On 22 October CRFR Associate Director Matthew Waites hosted the event Maurice Tomlinson: in conversation as part of ‘Document Human Rights Film Festival‘ at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.

Maurice Tomlinson is a leading international human rights activist in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, and HIV/AIDS. The discussion focused on Tomlinson’s groundbreaking legal case against Jamaica’s anti-sodomy law, and his wider activism as documented in the film The Abominable Crime which was screened beforehand.

Matthew Waites also raised questions concerning choices of strategy for making human rights claims in relation to national, regional and global institutional and political contexts. The conversation was followed by a substantial question and answer session, with questions including on transgender people’s situation in the Caribbean and on comparisons to parallel struggles in India.

The event was supported and publicised by Glasgow Human Rights Network and by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.

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