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Moonlight Experiences is an award-winning experiences and events organization dedicated to the celebration of diverse queer culture and belonging through tourism & nightlife. We are a platform for unique queer things to do to reshape how we navigate travel and community as LGBTQ+ individuals or as allies. Located in cities in Europe, Africa and USA.
Knowledge is power, our bespoke experiences have been intentionally designed within an intersectional framework to help create proud moments along the way to have fun, educate, shape, and define who you are.
We exist to build better communities as we help to uplift queer women, non-binary, and Black/POC members through harnessing the economic power of tourism & nightlife to tackle the lack of diversity. Moonlight Experiences is run by founder Aisha Shaibu-Lenoir along with a collective of friendly activists, change-makers, and creatives from around the world who are passionate about queer culture and integrating communities.
We are only strangers because we haven't met yet.
Mission and values
Pride isn't just a month for us, it's a way of life! Moonlight Experiences is queering the future and changing the perception of queer culture through storytelling, events & experiences to showcase the diversity of our community whilst we travel or at home. Narratives of our community are often told through a cis-gender white lens and this needs to change, that's why our queer hosts provide insights into the range of diversity that exists in our community.
The queer culture was born out of nightlife, it shapes our identity, connects us in so many ways and it has the power to create a sustainable impact and difference when we unite. We believe as a queer community or as allies we can do more to support each other and empower our communities wherever we are.
We collaborate with LGBTQ+ organizations, event producers, and venues to deliver the finest experience. By joining one of our experiences you will be amplifying marginalized creatives and supporting LGBTQI+ venues, which are in decline. Queer spaces are safe havens and play a crucial role in our community. Be part of the change whilst having a blast along the way.
We are a collective of activists, change-makers, and creatives from around the world.
Founder & Director
Aisha is a prominent LGBTQ+ activist, cultural producer, and founder of Moonlight Experiences. She loves all things community, nightlife and travel. Based in London, Aisha is one of the Top 100 LGBTQ+ trailblazers changing the world. She has been an architect of diverse parties, festivals, and events collaborating with brands, institutions, and communities on events designed within an intersectional framework. Aisha’s activism and community contribution extends to the work she does as Head of Community Engagement for UK Black Pride, Trustee for Give Out, and supporting with running Glass House; a new multi-disciplinary LGBTQ+ venue in East London.
Mandima is community activist and content creator in Johannesburg. She is passionate about creating spaces for the queer community, she hosts a range of social projects, panel discussions and event nights including grand vogue balls. An evening with Mandima will truly transform your experience in Jo’burg.
Washington DC Host
Mars Santi (she/her) is a United States based creator, story teller, and moderator. Through her poetry & works of art she explores the many intersections of her identity. Mars enjoys getting a little too wild at brunch, petting dogs at the park, and hosting dinner parties for her loved ones. You can catch her rocking the latest fashions while exploring a new city or at home reading a good book
Nuno is an experienced Portuguese chef and entrepreneur, with background in audio-visuals, painting and fine arts. He is passionate about his city and excited to show you how rich the culture, food and drink is like no where else in the world. Follow him into the streets of Lisboa for the ultimate day out.
Qiuyan Chen is a Chinese LGBT+ rights activist, she has pursued three lawsuits against the Chinese Ministry of Education over homophobic university textbooks since 2015. After her graduation from LSE Gender Studies Department, she founded “Queer China UK” and joined Moonlight Experiences aiming to improve the visibility of UK-based Chinese queer community by LGBTQ+ tour services in Mandarin and Cantonese, workshops, social gathering events. 秋白，中国同志平权运动家，因教材恐同而三诉教育部当事人。2019年毕业于伦敦政治经济学院性别研究系，并创立Queer China UK，希望通过酷儿导览、培训和社交聚会等活动提高在英华人酷儿社群的可见度。
London host & Creative Marketing
Paal is a smiley, charismatic and talented painter (their work is amazing), you’ll have endless conversations and discussions throughout the night. Paal is also a lover for creating music and is one of our valuable creative writers. Whatever you are hoping to find in your experience, Paal believes EVERYONE has a place in London and they can’t wait to uncover it with you.
Augustinx is a multi-disciplinary artist with background in communication, photography and audio-visuals. Originally for Uruguay, with a love for Parisian culture and nightlife. They are also a tattoo artist who loves dancing to reggaetón, working in queer venues and bringing communities together through food and drinks.
Turx is a free spirited, well travelled and passionate freelance Fashion Designer and an English tutor in Paris. Originally from the Philippines and loves the variety of experiences available in Paris; from dancing in the nightclub, to a cocktail in a sophisticated bar. She is capable of tailoring a memorable experience for people from any background and loves meeting new people.
Habiba is a singer-songwriter and dancer living in Paris who enjoys the nightlife the beautiful city of Paris has to offer. Her energy and love of sharing live music shows, open mic nights, karaoke, and last but definitely not least, club life will be memorable. Habiba will be happy to also share with you her favourite afrobeat spots in the LGBTQ community and immerse you into the night with rich discussions and good vibes..
Emma is a trans activist who is originally from France. She is very energetic and will leave you laughing throughout the night. Emma is passionate about queer art culture and museums. You might even end up seeing her in multiple cities for Moonlight Experiences. If you need an exclusive night out in French, Emma will be more than happy to do so.
Samira is a travel agent, who works in live sports events and entertainment industry all around Europe. She is outgoing with passion for fado music. Originally for Brazil, Samira loves to dance through the night and keep active through scuba diving, volleyball and trekking. Exploring the city with her will make you crave and fall in love with the beautiful beaches, food, wine and architecture.
Carole is a writer and freelancer working in emerging tech and innovation. She is the author of 'Girls Have The Softest Skin' a published guide for beginner lesbians and bisexuals. She is a lover films, storytelling and sipping cocktails around niche Parisian bars.
Hong Kong Host
Jamie Chi is a Hong Kong Filipino filmmaker, stunt performer, LGBTQ+ rights activist. After receiving an MA in cultural studies at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France, Jamie advocated for Asian LGBTQ+ rights through her film. In 2019, her film
Arran is an educator and outgoing person, originally from Los Angeles California. Barcelona is now her home which she has fallen in love with. She would like to unveil hidden gems, quaint streets and show you what makes the city so special. She is also a salsa dancing enthusiast, who will be dancing the night away in clubs along with the sounds of the crashing waves. What are you waiting for?
UX and UI designer
Vaggos is a UX and UI Designer with 3+ years in transforming digital problems into solutions. Advocating for equal rights and designing to create a fair and educational web. Easy going, down to earth, approachable with geeky knowledge for food and geography.
Angéline is the Business Strategist at ‘Moonlight Experiences’. She dedicated years of her life to championing social inclusion and community cohesion. She is a qualified mediator and experienced trainer who worked on LGBT youths projects, interfaith relations and intergenerational work to bring people from all walks of life together. She also has spent many years developing business strategies either as a Member of the Board of charities or in business. Angéline has a love of travel and the London Underground Music and Queer scene.
Juan is performer, LGBTQ+ activist and defender of ridiculous aesthetics in Barcelona! They are energetic and passionate about social sharing, creating networks with the community and showcasing what the city has to offer! Get ready for a unique night with Juan who also can't say no to cold beers.