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Self-proclaimed ‘cabaret maker and binary breaker’ Melody Sproates is hoping to keep spirits up in the LGBTQIA+ community with their new project entitled Stay Home, Stay Queer. As much a project to keep Melody’s own spirits up as to support their community, Stay Home, Stay Queer is a free downloadable resource pack in zine format featuring positive art, creative activities, inspiring quotes, identity celebrating tips, mental health advice and wisdom from Melody and other North East queer icons. Lovingly designed in a colourful ‘zine style by Newcastle-based illustrators and designers iAMi Creative, it’s a beautiful and positive representation of the region’s LGBTQIA+ community.

I wanted to create something that I felt I needed during this time – a little queer pick me up and helping hand to feel connected.” Melody explains. “The idea started after I was thinking of ways I could still reach out to LGBTQIA+ young people – plus Trans day of Visibility (31st March) passed during lockdown and I needed something to happen so I didn’t feel alone; I ran an online craft day on my social media and I was really buzzing as it had a really positive response. LGBTQIA+ people are at home right now wanting to connect, share things creatively and chase away the quarantine blues! I hope folks enjoy Stay Home, Stay Queer and find it helpful and inspiring as they navigate their queer identity during this period of social distancing.”

Melody’s encouraging people to get interactive on social media using the hashtag #stayhomestayqueer.

To get hold of a copy of Stay Home, Stay Queer visit Melody Sproats’ social media pages on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or

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