Making Liveable Lives
Making Liveable Lives

Making Liveable Lives: Is Sexual and Gender Legislative Equality Enough?

October 7th-8th 2016,

Venue: Sixty Eight Middle Street, Brighton, UK (hosted by University of Brighton).

Book your place by clicking here.

Download the full programme by clicking here.


This two day event will include discussions, film screenings and a theatre workshop to understand the ways in which equalities legislation and decriminalization are both desired and can fall short of making lives liveable for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) people. Challenging assumptions that 'global north is better than the global south' or 'west is best', the event will encourage activists, academics and policy makers to critically explore ways of advancing, charting and mapping ‘progress’ for LGBTQ people in their everyday lives.


We are inviting LGBTQ people, activists, academics, service providers and those who make policy (at any level), to join discussions and workshop activities on the 7th of October. These activities will be lead by:

  • The NGO Sappho for Equality (Kolkata, India) who work with lesbians, bi women and transmen;
  • ILGA (the international organisation that campaigns for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights), and;
  • The Liveable Lives Research Team, including Prof. Kath Browne and Dr. Niharika Banerjea

There will also be a film screening.


Those who can join us in person on the 7th of October are also invited to the University of Brighton on the 8th of October for a powerful street theatre workshop, lead by the Sappho for Equality activist Sumita, culminating in a performance in Brighton that evening. 


Those who cannot join us in person on the 7th are invited to view videos of the presentations after the event.  Links will be posted on Twitter (@liveablelives) and on Facebook (Liveable Lives members-only group). LGBTQ people can participate in ongoing discussion on the Liveable Lives website and on Twitter using the hashtag #LiveableLives.


To register, click here. Please note that places are limited for both the Friday event and the Saturday street theatre workshop.  Early booking is advised and we will run a reserve list.  In the spirit of keeping this event open to all who want to attend, non-attendance without informing the organisers will incur a charge.


This event is part of the ESRC funded research Making Liveable Lives: Rethinking Social Exclusion (with the Transforming Sexuality and Gender Research Cluster; and the Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics Research Centre). There will be a fee of £50 for those who can afford to pay or who are representing organisations that can afford to pay.