Join Rory O’Neill, better known as the legendary Panti Bliss, in a one-off talk and Q+A in the incredible Usha Kasera Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh University to mark World AIDS Day 2019.

In conversation with Nathan Sparling, CEO of HIV Scotland, the University of Edinburgh Staff Pride Network and more, Rory will be reflecting on what has been achieved in the fight against HIV/AIDS stigma and oppression, how his life has touched on these issues, and what is necessary to make positive strides in the future. Rory will close out the event by taking questions from the audience. To submit questions in advance, please contact [email protected]

We have structured the ticket pricing as levels of donation to HIV Scotland, with the aim that those in full-time employment would select the £8 donation, those not in full-time employment would select the £3 donation and those who otherwise felt unable or who were students would select the free option. 

About Panti Bliss

Panti Bliss is a writer, performer, pub landlady, “gender discombobulist” and “accidental activist,” and has been a fixture of Ireland’s gay community since the late 80’s. She played a central role in the campaign for marriage equality in Ireland, and in 2014, a speech she made in the Abbey Theatre about oppression and what it is to be LGBTI+ in Ireland became an international sensation. It was lauded as one of the world’s great speeches, put to music by Pet Shop Boys, and turned her into an iconic figure for equality in Ireland.

Her memoir Woman In The Making was published by Hachette in 2014, and she was the subject of a major documentary in 2015 called The Queen Of Ireland. Her plaudits include a Person Of The Year Award and an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin. Panti continues to tour internationally with her live shows, has presented an award-winning radio show - Pantisocracy - on RTE for a number of years, is much in demand as a public speaker, and also travels extensively on behalf of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Irish Aid.

About the University of Edinburgh Staff Pride Network

The Staff Pride Network is an inclusive network which serves as a resource for the rich diversity of LGBT+ employees and PhD students across the institution.

We strive to take an intersectional approach to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all people who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, whether or not they are 'out' in the wider world, and to make LGBT+ issues more visible within the University environment.


We welcome all those who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, regardless of identity or background, and provide a space where all can feel safe and included. We do not support or tolerate anti-LGBT+ violence, harassment or speech, and encourage inclusive and respectful language. As a positive space for listening, we promote the dignity and wellbeing of all network members.

This event has been made possible thanks to Gilead Sciences. 

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