Dentsu Aegis Network will celebrate the first anniversary of its LGBT+ employee network &PROUD, as well as Pride Month, with a series of events across London and Dublin in June and July.
All Dentsu Aegis Network employees and friends will be welcome at the events which are designed to celebrity diversity within our society. You can find out more about the programme and how to get your tickets below.
&PROUD LAUNCH IN DUBLIN
Tuesday 20th June @ Dentsu Aegis Network, Dublin
To launch &PROUD in Dublin, Dentsu Aegis Network will welcome three guest speakers including Ana-Isobel Nolke who will be sharing her research into LGBT+ advertising throughout history, and Robbie Lawlor from HIV Awareness in Ireland, and LGBT Helpline, a local awareness and support service.
Find out more about this event, please email Rachel O’Reilly.
'BROTHER OUTSIDER' SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR Q&A
Thursday 6th July @ Fetch, London
Join Dentsu Aegis Network for a special screening of the award-winning documentary Brother Outsider, plus a discussion with the film's maker, Bennett Singer. Free drinks and snacks will be available throughout the evening.
5.15pm: Discussion with Bennett Singer
5.45pm: Screening of Brother Outsider (50min)
Follow the link to claim your free tickets.
About Brother Outsider
Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 international awards and honors, Brother Outsider illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called "the invisible man" and "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement. A disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. In 2013, Rustin received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom — America's highest civilian honor — from Barack Obama. The President described Rustin as "an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all [who] fought tirelessly for marginalized communities at home and abroad. As an openly gay African American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of several of the fights for equal rights."
About Bennett Singer
Born and raised in Chicago, Bennett Singer has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 20 years. In addition to Brother Outsider, which he produced and directed with Nancy Kates, his credits include the Emmy- and Peabody-winning Eyes on the Prize II; With God On Our Side; and The Question of Equality.
&PROUD'S 1ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: PRIDE SCREENING AND Q&A WITH LESBIANS & GAYS SUPPORT THE MINERS
Thursday 20th July @ Dentsu Aegis Network, London
To celebrate the 1st birthday of our LGBT+ network, &PROUD, join us for an exclusive discussion with special guest, Reggie Blennerhasset, LGBT+ activist and core member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in 1984-85, who is portrayed in the critically acclaimed film, Pride. A screening of the film, free drinks and popcorn, will follow this.
Free drinks and snacks will be available throughout the evening.
5.15pm: Welcome from Tracy De Groose, Chief Executive, Dentsu Aegis Network UK & Ireland
5.30pm: Discussion with LGSM
6.00pm: Screening of Pride
Follow the link to claim your free tickets.
The London Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) group was formed in July 1984, four months into the year-long miners' strike of 1984-5. Founding members Mike Jackson and Mark Ashton had organised a bucket collection to support the striking miners on the June 1984 London Pride march and decided that more needed to be done to raise awareness of the miners' cause in the London lesbian and gay community.
The single biggest fundraising event organised by London LGSM was the 'Pits and Perverts' benefit at London's Electric Ballroom, on 10 December 1984, which raised £5,650. Bronski Beat (featuring Jimmy Somerville) were the headline act at the benefit.
The LGSM story is told in the 2014 film Pride, and the group reformed in October 2014 to respond to the new wave of interest in our story. During 2015, our members have participated in, and in some cases our banner has led, twelve Pride parades/marches across the UK – including London, Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Norwich. At the Pride in London Parade, we led a contingent of 4,000 people, carrying NUM, trade union and students' banners.
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