Penguin Pride London marks Stonewall riots anniversary with events across the country

News - Publishing Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Queer writers, poets and performers take to the stage with Penguin Live tour

Penguin Live is marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by taking a number of queer British writers, poets, performers and activists on a tour called TURN UP! to London, Liverpool and Manchester. The tour will 'reflect upon the past fifty years, celebrating progress and acknowledging those challenges still prevalent today, as well as looking forward to the voices of the future.'

The Stonewall Riots was a watershed moment for LGBT rights, and on 27 June, the eve of its anniversary, writers, poets and activists will take to the stage at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London for Penguin Pride London. Crystal Rasmussen, author of Diary of a Drag Queen, will host, and will be joined onstage by Paul Flynn and Emma Morgan.

The second date of the tour will be on 26 July at the Tate Liverpool, with Tate Late with Liverpool City Region Pride Foundation. The third date of the tour will be in Manchester on 21 August, with 'an uplifting evening of readings and performances from established voices from the queer community as well as a new generation of LGBT authors'.

The full line-ups of each event are to be announced, and those who are part of Pride in Publishing can get discounted tickets.

Zainab Juma, creative manager at Penguin, said: "50 years on from the Stonewall Riots, we want to celebrate and honour the memory of the people who stood up for themselves and their communities on Christopher Street in 1969, and all the people who have fought for LGBT progress ever since. Against this backdrop, and with a fantastic line-up of some of the most exciting queer British writers and activists today, our mantra for this year's Penguin Pride tour is TURN UP: turn up for our LGBT family; turn up for LGBT rights; and turn up the volume on LGBT voices."

Rasmussen said: "It’s a real pleasure to be hosting the London chapter of Penguin's Pride this year. Around Pride it can often feel like people want to slap a rainbow on something and sell it to us queers. But this series of events is about platforming and profiling queer writers and talents, letting them speak for themselves. That's what's always been at the core of Pride - even back when it was a protest. I can't bloody wait to watch and listen to my peers take up space in a place as iconic as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. It's gonna be gorj!"

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