This is a #HOMEinspires event.
Rainbow Noir is a volunteer led group celebrating, platforming and connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people of colour based in and around Manchester. Founded in 2013, they provide social space, peer support and community action for and by their community.
Over the last six and a half years the group has developed and grown in many ways, but the aims of providing a warm, welcoming space for LGBTQI people of colour to meet, connect, find themselves and one another, has continued to run through the veins of what we do. Finding your people – people who see you, who get you, who reflect you – is integral to survive and thrive.
Mainstream visibility of our communities is increasing, but still often sparse. For too long LGBTQI people of colour have been erased, pushed out and silenced. We challenge this narrative, and at our core Rainbow Noir exists to say;
“We are black. We are brown. We are queer. We are here.
We have always been here and we will always be here.”
The LGBT+ Centre on Sidney St has been our home since our inception, but currently, during its demolition and rebuild, we are based at Milk and Honey Café at St Peter’s House on Oxford Road. We meet every second Thursday of the month from 7pm ‘til late.
It is a closed space for LGBTQI people of colour only and in it you’ll find friendly and welcoming vibes, workshops, spaces for discussion, connection and somewhere to simply ‘be’. We also run year-round, ad-hoc public events, which are open to all to celebrate and grow with us – allies and families pushing forwards together.
A City Seen – Rainbow Noir present Stud Life
Monday 14 Oct, early evening – booking yet to open
To accompany this exhibition and celebrate Black History Month, Rainbow Noir will screen Stud Life followed by discussions around the themes of the visibility of black studs, masculinity in queer black women, and queer women of colour. Be roused and ready as Rainbow Noir represent at HOME.