Continuing our series of posts introducing the many speakers who will be giving talks during the LGBT History Festival at M Shed next February. Members of the Bath Gender Equality Network will be talking about the campaign they ran last year on behalf of the imprisoned Bath trans woman, Tara Hudson.
The Bath Gender Equality Network (BGEN) is a group for intersectional, sex-positive feminists and their allies to discuss topics around equality, support local activism, and look after each other in the Bath and Bristol area. After the success of the recent Tara Hudson campaign, BGEN has built a diverse range of members from all walks of life, enjoying a strong presence (online and offline), socials, and forum discussions, including male mental health, trans representation, the wage gap, sex work, and even comic writing.
As part of furthering the reach and effectiveness of BGEN, plans are in place to host the first ‘public’ event in April, when we will be hosting an evening of ‘lightning talks’, inviting members of the community, and others, to speak for five minutes on the topic of gender equality. This event has received local corporate sponsorship, as well as interest from BANES council, and looks to be the first of many other exciting projects for the group.
More recently, BGEN has been asked to enter into the running for a ‘Bath Life Award’ for its work in local events, community work and education. It is hoped that this visibility will allow the group to expand and continue its work.