MEDIA DIARY NOTICE: National Student Pride 9th-11th Feb 2018
Tickets available December 8th 2017: www.studentpride.co.uk/tickets
Vulnerable young LGBT+ people are still getting kicked out of their homes when they come out – and it is destroying their lives.
That’s why this year, with Albert Kennedy Trust, National Student Pride will be putting young homeless voices at the core of our event.
Figures by The Albert Kennedy Trust show that of young homeless people, LGBT+ kids are much more likely to be suffering:
One in four of homeless young people identify as LGBT+
Nearly four in five of them say coming out to parents was the main factor in becoming homeless
Once homeless, LGBT youth are more likely to experience targeted violence and discrimination, develop substance abuse problems, be exposed to sexual exploitation, and engage in higher levels of risky sexual behaviour, than their non-LGBT peers
We need want to empower those young people kick starting and inspiring a wider discussion on the crisis of LGBT+ youth homelessness.
The Albert Kennedy Trust, Attitude Magazine and National Student Pride’s panel will bring together young LGBT+ homeless voices, with soon to be announced special guests to amplify the discussion needed on this debate.
The event will be livestreamed, and press passes are available now here.
Chair of Student Pride Hatti Smart says:
“The figures from the Albert Kennedy Trust are truly devastating. I’m lucky my mum was very supportive when I came out. But for many, it’s a different story and they are kicked out of their homes.
‘We hope our event this year inspires the media, influencers and activists to support charities such as AKT and lift the voices of young LGBT+ homeless people”
Tim Sigsworth Albert Kennedy Trust CEO says:
“AKT believe that youth homelessness is the most pressing human rights issue facing the LGBT+ community today in the UK. No young person should have to choose between a safe home and being who they are.”
What is National Student Pride?
National Student Pride, now in its 13th year, is back in London at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus. Culminating in our main daytime festival on Saturday 10th February with panels, performances and a careers fair – over 1700 LGBT students from across the UK will be taking part in a weekend of festivities from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th February. The evening entertainment will be hosted by the infamous G-A-Y night clubs, culminating with a party at G-A-Y Heaven.
What happened last year?
Our core 2017 theme was on the topical and needed topic of sex education. We amplified years of activism calling on the Government to adopt compulsory sex education into the curriculum. Four days later, the education Minister Justine Greening did.
A host of LGBT personalities spoke on our panel debates, including:
Evan Davis in conversation with Olly Alexander on his experiences growing up gay,
Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts hosting a panel on intersectionality with guests such as Jodie Marsh who spoke on her activism work with the Being Me Campaign.
Our Let’s Talk About Sex panel calling for LGBT+ inclusive sex ed in UK schools
What can you expect at the 2018 event?
The whole event starts with an opening night party with one of Britain's biggest Drag Queens, BGT’s Danny Beard. (GAY Late, Fri 10th, 7pm)
We team up with My Genderation, Attitude Magazine, Gay Star News for panels and see the return of our LGBT YouTubers space at our daytime event (University of Westminster, Sat 10th, 12pm).
In a break from tradition, our Sunday morning event will burst out of the cinema and take to the streets. This year we’ll be hosting a guided queer bus tour of London (Baker Street, Sun 11th, 11am).
Pride.Careers Job Fair
The proudest aspect of our event is the careers fair. This year the Careers fair, the largest LGBT student Careers Fair in the UK, will keep the daytime event free for students.
Already signed up are London Insurance Life, Marks & Spencer, Pride in London, 56 Dean Street, Girlguiding, L‘Oreal, Stephenson Harwood, Stonewall and the RAF. Follow our social media for more big announcements of stalls. (@StudentPride)
National Student Pride is being platinum-sponsored in 2018 by EY for the eighth consecutive year. Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK & Ireland, comments: “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 are gold sponsors.
ASOS, Enterprise Rent A Car, Thomson Reuters and Santander are silver sponsors.
The event began at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 to proactively challenge the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk. We continue that spirit today, leading the narrative on taboo topics. Read more about our history.
Tickets launch on December 8th in conjunction with this embargoed release. We would be grateful if you are able to include a link in any coverage you produce.
£5 early-bird price, covers entry to all NSP club events.
Notes to editors:
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