Sappho Events is set to produce Queer Connect, a festival of free online events throughout October to help ease loneliness in the LGBTQIA+ community, thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
A recent survey conducted by Sappho Events found that 85% of people said they’d like LGBTQIA+ events to remain accessible online while the pandemic continues.
Many LGBTQIA+ people still rely on online events to feel connected to the queer community because they don’t feel confident or are not able to socialise in-person.
These groups particularly include people with social anxiety, a physical disability, those shielding at home for their health or those they care for, and those in regional areas who don’t have physical LGBTQIA+ events available in their area.
Queer Connect will comprise of eight free, online events throughout October including a boxing class, yoga class, lino print making workshop, queer film night, queer writing workshop, speed dating, POC speed dating, and a panel event in conversation with the queer disability community.
Maryann Wright, curator of Queer Connect and founder of Sappho Events said: “There are still many people in the LGBTQIA+ community who do not yet feel comfortable to socialise at in-person events, and who would like to continue making queer friends and sharing enjoyable activities with other queer people online.
“We know that feeling part of the queer community is an incredibly important antidote to loneliness, depression and anxiety, as it gives people a safe space to feel welcome, valued, and have fun.
“We hope many will enjoy the Queer Connect festival and feel that the LGBTQIA+ community is here to support and empower them in accessible ways.”
Registrations for ‘Queer Connect’ are now open here.
The line-up includes:
- 4 October, 7pm – Boxing – facilitated by Female Boxing Coach
- 9 October, 9:30am – Yoga – facilitated by Keresha Florentine
- 14 October, 7pm – Speed Dating – facilitated by Maryann Wright
- 18 October, 6:30pm – Lino-Print Workshop – facilitated by Gemma Curtis, Wild Water Art Store
- 21 October, 7pm – Queer Film Night – facilitated by Angie West, Queer Bee Films
- 24 October, 7pm – Queer Writing Workshop – facilitated by Sapphic Writers
- 25 October, 6pm – LGBTQIA+ Disability Panel – chaired by Jessi Parrott
- 26 October, 7pm – Queer POC Speed Dating – facilitated by Leah Kirby, Cyro