It's been a very busy few months and there's more to come!
Here is a snapshot of all our news, updates and progress with our current projects and partnerships
ON ITS WAY: We are super excited about our new Somewhere: For Us magazine, which will launch on 1 November 2020, after a delay due to COVID19.
The magazine will feature four sections: Arts, Culture, Heritage and Enterprise and we will be shining a spotlight on all these aspects of LGBTQ+ life across Scotland and beyond.
The success of our magazine depends on you and your support. By becoming a monthly or yearly member you'll receive a copy of our quarterly magazine and a freebie mug, and you'll contribute to our two new LGBTQ+ funds.
Or why not buy us a rainbow latte or two by way of a donation, to help us get off the ground? Thanks for all your support so far. Here's to a great launch!
COMMUNITY FUNDS: Up to 20% of all membership income will go into our new Somewhere: Funding for You grants scheme. As well as creating a fabulous new quarterly publication, we are founding two new LGBTQ+ funds for Scotland, enabling LGBTQ+ and ally creatives, researchers and business owners to thrive authentically. We will be creating a community panel to help with applications when funding is ready to go live.
The Somewhere: Arts and Culture Fund will support LGBTQ+ creatives needing small grants for creative work, as well as to help us reach our aim of developing a new community-funded LGBTQ+ arts festival for Scotland.
The Somewhere: Enterprise and Research Fund will support LGBTQ+ start-up entrepreneurs and business owners, and provide a means to create new research.
COVID19: We know the LGBTQ+ community has been hit really hard by COVID19, so we are doing our bit to help champion queer spaces and places, and especially to help support LGBTQ+-owned and LGBTQ+-ally businesses.
As part of our Somewhere: For Us magazine, we are offering a FREE listing in our Rainbow Directory to all LGBTQ+-owned and LGBTQ+-supporting businesses across Scotland, and as we connect up, we are developing a new Rainbow Enterprise Network across Scotland.
We want to hear from you about how COVID19 has been affecting you and your business.
Get in touch for more information and to claim your free sticker for your space and/or logo for your website.
NEW CULTURAL ENTERPRISE LGBTQ+ PHD FOR SCOTLAND
Through our links with the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, we have been named Partner Organisation in a brand new Collaborative Doctoral Award starting this October, focusing on Cultural Geographies of LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurship in Scotland.
We are delighted to be working alongside our Academic Partners in the Department of Geography at the University of Edinburgh.
And a huge welcome to Rowan Rush-Morgan, our doctoral research student
SCHOLARSHIP & MENTORING: LGBT+ FIRST FOR SCOTLAND
In 2019, a joint partnership between Somewhere and University of Edinburgh Business School co-created Scotland's first LGBT+ MBA Scholarship and Mentoring Programme.
After a very successful first year, supporting our inaugural mentee, Teale Failla, the programme has just started for 2020/21.
Somewhere is delighted to be mentoring this year's scholarship recipient, and we extend a big welcome to Xingjian Wang, who joins us from China
A GROWING SUCCESS
Our yearly campaign supporting the 5% of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe made for, by or about the LGBTQ+ community. Our 2019 campaign built on the success of 2018, with a fantastic team of volunteer interviewers and reviewers.
Though we are saddened that the 2020 Fringe is COVID19 affected, through our PhD internship with the University of Glasgow, this summer we have carried out a Community Consultation survey to build a more inclusive LGBTQ+ Fringe for 2021. Findings and details to come soon.
NEW LGBTQ+ RESEARCH:
2018 / 2019 / 2020 / 2021
Somewhere is a research-led social enterprise and is contributing to research, knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ+ equality, diversity and inclusion issues.
As well as our Arts and Culture Fund, through our members, we are co-creating a new Enterprise and Research Fund, starting with the launch of our magazine in autumn 2020.
We continue to actively expand our research collaborations with HEIs across Scotland, and we have new work with the University of Strathclyde and the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).
LAVENDER MENACE RETURNS: 2019, 2020
Somewhere is delighted to be a community partner in the exciting new plans to reimagine and relaunch the famous Lavender Menace LGBT bookshop.
The bookshop was a first for Scotland, and its founders, Bob and Sigrid, are much-loved community role models, and a big part of Scotland's LGBTQ+ cultural heritage.
As well as supporting Lavender Menace on their journey to becoming a new community interest company, there will be a permanent book-related Lavender Menace section in our new Somewhere: For Us magazine for 2020
LGBT YOUTH SCOTLAND'S LGBTQ+ HERITAGE FESTIVAL
The annual LGBT History Month programme of events is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen our knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ+ history past and present.
Somewhere is here to shout about all the fantastic work across the month, so check in with us to check out the many diverse events taking place across Scotland each February.
As 2020's Pride season is COVID19 affected, we are especially looking forward to LGBT History Month 2021, to be able to rejoin our communities post-lockdown
Big Lottery funded
community consultation work
2016 and 2017 - through the Somewhere MCR pilot project
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