Monday May 15th 3.70pm - In Conversation with Aderonke Apata - the struggle for ongoing global LGBTQIA+ freedom on the 50th anniversary of England’s decriminalisation.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. But LGBTQIA+ people across the world continue to face grave threats. 76 countries still criminalise homosexuality. Come listen and learn from Aderonke Apata - Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate - an unstoppable force in fighting for justice about what we can do
Aderonke Apata has a BSc in Microbiology and subsequently a Masters of Public Health and Primary Care. Winner Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Award 2014, where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice”, she is number 41 & 67 on the RanbowList2014 & RainbowList2015 respectively as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Aderonke was named LGBT Heroine of the year 2015 by DIVAMagazine in recognition of her achievements in the LGBT community. Aderonke is the founder of African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports LGBTIQ asylum seekers and people of African heritage in UK and campaigning for the Repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-LGBTIQ Law. She also started Manchester Migrant Solidarity, a self help group offering practical supports and building a powerful political voice against the systematic mistreatment of migrants in the UK.
Subsequently, Aderonke was appointed a Patron of Proud2BeProject in Totnes that support LGBT+ people. As part of Aderonke's commitment to challenge issues facing minorities and internalising the space and gap in services available for LGBTIQ asylum seekers experiencing domestic violence, she was appointed a Trustee Board member of Broken Rainbow UK the domestic violence charity and ReachOUT Leeds, a charity that supports LGBT Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Aderonke's fight against barriers for equal access to the political system, her ongoing campaign for equality has been recognised when she was elected as the BAME Officer, National LGBT Labour in 2014. This is to call upon all BAME LGBTs in the UK to raise their voices and demand accountability of politicians.
All profits go to African Rainbow Family - African Rainbow Family (ARF) is a non-for-profit organisation that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTQI+) people of African heritage. It was established in the wake of the toxic and draconian anti-gay laws, persecutions and environment which seek to criminalise LGBTQI+ people for the preference of whom they choose to love. www.africanrainbowfamily.org
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