Meet Caroline Lucas MP – feminist and LGBTQ rights advocate, first ever Green politician in the House of Commons

Dr Caroline Lucas MP will be in conversation with author and activist Dr Tomasz Kitlinski.

Friday 11 May 2.30-3.30

Location: M2 (the Board Room), Mezzanine Floor, Grand Parade Building, 58-67 Grand Parade, University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 0JY
Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas, the Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, is strongly committed to women’s and queer rights. She also deals with a number of other causes as an expert on climate change, international trade and peace issues. She has campaigned to protect higher and further education from being run for profit and is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS.
Caroline received her PhD from the University of Exeter in 1989 with a dissertation entitled Writing for Women: a study of woman as reader in Elizabethan romance. She has backed an EU-wide action to help ensure that women are guaranteed a life free from all violence; secured support for the EU’s Cancer Task Force to investigate the environmental causes of cancer, especially breast cancer; called on members of the European Union to ensure that all women can fully enjoy the right to reproductive and sexual health care and information; campaigned for the EU to fund improvements in maternal health, specifically to prevent deaths during child birth, across the world; challenged whether the UK’s lax licensing laws for lap dancing clubs are a breach of European legislation designed to promote equal treatment in the workplace.
Caroline has campaigned on LGBT issues for many years: she has fought for greater equality for queer communities in the UK and around the world – and for an end to persecution on the grounds of sexual identity or orientation. She has led a European Parliament campaign for the mutual recognition of civil partnerships between different countries; called on the European Commission to condemn LGBT oppression in various regions throughout the world; backed calls for a new law that would outlaw hate crimes perpetrated against queers; urged the British government to offer asylum to those fleeing persecution because of their sexuality or gender identity; placed pressure on Eastern European countries to fully support LGBT rights by backing Pride marches; tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament in support of the Justin Campaign and its work in fighting homophobia in football; joined gay campaigner Peter Tatchell in Parliament to launch the Equal Love campaign, which aims to challenge the current ban on both same-sex marriage and heterosexual civil partnerships.
Tomasz Kitlinski
Tomasz studied with the feminist philosophers H. Cixous and J. Kristeva.  Author of books and articles on women’s, queer and Jewish subjectivities (in East European publications and with Routledge, New York University Press, Harwood Academic Publishers and Art in America), he has also made art installations. He is an activist for labour, women’s, LGBT and refugee rights: Tomasz has been involved in Poland’s queer visibility campaigns, trade unions, minority and Green politics.



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