East London: Homophobia / Transphobia’ Impact on culture and arts

GFEST – Gaywise Festival 2011 is just around the corner. Recognised as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and queer (LGBTQ) art festival in London, GFEST 2011 debate event deals with the theme of ‘East London: Homophobia & Transphobia’ at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green on 15 November.

Speakers on the panel include famous activist Peter Tatchell, Cllr Josh Peck, Roz Kaveney, Cllr Rachael Saunders, Filmmaker Faryal and GFEST 2011 selector Campbell X.

The aim of panel discussion style debate is to highlight some of the challenges and diverse cultural perspectives that come into play when dealing with the issues.  The event will be chaired by Cllr Rachael Saunders.

GFEST 2011 Debate @ Rich Mix on Tue 15 Nov / 7.00 to 8.30pm / 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Online: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/gfest/

For interview with GFEST artistic director and photo-call opportunities and more information please contact: Subodh Rathod on 0208 889 9555 / info@wisethoughts.org .

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival is the premier LGBTQ annual cross-arts festival in London – a platform for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer artists. It’s produced and organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts. www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

GFEST 2011 events will take place across venues in London from 7 to 20 November

Wise Thoughts, established in 1999, creates dynamic arts initiatives such as GFEST and delivers services to help address social justice issues and needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.