A new LGBT+ support system has been created for Edinburgh Fringe creators and crew
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“The fact we are even there in the first place is something to celebrate.”
Teddy Lamb by Scallywag Fox - PhotographyThis year at the Edinburgh Fringe, Teddy Lamb, a LGBT performer whose show Polaris will be on at Pleasance Below, has decided to tackle the "isolation" many queer performers experiance at the festival. The weekly group will meet every Monday of the Fringe (6th, 13th and 20th), 4pm to 6.30pm, at Underbelly's Cow Cafe which Underbelly has provided free of charge. As the facebook event page notes, it will offer "a weekly drop in group where queer performers, producers, critics, stage crew, audiences etc can all meet up to support each other and network". In a "safe, inclusive, wheelchair accessible space" Lamb hopes they "can support the community" with people able to "sell" their shows and "ask for advice". "The Edinburgh Fringe Queer Meet Up does exactly what it says on the tin", Teddy Lamb states. Why this event now? In 2016, during Lamb's last experiance at the festival, he "felt very isolated" from his London Queer support system and "didn't know how or where" to meet fellow LGBT performers in the amazing, but busy, Edinburgh of August Fringe month. Lamb, talking to The Stage, highlighted that a stereotype of the arts is that its thought to be "super inclusive" of LGBT people.
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