Department of Political Science


LGBTI Rights Revolutions and the Moral Conservative Oppositions

01 February 2024, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

Phillip wears a blue shirt and looks into the camera

The Double-Helix Entanglements of Transnational Advocacy: LGBTI Rights Revolutions and the Moral Conservative Oppositions. Prof Phillip Ayoub's inaugural lecture is free and open to all.

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Eleanor Kingwell-Banham


Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Sq
United Kingdom

In the past three decades, remarkable progress has been made in numerous countries for the rights of individuals marginalized due to their sexual orientation and gender identity. The advancements in LGBTI rights in a variety of diverse countries can largely be attributed to the tireless efforts of the transnational LGBTI-rights movement, forward-thinking governments in pioneering nations, and the evolving human rights frameworks of international organizations. However, this journey towards equality has been met with formidable opposition. An increasingly interconnected and globally networked resistance, backed by religious-nationalist elements and conservative governments, has emerged to challenge LGBTI and women's rights, even seeking to reinterpret and co-opt international human rights law.

In this lecture, Phillip Ayoub investigates this complex landscape, drawing from over a decade of in-depth fieldwork with LGBTI activists, anti-LGBTI proponents, and various state and international organization actors. Moral conservative TANs have employed many of the same transnational tools that garnered LGBTIQ people their widespread recognition. As the double-helix metaphor suggests, rival TANs have a reciprocal relationship, having to navigate each other’s presence in an interactive space and thus using related strategies and instruments for mutually exclusive ends.

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception 19:30-21:00. All are welcome to attend.

This event will be avaiable to join online via Zoom. 


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