Pride in Faith
Thursday 18th February 2021, 13:30–15:00
A special event as part of the University of Plymouth’s LGBT+ History Month activities to share the challenges, complexities and joy that faith and religion can bring when identifying as LGBT+. For this seminar, we will be joined by a diverse range of speakers from different faith groups sharing their stories followed by the opportunity for audience members to ask questions as part of a panel discussion.
Jayne Ozanne is a prominent gay evangelical Christian who works to ensure full inclusion of all LGBTI Christians at every level of the Church. She is Director of the Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination based on sexuality or gender in order to embrace and celebrate the equality and diversity of all. On March 17th 2019 she was appointed to join the government’s LGBT Advisory Panel and is director of the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ lives.
Ben M. Freeman is a world-renowned educator who focusses on Jewish identity, antisemitism and raising awareness of the Holocaust and he will be your trainer for 'Tackling Progressive Antisemitism on Campus'. His first book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding A People aims to educate, inspire and empower Jews to reject the shame of antisemitism and begin the process of exploring and embracing their own identities.
Osman from Hidayah UK
Please note: Osman's identity is protected for their safety and the safety of their clients. Hidayah (Arabic for 'guidance') is a registered charity that is entirely volunteer-led. Its vision is to ensure LGBTQI+ Muslims' voices are heard and understood, to provide support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and to promote social justice and education about the community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice. Hidayah is a mix of practising and non-practising Muslims. As an inclusive charity, Hidayah does not exclude anyone, and warmly welcome friends, families and allies to all events.
Pritpal Bhullar is a volunteer for Sarbat, a Sikh LGBT+ support group that address LGBT+ issues from a Sikh perspective. Sarbat encourages their members to have discussions, tackle homophonia, biphobia and transphobia, and build bridges within and beyond their communities. Pritpal is also a long-standing volunteer and facilitator for Diversity Role Models, a charity focused on LGBT+ inclusion workshops in schools and colleges.
To find out more about Sarbat and what they do, watch this short video rounding up their journey through 2020.