In the second of our Conversations Without Borders events, we bring together global perspectives on the LGBTQ+ experience. While same-sex marriage is celebrated and gender transition accepted in some parts of the world, people are still suffering shocking discrimination and extreme violence in others. How has it come to pass that this new ‘pink line’ has been drawn, and how do we address it, enabling queer people everywhere the opportunity to thrive? Journalist Owen Jones is joined on stage in Cheltenham by London-based writer Amelia Abraham and performance artist and writer Travis Alabanza (We Can Do Better Than This), and via live link from South Africa, journalist and author Mark Gevisser (The Pink Line), and from Uganda, Founder and Director of Queer Youth Uganda, Leticia Opio. They consider how issues of sexuality and gender identity divide and unite the world today, and share their perspectives on how our global community can start to create a better future.

Books available to accompany this event

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from our Waterstones Cheltenham Literature Festival bookshop.
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Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture We Can Do Better Than This: 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights;
The Pink Line


Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

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