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OUR QUEER QUARTERLY: We are super excited to announce the publication of our eighth issue of Somewhere: For Us magazine, celebrating stories and storytellers across Scotland and beyond! Our fabulous new issue features interviews with Hollywood icon Alan Cumming, and much-loved LGBTQ+ artist and activist Kate Charlesworth, along with lots of festival and Fringe news and views to fill your Autumn with queerness and awesomeness :)
Somewhere: For Us champions LGBTQ+ arts, culture, heritage and enterprise across Scotland and beyond. 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. Follow us on @Somewhere_ForUs (Twitter and IG)
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.
We launched last November and as lockdown eases so we're building our new Rainbow Enterprise Network, so it's time to get involved! u
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, membership tiers and benefits.
COMMUNITY FUNDS: Up to 20% of all magazine and Rainbow Enterprise Network membership income goes into our new Somewhere: Funding for You grants scheme. As well as creating a fabulous new quarterly publication, we have founded 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 new and emerging LGBTQ+ creatives with paid commissions for our first four issues.
The Somewhere: Enterprise and Research Fund is already supporting LGBTQ+ start-up entrepreneurs and business owners, and provide a means to create new research.
MAY: We are delighted to have received Heritage Lottery Funding supporting the new Anne Lister Walking Tour of Edinburgh, in partnership with Hands On Consulting. For more information and to book a tour visit Anne Lister Tours on Insta.
JUNE: What business is it of yours? A new blog for the Scottish Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth (SCRIG) about data gaps and the need for LGBTQ+ entrepreneur support and our new Rainbow Enterprise Network.
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 and second year, supporting mentees Teale Failla, and Xingjian Wang, we are delighted to be supporting Henry Arevalo during this academic year.
Somewhere is delighted to be continuing the scholarship into 2022/23 - more news to come soon!
A GROWING COLLABORATIVE SUCCESS
Our yearly campaign supporting the 5% of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe made for, by or about the LGBTQ+ community goes from strength to strength. 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 is a new Strategic Partnership with the Fringe Society for 2021-2022 and beyond.
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