THEN & NOW

EIGHT YEARS LATER, QC CATCH UP WITH THE SMILING STAR OF OUR COVER PHOTO!

Eight years after the iconic photo was taken by Stephen Benson, Queer Cumbria catch up with the young person in […] Read More
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Emerging Artist | Leon

Being queer changes how you see the world and sparks creativity

Tell us a bit about yourself… Leon, 19 and from Carlisle…I’m studying illustration at the University of Huddersfield and I […] Read More

Our Fave Moments of Graduate Art

Artist Molly Hughes explores their favourite degree show moments

Art is hard to write about sometimes. I have always struggled to put my feelings about it into words without […] Read More

It’s Proud Out West!

We speak to Glenn Anderson, co-founder of Proud & Diverse Cumbria CIC about celebrating diversity out West

Whitehaven now has its first ever Pride thanks to a brand new CIC, Proud and Diverse Cumbria (PADC). We chatted […] Read More

Carlisle’s Iconic Kiss

An image speaks a thousand words!

A now iconic image portraying queer power, photographer Stephen Benson offers us a short personal insight into our first ever […] Read More

100 Years of Youth Culture

70s Carpets and Goths on rocks - Mac Benson tells us a little about their Youth Culture archiving project

In 2022 I had the pleasure of working with the Museum of Youth Culture to collect and exhibit images of […] Read More
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Film | Queer in Cumbria

A local filmmaker explores queerness across generations

Created by Jade Ward, Queer in Cumbria is a short documentary designed to highlight and elevate queer voices while also […] Read More

Poem | 25 and F*ck

a poem by cj pitcher

Middle pit, stomach Anxiety thick Life’s a kick in the gut Anxiety, cut the glut Forever stuck in a rut […] Read More
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Enjoying the Queer Outdoors

time to get muddy with Lakes Queer Adventures

“I love rolling around in mud, climbing up trees, and running around, that’s all I can say.” 26-year-old Tessa Higgs […] Read More

Emerging Artist QA | Ruben

A message for the generation above me is that we need to protect the younger generation of queer youth

Tell us a bit about you… Im Ruben, a seventeen your old trans artist from Carlisle. I currently work digitally […] Read More

True Colours | Join a Youth Arts Project

Young people from PiNC tell us more about a new queer art project open now!

When some think of Pride and LGBTQIA+, it is often faced with scrutiny of being one-dimensional and dubbed uncreative or […] Read More

Poem | I Wanna be a Star

a poem by R Borgia

The stars are what humans use to define beauty. To define peace. The stars prove the subjectivity of beauty that […] Read More
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