Violet Nights: Queer Activism Now

Part of Violet Nights

Across the world, campaigners and activists are pushing for change for members of the LGBTQ+ community, but what are we now fighting for?

Fifty years on from the legendary Stonewall riots in New York, and the birth of the modern gay liberation movement in the West, Violet Nights brings together a new generation of changemakers to examine and explore queer activism now and in the future, including award winning youth activist Tanya Compas, artist, filmmaker and trans rights campaigner Fox Fisher, and Dr Senthorun Raj, Lecturer in Law at Keele University.

The discussion is chaired by Amelia Abraham, journalist and author of Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture.

There is also a performance by indie-folk duo Naz and Ella who explore social and political issues through their music.

Violet Nights is our social space for young people to express their views and explore topical issues through music, performance and discussion.

Amelia Abraham is a journalist based in London. Her interests include LGBTQ+ identity politics, feminism and human rights. She has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the Sunday Times.

Fox Fisher is an award winning artist, filmmaker and trans rights campaigner. Fox founded Trans Pride Brighton, runs the My Genderation film project, co-created the books Trans Teen Survival Guide and Are You a Boy or are You a Girl/ and has just completed I Am They, a documentary about being non-binary in the UK.

Tanya Compas is a multi-award-winning youth worker and a caseworker for the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which supports homeless LGBTQ young people. Tanya is also UK Black Pride’s youth engagement officer and a writer who has seen her work published by Refinery29, gal-dem, Cosmopolitan and more.

Dr Senthorun Raj is a Lecturer in Law at Keele University and is passionate about glitter, pop culture, politics, and social justice. Raj’s academic and activist work takes an intersectional approach to addressing the ways law deals with the lives of queer minorities. He is the chair of Black Gold Arts and serves on the board of Amnesty International UK.

Naz & Ella are an indie-folk duo with social and political issues at the core of their songwriting, voicing their thoughts on topics frequently neglected in music. Their sound is stripped-back, combining intricate fingerstyle guitar with rich harmonies. Following the release of their debut EP, Naz & Ella caught the attention of BBC Introducing, leading to an invitation to perform live on air.

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


Free, but ticketed

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Age recommendation
For ages 18 – 30