Liverpool’s collaborative, creative LGBTQ+ community.
Liverpool Queer Collective creates safe-spaces (both physical and virtual) which champion and celebrate queer culture. We exist to give a voice to LGBTQ+ people and to offer an alternative to mainstream gay club culture.
We facilitate and produce queer and trans-friendly events in Merseyside with a focus on creativity and wellbeing. Our mission is to empower LGBTQ+ people to live their best queer lives and to be out and proud.
To offer an alternative to gay club culture: We recognise that many people who identify as LGBTQ+ do not identify with the gay “scene”. Yet these people also need safe, queer and trans-friendly spaces to find friendship and belonging. We provide such spaces.
To grow and sustain the LGBTQ+ community in Liverpool: We work to connect existing organisations and groups, encouraging collaboration and greater peer-support. We promote the work and events of like-minded organisations in order to offer LGBTQ+ people a wider range of choice.
To empower LGBTQ+ people to live with confidence: By focusing on creativity and wellbeing, our events enrich the lives of attendees. Through connection to community and through expanded opportunities LGBTQ+ people can live life to the full.
Our core team:
Mel Underwood (she/her) founded Liverpool Queer Collective alongside her partner Ashleigh in 2016. Mel is a multipotentialite and the proud parent of two cat babies Mr Jenkins & Lady. She loves meeting new people, travelling, music and creating events that enrich the lives of Liverpool queers. Mel prides herself on being a "plazzy" Scouser and has loved the city from the first time she set eyes on it.
Char Binns (she/her) has a funny accent. Brung up in Yorkshire, she spent 9 years in That London then came to Liverpool by accident and fell in love with the place to such an extent she has a tattoo of the Mersey ferry! Char wears lots of hats (both headgear and job roles) working in project/events management, digital comms and as a running coach. Char loves vegan cooking, her family of house plants and “good” tea.
Andrew Bullock (he/him) is a gay, socialist, feminist, Christian. He has a liking for patterned shirts, playing the ukulele and painting his nails. When he is not painting his nails he is a Board Member for Homotopia Festival and works in the Marketing Team at National Museums Liverpool.
Founders Mel & Ash are a creative queer couple dwelling in the heart of Liverpool with their cat children. They set-up Liverpool Queer Collective in 2016 with the aim to enrich Liverpool's LGBTQ+ community, bringing it together through creative events and online channels, as well as by identifying safe spaces in the city.