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Fox Fisher - “Youtube has been instrumental to many people transitioning, including myself.”
This year’s National Student Pride Youtube panel that debuted at the 2016 event, will focus on bullying and the power of the platform as a support network.
This year, Riyadh Khalaf returns to host. Joining Riyadh will be Trans activists and non-binary couple Fox and Owl, as well as long-distance couple Saskia and Lily. The panel will day place on the 25th of February, at the University of Westminster. Read more about what else you can expect at the event.
Fox Fisher starred in Channel 4’s My Transexual Summer series, and now runs a Youtube channel with partner Owl where they talk about the trials and tribulations of being trans and nonbinary. Talking about being on the panel, they explained that :
“Youtube is a platform for all sorts of people to sprout opinions. It's important to talk about the effects of 'putting yourself out there' and how the connections and community outweighs nasty trolling. YouTube has been instrumental to many people transitioning, including myself. I watched so many videos on medical and social transitioning before I took the leap.”
Listen to Fox and Owl on this month's Student Pride Podcast.
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Saskia and Lily are a young couple who met whilst a boarding school, where being LGBT wasn’t best understood. Knowing the need for a safe place, about being invited to National Student Pride they said:
“We love that student pride is run by students for students, and that it provides a safe space for LGBT young people to ask questions and feel proud of their sexuality!”.
Whilst they both currently identify as demisexual, they are both “very aware that sexuality is fluid and ever changing, and how we identify now may not be how we identify forever”.
Many LGBT youth fall victim to bullying, and suffer with mental health issues - They’re statistically more than twice as likely as their straight peers to feel depressed and think about or attempt suicide. A survey of 7,000 16 to 24 year olds found that 54% of young LGBT people reported either self-harming now or at some point in the past.
Available for interviews ahead of the panel:
Fox Fisher and Owl
Saskia and Lily
Student Pride representatives
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The Rest Of The Weekend
The whole event starts with an opening night party on Friday 24th with drag kings and queens galore, including the fabulous Mary Mac hosting to get everyone going and involved. This to kick start a weekend that for many, is their first pride - and one that is open to all. A Sunday morning event, the perfect way to see the weekend off, will soon be announced following the success of the Milk and Boy Meets Girl screenings.
The proudest aspect of our event is the careers fair, which keeps the daytime event free and is now the largest LGBT student Careers Fair in the UK. Last year, EY, Google, IBM and Clifford Chance took on graduates they interviewed and met at the event. Already confirmed are Ford, Santander, Fujitsu, RAF, RBS, Teach First, Ditch the Label and Interengineering We have already exceeded last year’s roster of 55. Follow our social media for more big announcements of stalls. (@StudentPride)
National Student Pride is being platinum-sponsored in 2017 by EY for the seventh consecutive year. Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK & Ireland, comments: “EY are proud to be the Platinum sponsor for National Student Pride 2017, a partnership we have built and maintained for the last seven years. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unerring and the event allows us to connect with young LGBT talent in an environment of respect and opportunity. It’s important to us to show the next generation that they will be able to be themselves in the workplace. Last year thousands of the students from across the UK attended the event and we are excited to meet even more in February at the Careers Fair. We look forward to the whole weekend festival of events, including the ever-popular series of discussions.” Law firm Clifford Chance and 02 are gold sponsors. The adidas Group, Aviva, Enterprise Rent-a-car, GE Capital, IBM, Lloyds Banking Group and Thomson Reuters are silver sponsors.
The event began at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 as a response to the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk. Student Pride continues this mantra in its 12th year choosing to hold its 2017 event at on campus because the fight Students face remains just as prevalent, if not more complex, than when we first began.
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Gold: Clifford Chance, 02
Silver: Aviva, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GE Capital, IBM, Lloyds Banking Group, Thomson Reuters, The adidas Group
Titanium: Balfour Beatty, BDO, GSK, Google, EDF Energy