The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with the producer, Amy Ashenden, and Stonewall’s Matthew Horwood. There will also be a bar open til 22.00 with drinks and refreshments. Arrive early for the best seats!
Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham, London, N15 4RX
Doors open 17.00, film starts at 17.30 (run time 50 minutes)
The Gay Word is a documentary about the recent trend of saying the word ‘gay’ negatively to mean rubbish, uncool, or embarrassing. Amy Ashenden travels around the South East of England to find out why some people have started to say ‘eurgh that’s gay’. Is it homophobic or has language evolved?
Amy Ashenden asks gay and straight people, young and old, why it makes certain people deeply offended and others less phased. At Stonewall’s HQ in the city centre of London, Amy speaks to the largest gay rights organisation in Europe, which is campaigning against the word ‘gay’ being used negatively, and travels to meet the university academic who claims it’s harmless. She also speaks to teachers, parents, a LGBT+ activist, a transgender male, and young people still in school to find out where the trend of saying “that’s so gay” negatively comes from, and if it should be stopped.
Amy Ashenden is a BA French and Spanish graduate from the University of Southampton. She freelances for the Guardian, is the former editor of the Guardian Student Website of the Year 2013, The Student Journals, and has previously produced Working for Nothing – a documentary about unpaid internships in the UK, which featured an interview with the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett.