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Stage time:  Main Stage | 15th July 2023

Asifa Lahore is a drag artist, pushing the boundaries of what it means to be LGBT, South Asian and Muslim.

Asifa came into the national spotlight in 2014 when she was censored by the Birmingham Central Mosque from discussing Islam and Homosexuality on BBC Free Speech.

This caused uproar in the British press and allowed Lahore the rare opportunity to speak openly about the topic.

Asifa featured in Channel 4’s groundbreaking documentary Muslim Drag Queens in 2015. Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, it drew an audience of 1.1 million viewers. That same year, she received the Attitude Magazine Pride Award for activism and increasing visibility of the ‘Gaysian’ community.

She made her acting debut in the Iris Prize 2022 winner, Queer Parivaar directed by Shiva Raichandani. The same year she featured in the BAFTA TV nominated Always, Asifa which documented the lead up to her gender affirming procedure for Together TV’s Diversity Film Fund 2022.

Asifa's impassioned activism on intersectionality, race, sexual orientation, gender, disability and religion has led her to speak at prestigious institutions such as the Lost Lectures, Channel 4 Diversity Festival, Women of the World Festival, the British Library and the Oxford Union.

She has also been the face of Channel 4's 2016 diversity campaign, 'True Colour TV' as well as one of the ambassadors for 'Open Letters to Queer Britain', a project that created the UK's first LGBT+ museum, Queer Britain.

Asifa is a performer, host, singer and DJ.  She performs in clubs, theatres and venues in the UK and internationally.

She promotes at London's top Gaysian club nights Disco Rani, Desi Boyz and Club Kali.

Her musings on world events have been featured in Winq, Attitude, Gay Times, The Independent and IB Times as well as being featured and interviewed for countless publications worldwide.

Asifa is also passionate about disability rights. She is severely sighted and suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare genetic eye disease which causes progressive sight loss.

Asifa is a proud transgender woman and continues being a voice for intersectional Britain.

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