Disability in Relationships
Kelsey Ellison and Rain Dove are an intersectional couple on many levels. Kelsey is disabled, Rain has no gender and they both identify as Queer. Both of them living proof that these intersectionalities are desirable and relationships like this exist. They will share their experiences on what it’s been like to love, live and learn with all of these aspects and how they’ve helped to support each other as a couple.
This talk will include performance re-enactments and sketches from Kelsey and Rain, and will encourage questions and conversations from the audience. The aim is to show, educate, inspire, comfort anyone who attends.
About Rain Dove and Kelsey
Rain Dove is the androgynous/agender model who has been in W, Vogue, Buzzfeed, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Harper's Bazaar, Mashable, People and many more. They have created several viral campaigns including a lingerie shoot challenging Victoria Secrets’ Beauty standards which reached over 35 countries. They are known not just as a pretty face, but also as a humanitarian. Their recent video combatting HB2 has garnered millions of views discovered a previously unexposed illegality to the bill. They also speak about homelessness and hunger both of which they have experienced themself. Prior to their fashion career, they were a wilderness fire prevention officer and studied Genetic Engineering at Berkeley City College.
Kelsey Ellison is an actor, dancer and online influencer who creates content around her creative endeavors, disability and LGBTQ life. As a young child she became withdrawn after having surgery to remove her right eye due to retinoblastoma, but after showing confidence in dance, she was taken to lessons and hasn’t looked back since. At 11 she began acting lessons and then she went on to be granted a scholarship to train at SLP College Leeds. She graduated with a Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre, along with “Most Promising Performer” award from David Needham. While studying at SLP, Kelsey also started to gain traction on her YouTube channel where she posted dancing, singing and vlogs. This then expanded to other social media such as Instagram and Tiktok. She currently has a total of 600,000 followers online. One of her biggest passions is acting and creating film projects. Outside of the online world, she has played a Wormwood child in Solo: A Star Wars Story (small speaking role), has supported Drag Queen Shangela as a dancer (ESDR Bristol Pride Dancing Hermione) and recent stage work includes playing Ollie Walker in the Cloak and Dagger Tour (London). One of her recent achievements includes producing her first short film based in the world of Harry Potter. The film has gained over 7 million views organically and won “Best Film” award, voted for by the fans in “The Leaky Cauldron Awards.” She has also recently collaborated with activist, model and actor Rain Dove (who is also their partner) and film maker Petros L.Ioannou to create a piece advocating for disabled actors to be considered for disabled roles. The campaign so far has gained over 1 million views, which is a great achievement but Kelsey says the work has only just begun…