Sexuality and Gender: People of faith respond to new perceptions of what it means to be human

Wed, 11 May 2016 18:30 in Discussion Forums

Where: Dialogue Society Leicester Branch, 2 Swan Street, Leicester LE3 5AW
Date: 11th May 2016
Time: 18:30


  • Councillor Father Brian Smith
  • Ozcan Keles, Chairperson, Dialogue Society


A reflection on the background to religious perceptions of gender and sexuality. How and why changes have happened throughout history. How people of faith might use current thinking to inform their approach to issues around theology and sexuality.

Biography of Brian Smith

Brian Smith was not brought up in a Christian family, but became a Christian in his early twenties. He went on to become an Anglican priest, and served in three parishes in London until he retired eight years ago. While working in Tottenham, his knowledge of French brought him into contact with people from the Maghreb living in that part of London. Since his youth he has been involved in community support work, and has long advocated recognition of the diversity of society. In more recent years he has been involved with the European Network on Religion and Belief and the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups. He is currently secretary of the Derbyshire Network of the University of the Third Age and Deputy Mayor of Matlock.

Biography of Ozcan Keles

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

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