Following on from its award-winning original series “Hungerlust” and “Beyond Hollywood”, Culture Trip, the travel, media and entertainment start-up, today announced the launch of its latest series “Pioneers of Love” for Pride Month.
“Pioneers of Love” goes beyond the rainbow, exploring the cultural shifts in love around the world and the people and communities spearheading change through unbridled activism, show-stopping creativity and unstoppable self love. From the queer collective shaking up the face of London nightlife, to the Turkish activists fighting back in the face of oppression, “Pioneers of Love,” celebrates the trailblazing and transformative spirit of Pride and the ongoing global fight for the right to love.
“Culture Trip is about showing what’s special and unique about a place and ‘Pioneers of Love’ is no exception.” said Anne Bourgeois-Vignon, Executive Creative Director at Culture Trip. For ‘Pioneers of Love,’ we went further than parades and rainbow flags, celebrating the energy, creativity and perseverence of vibrant communities around the world, examining what being queer means to them and paving the way to ensure everyone has the right to love.”
“Pioneers of Love”, the new six-episode series from Culture Trip, is available to stream from 28 June at theculturetrip.com/pride.
“Pioneers of Love” Episodes:
Sink The Pink – London, UK
A collective of queens, club kids, pop superstars, creative juggernauts, flamboyant dancers, and acclaimed designers, at Sink The Pink, everyone is welcome and everyone is celebrated.
An antidote to the soulless mega clubs, Culture Trip meets with Sink The Pink to explore how the collective has grown from humble beginnings at Bethnal Green working mens club to become one of the biggest LGBTQ nights in the world.
Wayne Allingham – London, UK
Wayne Allingham, aka “Sugar Cube”, is the “very funny and witty disabled drag queen” making LGBTQ nightlife more inclusive. Born with hemiparesis, Wayne refuses to let this stop him from fulfilling his dream of performing on stage. On his mission to create a more accepting world for disabled LGBTQ people, Wayne launched an inclusive club night called Disabled, Queer & Here, giving disabled people a platform to showcase their talents.
The Queer Choir – Reykjavik, Iceland
In a country with only one dedicated gay bar, one group wants to shout – or sing – a little louder for recognition. The Reykjavik Queer Choir aims to be a positive forum for people to meet and sing together, work on the participation of queer people in cultural life, creating a prejudice-free environment where LGBTQ people can meet and enjoy singing together.
Amazon Sun – Bangkok, Thailand
Phitthaya “Sun” Phaefuang, known professionally as Amazon Sun, learned how to Vogue and Waack from YouTube tutorials and is now a member of the ‘House of Amazon’. Culture Trip follows Amazon Sun into his community as he hangs out with popular BKK party planners the Go Grrrls and a number of other prominent figures on the gay party scene.
Activists for Pride – Istanbul, Turkey
Despite homosexuality being legal in Turkey since 1858, with trans people also given the legal right to change their legal gender in 1988, recent years have seen a change in public opinion. Attacks against gay, lesbian and transgender people have become more frequent – and deadly. Culture Trip speaks to three activists, from different walks of life, in their campaign and struggle living as LGBTQ+ in modern life Istanbul.
Christopher Street – New York City, USA
The oldest and gayest street in New York, Christopher Street is most notable for the Stonewall Inn where the 1969 riots took place but not much is ever told about the street beyond that. Culture Trip looks at Christopher Street as its own character, what it was like 50 years ago and how it has evolved into an iconic location that people are still intrigued by today.
“Pioneers of Love” is produced and directed by Lauren Clarke for Culture Trip. Words by Jennifer Tetteh at Culture Trip.
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Ollie Gill = Colour Grade @ Nice Biscuits
Anne Bourgeois-Vignon = Executive Creative Director
Paul Sethi = Creative Director
Kris Sheasby = Lead Designer
Lauren Clarke = Producer
Benedicte Berg = Editor
Phoebe Armstrong-Beaver = Post Production Manager