QUEER FOLKESTONE is a series of online conversations between queer folkes and photographer Cora Hamilton, exploring and discussing where queerness and folkestone intersect.
Cora Hamilton (they/them) is a queer non-binary photographer and co-founder/creative director of uns*, Germany’s first exclusively LGBTQIA+ talent agency. They are based between Berlin and Folkestone, and want to use this series to further connect with Folkestone's queer scene and highlight some of the stories of the people who live there.
Episode 2 - Leah Gaynor
For episode 2 of QUEER FOLKESTONE I had a chat with Leah Gaynor (she/her).
Leah is a jeweller, and she tuned in to Zoom from her studio under Hireath Creative (@hiraeth_creative) on the Old Highstreet, the shop that she runs with her partner, Cerys. We talked about the importance of visibility, the age diversity of queer people in Folkestone, and coming out as trans while having kids.
Episode 1 - Anil Sebastian
In the first episode of QUEER FOLKESTONE, I virtually sat down with Anil.
Anil is a Folkestone-based queer non-binary artist, producer and vocalist, and is the co-founder and director of London Contemporary Voices choir. Together we talked about how it is to be queer in Folkestone, going to Spoons in drag, and how "if you don't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else" is a deeply flawed concept. Unfortunately Anil's cats didn't decide to join us for the conversation, but we hope that this FaceTime portrait featuring Ambrose McNish makes up for the disappointment.