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Religion, LGBTI icons and transphobia: Join us at London's Hospital Club for heated debate

Be part of Digital Pride by taking part in some of the panel discussions being filmed this weekend in London

Religion, LGBTI icons and transphobia: Join us at London's Hospital Club for heated debate
Come join the discussion at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.

Digital Pride 2017, organized by Gay Star News, is set to take place in April. However, you can take part in activities sooner than that.

Join the Digital Pride conversation when we host an exciting array of panel discussions at London’s Hospital Club – one of the capital’s swankiest members’ clubs – in Covent Garden on Sunday 19 March.

Come and enjoy yourself in The Oak Room at The Hospital Club during our panels.

Come be a part of the conversation as we cover a range of topics; from Unrealistic Ideals of Beauty in the LGBTI Community to Are Religious People Still the Main Villains Against LGBTI people?

Here’s the full list of topics that will discussed along with our amazing panelists. Come and be a part of the dialogue. Don’t forget to RSVP with the link below.

Media on trial: The fight against transphobia – 10:30AM

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Panelists include:

Jake Graf

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Jake Graf is a director, writer and actor based in London known for Dawn (2016), Chance (2015), The Danish Girl (2015), and Brace (2014).

Jake is an active and visible member of the transgender community, speaking internationally on trans issues, particularly in relation to film and media.

Hannah Winterbourne

Captain Hannah Winterbourne is a 29 year-old officer of the British Army serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

In 2013 Hannah came out as a transgender woman and became the highest ranking transgender soldier within the British Army.

Elijah W. Harris

Elijah is a transgender actor with a versatile approach to gender. Elijah’s subtle and sensitive portrayal of character has been called charming and endearing, and his focus on truth in performance is clear. Elijah works mostly in theatre and queer performance and has more recently started moving into television and film.

Jordan Gray

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Jordan Redford Gossamer Gray is an English-born, transgender TV personality, recording artist, actress, and activist. She made headlines as the first trans contestant on the Voice UK (2016) and guested on Scroobius Pip’s #1 best-selling Distraction Pieces podcast in 2015. Jordan tours regularly under the stage pseudonym Tall Dark Friend. Her last single Platinum featured the first trans-cis romance scene in a mainstream music video.

Women’s Voices: The importance of not letting others tell our stories – 12:00PM

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Panelists include:

Jane Fae

Jane Fae is a feminist, journalist, campaigner on political and sexual liberty who also knows a bit about IT, the law and policing. In between times, she can be found amusing alternative London audiences with alternative stand-up aimed at exposing the multiple stupidities that together make up the patriarchal norm.

Fae writes for national media, including the Guardian, Daily Mail and Independent, as well as GayStarNews.

Moud Goba

Moud Goba, is a Zimbabwean lesbian and refugee residing in the UK. She is an LGBTI and human rights activist with more than 12 years experience in working with BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) LGBTI grassroots community groups. She was one of the founding members of UK Black Pride. Goba passionately supports LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees, especially women in immigration detention centres.

Amy Nield

Amy is a Creative Strategist at DigitasLBi and has an interest in digital identities, particularly amongst young people and how queer culture manifests online. She was the recipient of Google Squared’s Next Generation Leader award in 2014 and is a member of Égalité, the LGBTI employee support network for Publicis Groupe.

DJ Ritu

DJ Ritu began her turntablist career at The London Lesbian & Gay Centre in Farringdon in 1986. Currently, she is still resident at Club Kali 22 years on, plus at Motown/Soul night, Luscious. She hosts regular events at the Southbank Centre for her weekly radio show – A World In London – and also DJs every year at BFI Flare LGBTI Film Festival. In 2015, Ritu was added to the Independent Newspaper’s Rainbow List.

Are religious people still the ‘main villains’ against LGBTI people? – 3:00PM

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Panelists include:

Luke Dowding

Luke has a degree in Theology from Spurgeon’s College and is completing his Masters in Biblical Studies at King’s College, part time. He is a Deacon at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Stonewall School and Faith Role Model and pioneer of LGBTI inclusion within the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

He is also co-founder of Soho Gathering, an inclusive fellowship for those marginalised within the Church because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Jide Macaulay

Jide Macaulay is the founding Pastor and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC. British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV activist, holds a degree in Law, masters degree in Theology and post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology.

