Life Lockdown with Oana

Creators of Push-Back, a queer night out in Newcastle are the latest contributors to our Life in Lockdown series.

For Richard and I, life in lockdown has been quite challenging.

We are both very social people so not being allowed to meet up with friends and family for such a long period of time really took its toll on us mentally.

Also, not being able to work was extremely hard, especially financially.

“We had both dealt with a lot of personal issues during quarantine also.”

We have tried to take the time off to relax and take a step back and reevaluate what’s important in life.

“We both agreed that Push-Back – the queer party we run a few times a year at Cobalt Studios in Ouseburn – is our main focus for the future.”

We used all of our time off to really brainstorm and try to make it even better than it is now. We have been doing our research, finding loads more amazing artists, both local and from all around the world that we can support and invite to perform at  our night.

It’s also been really lovely to get to spend so much time together. 

Life in Lockdown brought together with support from Haydn Brown Photography and DW Media

We know that COVID-19 and global pandemic has impacted the community in many different ways. From key working to homeschooling, to being furloughed or education being moved online. Some of our LGBTQ+ community have found it harder than most. The community can sometimes be the family we chose, and we may be isolating alone or away from our support network. We also may be living in hostile environments where we are hiding our true identity to remain safe. We think that it’s important to reflect and remember this moment in our history and highlight the challenges we’ve had to overcome Find out more and apply to take part: