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A partnership between ReportOUT and the University of Sunderland, #SaferToBeMe will bring together a global audience to discuss the human rights, and development needs, of LGBTQI+ people. Join us for our Main Symposium on the 22nd June 2023!

20th-22nd June 2023
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What is #SaferToBeMe?

On the 22nd June 2023 we will be hosting a global symposium at Hope Street Exchange in Sunderland, U.K., bringing together people from all over the world to discuss what is happening to the human rights, and development needs, of LGBTQI+ people. Why is #SaferToBeMe needed? Find out more, here.

#SaferToBeMe Highlights

Keynote Speaker: Mark Gevisser


Author of The Pink Line


Our Launch:
The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress 

On the 20th June 2023 at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, we are delighted to be hosting the iconic Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, alongside a welcome drinks reception! Find out more about the dress, and our launch event, here.

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Before: Online Satellite Events

Before our main day symposium over a range of dates, we will be hosting a number of one hour-long online satellite events, where you can sit back and listen to activists and campaigners from around the globe, discussing LGBTQI+ human rights and development issues. Want to know more? Read more about our online events, here.

The Main Day: Symposium

This is the main day on the 22nd June! Hosted at the beautiful Hope Street Exchange building in Sunderland, U.K. We have a full day of face to face talks, workshops, and campaigns for you to come along and learn more about LGBTQI+ human rights and development needs. Cannot join our face-to-face event? Do not worry, you can zoom and watch them live! Read about our full schedule and list of speakers, below.

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The Main Day: 
Exhibitions and Campaigns

On the main day on the 22nd June, there will be interactive campaigns, from using an aerial drone to capture Symposium attendees spelling out #SaferToBeMe, to imagining a world without prejudice and discrimination. We are very excited to exhibit the global award-winning Flag in the Map exhibition of Pride flags from around the world! This was a partnership between ReportOUT and the Gilbert Baker Foundation.

The Evening: Film and Panel

On the evening of the symposium on the 22nd June, we invite you all to come and watch the powerful and award winning film, 'Flee.' We will be hosting a panel discussion to discuss issues faced by the human rights of LGBTQI+ refugees and people seeking asylum, with a panel talk. Read more about this here.

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Booking Tickets, Locations and Dates

We expect tickets for #SaferToBeMe to sell out quickly, so book now for all of the events that you see above. Book your FREE tickets and download our full programme here. We hope to see you at all of our events!

This section also contains a list of questions and answers.

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