About Us


National Student Pride - The Pride of Conversation, Driven by Community

Who Are We?

Everything National Student Pride does is about opening doors to students, graduates and those with voices who are otherwise lost in a vibrant but expansive LGBT+ community.

Long before anyone else, our event has captured the extensively celebrated and courageous spirit of the student community. By tackling homophobia in sport, mental health and being trans, we are unafraid to challenge taboo first.

Proud to be fueled by substance, for many we are the first Pride - and one we want to be safe. We’ve been Named Best LGBT Event of the year, have the largest LGBT+ careers fair - free at the point of entry and are internationally recognised as an agenda-setting event. We have time and again proven that we are ahead of the curve, breaking taboos and empowering young minds.

As a non-profit all proceeds go back into keeping the event as accessible as possible. Not only free to attend in person, but with extensive media coverage you can take part from wherever you are, truly digital - and all in the hands of students.

Our Annual Event

Held in London since 2014 the three day spectacle celebrates our mission to be the pride of conversation. It is centered around a daytime festival free at the point of entry with panels, the largest free LGBT job fair, a performance stage and so much more. This is the centrepiece of a whole weekend of club nights, parties, cinema screenings and events spread across three days held every year during LGBT History Month in Feburary.

Our mission:

  • To provide a platform for debate, discussion and conversation

  • To be a networked community, linking students, graduates, and LGBT+ friendly employers

  • To propel the next generation of voices, activists and minds where they can be heard and celebrated

  • To promote an atmosphere of tolerance, opportunity and innovation by allowing room for debate and discussion.

  • To be a safe space to allow for growth in confidence, socialising and education

History

In 2016 National Student Pride has been running for 11 years. Now hosted in London, over the years we have travelled the nation from a humble beginning. It was formed in response to an extremist group seeking to impose their bigoted beliefs on campus in Oxford.

We are the pride of conversation and one of few safe spaces for the LGBT community to discuss issues close to it’s heart and taboos we know we should be talking about.

Our first event at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 as a response to the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk.The talk was by a trainee vicar with the Christian Union and was ill-informed, bigoted and homophobic. In response, National Student Pride was set up to create a fair debate that included progressive voices such as a vicar and a rabbi who spoke on how being gay and religion really sat.  The Christian Union’s event portrayed anyone lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as born immoral and deficient – Student Pride, however, believes faith and sexuality can sit side by side to fight discrimination and prejudice together.

Student Pride continues this mantra into this day and for the third year running we hosted our event at the University of Westminster which in recent years allowed notoriously homophobic Sheikh Haitham al-Haddad to speak at a charity dinner. We bring conversation to campus, to challenge bigoted views.

National Student Pride has grown exponentially since we begun and especially since moving to London. In previous years the event has moved around the country and been held in Oxford, Manchester, and spent many great years by the sea in Brighton.