twitter YouTube LinkedIn

Carrie Bates (she/her)

Carrie has had a wonderfully varied career of employment and self-employment which included long spells of being a news and current affairs sound engineer, holistic massage practitioner specialising in physical and emotional trauma and community development outreach work encouraging and supporting vulnerable individuals and groups to achieve some of their dreams and live more satisfying lives. Throughout her life she has always been passionate about equality and social justice for everyone.

Carrie loved being a Coming Back Out Ball (CBOB) participant at the Elder’s LGBTI+ Social Dance Clubs in person and online.  During the project she took part in, and thoroughly enjoyed, all the extra activities on zoom (CBOB community forum, chat groups, creating a rap song with Karen Dunbar, her desert island disco tracks, cookery classes, embroidery, origami, writing poetry, group videos – sending messages for the LGBTI+ youth group, for people in care homes, Little Bird choreographed dance for the online Ball) and promoted CBOB in Radio Scotland interviews. She was photographed for the Portraits of an LGBTI+ Generation exhibition which was shown at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.

Her home has been near Inverness for the last 25 years. As an older lesbian, CBOB dramatically widened her LGBTI+ circle of friends and rekindled her enjoyment in dancing. Carrie loves her campervan and frequently goes exploring / visiting friends around the UK.

Related news

Collaborate research project. A large black square structure in the centre of leeds Market. The structure has a range of screens on it, one screen has the word ‘Time Bar’ written on it, one is playing a video of a person, one has a pub quiz. A group of people are watching the screens.
Photo: Lizzie Coombes

Collaborate fund – first cohort announced

Image credit: The Yorkshire Square by Small Acts Presented at Compass Festival 2021. Photo: Lizzie Coombes. We are delighted to ...
Person wearing a mask stands in a shop window next to poster titled 'This Poem is for You'. They appear to be smiling and reaching out to two people walking past outside.
Photo: Andrew Moore

Insight into action: policy recommendations launched at UK Parliament

Image credit: “This Poem Is For You” by Andrea Mbarushimana, Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, commissioned by Theatre Absolute. Photo: Andrew ...
Adah Parris
Photo: Adah Parris

Welcome new Advisory group and team members

We are pleased to share news of new appointments to our Advisory group. The Advisory group acts as a link ...
Light Night on Campus
Photo: University of Leeds

Fully-funded PhD opportunity – Evaluating Cities of Culture

Earlier this year we announced that we are working with LEEDS 2023 as their research partner in collaboration with The ...
A large board has text that reads: "369. Is the world how you imagined?" In the foreground people are moving cables and working on the stage.
Quarantine, 12 Last Songs at Transform Festival, October 2021 Photo: David Lindsay

Collaborate – the matchmaking phase

Image credit: Quarantine, 12 Last Songs at Transform Festival, 2021. Photo: David Lindsay Liz Harrop and Lisa Baxter write about ...
A building is reflected on the window of another building. There is a poster saying "Building Closed until further notice" on the window.
The Lowry in lockdown. Photo: Nathan Chandler

Culture in crisis – new report from our major research project into the impacts of Covid-19

UK cultural sector at a crossroads, as new research reveals profound impact of Covid-19 on workforce, audiences and organisations The ...

Keep in touch,
sign up to our newsletter

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails or by emailing For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.