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13:00 - 14:00 17 May 2013

Combating homophobia – what is the evidence?


Room G08 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Michael King, UCL, Professor King is Director of UCL's Mental Health Sciences Unit. He has been involved in large scale national and international research and amongst his research interests he includes the epidemiology of sexual dysfunction, the stress and stigma faced by gay and lesbian people and the role of religious and spiritual beliefs in mental well-being.

Despite a general decline in self-reported prejudice against gay and lesbian people in many western countries, overt anti-homosexual biases remain relatively common. Even relatively recent figures for Canada show that prevalence of hate crimes against homosexuals equals those against Muslims and Asians, and is more violent. Although there has been a lot of study into the causes of such prejudice, less attention is paid to developing and testing interventions to reduce it. In this lecture Professor King will discuss the nature of homophobia, how this knowledge guides efforts to reduce it and whether or not they are successful. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A facilitated by Sir Stephen Wall, Chair of UCL Council and LGBT Champion.


Sonal Bharadva
+44 20 3108 3991 | s.bharadva@ucl.ac.uk