Spotlight: Rainbow Noir
What is Rainbow Noir?
Rainbow Noir is a social and peer support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people of colour (POC) in Manchester. The group have a physical space, an online group space and also advocate for LGBTQI POC in and around Manchester.
How did the group come about?
The group came about from a frustration at the lack of representation of LGBTQI POC within LGBT communities and communities of colour. Many people felt invisible within communities they were a part of and wanted people to acknowledge that LGBTQI POC exist too. Lots of LGBTQI POC feel marginalised within LGBT communities and so it was important to create have a space of our own to meet others and to have a space where we mattered.
Are there particular events or milestones that you’ve celebrated?
We celebrated our 3rd birthday this year! It was an amazing event which we held at LGBT Foundation and screened two brilliant documentaries about our history in the UK - 'Under Your Nose' a film by Veronica McKenzie about the first and only Black Lesbian & Gay Centre in the UK in London and 'Gay Scouse & Black Glory' by Sandi Hughes about LGBT POC in Liverpool. It was a really fantastic day and we're really looking forward to celebrating our 4th birthday and how far we have come as a group in 2017.
What advice would you give to someone questioning whether to come along to Rainbow Noir?
We would suggest coming down to see the space. Chloe, one of our organisers works at The LGBT Centre and so is often around to have a brew and chat about the group if anyone was nervous about coming along. People can also contact us on Facebook or email with any questions they have. Scrolling through our Facebook or Twitter feed will give a good idea of what we are about as a group. Rainbow Noir is a relaxed and chilled environment with a complete mix of people of all ages, ethnicities and interests. People can also drop in and out of our monthly session, so if you come along and it's not for you, there is no pressure to stay; though we hope that people find it a welcoming and inviting space.