|Sent on:||Friday, October 14, 2011 6:00 PM|
Our friends at GALHA, Gay And Lesbian Humanist Association are organising a fundraising event that should be brilliant. All the details are below.
Every year GALHA holds a lunch to thank its supporters, celebrate our progress and raise funds toward the next year's activity. Like all GALHA's events this is open to the public: everyone is welcome. Previous guests have included Stephen Fry and Angela Eagle (MP). Last year we welcomed the Australian singer Darren Hayes.
THE SPECIAL GUEST: This year’s guest speaker is award-winning journalist Patrick Strudwick. Patrick writes for newspapers and magazines that include The Observer, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and Gay Times. In February 2010, Patrick published 'The Ex-Gay Files: The Bizarre World of Gay-to-Straight Conversion' in The Independent, chronicling a year of undercover investigation of conversion therapy: therapists – some operating within the British National Health Service – claiming to convert gays and lesbians to heterosexuality. Following the publication of the article and the outrage it provoked around the world, Patrick started the Stop Conversion Therapy Taskforce (SCOTT). SCOTT aims to eradicate the attempts by therapists, psychiatrists and religious groups to 'cure' gay people. He was named ‘Journalist of the Year’ at the Stonewall Awards 2010.
THE VENUE We return this year to Chez Gérard Southbank, which we last visited for the lunch a few years ago with Russian LGBT activist Nikolay Alexeyev. The restaurant brings a little bit of Paris to London with the brasserie style interior complementing the food and providing a lively atmosphere. The restaurant is situated near the bustling Southbank, the London Eye, BFI IMAX cinema and Royal Festival Hall. For more information, to view the menu, and to purchase tickets: