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Sacked teacher to speak at national marriage forum

Mon 5 Nov 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Nigel Studdart Sacked Northland teacher Nigel Studdart will be among the keynote speakers at a national conference to discuss the struggle for marriage equality, and the issues beyond. While a venue has not been announced, the conference will be held in Wellington from 30 November-2 December. A draft schedule says Studdart, who was fired by the board of Whangarei’s Catholic Pompallier College for supporting students in a pro-marriage equality protest, will be a keynote speaker. He will address the topic “fighting homophobia in our communities,” in a panel alongside Green MP Jan Logie and long-time gay rights campaigner Bill Logan. Also among the speakers will be former MPs Fran Wilde and Tim Barnett on sexual minorities and the legislative process. You can register for the conference here The draft schedule follows: Friday 6:30pm chaired and opened Sexual minorities and the legislative process, (including former MPs Fran Wilde, Katherine O’Regan and Tim Barnett) Saturday Stream 1 – Legalise Love 9.30am-10am – Introductions 10am-10.50am – Lobbying MPs 11am-11.50am – How to engage with media 12-1pm – Lunch 1-1.50pm – Queer-Straight Alliances and organising in schools 2pm-3.20pm -Faith forum 3:30-4.50pm –Marriage, adoption and human rights Stream 2 – Queer Avengers 9.30am-10am – Introductions 10-10.50am – Trans* forum 11-11.50am –Pasifika women’s forum 12-1pm – Lunch 1-1.50pm –“Nothing less than full equality”: Gay Liberation Front in US   

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 5th November 2012 - 11:19am

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