and member of Reading Carnival Committee. Sophia has a long history of political activism which started in the student movement as a full time officer for Equality and Diversity, during this time she served on the LGBT, Women’s and National Executive of the National Union of Students. She is an anti-fascist, pro-liberation activist who has campaigned on a range of issues and taken part in a number of activities including organising LGBT and Black History Month events, protesting the EDL in Tilehurst and lobbying for equal marriage.
Alyssa Henley, CEO for Support U, a vocal Trans Advocate and business woman, Alyssa brings knowledge of how the LGBT+ Community see trans people.
Zanya Ratty, Zayna is a specialist Hypno-
CEO of LGBTQ+Asylum, Chair and Executive Trustee of award winning charity OxFriend and Community Liaison Officer for Oxford Pride. Her newest project is as Oxford University LGBTQIA+ Support Group lead.
An academic Board member and presenter at NCHP, Oxford University, T.V.P L.A.G.L.O, Polyday, Lets Talk Queer PoC, Brum Bi Fest, Reading LGBTQ+History Month and Oxford Pride Queer Panel Chair.
Writes on proxemics, intersectionality, cultural identity, contributes to DIVA magazine, Cosmopolitan and is a multi mediadomain contributor on Mental Health and PoC issues.
Chair of the Race & Ethnicity Panel at Pink Therapy Conference March 2019.
Jamie Wake, Jamie Wake, one of the founders of the Reading Pride Festival, LGBT Rights Campaigner, surviving husband of Selwyn Jones, former and now reincarnated Drag Artist Sue Panover, Mr Leather UK 2017 and deaf.
Mayor of Reading, Debs Edwards, The Mayor has been a supporter for the LGBT+ Community for many years. She understands how discrimination can affect whole communities and the importance of unity within each community.