Join Humanist Students and Young Humanists for a discussion about humanist activism; both past successes and current campaigns.
From decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland, and abolishing blasphemy laws in England and Wales, to banning creationism in schools and providing non-religious pastoral care in NHS hospitals, Humanists UK and the wider humanist movement have had plenty of campaigning successes. But there are many battles yet to win, including the the legal recognition of humanist marriage in England and Wales, ending state funding for pseudoscientific ‘alternative’ medicines, and ongoing defences of free speech in universities.
We will hear from experienced campaigners on past successes and future challenges for humanists who want to make a difference. We will also discuss the steps that we can all take to support humanist campaigns and make our voices heard.
All are welcome to attend and there will be plenty of opportunities to put your questions to our speakers.
Andrew Copson has been Chief Executive of Humanists UK since 2010, prior to which he worked across educational and public affairs roles within the charity. He is an expert on humanism who has written widely on the subject, and is regularly invited to appear on TV and radio news programmes. As well as these roles, Andrew is a trustee of the Religious Education Council and President of Humanists International – the umbrella body bringing the global humanist movement together to pursue human rights at an international level. His latest book, The Little Book of Humanism – co-authored with Professor Alice Roberts – is a Sunday Times bestseller.
Laura is the President-Elect of Humanist Students. She graduated from the University of Bristol in Geology and Biology in 2019 and has since been working in education. She is currently studying for her PGCE in Science as an Institute of Physics Scholar. Outside of the classroom, Laura is a keen choral singer and natural historian.
Audrey Simmons comes from a Seventh-day Adventist background, which she left several years ago. At present, she is a co-coordinator for the Association of Black Humanists, an organisation that supports those from Africa and the African diaspora who are looking to leave religion or who have already left. She is also a wedding celebrant with Humanists UK. In her day job, she works as a freelance sign language interpreter, supporting the Deaf community in gaining access to everyday life. Audrey was born to Jamaican parents and lives in South East London.
Jamie Windust is an award-winning LGBTQI+ editor, writer, model, and public speaker. Founder of Fruitcake Magazine, Jamie is currently a Contributing Editor at GAYTIMES, where their focus is to highlight the reality and joy of the LGBTQ+ community. They shared their emotional TEDxLondon Womens talk at the end of 2019, highlighting the need for support for the trans community. As a model, they've worked with the likes of Gucci, Ugg, ASOS, and London Fashion Week. Their debut book In Their Shoes: Navigating Non-Binary Life is out 21 October with Jessica Kingsley Publishers and takes a humorous yet nourishing look at what it's like to navigate the world as a trans person.