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Topics include transphobia, religion and LGBTI icons.

Digital Pride is a week-long global festival organised by Gay Star News to make it easier for LGBTI people to celebrate Pride wherever they are in the world. Crucially, that includes members of the community who live in places where celebrating their sexuality may be difficult in public.

On Sunday 19 March they have a fantastic programme of panel discussions lined up ahead of the main festival in April. You can expect a fascinating day of heated debates, informed opinions and insightful discussions, and it’s all for free. Each event will be filmed and then broadcast publicly during the festival.

Here are the five panel discussions we can’t wait for.

Media On Trial: The Fight Against Transphobia

Moderated by transgender actor, writer and director, Jake Graf, this thought-provoking discussion will include Hannah Winterbourne, the highest ranking transgender soldier in the British army, transgender actor Elijah W. Harris and recording artist, actress, author and activist Jordan Gray. 10:30am – 11:30am. Reserve your place here.

Women’s Voices: The Importance Of Not Letting Others Tell Our Stories

Feminist and writer Jane Fae will be leading this must-see discussion panel, which features Zimbabwean lesbian refugee and human rights activist Moud Goba, creative strategist Amy Nield and the legendary DJ Ritu. 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Reserve your place here.

Religion: Are Religious People Still The ‘Main Villains’ Against LGBTI People?

Deacon and faith role model Luke Dowding will steer this timely discussion around religion and the queer community. He will be joined by renowned theologian Martin Pendergast, founding Pastor and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC Jide Macaulay and campaigner and Stonewall role model Asad Dhunna. 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Reserve your place here.

LGBTI Icons: Where Are They Now?

This discussion on how LGBTI people are represented in the media will be hosted by journalist Adam Smith. Panelists include non-binary trans activist and film-maker Fox Fisher, actor Leon Lopez and playwright Patrick Cash. 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Reserve your place here.

Are Unrealistic Ideals Of Beauty Killing The LGBTI Community?

This discussion event will be chaired by TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen, who has previously appeared on Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize Vs. Superskinny. He will be joined by activist and Executive Director of BlackOutLDN Kayza Rose and psychotherapist, commentator, activist and former editor of DIVA magazine, Jane Czyzselska. 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Reserve your place here.

Digital Pride – Panel Discussions are on Sunday 19 March at London’s Hospital Club.

Digital Pride 2017 runs 24 – 30 April For further info visit

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