Umbrella Lane: Proud, Defiant, & Even More Fabulous

August 6, 2021 7:00 PM

7 - 8PM

About this event:

Umbrella Lane, a peer-led Sex Worker Health and Well-being Project located in Glasgow, will once again host an overview of the history of sex work by LGBT+ people in Scotland. Following the success of this event earlier in the year, they are offering people the opportunity to revisit this topic for the Free Pride celebrations but this time hosted by Scottish drag queen sensation Rayna Destruction!!

Although Sex Workers have frequently been at the forefront of queer activism, in Scotland as in the rest of the world, the stories, lives and achievements of Sex Workers are frequently erased from LGBT+ histories.

Umbrella Lane has invited Rayna Destruction and friends to bring the stories of queer Sex Workers from Scotland’s past to life and give their perspective as modern members of this community.

Due to the stigma of sex work, many of the most oppressed and marginalised members of Scotland’s LGBT+ community, barred from “respectable work”, had nowhere else to turn to support themselves, while others embraced the freedom it offered to embrace their authentic identities.

Their tales are complex and sometimes difficult - there are stories of blackmail, crime and violence here. However, they are also raw and authentic narratives of LGBT+ people not only fighting fiercely for survival but to thrive and exist as their authentic selves in a world which demonised and tried to erase them.


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Access and how to attend:

When you join one of our events, there will be information visible on screen to let you know you’re in the right place. Our event hosts will introduce the event verbally, and this will also appear written in the chat box. We also hope to have BSL interpreting and/or live transcription available.

Using Zoom

This event will be run as a webinar on Zoom, where only the invited speakers will be visible on screen. You won’t be able to turn your camera or microphone on. You will be able to ask questions of the panel members by using the Q&A function. Please note this event will also be recorded, to allow us to share with people who can’t attend at the time.

Zoom can be accessed using the app or on your internet browser, and can be used on computers, tablets and smartphones that are connected to the internet. Zoom uses around 1GB data per hour, so will use around 1-2GB data for this event.


If you have any questions about using Zoom, we will be happy to help you. If you have limited or no internet access, we have a fund available to help you with these costs. We won’t ask you to show any evidence of your income or circumstances. If you need any support, please contact us by emailing