Jide focuses his ministry on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights. He writes for various Christian and secular journals.

Asad Dhunna

Asad Dhunna is an Associate Director at a global communications agency.  He provides communications counsel to a number of blue chip companies.

A gay Muslim, he writes about his experience of being both BAME and LGBTI for the Huffington Post, The Independent, Vice and Newsweek and has appeared on Sky News and BBC Radio 4.

Martin Pendergast

Martin Pendergast has a Licence in Theology (STL) from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Master’s Degrees in Theology and Social Sciences from Bristol University and Middlesex University, including a professional Qualification in Social Work. He has been involved in LGBTI Catholic pastoral activities since 1976 and was a member of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales Social Welfare Commission.

LGBTI Icons: Where are they now? – 4:30PM

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Panelists include:

Adam Smith

Adam Smith is a writer, journalist, social media editor and dreamer. His first short film, Open Plan (2016), explored a polyamorous queer relationship. His next, Pricked (2017), features a gay hook-up that goes wrong when one of the guys thinks too much about nipples.

Leon Lopez

Leon has enjoyed over 20 years of media success, crossing genres from stage to screen and radio. Popularly known for his acting roles starting along side the likes of Sir Ben Kingsley in TUT and in soap operas Eastenders, Hollyoaks, and Brookside.

Leon uses his filmmaking to talk about issues within society that he feels are neglected by the main stream media. His most recent documentary, Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs, premiered at BFI Flare’s 30th anniversary festival in 2016.

Fox Fisher

Fox Fisher was assigned female at birth, started their medical transition six years ago and defines as non-binary trans.

Fisher is an artist, film-maker and campaigner. After taking part in C4’s My Transsexual Summer, Fox set up My Genderation and has made 50+ short films. Fox promotes trans matters through TV appearances: ITV This Morning Breakfast TV (2011), BBC Inside Out (2012), Arte Europa (2013) BBC Victoria Derbyshire (2016). He is an advisor to All About Trans, and facilitated interactions w/ BBC, Daily Mail, Sun & Observer, to discuss representation in media.


Owl (Ugla Stefania) is a award winning trans activist, MA in gender studies and official spokesperson for trans people in Iceland from 2010-2016. Owl funded the first queer support group in the north of Iceland in 2010 (HIN – Queer in Northern Iceland), sat on the board of Q-Association of Queer Students in Iceland from 2011-2014, sat on the board of Trans Iceland from 2011-2015 and sat on the board of Samtökin ‘78 – The National Queer Organisation of Iceland in 2011-2012.

After, they became the educational advisor of the organisation, working on education and giving lectures at all primary schools and secondary schools in the country about LGBTI issues. Owl now resides in the United Kingdom and is on the Advisory Board of All About Trans and co-runs the My Genderation film project along with their partner, Fox Fisher.

Patrick Cash

Cash writes for the theatre, with productions including a queer adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Arcola Theatre; The Clinic, Queers, The Chemsex Monologues, all at the King’s Head Theatre, Superficial at The Glory, and The HIV Monologues at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, coming under my work with Dragonflies Theatre.

Are Unrealistic Ideals of Beauty Killing the LGBTI Community? – 6:00PM

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Panelists include:

Dr. Christian Jessen

Dr. Christian Jessen is a popular health campaigner and speaker, who combines his medical career with a successful broadcasting and media career. He works closely with various charities to help look for new ways to educate people in health matters. His main aim is to help raise awareness and to demystify the world of medicine to make it more accessible to the public.

Kayza Rose

Kayza Rose is the Executive Director of BlackOutLDN which she co-founded to support victims of racism and to combat oppressions suffered by people of colour. Kayza uses creative practices to give marginalised groups a voice and combines her work with BlackOutLDN with her roles as an Arts Council England Change Maker, Head of Media Production at UK Black Pride and as a Producer across film-making, artist and events management.

Dr. Meg-John Barker

Dr. Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular books Rewriting the Rules, The Secrets of Enduring Love and Queer: A Graphic History.

Jane Czyzselska

Czyzselska is the former editor of Diva magazine. Also, she has written for The Times and The Guardian. She works as a psychotherapist in London.

She was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Pink List 2011 and ranked 27 in the Rainbow List in 2015.