07/02/2014 05:16 GMT | Updated 07/02/2014 05:59 GMT

National Student Pride Comes To London


A three-day National Student Pride festival is taking place in London this year for the first time.

Despite humble beginnings at Oxford Brookes University in 2005, it has grown to become the biggest student pride festival in the country.

The event usually takes place in Brighton, but will this year be staged across a number of venues in London, from 21 to 23 February.

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National Student Pride 2014 will be bigger than ever before

Included in the weekend's festivities are club nights at G-A-Y Heaven, a question time debate featuring people like Matthew Todd, Editor of Attitude Magazine and Lord Waheed Ali, winner of a Stonewall Award for improving the lives of British LGBT people.

Also appearing on the panel is journalist Paris Lees, who topped the Independent on Sunday's Pink List in 2013.

Talking about the big move to the Capital, Tom Guy, President of National Student Pride, said: "More than anything, our move to London is a sign of our growth and a tribute to all the students, sponsors, supporters and friends who have helped us develop from a one-off event to an essential part of the UK’s LGBT calendar."

Mixing fun and activism, National Student Pride will feature events ranging from a screening of 'Call Me Kuchu', a documentary about the work of David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, to a singalong screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

There's even a 'Great Student Bake Off', hosted by 2012's Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite.

Student Pride Ambassador Liz Bingham said: "We are passionate about enabling people to come together in an environment where they feel included and respected. National Student Pride enables LGBT students to do just that."

Wristbands for the whole weekend are only £5, and you can find out more about the events at National Student Pride's website.