Connected by Humanity: Talking Stigma

Feb 24 2018 14:30 - 17:00

The Canvas: Cafe & Creative Venue, 42 Hanbury St, E1 5JL London

Tickets will be available on the door for donations of £5, £10 or £15 per person.

Doors open at 2:30pm. Event begins at 3pm and ends at 5pm.

As part of Stick it to Stigma week at the Canvas Cafe, a line-up of speakers bring their personal experiences of stigma to the microphone in an intimate basement venue. Proceeds for the event will go to the Terrence Higgins Trust, a UK-based charity that campaigns on and provides services relating to HIV/sexual health. THT have endorsed this event and will be providing speakers.

Connected by Humanity invites a range of speakers and does not discriminate based on experience levels. We believe in providing a platform with anyone who has a story or a vision to share.


Rita Suszek- the otherness/foreignness of being Polish in post-Brexit Britain.

Neelam Keshwala- stigma around menstruation in south Asian culture.

Joel from the THT's Positive Voices project will be sharing his experiences of living with the stigma of being HIV positive.

Claudia Palazzo will be sharing the PrEP Manifesto by SPIT! (Carlos Motta, John Arthur Peetz, Carlos Maria Romero). Standing for Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts, Together!, SPIT! wrote a series of manifestos that respond to contemporary pressing issues of sexual and gender oppression. SPIT! collaborated with a fierce group of artists who interpret, (in cases) rewrite, and perform them initially as part of Frieze Projects London 2017. Along side the performances they also published The SPIT! Manifesto Reader - an anthology of historical and contemporary queer manifestos post 1960. The reader is available online here: SPIT!

Kennedy Mwendwa is a leading HIV advocate and community representative who works with young people and key populations in Kenya. Thrown out of his house for being LGBT at 16, forced him into transactional sex. After contracting HIV, he became determined to support & advocate for other key population groups. Kennedy has leadership roles with several national and regional organisations. As a current Programme Manager at the HIV & AIDS People's Alliance of Kenya, he does research, advocacy and community engagement with young key population groups in the region. He'll be joining us to share his story.

Performance poets:

Saf will be delivering 3 poems on mental health.

Nataline Daycreator will be giving tackling racial stigma in her thought-provoking poem.

Archie Ogugua will also be delivering a poem on race.

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