9th June 2017 – Michael Cashman: LGBT Human Rights in UK, Europe & Beyond

“LGBT Human Rights in UK, Europe and Beyond”

The Gloucester Constituency Labour Party and LGBT Labour are contributing to Gloucestershire Pride 2017 week with a talk (with questions and answers) by Labour Peer, former MEP and EastEnders actor

(Lord Cashman, of Limehouse)

It was back in November 1964 that Michael Cashman made his debut on our television screens when he played the young teenage son of a violent ‘con’ who escapes from Strangeways Prison in the ITV series “Gideon’s Way”. Within ten years, he appeared in “Zee and Company” which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York – he was seventh in the ‘batting order’. Virtually all of his work has been in television, roles included First Officer Bilton in “Dr Who” (1982).  Then came the part that he is most remembered by – Collin Russell in the BBC’s “EastEnders” between 1986 and 1989 ­ a role he reprised is two episodes last September.

Outside of acting,  in 1989 Michael Cashman was a co-founder of Stonewall along with Ian McKellan and Lisa Power – founded to campaign against the notorious ‘Section 28’ of the Local Government Act.

In June 1999, he was elected to the European Parliament as one of the MEPs for the West Midlands retiring in May 2014.  He was Labour’s spokesperson in the parliament on human rights, a member of the Civil Liberties Committee and the Petitions Committee.  He was known in Brussels and Strasbourg as an outspoken critic of discrimination against minorities within the European Union and led a cross-party coalition to tackle the alarming rise in homophobia throughout Europe.

Perhaps his most dramatic speech in the European Parliament was a few weeks before the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics when, using his acting skills, he had a go at Vladimir Putin and Olympic corporate sponsors McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Visa in just 54 seconds when he took his Visa card and a pair of scissors out of his pocket and cut the card in half as he said “…Madame President, not in my name”

On 23 September 2014 he was created a Life Peer and on the same day was appointed the Labour Party’s special envoy on LGBT issues worldwide, a position he held for two years.  He is a patron of LGBT Labour.

There is no charge for admission to this event.

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