Digital Pride climaxes tomorrow with a free event at London’s Heaven nightclub – where a host of incredible LGBTI panelists debating and discussing the LGBTI hottest topics.
12.15pm: Against the Law
What is it like to live in a country where homosexuality is illegal? What can be done about it?
Our speakers are drawn entirely from countries where LGBTI people are criminalized. They will be sharing their stories and talking about a way forward.
The speakers are Edwin Sesange from Uganda, Aderonke Apata from Nigeria, Pastor Jide Macaulay from Nigeria, Romario Wanliss from Jamaica and Mohamed Abdel from Egypt.
1.10pm: Mental Health
With more LGBTI people having mental issues at some point in their life, how do we break the stigma and conquer a silent health crisis that literally costs lives.
Our speakers include Jane Czyzselska – the editor of DIVA and a trained therapist – and Pink Therapy’s Kris Black.
We will also hear two inspirational stories. Gay Star News’ head of engagement, Dan Beeson, has written about his experience of receiving counseling and how it has improved his life. Jonny Benjamin, was talked out of jumping from a bridge by a stranger – a story that was made into a TV documentary.
Dominic Davis of Pink Therapy will chair.
2pm: Women’s Voices
Are LBT women’s voices being drowned out by gay men? Our all-women panel will share their stories and solutions.
Speakers are Elly Barnes, former Pink List number one and director of Educate and Celebrate, DJ Ritu of LGBTI Asian night Club Kali, and Jenny Fallover of Lesbians Who Tech.
Jane Fae, GSN contributor, will chair.
2.45pm: The EU
Are LGBTIs better off in or out?
In the only scheduled LGBTI public debate before the UK referendum on membership of the EU, politicians will make the case for either side.
Speakers are Adam Lake of Out and Proud and Seb Dance MEP. Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith will chair.
3.30pm: Intersex, Non-binary and More
A discovery session: Our community does not end at LGBT, there are many other gender identities but most people know little about them.
J Fernandez, of Beyond the Binary, Surat-Shaan, of Liberal Judaism, will appear. Author Joe Holliday will also talk with his mother about his story. Lola Olson, who is agender, will talk about her campaign to be recognized by the NHS.
PrEP is the new drug that can help protect you from HIV. England’s NHS may now provide it after a legal challenge. Can we end HIV and AIDS?
Our experts include Will Nutland of PrEPster and Greg Owen, co-founder of I Want PrEP Now. Dr Sheena McCormack will chair.
5pm: Trans: The Next Decade
It’s been an incredible few years of achievement and recognition for trans people. But huge challenges remain.
Our speakers are all trans men and women and have all become leaders and role models for the trans and wider LGBTI community.
Helen Belcher of Trans Media Watch, Army officer Hannah Winterbourne, Jamaican trans man Romario Wanliss will share their insights. The chair is trans model and filmmaker, Jake Graf.
6.10pm: Chemsex Stories
Starting with a screening of short film G O’Clock (UK, 11 minutes), this isn’t a panel debate but an interactive story session. Our speakers will share their experiences, guided by our chair, journalist and DJ, Stewart Who?.
We will hear from G O’Clock filmmaker Mitch Marion and the film’s star, EastEnders actor Leon Lopez. In a view from the scene, veteran London DJ Fat Tony and tanning salon owner Michelle Thomber-Dunwell will talk about when drugs go wrong.
Digital Pride: The Festival is at Heaven, Charing Cross, central London on Saturday 30 April. Entry is free. Doors open 12noon to 7pm.
There is also a full program of live performances, including The Voice, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent stars and the best LGBTI talent. Plus free wine tasting, demos, prizes, stalls and more.
Check back here for the livestream link tomorrow. You can also join in the conversation on social media using #DigitalPride
If you can’t make it to London, the discussions will be live-streamed and you can join in the conversation on social media using #DigitalPride.