Venue: Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Queer Minds is a new London festival of ideas for the LGBTQ+ community, coming to London this September.
The festival promises a series of informative and thought-provoking conversations, bringing together LGBTQ+ voices, allies, and activists to engage in discussions that matter.
This first event will see an in-depth interview with Orwell Prize Winner for Political Fiction, Tom Crewe, author of The New Life, as well as discussing London’s queer history, trans and non-binary joy, and the prospect of ending HIV in the UK.
The event is supported by Gay’s The Word bookshop and Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Uli Lenart, Assistant Manager and Director at Gay’s The Word Bookshop and Book Reviewer at Attitude Magazine UK said: “Queer Minds serves up a smorgasbord of queer literature and discussion in an iconic venue with great authors and fascinating debate. It’s like a banquet for the mind, in fantastic company, with its own bar. What’s not to love?”
Dave Cross, Events and Programme Manager at Royal Vauxhall Tavern said: “We felt Queer Minds was an important and interesting event to host alongside our regular cabaret and clubbing. We are excited to welcome the team and their speakers and it should be a fascinating way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”
George Westwood and Nick Raikes, creators of Queer Minds said: “We’re very excited to be hosting the first Queer Minds at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and we hope it becomes a staple event for the queer community in London. We set up Queer Minds to provide a safe space for in-person discussions with experts on topics that the community cares about, because right now there aren’t enough opportunities for such discussion. At its core, we want Queer Minds to spark ideas, discussions, and bring the community together in a way that it might not often get the chance to do.”
Queer Minds 2023 will run at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on Saturday 16 September 2023, from 1pm to 7pm.
Queer Minds 2023 – Sessions
In Conversation: Orwell Prize Winner for Political Fiction Tom Crewe, author of The New Life and editor at London Review of Books, interviewed by award-winning journalist Julian Worricker.
Discussion: London’s Queer History, with Dan Glass, Sexual Freedom Awards ‘Activist of the Year’ and author of Queer Footprints – A Guide to Uncovering London’s Fierce History, Dr. Isabell Dahms, lecturer of Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Pippa Catterall, professor of History and Policy at the University of Westminster.
Discussion: Ending HIV in the UK, with Marc Thompson, co-founder of PrEPster and HIV activist of more than 30 years, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Brighton Kemptown, Eli Fitzgerald, human rights activist and LGBTQ+ campaigner, and Ellie Harrison, HIV activist.
Discussion: A Celebration of Trans and Non-Binary Joy with Ben Pechey, writer, presenter, and LGBTQ+ advocate and author of The Book of Non-Binary Joy, Tash Oakes-Monger, trans activist and author of All The Things They Said We Couldn’t Have, and Nay Francis, non-binary educator and spoken word artist.
For ticket information and full event details, please visit link.outsavvy.com/queerminds
Join us on Saturday 16 September 2023 from 13:00 to 19:00 at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, where Queer Minds will inspire, empower, and celebrate the collective spirit of the LGBTQ+ community.Website & Booking