Nov 102020

Side of man's face, perhaps in his mid 30s with beard and moustache and wearing a seaman's cap and shirt.The University of Oxford in partnership with Frontline AIDS is inaugurating a twice-yearly LGBT+ lecture series named after Michael Dillon, the world’s first person known to have successfully transitioned both hormonally and surgically from female to male.

Michael Dillon spent the war years in Bristol and it was here that he began his gender transition.

To mark the creation of this landmark lecture series, the University of Oxford will be hosting an online launch event titled LGBT Rights in a Time of Pandemic.

Wednesday 18th November 2020,   5:30pm to 7pm

A distinguished panel of guests will discuss the formation of The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lectures, Michael Dillon’s life and legacy, and the status of LGBT+ rights in this time of pandemic. Guests will be:

  • Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith), the first openly gay male MP and Cabinet minister;
  • Justice Edwin Cameron, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa hailed by Nelson Mandela as “one of South Africa’s new heroes”;
  • Zing Tsjeng, executive editor of Vice UK, BBC Sounds host, and author of ‘The Forgotten Women’ book series;
  • C N Lester, classical singer, curator, and author of ‘trans like me’;
  • Jonathan Cooper OBE, human rights and international law barrister;
  • Juno Roche, writer and trans rights campaigner.

This live online event is free and open to everyone. Register on Eventbrite.

On registering you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the event.