Inner Temple LGBTQ+ Society

The Inner Temple LGBTQ+ Society has been established with the principal objective of encouraging visibility and facilitating an inclusive social environment for the Inn's LGBTQ+ members and allies. The Society is a self-sustaining, membership-led initiative and will seek to arrange a limited number of events and networking activities each year.

Membership of the Society is open to all members of the Inn, including students, and staff, of any sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other characteristic.

The Society is overseen by the Master of the LGBTQ+ Society, Master Jeremy Richardson (His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson KC), Recorder of Sheffield and member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Sub-Committee. The Society’s Officers for 2023 are:

President: Dr S Chelvan (33 Bedford Row, Call 1999)
Librarian: Master Craig Hassall (Park Square Barristers, Call 1999)
Treasurer: Cameron Stocks (Gatehouse Chambers, Call 2015)
Secretary: Ife Kubler-Agyemang (Doughty Street Chambers, Call 2018)
Student and Pupil Liaison Officer: Mohamed Hussein Iman (Student member)

To hear directly by email about the Society's initiatives and events, register as a member below:

Recent Events

LGBTQ+ Society Lecture: ‘Sodomy Law, the UK’s Persisting Legacy and the Great Quandary’
Tuesday 18 April 2023

In this Qualifying Session lecture, delivered in person and as a webinar, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (Inner Temple Bencher), former Justice of the High Court of Australia and LGBTQ+ / human rights campaigner, outlined the long history of criminal laws against LGBTIQ people throughout England’s Empire. It has proved remarkably resistant to abolition even in recent times. Master Kirby took an active part in the formulation of the Charter of the Commonwealth of Nations 2013 and recently took part in London in celebrations of the 10th anniversary of this Charter, stating fundamental values that are agreed upon. Yet despite values of equality and non-discrimination, anti-gay laws persist in more than 30 Commonwealth countries. They exist in law and are enforced by lawyers. This presents the quandary that now faces the Commonwealth. How can advocates of change advance rigorously the espoused principles without risking the counter assertions of cultural, social and religious beliefs and undermining the value of mutual respect that holds this unique community of nations together? Followed by Q&A and networking reception for all guests.

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Reception
Wednesday 17 May 2023

An informal drinks reception for Inner Temple LGBTQ+ Society members, held in the Pegasus Bar.

Pride Month Reception
Thursday 22 June 2023

The Inner Temple LGBTQ+ Society and Middle Temple LGBTQ+ Forum hosted a joint drinks reception on 22 July to mark Pride month at Middle Temple's Fountain Court.

Forthcoming Events

Details of forthcoming events will be added to the Inn's Events pages and/or sent directly to registered members of the LGBTQ+ Society by email.

LGBTQ+ Society Networking Reception for Bar Course Students
Wednesday 4 October
Drawing Room, Inner Temple

Join the LGBTQ+ Society for a networking drinks and canapés reception to meet and welcome our new Bar Course student members to the Inn at the start of the academic and legal term on Wednesday 4 October.

Tickets are FREE but booking is essential – please click here to book. Please note, this event is for Inner Temple members only. Unfortunately, owing to space we will not be able to include non-members or guests on this occasion.

Please be aware that there is now planned industrial action affecting some train lines on this date – further details can be found on the National Rail website here. At present it is expected that the event will go ahead but we will keep all those who make a booking informed of any changes.