Person behind the idea
Hi! I am Nelli, a Finnish born non-binary interdisciplinary Artist, Stylist and Art Director based in York. I have lived in this beautiful city since 2018 and after realising what a gem York truly is, I have decided to stay for good.
What is my vision and why is it important?
One of the first things that striked me about York is simply how lovely the local residents are. However, I also noticed the significant percentage of LGBTQI+ population York holds. According to a 2018 study conducted by Office of National Statistic (ONS), 2.3% percent of Yorkshire and Humber residents identify as being part of the LGBT+ community - that means nearly 13 000 people. The percentage continues to increase yet the 'capital city' of Yorkshire as well as a popular tourist destination for 6.9 million visitors each year has no dedicated LGBT+ space(!). How can this be?
Therefore my vision is...
...to create a much needed LGBTQI+ Coffee Shop, 'Lunar', in the Centre of York. Lunar is a safe space, where you can find like-minded people and connect; an arts space to host poetry evenings, exhibit paintings or photography; a space to be yourself and truly embrace your queerness.
Grab a coffee and get your hair done!
Lunar will also host a make-up corner, a photography corner studio, an LGBT+ themed gift shop (henny!) as well as regular support groups and other events. We have also hired an in-house hair stylist specialising in trans* hair.
Your donation will help to set York's 1st LGBTQIA+ Cafe up and running.
Nelli Mooney (they/her)