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Staff Pride Network

Staff Pride Network

The Staff Pride Network is an inclusive network that serves as a resource for the rich diversity of LGBT+ employees across the institution, including PhD students who prefer to attend staff events. We strive to take an intersectional approach to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all people who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, whether or not they are 'out' in the wider world, and to make LGBT+ issues more visible within the University environment. Different organisations use different acronyms to refer to specific groups, and terminology is always evolving. Our definition of LGBT+ includes, among others, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender fluid, intersex, non-binary, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous. It also includes all those individuals and communities whose sexuality or gender identity is a matter of shared personal, political and/or social experience, as well as those who are LGBT+ allies.

Festival Digest – 16th August

Festival Digest – 16th August
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Welcome to our weekly Festival Digest !

During the month of August, we will be showcasing the work of SPN members as well as other LGBT+ content from around the Edinburgh Festival.  As part of this effort, we will be publishing this weekly digest during the Fringe featuring show recommendations and reviews sent in by your fellow SPN members.

Seen a show you’d like to recommend?

Leave us a review using this form – it only takes a minute or two, and we’ll include your recommendation in next week’s digest so that other folks from around the university can check it out!

SPN Recommends…
Hans: Mein Camp
(Cabaret/ Variety)
– 5 stars – 
Fabulous cabaret from this Australian, accordion-playing, tap-dancing, keyboard-player and singer in the most fabulous of outfits. A backing band add to the fun interaction with the audience and backing dancers feature later on. You won’t be disappointed, unless you miss it!

Tickets and showtimes

(Dance/Hip Hop/LGBT+)
– 5 stars –
This is my favourite show so far this year. A hip-hop/contemporary dance show about relationships, social norms and pressure, and acceptance. Incredibly skilled dancers, amazing original music, and wonderful choreography. Powerful, passionate and poignant!

Tickets and Showtimes

Stephen Bailey
– 4 stars –
If you like camp fun then Stephen Bailey will keep you smiling and laughing for the whole show.

Tickets and Showtimes

– 5 out of 5, an incredible performance –
This show is a truthful tale of the difficulties a transgender man faces entering a highly masculinised environment he’s not been socialised to understand – the mens changing rooms at the gym. Includes what is, to the performers knowledge, the first instance of a trans man fully naked on stage. A full ride of emotions, and topics that everyone can relate to – feeling like you don’t understand the secret social code everyone else just seems to know!

Tickets and Showtimes

Yianni Agisilaou: Pockets of Equality
(Comedy/Stand Up/Satire)

– 5 Stars –
Comedy routine looking at the sheer silliness of some of the differences between the genders, issues of equality and sexuality. Yianni has been on the fringe for 9 years and shifts topic each year. It just happens that this year is a theme that we might be interested in. One thing I can guarantee though – He is always funny and he is on the PBH Free Fringe. Pay what you feel at the end.

Tickets and Showtimes

You’ve Changed
(LGBT+/ Solo Show)

– 5 Stars –
Kate O’Donnell’s honest and charming show focuses on the ups and downs of her transition and her experiences in the 14 years since. Her down-to-earth performance is witty, heart-felt and inspirational. Truly a wonderful show!

Tickets and Showtimes

Thanks to Rosie Russell, Oliver Wain, Jonathan MacBride, Sharon Cowan and Alex Solomon for this week’s submissions!

If you’d like to contribute to next week’s digest, please submit a review using this form.
Dive presents Homage
Saturday 26th August – 9pm-Late, Charlotte Square Spiegeltent
Promising to blow fresh glitter up the arse of any festival in their wake, Dive Queer Party are back with their sell out Fringe 2016 hit “Homage” with a special literary plot twist for Edinburgh International Book Festival. Chief weirdo Miss Annabel Sings is on a mission to the four corners of the rainbow, showcasing a smorgasbord of homegrown performance talent alongside a handpicked selection of international guest stars. Strap yourself in for a mind-blowing, fast-paced celebration of the heroes of queer culture from books, music, film and fashion from the past 70 years – in the year that also marks 50 years since the UK decriminalization of homosexuality. Follow this link for more info.

Dive presents The Last Night on Earth Cabaret Party
Monday 28th August – 7pm-Late, Charlotte Square Spiegeltent
Ladies, gentlemen and everything in between! Anarchic entertainers Dive Queer Party are conjuring the spirit of ’47 to stage a closing cabaret party of epic proportions. With fakery making the headlines and the rest of the world falling apart around our ears the glitter-spattered minds at Dive Towers have had time to reflect: what would we do on our last night on earth? Well this, obviously. Join Miss Annabel Sings, the Dive family and the queerest pick n mix of the Fringe as they conga their way into a brave new world – one where you can be whoever you want to be, however you want to be, whenever you want to be. It’s the closing night of the festival so party like it’s your last! Follow this link for more info.

[SPN] Monthly Social
Friday 1st September – 5:30pm, The Potting Shed
Continuing our monthly evening socials, join us after work to unwind and meet other network members. Conveniently held on the first Friday after payday.




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