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The Outsiders Handbook

The Outsiders’ Handbook is available to download as a free PDF.

Artist and weirdo Scottee is celebrating 10 years of making a mess, causing a fuss and getting ideas above his station with two new publications in collaboration with LADA – Scottee: I Made It, a swanky archive book documenting a decade of making it and The Outsiders’ Handbook, a free survival guide for queer and trans* young people.

Scottee is an artist, performer, event maker, activist, host, broadcaster, self-proclaimed weirdo, troublemaker, and firestarter, and more. Many things to many people, he works across a lot of different social agendas – especially queer, fat and working class activisms – and makes lots of different things with all kinds of people, from doing pop-up performance in queer clubs, to staging shows in proper theatres, to gathering folk to talk, to drink tea, and make stuff in community centres.

The Outsiders’ Handbook is written by four artists who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community: Scottee, Travis Alabanza, Selina Thompson and Emma Frankland. “We all grew up in the UK and we found our friends and each other through the internet and by doing arty stuff.”

We want to share with you ways we continue to meet other queer and trans* folk like us, to give you encouragement and offer you a bit of love and care.

Editor and support

The Outsiders’ Handbook is edited by Lu Williams, and has been created with the support of HOME, Colchester Arts Centre, Slung Low, Metal, Camden Peoples Theatre, LADA, you can pick up copies of the handbook from any of these partners.



The Outsiders Handbook ​has been supported as part of LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), an innovative four-year collaborative arts programme co-funded by the European Union and also forms part of LADA’s Restock Rethink Reflect Four on Live Art and Privilege (2016-18).