Updated: Mar 4, 2019
[VIDEO PRESS RELEASE] - DRAG QUEENS OPEN UP ABOUT THE RACIAL SLURS THEY FACE ON THE LGBT+ SCENE AHEAD OF ‘PRIDE NOT PREJUDICE’ PANEL AT NATIONAL STUDENT PRIDE 2019
Performers Sum-Ting-Wong and Tia Kofi have opened up about the kind of racist language they face while performing at LGBT+ bars.
In a video discussing racism on the queer scene, they have shared some of the vile slurs that audiences have cat called at them before calling time on the prejudice from within the LGBT+ community, ahead of the event focusing on racism in the LGBT+ community in the UK.
‘I am Chinese, and I get people saying “Hello Miss Wong” and “Ching chong chang chung chang,”’ says Sum-Ting-Wong in the video, explaining she mostly just has to laugh it off.
It comes in the wake of the hysteria following both Manchester Pride and National Student Pride’s inclusion of the black and brown stripe in rainbow flags this year – including the divisive poster with a unicorn puking the black and brown stripes.
Education is at the forefront of what National Student Pride aims to achieve. The queens cover simple tips on how to call out racism at LGBT+ venues. First and foremost the queens call on you to call out racism when you see it:
‘Everyone needs to understand its the little things, like if you laugh along because you don’t want to cause a scene, that all adds up,’ Sum-Ting-Wong says.
Tia Kofi also says too many performers get ‘too close to the edge’ in their acts. If this happens she encourages you to speak to the venue instead of calling them out and causing a scene.
National Student Pride Luca Mitchell who directed the video says:
‘National Student Pride is all about inspiring young people by engaging them in conversation regarding important topical issues facing our community. And this video seeks to crack open the door to a wider discussion that will take place on the 23rd of February for our Pride not Prejudice panel in collaboration with Attitude Magazine.
‘Effectively, we want to educate not only our audience but the whole community, on how to challenge racism. We must not be complicit in an issue that affects our queer brothers, sisters, and siblings.’
This year’s event
At the daytime event at the University of Westminster, Ian McKellen will be interviewed by BBC Broadcaster Evan Davis in a live recording of the #QueerAF podcast.
McKellen will also be on the panel celebrating and commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall riots. McKellen will be joined by Paris Lees, Paula Akpan and Peter Tatchell.
The main focus of the event is challenging racism on the scene, and the Pride Not Prejudice discussion with Attitude Magazine will see Munroe Bergdorf, BBC LGBT correspondent Ben Hunte, Brexit whistleblower Shamir Sanni and UK Black Pride representative Moud Gouba.
The day will end with a Strictly Come Voguing competition, where students from all over the UK will vouge for a chance to win – and will remind popular TV show formats, that same-sex partners can dance together with professional voguers performing too. Enter here.
The daytime event is free for all to attend, and features the biggest LGBT+ careers fair in the UK.
Weekend wristbands with afterparty entry where Trinity the Tuck is performing at G-A-Y Heaven are £5 and available now.
National Student Pride is being platinum-sponsored in 2019 by EY for the ninth consecutive year. Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK & Ireland, comments: “EY are proud to be the Platinum sponsor for National Student Pride 2019, a partnership we have built and maintained for the last seven years. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unerring and the event allows us to connect with young LGBT talent in an environment of respect and opportunity. It’s important for us to show the next generation that they will be able to be themselves in the workplace. Last year thousands of the students from across the UK attended the event and we are excited to meet even more in February at the Careers Fair. We look forward to the whole weekend festival of events, including the ever popular series of discussions.”
Law firm Clifford Chance, ASOS and Just Eat are gold sponsors. Enterprise Rent A Car, Lloyds Banking Group and Santander are silver sponsors.
The event began at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 as a response to the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk. Student Pride continues this mantra in its 14th year choosing to hold its 2019 event on campus because the fight students face remains just as prevalent, if not more complex, than when we first began.
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