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Friday 30 January 2015
Charting the struggle for gay rights
Charting the struggle for gay rights

Charting the struggle for gay rights

An event to highlight the struggle for gay rights is to take place in Newcastle.

The Journey to Equality is expected to attract an audience of more than 50 when it takes place at the Discovery Museum on Monday, February 2, at 12 noon.

The event will raise awareness of gay rights and charts the journey to equality over the last 50 years nationally. It will also feature a display of artefacts that have been used over the years in the struggle, for example, banners, badges, photographs, flyers, film and personal stories.

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes said: “This important event celebrates huge strides that we have made in equality whilst not forgetting the past.

“It’s hard to believe that before 2003 there was very little legal protection for gay people and they could be discriminated against just because of who they are.

“This is in stark contrast to last year when we witnessed a momentous change in legislation with the introduction of equal marriage.

“While the changes over the years are very welcome, sadly prejudice and discrimination still exist today. We mustn’t be complacent over what has been achieved and must always seek to build on this at every opportunity.”

The event is organised by the Discovery Museum, Newcastle City Council, UNISON, and Community Hubs Network, a voluntary organisation.

Speakers at the event include:
• Peter Darrant, local TV presenter
• Mark Nichols, Chair of Northern Pride
• Phillippa Scrafton, a transgender woman
• Cecilia Eggleston, pastor of Northern Lights Church

Following the event at 1pm there will be a guided heritage walk of the city taking in various locations that were significant to gay life in Newcastle from the 16th to the 21st century.

The event is invite only.
 

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