Brighton Project Workshop November 2014
Many thanks to everyone who shared their stories, thoughts and experiences at the first Liveable Lives Project workshop was held on 22nd November in Brighton . These interactive workshops with LGBTQ people in India and the UK explore what makes our lives ‘liveable’ rather than just ‘bearable’, so that life feels like living, not just surviving. A diverse bunch of people imparted their experiences of everyday life through map making to record where life feels more or less liveable; making collages that visualise the challenges to living life; and explored ideas through writing, interviews, and discussion groups. By the end of the day, the project had collected a set of amazing creative works and many hours of interview and discussion! These will be analysed, along with data from a further 9 project workshops, to answer the question 'what makes life liveable/not liveable for LGBTQ people?'. The project team enjoyed talking with people one-to-one and in groups, over tea and coffee and lots of yummy free food (we may have over-ordered!) Rest assured that when you come to a project workshop you will be well fed!
We are now planning the next Liveable Lives workshops in the UK, so watch this space for more details! If you are interested in getting involved, please do contact us using the social media links below or by emailing Nick McGlynn or Kath Browne. Each personal perspective is vital to shaping the project findings. In taking part, sharing your insights could mean that thinking about LGBTQ people will include people like you, and will communicate your ideas and concerns rather than trying to speak ‘for’ you as an LGBTQ person. As well as here on our website, you can also keep up-to-date with the project via Facebook or Twitter.