On 22 October there is an opportunity to meet leading Jamaican human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson at Document International Human Rights Film Festival 2016 (20-23 October), at the CCA in Glasgow. Maurice Tomlinson was the inaugural recipient of the David Kato Vision and Voice Award for leadership in work for LGBTI human rights.
The documentary film The Abominable Crime (from 12.00 noon) addresses homophobia in Jamaica. The Abominable Crime is the story of Simone, a young lesbian single mother who survives a brutal anti-gay shooting, to then seek asylum, and Maurice, Jamaica’s leading human-rights activist, who is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country’s anti-sodomy law. Afterwards at ‘Maurice Tomlinson in Conversation’ from 1.30pm (a free event supported by Glasgow Human Rights Network), Matthew Waites from the University of Glasgow will be talking to Maurice about his experiences as activist, lawyer and educator, including his groundbreaking legal case for the decriminalisation of same-sex sexual behaviour in Jamaica, and further work contesting migration laws. This will be a space to discuss transnational strategies for supporting human rights in contexts of postcolonial power relations. For details and to book tickets see the Document 2016 website.
Dr Kay Lalor
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Manchester Law School
Manchester Metropolitan University