Fresh from schooling the nation on being beyond the binary, we’re excited to announce that Courtney Act will be making an appearance at National Student Pride.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni and recent Big Brother contestant is coming to National Student Pride searching for a date… and you could be that lucky person!

The light hearted relief at our event focused on highlighting LGBT+ youth homelessness, being non-binary, bisexuality and body confidence – is going to be a Blind Dates parody you never knew you needed until now.

Following on from Charlie Hides judging last year’s talent show and Alaska judging 2016’s Lip Sync Battle, Courtney will be starring in what we’re calling, ‘Queer Dates.’

Watch as main stage host, MTV’s James Barr introduces Shane Jenek in the persona of Courtney Act to the stage. James will undoubtedly ask Courtney the questions we all want to know about being in the Big Brother House.

Then, Courtney Act will host as our blind dates will pick from a glamorous selection of LGBT+ celebrities and beautiful activists, to be their date.

Who is this dater we hear you ask? It could be you – apply now to win a date with the likes of:

  • Calum Scott, who is best known for his heartbreaking rendition of Dancing On My Own. December saw him release his next single, which will sure will be a best selling hit - You Are The Reason.

  • Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke

  • Nail Transphobia queen Charlie Craggs

  • Or even the gorgeous sweetheart and Queer Britain documentary host Riyadh Khalaf

  • Plus two more special guests TBA

You’ll be winning a lucky date to a French-bistro inspired treat in our Queer Dates hideaway.

Now is your time to shine!

Students are invited to enter to win the chance to participate in Queer Dates, persuade Courtney to pick you now:

Name *
Tell Courtney about you, your personality, what University you go to and what you study. And what makes you a fabulous Blind Date?
Sexual / romantic orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, preferred pronouns, any other relevant information


Notes to Editors:

National Student Pride spokesperson Charlie-Ann Mathers said: “I can’t even contain my excitement that Courtney will be joining us at National Student Pride this year.”

Charlie continued: “Not only will she be shy of her first week out of the Big Brother house, but she’s also an amazing voice when it comes to gender issues - a topic we’re covering with our Beyond The Binary panel.”

Courtney Act and Calum Scott will perform as part of their appearance at National Student Pride.

The event will be livestreamed, and video will be available for use by the media.

Apply for press passes to interview attendees and to begin a conversation about getting footage here:

National Student Pride 9th-11th Feb 2018

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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)

The main stage room will also play host to our LGBT+ youth homelessness panel. Alongside Beyond the Binary and the return of our TV Parody. After the hot mess that was the Student Pride Bake Off and the Lip Sync Battle – this year we’ll be parodying on Paul O’grady’s Blind Date. Student Pride is hosting our very own Queer Dates hosted by James Barr where students can win a date with the likes of Ollie Locke (Made in Chelsea star) and Riyadh Khalaf (Host of Queer Britain).

Also on the Saturday event there will be a YouTubers meet & greet with adorable puppies. Whether you need some stress relief or want some added cuteness to your YouTuber selfie, this year’s student pride will have a room filled with the adorable pets. This year we have some great LGBT+ YouTuber to meet!

We will also be opening a discussion on body image within the LGBT+ community. The panel will explore why it is so important for members of the LGBT+ community to feel empowered and confident with their bodies.

  • 9th Friday

    • 7pm -11pm Registration with Danny Beard @ GAY Late

    • 11pm - late GAY Heaven

  • 10th Saturday

    • 12-5pm, daytime event (University of Westminster) with

      • main stage panels 'Attitude Homeless Panel with LGBT+ homeless case studies - Beyond the Binary Panel - Ayla Holdom, Fox Fisher, Lewis Hancox, Lily Madigan, , ‘#QueerAF podcast guest hosted by Evan Davis and 'Queer Dates’ the Blind Dates parody you didn’t know you needed in your life.

      • ‘Gay Star Students’ stage space Bisexuality Panel with Lewis Oakley, dogs and YouTubers - Doug Armstrong, Olly Pike, Saskia and Lily, Jake Edwards', ‘Loving how you look’ body confidence open mic with Dr Ranj Singh and Aliss Bonython

      • Pride.Careers fair, performance stage and mock assessment centre with EY, IBM, Clifford Chance and other sponsors.

    • Student Pride at G-A-Y Heaven 10 - late

      • With performance TBC

  • 11th Sunday

    • Queer Bus tour of London around queer safe spaces

    • 10:30 departure from Baker Street, £4