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'If we really want to honour the people who fought at the Stonewall Inn on that unusually hot June night in 1969, then we need to defend those hard-won rights and confront anything that threatens the free and stable societies protecting them’

Ahead of Pride London on 6th July, Emma Frankland – award winning theatre-maker/performer and author of collected playtexts None Us is Yet a Robot – will chair a conversation with Niven Govinden, author of This Brutal House and Matthew Todd, author of Pride.

Todd’s landmark book Pride charts the 50 years since the Stonewall Riots in which activists and ordinary people have dedicated their lives to reversing the global position. Niven’s debut novel This Brutal House follows the guardians of a vogue ball community – queer men who opened their hearts and homes to countless lost Children, providing safe spaces for them to explore their true selves. It was described by Dazed as ‘a symbolic rallying cry for the need for LGBTQ+ teens to have safe spaces of their own’.

With this in mind, they will discuss the prevailing need for safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community; consider what online and real life spaces look like today; and look back on those formative havens which contributed to the increased acceptance of the queer community.

Price: £10 for general admission | £8 for Students and Waterstones Plus cardholders (tickets come with a free glass of wine or soft drink).