The Stand have announced a LGBT+ Youth Scotland beneft at New Town Theatre (Freemasons Hall, 96 George St) on Thursday August 24th, at 10.30pm (all proceeds going to LGBT+ Youth Scotland).
The event features comedians from The Stand’s own Fringe programme as well as those across The Fringe, and is made up of queer, trans and ally performers who want to help spread the message of tolerance and love against hate and adversity. These include Ada Campe, Lara A King, Dee Allum, Laura Davis, James Nokise, Robin Ince, Susie McCabe, Flat and the Curves and Christopher MacArthur-Boyd.
Glasgow comedian Susie McCabe, who will be appearing on the bill, said: “It’s about standing as a community and smoothing the path in-front of us for those who come after us and ensure they have equality in whatever walk of life they choose to walk in. we are in the midst of a culture war and we need to remember that those who are shouting the most against our community are not the majority, the more we stand tall as a community the stronger we will be in the face of hate and exclusion. We need to stand tall in the face of adversity, and provide not just financial support to LGBT Youth but send a message out that as a society we support the members of this community.”
Fringe legend Robin Ince, also appearing on the bill, said: “I spend a lot of time in libraries and bookshops, and I have never known a year where so many of them have received abuse for their Pride windows. Having lived through the birth of section 28 I want to battle against regression. So many of the people who shaped me are LGBT and it is so important to make people know that they are wholeheartedly accepted.”
LGBT Youth Scotland is Scotland’s national charity for LGBTQ+ young people, working with 13–25-year-olds across the country. They also deliver the LGBT Charter programme to schools, organisations, and businesses. Their vision is that Scotland is the best place for LGBTQ+ young people to flourish and thrive.
The charity perfectly aligns with the spirit of the event, which features a line up lovingly curated by the staff of The Stand Comedy Club.
All Stand Comedy Club fringe tickets will be available to buy at thestand.co.uk/fringe-festival/whats-on