Homophobia and the media: an NUJ panel discussion

The following I post on behalf of the NUJ Equality Council…

From Bermondsey to Moir & Burchill – has anything changed?


Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary
Lesley Woodburn, member of the South East TUC LGBT network


Marc Vallée, documentary photographer

When: 18:30 on Tuesday 16 April 2013
Where: Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP

“Standing as a leftwing Labour candidate who was pro-gay-rights and anti-racist, I was savaged by the tabloids and became a magnet for every right-winger, homophobe and fascist. The constituency was plastered with three foot-high hate graffiti, including ‘Tatchell is queer’ and ‘Tatchell is a n****r-lover’.” [Peter Tatchell]

The 1983 Bermondsey by-election was arguably one of the most homophobic elections in British history. With the transphobic article by Julie Burchill published recently in the Observer we ask, has anything changed?

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Bermondsey by-election, the purpose of this event is to explore how the real life experiences of those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are reported in the media.

Slideshow: 30 Years of LGBT Protest and Dissent

A slideshow by NUJ photographers who have documented LGBT demonstrations will be shown on the night.

The meeting is open to all, and there will be plenty of time for contributions from the floor.