Dates and Times
Sat 23 Sep at 6pm
Part of Come As You Are, a three-week festival interrogating and celebrating gender from cis to trans, from binary to beyond. The festival runs from Tue 12 Sep – Sun 1 Oct. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest.
‘The words male and female describe who we used to be’, says the creator of TV hit Transparent, Jill Soloway. Are they right? And if so, then who are we becoming?
Our understanding of gender is evolving at sometimes dizzying pace. Join CPT and our panel of experts to discuss where it’s all leading – for ourselves, for the world – and what possibilities might be enabled along the way.
The panel includes Sabah Choudrey, Christine Burns, Aimee Challenor and Meg-John Barker. The event will be chaired by Ruby Glaskin, Producer of Milk Presents. See below for a bit more info.
Dr. Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular books Rewriting the Rules, The Secrets of Enduring Love, Queer: A Graphic History, and Enjoy Sex. Website: www.rewriting-the-rules.com. Twitter: @megjohnbarker.
Christine Burns MBE is a retired equalities specialist. She was a leading figure in the campaign for trans rights for 15 years, helping secure the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004. She also chaired the North West Equality and Diversity Group for many years and helped organisations develop equality strategy. Her books ‘Making Equality Work’ and ‘Pressing Matters’ are based on the various aspects of her work. Her latest book, ‘Trans Britain’ will be published in the autumn by Unbound.
Sabah is a queer Muslim social justice fighter, and currently works with METRO Charity and Gendered Intelligence in London doing Trans Youth Support Work and sits as an Advisor with Inclusive Mosque Initiative. Sabah has published ‘Inclusivity: On Supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) Trans People’ and works as a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant in UK. Sabah gave a TEDx talk in Brixton 2015 sharing their experiences of being a hairy brown girl, an angry brown man and a queer brown person, and made The Rainbow List celebrating 101 of the most influential LGBT people in Britain, 2015. One of the co-founders of Trans Pride Brighton, winner of the best trans event in Brighton 2014, 2015, and nominated for ‘Best Trans Event’ at the National Diversity Awards, 2016. Sabah has been published on The Huffington Post, Black Girl Dangerous and writes on sabahchoudrey.com
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Aimee Challenor is a trans equality campaigner from Coventry. She has written for the Huffington Post and The Guardian about her experiences growing up transgender. In December 2016 she campaigned for further trans equality across Transport for London, in June this year she succeeded successfully having got TfL to scrap ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’. In her spare time, she is a Trustee of Coventry Pride and enjoys Photography. Aimee is just about to start her studies for a BA (Hons) History and Politics at the Open University. You can find her on Facebook; www.facebook.com/
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