Without the support of Jackie Crozier it's almost certain that The Modern Lesbian project would not exist. From the outset the Manchester Pride director has supported Rachel in realising her ambitions to explore the impact of gay and bisexual women throughout all aspects of Manchester's cultural landscape by contributing her time, knowledge and contacts.
So it seems fitting that, as one of our earliest supporters, Jackie's voice is the first to be heard as we start making the interviews behind the portraits public in the build up to the exhibition launch on the 20th August. You can subscribe to get all of our interviews automatically as a podcast using iTunes or by regular RSS (click your preferred option in the menu to the right after the jump).
Raised close to Ripon in West Yorkshire Jackie first visited Pride in 1995, more stumbling across the festivities than planning to attend. However, over the next decade she was to become a regular visitor to the Village travelling to Manchester over the Pennines from her home in Leeds. In 2005 the position of festival co-ordinator became available seeing Jackie move to Manchester and became a part of the Pride team, only to take over the role of director a mere two years later when Sarah Roland stepped down.
Now heading up her third Pride Jackie was kind enough to sit down with Rachel prior to her portrait being shot (not the one above - we'll be revealing all of the images at the launch night) to discuss the importance of a visible, accessible Pride, the role the Pride Fringe and the pressures of keeping the event going as it enters its third decade. You can Listen here.
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