Reconnecting Rainbows was first founded in 2017 as an initiative to promote LGBTQIA+ mental wellbeing by encouraging participation in the arts. We held our first public event at Solent Showcase Gallery in March 2018, which marked the launch of the ‘LIFEsaving Allies’ campaign for trans wellbeing, and also participated in several Pride events and the Festival of Life and Death.
The idea of publishing an anthology of work by trans and non-binary writers grew out of the ‘Art SO Trans’ event organised in Southampton in March 2019 to mark Trans Day of Visibility. A total of 26 contributors from the UK, USA and Kenya submitted poems and/or song lyrics that were accepted for publication, in the book. The result, five months later, was TransVerse: We Won’t Be Erased!, edited by Ash Brockwell.
We underwent a complete rebrand in 2020 as Reconnecting Rainbows Press (RRP), with a new logo and vision statement. This was followed, in the summer of 2021, by the publication of TransVerse II, No Time for Silence: Words of Survival, Resilience and Hope, with over 50 contributors from four continents.
Since then, Reconnecting Rainbows Press has gone on to publish several solo works including young-adult fiction, poetry anthologies, and non-fiction titles.
Reconnecting Rainbows Press is a community interest company (14570208) registered in the United Kingdom. All of our profits go back into helping marginalised communities publish their works and tell their stories.