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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

LGBT+ History Month talk: Language, gender and sexuality after Section 28

When: Monday, February 6, 2023, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Laws 1.12

Repealed in 2003, the law prohibiting teachers from discussing and supporting LGBT+ young people had a lasting effect on education in the UK. 20 years later, the formation of LGBT+ school groups marks a shift in the tide of socialisation for 11-18 year olds.

In this talk, Robert James Hellyer will discuss their research funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership. Through linguistic ethnography with the young people, the study considers how historical and contemporary oppression proliferates in the students’ lived experiences, but also how moments of gay, trans and queer joy, rooted in social progress, are shared and celebrated.  

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