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Don’t miss your chance to get a paperback copy of To Be a Gay Man with your ticket for £15 (including P&P). Copies will be received within 10 days following the event.

Multi-platinum recording artist, Brit Award winner and Olivier nominee Will Young will be opening up in an illuminating conversation to celebrate paperback publication of his book To Be a Gay Man. Will Young will be in conversation with Rob Rinder, barrister, writer and broadcaster.

In To Be a Gay Man, Will speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it, and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy.

Join Will, in conversation with Rob Rinder, for a frank and lively discussion of sexuality, society, and self-acceptance. Looking back on a world where growing up being called gay was the ultimate insult and coming out after a lifetime of hiding his sexuality, Will explores the long-lasting impact repressing his true self has had. Join Will to meet a friend, champion and mentor, sharing his own experiences and vulnerabilities, and offering invaluable practical advice on overcoming the difficulties too often faced within the LGBTQ+ community.

Will Young is a musician and actor who shot to fame in 2002 after winning the first series of Pop Idol. He has released seven albums, four of which hit Number One in the UK charts, and he has 10 million record sales and two Brit Awards to his name. His upcoming new album ‘Crying On The Bathroom Floor’ is released this August. Will co-founded the podcast 'Homo Sapiens' and is a leading voice in mental health awareness, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community.

Rob Rinder is a barrister turned writer and broadcaster. In 2014, while still a practising Barrister, he began starring in his reality court show Judge Rinder, now in its 8th series; and uses his legal knowledge working in the media to make the law more accessible and understandable to the public regularly appearing on shows such as This Morning and Good Morning Britain. Rob has also presented shows including Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories and The Rob Rinder Verdict as well as hosting his own BBC Radio 5Live series Raising the Bar aiming to demystify the legal system. He is also a columnist for The Sun and the London Evening Standard newspapers.

This event is in partnership with Fane Productions.

This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. You will be sent your personal link to login 48 hours before the event.

This event will be recorded and sent to all bookers the day after the event. It will be available to watch for 7 days.

Please note, tickets for this event are non-refundable.

  • To be a Gay Man

  • In To Be a Gay Man, Will Young speaks out about gay shame, revealing the impact it had on his own life, how he learned to deal with it, and how he can now truthfully say he is gay and happy.

    We know Will as a multi-platinum recording artist, Olivier-nominee, and the first winner of the Idol franchise. But his story began long before his first audition. Looking back on a world where growing up being called gay was the ultimate insult and coming out after a lifetime of hiding his sexuality, Will explores the long-lasting impact repressing his true self has had.

    As Will’s own story demonstrates, internalised shame in childhood increases the risk of developing low self-worth, and even self-disgust, leading to destructive behaviours in adult life.

    Will revisits the darkest extremes he has been to, sharing his vulnerabilities, his regrets, tracing his own navigation through it all and showing the way for others who might have felt alone in the same experience.

    Here you will find a friend, champion and mentor, breaking taboos with frank honesty, and offering invaluable practical advice on overcoming the difficult issues too often faced within the LGBTQ+ community.

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