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Savitri "Savi" Hensman is an activist and writer based in the United Kingdom. She was one of the founders of London's Black Lesbian and Gay Centre.

Savitri Hensman
Born
Alma materUniversity College London
Known forLGBT activism
Writing

Early life and educationEdit

Hensman was born in Sri Lanka. She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of two, and grew up in Hackney. She studied chemical engineering at University College London and graduated in 1982. When she graduated she couldn't find any work in chemical engineering, so instead she joined a lab as a research assistant.[1]

Research and careerEdit

Hensman helped to launch the London's Black Lesbian and Gay Centre in 1985.[2] At the time, the centre was supported by the Greater London Council and housed in an annex of Tottenham Town Hall. In the late 1980s Hensman joined the Haringey Council's Lesbian and Gay Sub-Committee. She was involved with the campaigning against Section 28. Hensman works in the voluntary sector.[3] As a member of the Christian church, Hensman campaigns for a more inclusive church.[4][5][6] She wrote an LGBT briefing paper that was presented to the Archbishop of Canterbury in October 2018.[7]

In 2019 Hensman was featured in the University College London (UCL) Queer Tapestry, a project which celebrated the history of UCL's LGBTQ+ community.[8] The tapestry was created by Robert (Bob) Mills, a professor of history of art who leads the LGBTQ+ network.[9]

Hensman is a regular contributor to Ekklesia, who published her first book in 2015.[10] She has also written for The Guardian, as well as writing poetry.[11][12]

BooksEdit

  • Hensman, Savitri (2015). Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness: Same-Sex Love and the Church. Ekklesia. ISBN 0993294200.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Savi Hensman". Speak Out London. 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  2. ^ UCL (2019-02-09). "Savitri Hensman". The Queer Tapestry exhibition. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. ^ "Savi Hensman". Greenbelt. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  4. ^ "Savi Hensman". Speak Out London. 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  5. ^ Hensman, Savitri (2011-06-28). "When is Gafcon going to start listening? | Savitri Hensman". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  6. ^ "A good question: How much equality is there in the Church?". Reform Magazine. 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  7. ^ "Calls for continued listening as Anglican Primates meet in Canterbury | OneBodyOneFaith". onebodyonefaith.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  8. ^ UCL Office of the Vice-Provost Advancement (2019-02-26), Savitri Hensman | The Queer Tapestry, retrieved 2019-07-05
  9. ^ UCL (2019-02-09). "The Queer Tapestry exhibition". UCL Campaign. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  10. ^ "Ekklesia | The Savi Hensman Column". www.ekklesia.co.uk. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  11. ^ "Savitri Hensman". Spoken Word Archive. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  12. ^ Hensman, Savitri (2011-06-28). "When is Gafcon going to start listening? | Savitri Hensman". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-07-05.