Penguin Pride comes to Proud Galleries this July, and you can get discounted tickets
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The festival-style event will take place on Wednesday 5th July, following on from Penguin’s successful 2016 Pride campaign.
As publishers, Penguin Random House UK have been committed to making publishing more inclusive.
WriteNow was launched last year. It is a programme created to find, mentor and publish writers from under-represented communities, including up-and-coming LGBT voices.
The main stage host is Josh Rivers (Gay Times) and he will be joined by performance poets MC Angel and Toby Campion plus an exclusive live performance from headliner Kele Okereke (Bloc Party).
There will also be topical panel discussions featuring Paul Flynn (author of Good As You), Zee Gachette (Z-Star Delta), Matthew Todd (author of Straight Jacket) and Rebecca Stinson (Head of Trans Inclusion, Stonewall).
Matthew Todd said, “Pride is particularly poignant this year as it marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.
"Seeing yourself reflected in books and other art forms is massively important so I'm excited about Penguin Pride and very happy to be part of it and its celebration of LGBT writers.”
Presented in association with Gay Times Magazine, the event supports Stonewall UK – a charity which campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
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Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall, explained why the fight for equality is just as important as ever.
She said: “Moments like Penguin Pride are vital in building understanding of why we need to create a society where everyone is accepted without exception. We still have a long way to go before we can say everyone is free to be themselves, but sometimes people assume that this fight is won.
“These events are of course an opportunity to celebrate our achievements but, importantly, they give us space to reflect on why we need to continue to create equality for all and why we aren’t there yet. When we hear stories of people who weren’t able to be themselves, or from those who aren’t yet accepted for who they are, it makes the fight for equality all the more palpable, personal and urgent.”
Student tickets are currently available for just £10 (ordinarily £18) by using the code STUDENT10 and entering your NUS number at checkout. £1 of every ticket bought will be donated to Stonewall UK.
This offer is for a limited time; you can book tickets here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/pride