Here is a snapshot of all our news, updates and progress with our current projects and partnerships
OUR QUEER QUARTERLY: We are super excited about the brand new issue of our new Somewhere: For Us magazine with its iconic cover, in special collaboration with Beano Studios!
Having launched in November 2020, after a COVID-19 delay, each magazine features four sections: Arts, Culture, Heritage and Enterprise as we shine a spotlight on all these aspects of LGBTQ+ life across Scotland and beyond. The success of our magazine depends on you.
By becoming a monthly or yearly member you'll receive your very own copy of the magazine, a free gift and you'll contribute to our new LGBTQ+ funds.
At nearly 100 pages, Issue 2 is even bigger than our launch issue and we can't wait for you to read it! Follow us on Twitter at @Somewhere_ForUs for updates :)
COMMUNITY FUNDS: Up to 20% of all membership income goes 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.
The Somewhere: Arts and Culture Fund has already supported three new and emerging LGBTQ+ creatives with paid commissions for our launch issue and Issue 2.
The Somewhere: Enterprise and Research Fund will soon be supporting LGBTQ+ start-up entrepreneurs and business owners, and provide a means to create new research. This will be linked into our Rainbow Enterprise Network.
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, so we are offering a FREE listing in our Rainbow Directory to all LGBTQ+-owned and LGBTQ+-supporting businesses across Scotland.
In February for LGBT HIstory Month, we are championing unsung queer and ally businesses through our new Rainbow Enterprise Network. Get in touch for more information about how to join the network and access exclusive benefits and opportunities designed to connect up our rainbow business community, includes a magazine subscription for you, your staff and your LGBTQ+ staff network members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
In 2020, through our funded PhD internship with the University of Glasgow, we carried out a Community Consultation survey to build a more inclusive LGBTQ+ Fringe for 2021 and beyond The legacy of this work will be announced 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, we also have a new Enterprise and Research Fund and associated initiatives, which will be launched and rolled out from February 2021.
We continue to actively expand our research collaborations with HEIs across Scotland and have close links with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).
LAVENDER MENACE RETURNS: 2019, 2020, 2021
Somewhere is delighted to be a community partner in the exciting new plans to reimagine and relaunch the famous Lavender Menace LGBT bookshop as a queer archive and blog.
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 are permanent Lavender Menace pages in our Somewhere: For Us magazine.
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 taking place across Scotland each February.
Given life in lockdown has been especially tough in 2020, we are really looking forward to LGBT History Month 2021 to be able to rejoin our communities online for a month of exciting events.
Keep an eye out for ours as we have a special surprise in store!
Big Lottery funded
community consultation work
2016 and 2017 - through the Somewhere MCR pilot project
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