Bitch, Please! and Bristol Pride to host Community Gala fundraiserPosted on: 20 Jul 2020
Join two pillars of Bristol's LGBTQ+ community as they come together to raise money and awareness for a selection of charitable organisations.
Renowned promoters Bitch, Please! have teamed up with Bristol Pride to put together The Community Gala, an all-day event organised to bring the LGBTQ+ community back together and support three chosen charities.
Confirmed for Saturday 8 August as part of the Lakota Gardens outdoor events programme, The Community Gala will be split across four sessions from 12:00-22:30, with panel talks, live-streamed DJ sets, Drag Queen Bingo, Pizza & Prosecco and more on the lineup.
Communities across Bristol and the rest of the UK have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown, with the crisis resulting in a rise in homelessness, unemployment and a wide range of mental health issues.
The LGBTQ+ community has been particularly affected through the past few months, as people continue to face discrimination and inequality and have to fight for a voice, despite the postponement of key events like Pride and lack of opportunity to properly organise.
Charities and campaigners have still been working hard throughout lockdown to raise awareness and speak up for people, and with that in mind, Bitch, Please! and Bristol Pride have set up The Community Gala to (safely) bring the LGBTQ+ community back together.
Raising money for Bristol Pride, the Albert Kennedy Trust and Black Minds Matter, The Community Gala will bring key members of Bristol's LGBTQ+ community together for a series of panel talks, presenting an opportunity to reflect on the positives and negatives of the coronavirus lockdown.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day in the form of a Noods Radio takeover and a selection of live streams from an array of local DJs, including Bitch, Please! founders ZenZero, Motion resident Ellie Stokes and the Grrrl Crush collective.
Attendees can also expect an unforgettable round of Drag Queen Bingo, and can enjoy top-notch Pizza & Prosecco provided by Bianchi's on-site pop-up kitchen.
Of course, as one of Bristol's best-loved promoters and a leading name on the UK's LGBTQ+ party scene, it wouldn't be a Bitch, Please! lineup without a special guest or two, to be announced in the coming days.
Tickets for The Community Gala are available at £67.80 per table (max. 6 people per group) and can be found here, with a free bottle of prosecco included in the price of each booking.
To ensure the safety of everyone at the venue, organisers ask that attendees adhere to the new measures in place at Lakota, including temperature checks and trace and trace signups upon entry.
The event will be split into four sessions, with the main panel discussions and Drag Queen Bingo set to take place during Session 1 (12:00-15:00). For more details, head to the event's official Facebook listing.
Find the GoFundMe page for The Community Gala, set up by Bitch, Please! and Bristol Pride, here. For more information or to follow news and updates, find Bitch, Please! on Facebook or head to the Bristol Pride website.
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