Stuart Milk speaking ahead of his appearance at Student Pride:
"There's tremendous ongoing relevance for Uncle Harvey's story, message and his ultimate sacrifice. There is misconception today that we when a nation has achieved marriage equality we have accomplished the mission of LGBT rights."
We still don't have societal equality, anywhere. Whenever you have a group that can be marginalized, whenever you have people that must make the often difficult choice to be authentic and visible as a minority - a decision young LGBT face every single day all across the globe - then we need a story, a compass that keeps us vigilant, both as role models and as guardians for those that have not come out yet, and this struggle doesn't end with same-sex marriage."
"For so long we've taught the message of tolerance. But tolerance is such a low bar. Who really wants to be tolerated? As I always say, we need to celebrate diversity and yes pride in our authenticity, we do not want to just be tolerate - the heart of uncle Harvey's legacy"
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Harvey Milk’s Story ‘More Relevant Than Ever’
With National Student Pride 201 just over week away, we are extremely excited to be announcing the details of our exclusive film screening of Milk followed by a Q&A with Harvey Milk’s Nephew and Global Human Rights/LGBT Civil Rights Speaker and Advocate in his own right, which will be rounding off our weekend of events on Sunday 7th February.
Stuart believes the film and Harvey Milks story is just as important now as it once was. "There's tremendous ongoing relevance for Uncle Harvey's story, message and his ultimate sacrifice. There is misconception today that we when a nation has achieved marriage equality we have accomplished the mission of LGBT rights. We still don't have societal equality, anywhere. We at Student Pride believe this is particularly true when you look at Mental Health statistics and how LGBT people are disproportionately affected by them.
‘Milk’ is the ground-breaking biographical film that portrays the career of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was one of the first openly gay politicians in the world. Attendees will then also be invited to stay for a Q&A with Harvey Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, which will follow the screening of the film.
Not only is ‘Milk’ a critically acclaimed film, winning two Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, but the film also holds significant importance within the LGBTI community. The film not only showcases one of our community’s greatest heroes, whose courage and bravery has inspired so many, but also highlights our community’s history, and the struggles LGBT people still face to this day.
Last year Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for writing the screen-play for the movie spoke on the Student Pride media representation panel, slamming Hollywood agents who make their actors hide their sexuality.
It is a great privilege to be having Harvey Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, in attendance at National Student Pride this year. He has done a great deal of amazing work as a global LGBT rights activist and political speaker, and he is also the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, which looks to empower organisations around the world fighting for LGBT equality.
Hatti Smart, Student Pride’s co-chair who’ll be hosting the Q&A after the film said “I’m so excited to meet such an important global activist. I’m not ashamed to say I cried a lot at Harvey Milk’s powerful story in the film Milk. I can’t wait to open the floor to questions from Harvey’s nephew Stuart Milk.”
We are also incredibly excited to be holding our film screening at The University of Westminster’s Regent Street Cinema. The Regent Street Cinema holds a great deal of importance, as it was the first place in Britain to show film, and is often seen as the birthplace of British cinema.
Closed as a cinema since 1980, The University Of Westminster recently mounted a successful fundraising campaign to restore and reopen the cinema at their Regent Street headquarters. The cinema now holds a new state-of-the-art auditorium, and has once again become a landmark for film in the heart of London.
Notes to editors
Event takes place on February 7th as part of the National #StudentPride festivities which begin Friday at 7pm on the 5th and centre around a daytime festival on the 6th with a careers fair, panels on coming out, mental health and LGBT YouTubers plus live music and a Lip Sync Battle. More info here
The Venue, on Regent Street halfway between New Broadcasting House and Nike is the ‘oldest cinema in london’ and described as “the birthplace of British cinema”
309 Regent St, London W1B 2HT
Tickets cost £3.50 and can be purchased here: http://www.studentpride.co.uk/tickets
The Screening begins at 12:30pm, the Q&A will commence at approx 2:30pm.
This event is open to all, any age regardless of Student status. Student ID not required.
You can see the full line up here www.studentpride.co.uk/2016
You can read a full run-down of our event here https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XQIR3OR1KmF3H1DU8ITWjfzB8K7Kf0d6qb1fAPIXIQM
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150 word event Summary
National #StudentPride - 5th-7th February
Returns to London for its 11th year hosted at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus and the infamous G-A-Y night clubs. This year the event’s main focus is tackling the vital but difficult conversation of mental health stigma. The free daytime festival that takes place on the Saturday of the weekend will also have panels with celebrities, activists and politicians with RUComingOut.com, looking at angles of coming out you might not have thought of, plus LGBT YouTubers are lining up to discuss the impact of the platform on changing perceptions and giving hope to young people. Then of course, #StudentPride does Lip Sync. Plus cabaret, live music and you can even bag yourself a job at the biggest LGBT careers fair in the UK.
The event is open to all - Not just students
Club Night tickets £5 www.studentpride.co.uk/tickets