Human rights activist to speak in city

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell is to give an address at the University of York this week.

Mr Tatchell, an activist in defence of gay rights who helped to organise Britain’s first ‘Gay Pride’ march in 1972, will give the 2014 Morrell Memorial Address on toleration entitled: Homosexuality: From toleration to acceptance on October 28 at 6.15pm in the Ron Cooke Hub.

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In his address, he will take a critical look at the 1957 Wolfenden Report and 1967 Sexual Offences Act as examples of an era of disapproving tolerance, before examining the transition to the current majority acceptance of same-sex relations. Professor Matt Matravers, Director of the Morrell Centre for Toleration, said: “We are very honoured that Peter Tatchell has agreed to give this year’s Morrell Address.”

“I can think of no-one better qualified to confront the sometimes very difficult issues involved.”