Today, the options and freedoms on offer to LGBTQ+ people living in the West are greater than ever before. But is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced?
For this Pride special Sunday Assembly we are so excited to have journalist Amelia Abraham coming to speak with us. Amelia will be talking about her latest book Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture, where she travels to 8 countries in the West looking at the unprecedented levels of acceptance and visibility on offer to LGBTQ+ people and looks at some of the potential drawbacks and catches. Here, for Pride month, she explains what she learned along the way, and asks what we really mean when we talk about LGBTQ+ equality.
Amelia Abraham is a journalist from London. She has worked as an editor at Vice, Refinery29 and Dazed. Her main interest is LGBTQ+ identity politics, and she has written on this topic for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Sunday Times, the New Statesman, ES Magazine, i-D and Vogue.
We also have the wonderful Jenny Foulds coming to perform some spoken word for us!
We’ll also be doing our usual: Mass singalongs to some of our favourite pop songs, hearing stories from a member of our community and drinking a vat of tea afterwards.