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School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

News and events supporting and promoting equality, diversity and respect at the School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh

University’s 50 Years After Stonewall Conference, 12-13 September 2019

The raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City on 28 June 1969 and its consequences are considered turning points in LGBT+ history and milestones in the development of LGBT+ rights. The events sparked a new feeling of cohesion within the LGBT+ community, a confidence which manifested itself in various forms – in the publication of several gay newspapers, the formation of the Gay Activists Alliance and the first Gay Pride marches.

The University of Edinburgh and the Staff Pride Network at the University mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with a reception at the Scottish Parliament and a two-day conference, to discuss the development of LGBT+ rights and the LGBT+ community from a multitude of perspectives. Invited speakers therefore come from the fields of law, medicine, politics, education and religion; they are scholars, politicians and activists, and the topics they discuss range from LGBT+ rights in UK law to same-sex coupledom in Scotland, and from LGBT+ rights in Uganda to the legalisation of same sex marriage in Taiwan.

Free but ticketed

There is no attendance fee for any of these events, but registration on eventbrite is required. For Day 2, we also ask you to submit a question for our roundtable on ‘Religion and the LGBT+ Community’.

For the Parliamentary reception, 10 September 2019, Scottish Parliament, please register at:

For Conference Day 1, 12 September 2019, Playfair Library – please see the programme and register at:

For Conference Day 2 13 September 2019, St. Cecilia’s Hall, please see the programme and register at:

School of Divinity speaker

Dr Hannah Holtschneider is one of the speakers on Day 2 of the University’s 50 Years After Stonewall Conference, 13 Sept, St. Cecilia’s Hall, where her topic is Jewish approaches to LGBT+ in texts, culture and ritual.


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