National Student Pride - celebrating 10 years!

National Student Pride is returning to London for its 10th Anniversary event

Planet London are delighted to announce that we are supporting this event. We will be present at the main festival event on Saturday 28 February at the University of Westminster campus. As well as some great information we will have some fun and games and a few freebies to give away! We are also hoping to support a women's social on the Saturday night before the main evening kicks off.

Updates - latest acts and speakers announced

The panel discussion on Saturday 28th February is one of the key events of Student Pride. This year, chaired by Evan Davis, NSP welcomes to the media panel:

  • Acclaimed screenwriter Dustin Lance BlackStudent Pride line up poster
  • Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer, Eastenders
  • Owen Jones, Author of ‘Chavs’ and popular columnist for the Independent - @OwenJones84
  • Bethany Black, Transgender comedian and star in Cucumber - @BethanyBlack
  • Actor and musician Heather Peace (Lip Service)
  • Actor and Director Alycia Eyo (Bad Girls, Emmerdale)

Plus all the Political parties are invited to a panel to talk openly about what they will offer LGBT voters.

Plus! Lucy Spraggan is on the talent show panel!

Where?

University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus, 35 Marylebone Road (opposite Madame Tussauds) (days)

G-A-Y @ Heaven (evenings)

When?

27th February to 1st March 2015

How can I get tickets?

Tickets for the event are on sale now: Currently at presale price of £5 for weekend wristband www.studentpride.co.uk/tickets

What to expect?

Job far, market place, live music, bar, carnival area, food, art expo, film screenings, panel discussions, and of course parties! Here are a few of our favourites to give you a taster of what to expect from this year.

2015

Arts PrideAlready announced in 2015 is an ArtsPride EXPO. 

ArtsPride EXPO 2015 is an exhibition of LGBT students work at National Student Pride. Submit your artwork by 11 January 2015. Online voting will commence in the new year and the best pieces will be exhibited at National Student Pride. A panel of celebrity judges will then choose the winning pieces.  Submit your artwork here

With so many talented LGBT people, we expect this to be a spectacular exhibit!

Queer as FilmQueer as Film is an opportunity for queer film-makers to submit a short to the festival.

Queer cinema and stand up comedy mashed together giving the next generation of queer filmmakers a platform. Hosted by stand up comedian Tom Allen 

Send them your short films; your desperate visions; your trash chic imaginings; your video nasties, your midnight move epics and they’ll screen the best ones from 8pm at the Departure Lounge in Heaven on the Saturday evening. 

Find Queer as Film on facebook.com/qasfilm & twitter @queerasfilm and get in contact with a youtube/vimeo/etc link.

Boy Meets GirlA screening of Boy Meets Girl (Iris Prize winner - Best Feature Film, 2014) on the Sunday is a great way to wrap up the festival.

Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams. This is a sex/human positive modern fable and identification with it's story crosses all gender and sexual orientation lines.

2014 run down

National Student Pride 2014 Trans ChatThe evening entertainment will be hosted by the G-A-Y nightclubs. Notorious for setting entertainment headlines nationwide including recent scandalous performances by Tulisa, Lady Gaga, Nicole Scherzinger and Foxes who played for Student Pride 2014. 2015 is sure to be amazing!

The 2014 event was a huge success with over 120 Universities and colleges attending. Pulling in celebrities, activists and comedians including the likes of Zoe Lyons, John Waite (Great British Bake Off), John Amaechi OBE (former NBA basketball player) and Lisa Power (Stonewall Founder). The popular Warwick Naked Rowers chose the event to launch their charity ‘Sport Allies’.

At the 2014 event the Mayor of London Boris Johnson congratulated the event for sending a message to the world that London is a safe place and welcoming place to be a student.

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 10th year. Student pride has chosen to hold its 2015 event at the University of Westminster which last year allowed notoriously homophobic Sheikh Haitham al Haddad to speak at a charity dinner.

A focus on Trans issues in 2015

National Student Pride 2014 Main StageThis year will see a welcome return to a focus on Trans* issues. Evan Davis who hosted the ‘Time for T’ session said its been a very important couple of years for the T in LGBT. The session heard from second on the independent’s rainbow list Paris Lees who said society does not accommodate trans people.

 

48% of trans people in the UK under 26 have attempted suicide because of discrimination they suffer, sometimes even from within the LGBT community. Paris Lees told the student Pride audience  “when you give trans people the help and support they need they can go on to flourish and prosper as everyone should be given the chance to do.”

Bridget Nkomo, the Diversity Representative for Student Pride and former president of Westminster LGBTI society said coming to Westminster opened doors so the society could highlight the importance of making the University a constant safe space for LGBTI people.

As well as the careers fair being an integral part of the daytime event corporate sponsorship is essential to keep the daytime event free.  National Student Pride is being platinum-sponsored in 2015 by EY for the fifth consecutive year.

Liz Bingham (Managing Partner for People, UK & Ireland at EY and Student Pride ambassador) said:

"We are very proud to support National Student Pride for another year. At EY we are passionate about enabling people to come together in an environment where they feel included and respected. National Student Pride enables LGBT students to do just that." 

Law firm Clifford Chance are gold sponsors, with IBM and BP. The Co-operative, Asda and Enterprise Rent-a-car are silver sponsors.

Current event schedule for 2015

FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY (18+)

  • 7.30-10.30pm: Registration, welcome drinks & games @ G-A-Y Late bar
  • 11pm-early: opening party @ G-A-Y Heaven

SATURDAY 28 FEBRUARY DAYTIME (16+)

  • 12.30-5pm Student Pride the festival @ University of Westminster

SATURDAY EVENING (18+)

  • Queer as Film 8-10pm at Departure Lounge, Heaven
  • Drink deals in London gay bars (List to be published nearer the event)
  • 10pm-early Club night @ G-A-Y Heaven

SUNDAY 1 MARCH (16+)

  • 11am-12.30pm Breakfast & baggage drop @ University of Westminster
  • 1pm Film Screening of 'Boy Meets Girl' in association with Iris Film Festival