Rainbow Conversations

Stories from the queer community across the world

Rainbow Conversations is a radical podcast dedicated to telling the stories of the queer community from across the world that will agitate for change. Host Richard Dunbar presents a series of conversations with guests ar

Ep 9-Liam Riddick & The Bookish Type

Season 1, Ep. 9
LIAM RIDDICKOriginally from South Wales, Liam was a NDCWales associate and Royal Ballet Junior associate before studying contemporary dance at Coleg Gwent in Newport. This led Liam to London to complete his degree at London Contemporary Dance School. Upon graduating Liam joined Richard Alston Dance Company, touring nationally and internationally for 8 years. During his time in the company Liam was nominated 7 times in 6 consecutive years at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards. In February 2018 he won Best Male Dancer 2017. Liam then went on to dance with BalletBoyz for 2 years. He has also danced works by James Cousins, Eleesha Young-Drennan, Bob Cohan, Iván Pérez, Christopher Wheeldon, Xei Xin, Maxine Doyle, Martin Lawrance, Kim Brandstrup, Paul Roberts for BBC The Greatest Dancer and Jay Ravell for Years and Years Pyramid Stage set at Glastonbury. Liam made his choreographic debut in November 2020 with 'The Three Sections' for FFIN Dance and has recently created 'Murmurations' for Ballet Cymru. Currently Liam is working freelance and teaching on the BA course at London Contemporary Dance School.Follow Liam on InstagramTHE BOOKISH TYPEThe Bookish Type is a queer indie bookshop in Leeds. They started out by running pop-up bookstalls in 2019, then set up a website and finally opened the shop in September 2020.They sell a range of queer literature: fiction, children’s books, YA, memoirs, poetry, short stories, zines, non-fiction, colouring books and graphic novels. They champion LGBTIQA+ authors and books with queer themes and characters because they know the importance of seeing yourself – and your community – represented. They are a community bookshop so aim to actively support and work with the local queer community. They have a Pay It Forward scheme, run Queer History Tours around Leeds and hold Secondhand Sundays to raise money for good causes. They offer discounts to local book groups and Joe, our Saturday Boy, runs a book group for older LGBTIQA+ people in collaboration with the Leeds LGBT+ Community Consortium.Check out there website here and follow them on InstagramFollow Rainbow Conversations on Instagram and Twitter

Ep 7-Phyllis Christopher, The Sun Hotel & Peace Museum

Season 1, Ep. 7
PHYLLIS CHRISTOPHERBuy Dark Room: San Francisco Sex and Protest, 1988–2003 herePhyllis Christopher is a photographer whose work documenting LGBTQ sexuality and protest in San Francisco has been published widely in anthologies such as Nothing But The Girl: The Blatant Lesbian Image (Susie Bright and Jill Posener, 1996), Photo Sex: Fine Art Sexual Photography Comes of Age (David Steinberg, 2003), Art & Queer Culture (Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, 2013) as well as magazines such as DIVA, Aperture and Art Monthly. Between 1991 and 1994 Christopher was the photo editor of the groundbreaking lesbian erotica magazine On Our Backs. She has featured on HBO’s ‘Sexbytes’, Canadian television’s ‘Sex TV’ and the documentary film, Erotica – A Journey into Female Sexuality. Recently, her photographs have been included in various exhibitions including ‘On Our Backs: An Archive’ (The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, 2016) and ‘Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance’ (Nottingham Contemporary, De La Warr Pavilion and Arnolfini, Bristol, 2019). She is a 2020 finalist of the Queer|Art Robert Giard Grant for Emerging LGBTQ+ Photographers.Current exhibitions by Phyllis Christopher:‘Contacts’, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 23 Oct 2021 – 20 Mar 2022'Heads and Tails’, Grand Union, Birmingham, through March 2022For more information on Phyllis and her work please check out her websiteTHE SUN HOTEL, BRADFORDThe Sun Hotel in Bradford is the oldest lgbtq+ bar in the district. It hosts international drag queens every weekend. Once described by one reviewer as being stuck in the 80s the bar proudly owns this title as the music is cheesy, the drinks cheap and plenty of characters in attendance. For more information please check out their Facebook pagePEACE MUSEUM UKThe Peace Museum explores the history and the often untold stories of peace, peacemakers, social reform and peace movements. It occupies three small galleries in one of Bradford’s many fine Victorian buildings. It is unique in that it is the only accredited museum of its kind in the UK.Peace Out is a project exploring Peace and LGBTQ+ activism. The exhibition aims to explore the journey from Stonewall, a moment in history that exemplifies violence perpetrated against LGBTQ+ people and their violent retaliation, and marks the beginning of the following struggle for equality and justice. It can be viewed online hereCheck the Peace Museum out on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook