Rights and Wrongs? Human Rights Day Event

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An evening of talks for Human Rights Day. What is life like for SOGI people in different nation states?

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We will start promptly on the evening. Please aim to be there for 6pm or you will miss out! Further information about the talks can be found below.

18:00 - 18:10: An introduction to ReportOUT (Drew Dalton)

18:10 - 18:40: Closer to Home: Gay Life in Ireland (Deaglan) including Q&A

18:40 - 19:10: Queer Life in Saudi Arabia (Mohammed) including Q&A

19:10 - 19:20: Break

19:20 - 19:40: Uncertain Times? SOGI Life in Uganda (Drew)

19:40 - 19:55: Eric Ndawula (Let's Walk Uganda) live via SKYPE

19:55 - 20:00: Question and answer - including feedback

Important information:

At the door, we do request that you kindly give a £2 donation toward our 'OUT in Uganda Project' (free for the unemployed). ReportOUT are working in partnership with SOGI organisations in Uganda to document human rights abuses against SOGI communities. For more information, please see: https://www.reportout.org/post/out-in-uganda-project

This venue is disabled friendly for mobility and wheelchair access and it also has a hearing loop for those who need it.

If you cannot come to this event after booking this ticket, please return your ticket by emailing us at: contact@reportout.org as you may be depriving others of a space at this event.

If you would like to learn more about ReportOUT, please go to our website at: www.reportout.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn

Close to Home: Gay Life in Ireland (Deaglan)

This talk will include the life lived of a gay man living in rural Catholic Ireland, a country already heavily divided by faith, including his struggle for acceptance and his escape for a life and his eventually finding a better life.

Deaglan was Born in Rural Northern Ireland Co Tyrone 1989 nearing the end of the sectarian religious troubles that divided his country. All of his family were brought up Roman Catholics and 98% of secondary and primary schools are faith based so he had 14 years of Catholic teachings from the bible influencing him. So, growing up gay in a small town and with the community being deeply religious, understanding that he was gay was difficult. At the age of 18 often coming out, he was surprised that his family were supportive, however his small town became smaller as people steadily found out. People at school quoted the bible and religious teachers mocked him when he had not attended class. An atmosphere of homophobia emerged. So Deaglan decided to move to England. Eight years on from that small town, thinking he was trapped, he is now living in England, with a fantastic job and friends all of backgrounds who are there for him. This is Deaglan's story showing that homophobia is never from home...

Queer Life in Saudi Arabia (Mohammed):

This talk will outline the lived experiences of a gay man growing up in Saudi Arabia, including his explorations of the secret queer community of SOGI people in Saudi.

Mohammed was born in 1985 in the capital of Saudi, Riyadh. He was brought up in a Muslim family that followed Wahabism teachings. He grew up being a very conservative Muslim, praying five times a day in the mosque. In his spare time, he attended Quran lessons in the mosque. Mohammed liked men since he was young, however, he thought it was a sin and a disease and kept it to himself. Later in life his parents forced him to study medicine instead of following his dream to be a teacher. He was not happy about that, but he did not know that going to medical school will save his life. During his studies his eyes were opened into many important things such as evolution, which was not taught in schools, and some contradictions between medical facts and Quran. Pursuing his studies, he travelled abroad, met different people and experienced different cultures. Mohammed's way of thinking changed, so did his ideology and beliefs. Mohammed now lives in England, is happily married to a man and is living his life to the fullest.

Uncertain Times? SOGI Life in Uganda (Drew Chair of ReportOUT and Eric Ndawula, Programme's Officer of Let's Walk Uganda)

This talk will outline what life is like for SOGI people in Uganda right now. It will outline how Uganda has come to be one of the most homo/bi/transphobic nations (Pew Research Centre, 2013). It will also shine a light on what is happening to SOGI people and their communities as we speak as a wave of recent beatings and deaths have emerged. It will live SKYPE link with Eric from Let's Walk Uganda who will put a human face on the struggles faced by SOGI Ugandans. Eric was recently arrested by the Ugandan police after his office was stormed by a mob, and rather than arrest the mob, the gay men on site were instead.

Trigger warning: This talk will display graphic images of beatings and death.

Drew Dalton is the Founder and Chair of ReportOUT, a global SOGI human rights organisation. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sunderland and has been involved in SOGI rights and the charity sector for almost twenty years.

Eric Ndawula is the Programme's Officer of Let's Walk Uganda. Set up in 2016, Let's Walk Uganda is a non-profit organisation which aims to empower LGBTQI+ youth in Uganda. Eric will be joining us via a live SKYPE link on the evening.

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