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Qmmunity is a podcast hoping to bring the LGBTQ community closer together

Qmmunity is a podcast hoping to bring the LGBTQ community closer together

Subsequent month will see the on-line launch of a model new podcast that may discover what it means to be LGBTQ in 2018 for by way of a collection of discussions.

Co-hosted by Alexis Caught and Christania MacPherson, Qmmunity will discover conversations that want to be introduced to the forefront of our community, bringing together individuals from throughout the spectrum of the LGBTQ initialism that will not often are available contact with one another on a day by day foundation.

The hope is to dissect the present state of the LGBTQ community, from our successes and the place we’re going, to the challenges we nonetheless face, and the discrimination that exists from inside the community itself.

The podcasts are at present being recorded all through September in entrance of a stay viewers at the Ace Lodge in London, with new panellists every week giving their distinctive perspective on subjects akin to ‘What does it mean to be LGBTQ?’, ‘Threats to the community’, and ‘The intersectionality of sexuality’.

Homosexual Occasions caught up with Lex and Christania to discover out extra about Qmmunity, what makes it totally different from different podcasts on the market, their hopes for the collection, and the way they ensured a numerous vary of voices be featured all through the panel discussions.

What impressed you to create Qmmunity?
Lex: The large thought behind it was, genuinely, a pre-thirties id disaster of popping out of the gayteens – also called straight individuals twenties – and type of going, ‘Well, what kind of grown up do I want to be? And where do I fit with my identity within the LGBTQ community?’ I additionally noticed a lot of pals who felt a comparable approach. They have been at a little bit of a loss. We’ve had a lot of modifications in the method individuals determine, the method our gender and sexuality is perceived and talked about, and now we’ve received to – to use air quotes – authorized equality, everybody’s a bit like, ‘Now what?’ Clearly not all, however some homosexual males are falling away into the chemsex scene, others are getting married and having youngsters, different individuals are rallying towards being labelled queer. Nevertheless it’s additionally noticing that we have been getting evermore segregated on social media with these algorithms that make it so that you solely ever see people who find themselves precisely such as you, and so we have been dropping a few of the richness of it. So once I needed to begin Qmmunity it was an exploration of the place have we come from and the place are we going, as a result of a lot individuals felt misplaced.

Christania: This is Lex’s child, however I used to be introduced on board as his co-host. I got here on board as a result of it’s a nice concept and like he stated, when you solely speak to sure kinds of individuals, you’re lacking out on the conversations which are occurring outdoors of your friendship group. So we’ve made positive the podcast is balanced with several types of individuals, with even me being the exact opposite of Lex as a black lesbian. I’m a part of a community that doesn’t actually work together with white homosexual males. I don’t actually work together with anybody who isn’t POC and queer usually, and I’ve all the time been like that since I used to be 18. That is simply accidentally, so it’s good to speak about this stuff and are available together as a community. Clearly it’s going to be more durable for some individuals – and a few don’t need to be concerned for numerous totally different causes – however I feel this is going to be superb.

Lex: It’s making an attempt to discover that center floor. We’re advised that we’re all a part of the similar community, however truly we’ve ended up segregating ourselves inside the community into people who find themselves identical to you. I get it, since you make pals with individuals you’re comparable with. You possibly can’t be like, ‘Well I have to treat my friend like a tick box exercise where every single different type of person is represented.’ Christania and I wouldn’t have naturally crossed paths if it wasn’t for this podcast. We’ve been having the greatest time and we’ve found that there’s a lot overlapping commonality between us. Everybody appears to be a lot extra polarised nowadays with the approach Twitter is very argumentative, so we thought that for those who discover a center floor and bond over shared experiences and shared understanding – no-one’s viewpoint was ever modified by being shouted at – you construct empathy with individuals and that’s the way you bring them together.

What expertise do you every bring to Qmmunity?
Christania: I’m bringing my fabulous self as a result of I’m superb! No, not likely. I feel doing AZ, which is an internet publication we began in 2015 for queer, trans and intersex individuals of color in the UK. So doing that over the final three years, I’ve learnt a lot about the community. I’ve learnt new phrases, I’ve interacted with extra those that I wouldn’t have executed 10 years in the past once I was in Heaven simply consuming and dancing. So I’ve come on a lengthy journey of self discovery and studying about different individuals. This for me is the subsequent step. It’s a step for integrating totally different individuals from inside our community’s sub-sections, and simply having conversations that we’re not having out loud.

