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We enjoyed catching up with members and meeting new readers at the Artists' Bookmarket event in Edinburgh. The Zine Festival was also at the venue and it was fab to see Somewhere; For Us feature writers tabling for the event.
Our recent LGBT History Month event was supported by the Community-Led Vision Fund through the Scottish Government and the Cairngorms Trust, in partnership with the Cairngorms National Park Authority.
We were delighted to be part of the excellent LGBT History Month exhibition at Elgin Library. We had lots of positive feedback and look forward to taking part again next year.
OUR QUEER QUARTERLY: We are super excited to announce the imminent publication of our TENTH ssue of Somewhere: For Us magazine, celebrating stories and storytellers across Scotland and beyond! It's time to Full of fresh ideas for Spring, we are heading to the hills with ideas to get everybody out and about this season. We hope you enjoy it!
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.
Launched in November 2020, our pioneering network is now over two years old and growing fast! LGBTQ+ and ally organisations of all sizes and sectors are welcome to join us. Why not make 2023 the year you get involved with our 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+ and ally staff network members.
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MAY: We were delighted to receive Heritage Lottery Funding supporting the Anne Lister Walking Tour of Edinburgh, in partnership with Hands On Consulting. For more information, 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 three years, supporting mentees Teale Failla, Xingjian Wang and Henry Arevalo, the Somewhere scholarship continues this year with new mentee Claire Sarafilovic on the EMBA programme for 2022-2024.
Somewhere: At the Fringe
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, now in its third year.
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