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Author Matthew Todd and Tim Otty Q.C give LGBT history talk to pupils

Friday, 15 February 2019

As part of the School’s marking of LGBT History Month, there was a talk in the Great Hall this week for all boys in the Third and Fourth Form from Matthew Todd (author of ‘Straight Jacket’) and Tim Otty, Q.C. (Founder of Human Dignity Trust). 

Matthew spoke first about his experiences growing up in Britain in the 1980’s during a time in which a degree of homophobia was the norm in much of the mainstream media. He described how growing up a society which does not value you can affect you in later life and the personal struggles he faced as a result of social attitudes.

Lawyer Tim Otty then explained the work he does to uphold LGBT rights through Human Dignity Trust, an NGO which he founded in 2010. He explained his role in various cases within the Commonwealth and explained the legacy of colonialism in entrenching attitudes within legal systems. This is an ongoing process: a judgement in Kenya is due on 22 February.

Both speakers conveyed powerful messages: Matthew highlighted the positive developments in society which enable discussions to happen more openly. Tim demonstrated the extent to which rational debate can change society.

The boys were then able to ask questions. We would like to thank both speakers for giving up their time to attend. It was a privilege to hear them talk and we look forward to hearing of their future projects.

To read more about what we are doing to mark LGBT History Month click here.

There have been positive developments in society which enable discussions to happen more openly.
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