News: QUEER inSIGHT launches in Liverpool

Liverpool’s Award-Winning Film Production Company First Take is partnering with Queer Bodies Poetry Collective to bring you QUEER inSIGHT: an exciting new development programme for LGBTQIA+ spoken word artists and rappers in Liverpool.

In 2020-21, Police Force Areas Hate Crime Offence rates tragically showed that Merseyside was the highest for Homophobic hate crime, and the 5th highest for Transphobic hate crime. However, that didn’t stop hundreds of locals lining the streets of Liverpool City Centre to cheer on the thousand+ people who marched with Pride. There is still hope! That begs the question, how and why do we go from one extreme to the other? What is it like being  LGBTQ+ in Merseyside? Is it something to celebrate, or to hide? This is where QUEERinSIGHT comes in.

A fusion of spoken word, film, visuals and music, QUEER inSIGHT is a truly unique project. First Take will work with 10 exciting, new, queer spoken word artists/rappers living in Liverpool to create a bold artistic legacy. Together they will explore the changing landscape of gender and sexuality through an experimental development programme of workshops, films, interactive poetry zines and VJing. Kicking off later this month, the project will reach its course with a live performance in November, aiming to engage audiences in conversations around what it means to be LGBTQ+ in Liverpool and beyond.

If you are from the LGBTQ+ community, live in Liverpool and would like to apply for a place on QUEER inSIGHT, head here! And for any further info, don’t hesitate to contact the producer Becky an email. Deadline 18th August 2022.