Lex: For me, it’s lastly having matured to somebody who’s a bit extra self-reflective. Once I was youthful, I used to be very a lot ignoring the problem of gayteens by going, ‘Everything is fine now because I’ve left faculty.’ Which, whenever you put a plaster on issues, they arrive out in several methods they usually can explode in being sad or indignant. So gaining that maturity, I realised that I should not have all of it found out as a lot as I assumed I did. So what I bring to this is somebody who is fairly trustworthy and might be like, I don’t know the reply. I do know that I’m supposed to know this, but when I don’t ask these query I’m by no means going to study. I would like to, for a higher phrase, have a protected area the place everybody can study.

Why have you ever determined to shake up the podcast format and document it in entrance of a stay viewers?
Christania: I feel will probably be fascinating. I pay attention to a lot of podcasts – like, too many – they usually all the time have stay exhibits at the finish of the season. It’s good to hear different individuals reacting and laughing. So we’re doing it the different approach round. We’re doing the reside exhibits earlier than we’ve even promoted the episodes. It’s simply good to be revolutionary. It’s a great way of selling the podcast earlier than it has been launched.

Lex: Once we got here up with the concept for the present, we actually needed to have a stay viewers as a result of the present is not about us. We’re not a type of podcasts the place we’re entrance and centre. It’s genuinely about all of us. If it was simply the two of us sat in my bed room with a microphone, that’s not consultant of anyone however us. So by inviting different individuals into that dialog, let’s ask individuals who may need the solutions. We gained’t even have all the questions, so let’s fill the room with individuals who could have them. Additionally, if we’re referred to as Qmmunity and it’s about the community, nicely let’s do our bit to assist begin constructing a community. Simply by taking a look at ticket gross sales, it’s individuals from throughout totally different communities who’re going to be in a room together asking fascinating questions and hopefully studying and increasing the dialog.

As you’ve talked about, you’ve ensured there’s variety throughout all of the panels, so how did you determine on the individuals to ask be concerned?
Christania: I actually had a spreadsheet and was like, ‘I like this person and this person.’ It was individuals I had labored with earlier than. A part of the drawback is, a lot of the individuals who have fascinating issues to say don’t have a giant social media following. If we’re trustworthy, on this time now, 40,000 followers for example will assist. Lex might be chatting shit principally on his platform, however individuals will pay attention as a result of he has an viewers. He has 40,000 individuals who comply with him and are interested by what he has to say. That’s nice, however there are different individuals who have 400 followers who’re saying issues which might be higher than what Lex is saying, or have a totally different perspective. It’s necessary to elevate these individuals.

Lex: It’s been a huge factor of making an attempt to discover the fascinating individuals who have tales to inform, and never simply the similar individuals that you simply all the time hear from, giving the similar story. If we’re completely trustworthy, I’m going to criticise it as a result of I’m it, however what we see a lot of in homosexual media is white center class homosexual males. Even typically once I hear these, I can’t relate to it as a result of it’s so privileged. It’s additionally not increasing my understanding anymore.

Christania: That’s the factor, for those who’re solely interacting with people who find themselves like your self, then you definitely’re not going to study something. These males have extra privilege than you do or extra expertise, however you’re nonetheless not studying something from them.

What makes Qmmunity totally different from different LGBTQ podcasts?
Christania: I don’t know that many LGBTQ podcasts which might be made in the UK. I do know two, and I learnt about them by means of Lex. I didn’t find out about them earlier than. In order that’s the very first thing. I feel the subjects that we’re going to talk about are going to be fascinating. They’re going to make individuals really feel uncomfortable and that’s good, as a result of in case you really feel uncomfortable then meaning you want to do some inner thought. You want to return and assume, ‘Why did that make me feel uncomfortable?’ Simply use your mind a bit extra and increase your thoughts. It’s units us aside fairly a lot I feel.

