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Panel: Shame Academy

Sat Nov 18, 13:15

Panel, Hackney Showroom, Free

The noise made around the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation this year has in many ways created the illusion that LGBTIQA+ people no longer suffer from stigmatisation. But this idea only applies to the most privileged among us, and it certainly doesn't account for the fact that, even if one doesn’t experience outward discrimination, most of us carry shame with us internally.

This panel talks about that shame, how it manifests, and how LGBTIQA+ individuals have overcome it across intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class and religion.


Amelia Abraham (host) is a journalist from London. Having worked as a commissioning editor at VICE and Refinery29, she is now writing freelance and working on her first book, about LGBTQ identity politics, to be published by Picador in 2019. She has also written on or around this topic for The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The New Statesman, ES Magazine, i-D and Dazed.

Kai-Isaiah Jamal is a spoken word poet and trans visibility activist. He has previously worked alongside Consented, Boys By Girls, BBZ London and The Batty Mama / iMages of tomorrow. Touching upon personal experience as a QTPOC his spoken word poetry address various topics including queerness, blackness, mental health, gender and masculinity.

Tom Rasmussen is a journalist and editor whose work centres on LGBTQIA+ politics, culture and activism. They are co-founder of queer fashion magazine Cause & Effect, contributing editor at LOVE Magazine and contributing features editor at i-D. Tom is part of drag band DENIM, and queer punk band ACM.

Dr. Aaron Balick is a psychotherapist, cultural theorist, media consultant, and author of The Psychodynamics of Social Networking: connected-up instantaneous culture and the self. Aaron has a passion for taking psychological findings from the clinic and the academy and transforming them into ideas that can be applied to individuals, organisations and culture. He has written for Wired and The Guardian and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Zing Tsjeng is a journalist from London, where she currently works as the UK editor of Broadly, VICE’s channel for millennial women. She has also written about feminism, arts and culture, politics, race and LGBTQ identity for publications like The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Dazed, i-D magazine and the Debrief. She is also a keen speaker and panelist, and has appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour and moderated live events at the BFI, SXSW, Web Summit and HowTheLightGetsIn festival. In 2017 she was nominated for the Pride Power List, which celebrates the achievements of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Zing is the author of the forthcoming feminist series, Forgotten Women, to be published by Octopus in 2018.

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