Today, Gay Star News (GSN) have announced the sponsorship of National Student Pride’s (NSP) second stage, which will be called the ‘Gay Star Students’ stage. The event takes place on Saturday 10th February 2018, tackling the topic of bisexuality.
Now in GSN and NSP’s sixth year of partnership, this will be the first time that a media partner has ever sponsored a stage. GSN will also be the first to live stream the stage’s activity and will be broadcasted across GSN’s social media channels.
The stage’s main feature will be a bisexual discussion panel, featuring bisexual activist Lewis Oakley, who will chair the panel of bisexual+ people. The panel will discuss biphobia and bi erasure, following a video released about guessing a person’s sexuality last week.
Joining Lewis will be…
- Nichi Hodgson, a journalist, broadcaster, author and sex educator.
- Jen Yockney MBE, the first Mx to make the Honours List and first MBE for ‘services to the bisexual community.’
- And other TBC guests.
The Gay Star Students stage is running in association with GSN’s own Bi Manifesto, which is a two week celebration of bisexual pride on GSN starting today (Monday 29th January.)
The purpose of the Bi Manifesto is to call for better bi representation amongst the LGBTI community and will showcase around 25 pieces of original content.
Charlie Mathers, the coordinator of the initiative, says: ‘With the help of a network of bi people from all over the world, we’re highlighting the multiple areas in today’s society where bi representation lacks severely.‘
‘There hasn’t been a single bi person I have spoken to about this campaign who hasn’t said how amazing and important it is. Bisexual people experience much higher suicide risks which is really sad and needs to hault. By calling on the world to do better bi us, hopefully we can make the lives of all bisexual people better’.
The Gay Star Students stage will also provide a platform for LGBTI YouTubers, such as Doug Armstrong and Olly Pike, and will host the ‘Loving how you look’ open mic focused on body confidence with Dr Ranj Singh and fashion model, Aliss Bonython.
The stage also caters for animal lovers with a restbite session with adorable therapy puppies, designed to help with depression and anxiety.
Gay Star Students, which was launched in July 2017 and sponsored by Clifford Chance and Deloitte, was designed to run alongside national student pride and is run by their head of media, Jamie Wareham.
The section empowers young people’s careers by giving LGBTI people with the tools they need to be amazing job applicants. It also showcases a range of companies committed to LGBTI diversity at work.
NSP’s careers fair will be sponsored by businesses such as EY, Lloyds Banking, ASOS, Chappy, Thomson Reuters and Santander. Co-sponsor of Gay Star Students, Clifford Chance, will be Gold sponsors of the event.
The event began at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 to proactively challenge the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk. We continue that spirit today, leading the narrative on taboo topics.
Tom Guy, Head of NSP, said: ‘I’m thrilled to have Gay Star News sponsoring a stage as a media partner. It’s great that one of the leading LGBTI publications backs our event. When six in 10 graduates go back in the closet when they get their first job, it is important to enable LGBTI students career prospects with our pride.careers job fair.
‘Since 2005, NSP has been a platform is discuss topics that the general population don’t want to discuss. It’s important young people are able to have conversations that create change.’