Lex: What we’ve got in widespread with a few of the different podcasts is that really what we would like the sound to be is two associates having chats with fascinating individuals. However the place we’re totally different is that these conversations that we’re having will truly broaden our understanding. I assumed I used to be fairly good with LGBTQ politics and historical past, however I’m already studying new issues. We’re interviewing eyewitness individuals to protect moments of our historical past. So, what was it like if you stormed the BBC? How did you arrange this basis? Why did you do this? It’s not about us, it’s about the community. Hopefully different individuals will study and have enjoyable and perceive a bit extra about the place they’ve come from.

Is there a specific dialogue you’re excited for?

Christania: I’m wanting ahead to all of them clearly! However I’m wanting ahead to the one about the way forward for the LGBTQ community, and the one about intersectionality. With the future one, I’m almost 30 so I don’t assume I’m the future anymore. It’s such a humorous age as a result of I’m not previous, however I’m not 21. For somebody like me who’s 10 years youthful, I’m extra involved with what she’s going to be doing, and I would like to assist nurture youthful individuals arising. The web makes it simpler to do this. Once I was 18 I used to be on MySpace, however I used to be nonetheless struggling. The youngsters now have extra selection and extra alternative and it’s thrilling. With the phrase ‘queer’, once I was going to Heaven, Sugar Rush, all these locations, I wasn’t queer. We didn’t use that phrase. I’m not queer now, however I didn’t hear different ladies utilizing that time period. Issues are altering and we’d like to transfer with the occasions. You’ve gotten to look again to work out the place you’re going, however it’s thrilling to see the place we’re headed. When it comes to intersectionality, due to the work I do with AZ it’s essential to me. It’s having the AZ dialog in actual life with new individuals. Like, there are black trans ladies being killed at an alarming price, and these the type of conversations we would like to bring to the forefront.

Lex: As an viewers member I’m most excited for the panel on intersectionality. Christania is internet hosting that one, and I feel I’m going to study a lot from that.

Debate can typically get poisonous on social media – how do you every cope with opinions which might be radically totally different from yours, and the way would you deal with that if it occurred throughout a panel dialogue?
Lex: I can keep in mind once I first used Twitter it was all enjoyable and frivolity and other people simply making foolish jokes. Then individuals began to develop into extra politically acutely aware and conscious that Twitter might be a device for social change and activism. However at the similar time, individuals additionally began to turn into conscious that you may make a identify for your self on the platform. Individuals have been getting writing gigs or presenting jobs and truly making actual cash off the again of creating a platform. Nevertheless, that additionally led to a lot of individuals on Twitter – myself included – moderately than considering points by means of from a nuanced perspective, leaping to be who could be the most outraged in 140 characters in order that they get the first load of retweets. I left it as a result of I simply noticed it making everyone indignant and no-one ever placing down their pitchforks.

Christania: I don’t interact with individuals on Twitter. I exploit it to retweet AZ stuff, community stuff, and retweet memes and that’s it! I exploit Instagram to add footage of myself and that’s it. I don’t interact. You’ll get blocked. As a result of individuals are extra politically conscious now, and there are issues that I’ve discovered from there that I didn’t know 5 years in the past and that’s nice. Off the again off Twitter I purchased books about blackness primarily, simply to study new issues. So there is that. When it comes to the panels, I feel I’ll simply be lukewarm. Not attempt to speak over individuals throughout the dialog, as a result of the entire level is to average it and ensure no-one feels uncomfortable. I’m not the place Lex is but on his journey. I’m indignant as a result of the world is unfair. I’m not indignant all the time, however I simply don’t like injustice and seeing individuals being shit. Everybody is out for themselves and I perceive that, however some individuals are decrease on the meals chain than others. However yeah, I simply wouldn’t interact with a racist. I simply wouldn’t. This individual doesn’t see me as a human being, so there’s no level me being loud and making an attempt shout over them. It’s not that I don’t need to change their view, it’s simply not my battle.

To see the full listing of Qmmunity reside recordings and guide tickets, you’ll be able to go to their official web site right here.

What’s extra, at every stay present Qmmunity can be operating a ticket giveaway to a few of London’s largest exhibits, together with Strictly Ballroom, Kinky Boots, and Dreamgirls.

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