Members of a deaf club hosted a 'powerful' evening looking at human rights which featured a lecture from activist Peter Tatchell.

Harrow Asian Deaf Club (HADC), held the evening entitled Fight for your Rights at the Bentley Day Centre, in Uxbridge Road, on Saturday evening.

The event featured talks from Mr Tatchell who spoke about issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual human rights.

There were also talks from Sylvia Simmonds, one of the founders of the ‘Spit the Dummy Campaign’ calling for a BSL Act.

President of Harrow Asian Deaf Club, Asif Iqbal, said: It was a fantastic and powerful evening. Peter Tatchell is a great example how he stood up for his rights and the rights of many LGBT people and how he campaigned and raise awareness on barriers LGBT faced.

He showed us the way that we can draw a parallel with his experiences and some useful tips on standing up for your rights.

He added: “Most importantly, everyone felt more empowered and assertive in standing up for their rights, increased confidence to challenge and to ask the right questions.

“This was clearly evidenced by the numbers of interests and questions raised by our audiences to all speakers. Everyone was buzzing about the topic afterward.”

Also speaking on the night were Tom Lichy and Geraldine O’ Halloran who discussed the issues surrounding deaf people’s rights.

Alderman Keith Toms, Chairman of Harrow Council was also at the evening.

He said: “The main theme the event was fighting for your rights so think about the importance of your rights and to be empowered in sharing your views.

“This is your opportunity to do something about the barriers you face every day.

“Harrow Council believes that equality is about making sure people are treated fairly and given fair chances.

"Equality is not about treating everyone in the same way, but it recognises that their needs are met in different ways, including LGBT and deaf people as well.”