(CNS): The Right Reverend Dr Alan Wilson will be one of the key speakers at a free conference this summer focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, where he will speak on the topic of religion and homosexuality. Professor Emeritus Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni, Justice of the Inter American Court of Human Rights, will address the conference on the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
The 7th Queering Paradigms Conference (QP) is being organised by a group of Cayman Islands residents and lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ+) activists, under the sponsorship of Canterbury Christ Church University (UK).
Dr Wilson is the author of a book, More Perfect Union? Understanding Same-sex Marriage, in which he offers a Biblical argument for same-sex marriage and challenges the Church’s “serious institutional homophobia”, suggesting that one in ten Church of England bishops could be secretly gay.
This year’s conference follows a series of free public lectures on sexual equality last summer hosted by the Students Society of the Truman Bodden Law School, which generated significant controversy and led to veteran MLA Anthony Eden making a startling speech in the Legislative Assembly in which he derided the rights of the LGBT community.
Last November Eden resigned from the PPM and joined the independents on the opposition benches after the government announced its position to allow gay spouses as dependents of people on work permits. This was in reaction to a legal challenge by a former professor from the law school Dr Leonardo Raznovich and his husband after he was denied the right to remain in the Cayman Islands as a dependent.
The Queering Paradigms Conference will take place 11-12 June at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.
“After highly successful incarnations of QP in South America (2012, Rio de Janeiro; 2014 Quito) Queering Paradigms return to the Americas, for the first time taking place in the Caribbean Region,” organisers said. “The particular aim of QP7 is to challenge Queer/LGBTIQ+ discrimination and to provide intellectual tools for empowerment of both academics and activists on the Cayman Islands and the wider Caribbean region.”
In a call for papers, organisers said they were looking for papers with both local and regional relevance and more general applied queer studies contribution under the themes: religion and faith; law, human rights and equality; HIV, health, mental health; sex work, abuse and trafficking; family and kinships; race, ethnicity and Caribbean Identities; activism, political participation and leadership; art and culture. (See more details here)
There is no charge for attending the conference, so to cover the necessary costs, the organisers are hosting a fundraising dinner at ICOA on 28 April. Tickets are available at the price of $100CI/person. The dinner will begin at 7:00pm and the guest of honour will be Governor Helen Kilpatrick.
Contact Olivia Connolly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to purchase tickets.
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