University academics push for human rights change in the Caymans

17 May 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University will next month sponsor the Seventh Queering Paradigms conference on Grand Cayman.

The conference, co-organised by Christ Church academics and local Human Rights activists, addresses the social injustices faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ) people in the Caribbean on the British Overseas Territory of the Cayman Islands and the wider region.

Queering Paradigms (QP) founder and Director of the University’s INCISE research centre Professor Bee Scherer said: "Local activists approached us last year at the QP6 conference in Canterbury with the view to bringing QP to the Caribbean region.  We have invited the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, as a keynoter speaker and he will share the UK experience with legislative change around same-sex marriage and make some theological reflections about the queering project of Jesus.

"Visiting Senior Research Fellow at INCISE Barrister Dr Leonardo Raznovich, who is in a same-sex marriage to a Caymanian resident, is co-ordinating the conference on Grand Caymans.

"I am currently challenging the Caymanian government in court about their refusal to grant me residency based on my same-sex marital status. I have the full support of the Governor; unfortunately the Foreign office has been less supportive. The conference highlights the societal and legal plights of LGBTIQ citizens in the Caribbean. We hope to aid the end of discrimination and bring the legal situation on the Caymans in line with EU and UK law."

Other conference highlights include a keynote by Professor Emeritus Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni, Justice of the Inter American Court of Human Rights, and a presentation by Jamaican Human Rights activist Maurice Tomlinson.

Notes to editor

  • The Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice (INCISE) is an academic Research Centre within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Led by Professor Bee Scherer (Religious Studies and Gender Studies), INCISE research projects and initiatives focus on intersecting aspects of identity under four core theme 1) Gender & Sexuality/-ies, 2) Religion, Ethics and Faith, 3) Health; Mental health, Dis/variability and Well-being and 4) Socio-economic Justice & Sustainability. 
  • INCISE has a strong emphasis on critical Gender and Sexuality studies and is home of the international academic-activist Queering Paradigms network.
  • You can find out more about INCISE by visiting their website. reading their blog or following them on Twitter @INCISE_cccu and Facebook: facebook.com/INCISE.cccu.
  • Find out more about Queering Paradigms.

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Last edited: 30/06/2016 09:18:00