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CAMRA takes pride in supporting Stonewall

Besi Besemar July 6, 2019

CAMRA announces that its flagship festival, will be supporting Britain’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality charity, Stonewall, to mark both the charity’s 30th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in the USA.

THE Great British Beer Festival, which takes place from August 6-10 at Olympia London, will collect funds for the charity and Stonewall will have a stand on site to raise awareness of issues facing the LGBT+ communities.

Queer Brewing Project founder Lily Waite will also be available on Wednesday, August 7 to discuss diversity and inclusion within the beer industry.

Lily recently launched a Queer Royale brew, which will be available to sample. It aims to spark conversations about LGBT+ issues while raising funds for MindOut the LGBT+ mental health charity.

Speaking to What’s Brewing earlier this year, Lily said: “We need to change the idea that the responsibility of driving that change forward lies with those who need it most, everyone needs to pick up the slack.” 

CAMRA’s festival organiser Catherine Tonry adds: “As a member of the LGBT+ communities myself, this is a cause close to my heart. With London Pride taking place this weekend, there is no better time to shout about our support for the vital work that Stonewall does, and the LGBTQ+ industry as a whole. 

“Pubs, along with other nightlife venues, play a hugely important role in the LGBT+ communities, providing a safe place for people to come together without fear of judgement or abuse. However, we’d like to see the beer and brewing industry do more to reach out to the LGBT+ community to ensure that they feel welcome in any pub – not just one with LGBT+ credentials.”

The Great British Beer Festival is one of the best-known events in the beer and cider world. Organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and run by volunteers, it brings hundreds of real ales, international beers, real ciders and perries under the iconic Olympia roof.

Festival opening times are:

Tuesday, August 6 – 12 noon-5pm (Trade Session)

Tuesday, August 6 – 5pm-10:30pm (Public Session)

Wednesday, August 7 – 12 noon-10:30pm

Thursday, August 8 – 12 noon-10:30pm

Friday, August 9 – 12 noon-10:30pm

Saturday, August 10 – 11am-7:00pm

Last Admission: half an hour before close.

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