GM LGBTQ+ Community Network Newsletter

Tuesday, 28th November 2023

Good Afternoon,

Lantern Decorating for World AIDS Day – Tuesday 28th November
Eagle Bar & LGBT Foundation are hosting their annual Lantern Decorating evening ahead of World AIDS Day again this year.
Running from 6-8 pm, with free food and non-alcoholic drinks, it’s a relaxed and cosy space to come together for some low-demand crafting and community connection before the WAD vigil on Friday 1st December. Glass jars, pens and template ideas provided.
Home STI & HIV Testing Kits will also be available to collect.
You can find out more details about the evening and to book on:

World AIDS Day Vigil – Friday 1st December, 6pm in Sackville Gardens.
Let’s remember people lost to HIV, show our solidarity with people living with HIV around the world and commit ourselves to ending HIV stigma and discrimination.
World AIDS Day, held annually on 1 December since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV, and mourning those we lost.
Please support the PaSH Partnership’s HIV support and prevention work with a donation by texting WAD to 70450 to donate £3.*

Around 105,200 people in the UK are currently living with HIV – around 6000 of whom live in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester is a ‘Fast Track City’ region committed to ending all new transmissions of HIV by 2030.

Thank you to Manchester City Council for supporting the PaSH Partnership 2023 World AIDS Day Vigil.

Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:

are excited to launch their brand new Gaydio Academy Newsletter which will be sent out when new courses and projects are open for applications. They would love for you to share this with your networks to help them on their next steps to again new skills and help with their next career. They will also be sending out updates about Gaydio and The Academy with this newsletter too!

LGBTQ+ Weekly Bulletin from Reach (Manchester Evening News)

I Love Manchester: Events Not to Miss

Fighting With Pride: November Newsletter

Next Fighting With Pride Town Hall, 11th December:
Register here:

Consortium: For Stronger LGBT+ Communities “Funding News” November

GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, Issue 77, November 2023

Chemsafe Space has been established following the recent findings from research conducted by Manchester Metropolitan University. It has also been co-produced by, and designed in consultation with, those with lived experience of the “Chemsex Scene” across Greater Manchester.

This space has been created as a response to the research conducted by Manchester Metropolitan University to bring together all the relevant information for any person using drugs in a sexualized context in Greater Manchester who may be looking for further informationadvice or support. This digital resource offers support and knowledge for people engaged in chemsex and needing help and for professionals to utilise and signpost towards.

At this stage of the website, feedback and signposting of the website is vital, so we really hope you can check out the website and provide any comments or contributions. Please also link this website to any service users who may be in a need and within your wider work networks.

Chemsafe Space will be continually developed to ensure new and correct information is shared. If you find a broken link or something that seems out of date, please report this to us at

If you would like to contribute information or support, share your experience or ask a question please email on the above address.

The Gaydio Academy in partnership with Manchester City Council, is delivering radio and work skills training, peer support and mentoring to help jobless people from Greater Manchester find secure employment and training as part of ‘Work Club 2023-2024’.
All learners will see themselves enrolled into the industry whilst benefiting from one-to-one support and onward volunteering opportunities as well as tailored CV workshops and advice.

Date: 27th November 2023 to 1st December 2023

Time: 10am to 3:30pm

Location: Gaydio, Suite 1a, Manchester One, M1 3LF
Further information and to apply visit the website Work Club 2023-2024 (Manchester) – Gaydio Academy

The Sunday Boys present… A Very Queer Christmas 2023

Manchester Cathedral, Saturday 2 December, 7pm

The Sunday Boys are back with their annual Christmas concert, exploring the meaning of the festive season through a queer lens.

Now a staple in the queer Christmas calendar, A Very Queer Christmas 2023 “We never met in churches” sees the choir creatively exploring the stories of the season and themes of winter, as well as LGBTQ+ rights and celebration of all the identities in our community.

Featuring music by Kelly Clarkson, John Grant, Kate Bush, Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson and Benjamin Britten, this concert will kick off the Christmas season in the stunning surroundings of Manchester Cathedral.

The evening will also feature texts from Jo Clifford’s ‘The Gospel According To Jesus Queen of Heaven’ and a new carol by Rylan Gleave. Jo’s original and revolutionary play recasts Jesus as a trans woman and was first performed in 2009 to critical acclaim. Jo will perform a selection of these moving and engaging texts as we sing an eclectic range of festive favourites and brand-new work.


Trans Creative: Trans Social Club festive event is here! 
Featuring: Feeling Fabulous workshop with Darnell, Stand By Your Trans t-shirt raffle, Laurie will be hosting social drinks, a raffle for a Stand By Your Trans t-shirt and many more surprises, so join us for a bit of festive cheer on Wednesday the 13th of December, from 7pm at Queer Lit! (27 Great Ancoats St.)

This December, Trans Social Club is bringing you a special festive edition!  Feeling Fabulous Workshop led by Darnell: Learn to werk a runway to a killa soundtrack, you will tap into the fierce fabulousness that we all have inside just screaming to get out.

Wear whatever makes you feel fabulous. Just remember you will be dancing, walking, posing and slaying the dance floor.

You are Invited To: A Festive Celebration of the LGBTQ+ Community.
on Monday 18th December, 7-9pm

The Proud Trust, Sparkle, akt, LGBT Foundation, George House Trust and Manchester Pride are coming together for a festive gathering of Greater Manchester’s LGBT+ community at Manchester Cathedral – a space for celebration and inclusion.

We are stronger when everyone is included, and this event will be a celebration of all within our wonderfully diverse LGBT+ community.

Please join us for a joyful evening of Carols and readings.

This is a free event, with donations made on the evening supporting The Proud Trust, akt, LGBT Foundation and George House Trust charities, who work hard to keep our community safe and strong.

Donations can also be made when booking a ticket.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable, email us:

LGBT Foundation “The Community Café”
Every Saturday, 12pm – 4pm
Have a brew and a chat with other LGBTQ+ people at their sober space, located in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village
Fairbairn House, 2nd Floor, 72 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3NJ

The Rainbow Lottery
is the UK’s first weekly lottery that raises money for the LGBTQ+ community. Their hope is to make a difference to our over 100 good causes across the country, so they can carry on their vital work – which helps us all.
For more info: To start supporting causes in OUR community purchase your ticket here:

Village Church

A safe place for LGBTQ+ folk and allies welcome, loved & cherished just as we are

2nd & 4th Sunday of every month at 4pm (doors open from 3.30pm)

at The LGBT Foundation, Fairburn House (2nd Floor), 72, Sackville Street,

Manchester. M1 3NJ

All Are Welcome – Just Turn Up!

Contact: Paul on 07561 471185 or


Tranuary Is Back For 2024

Serving you the Crème de la Crème of Trans+ talent from across the UK, Manchester’s day-to-night festival BY trans FOR trans is kicking off the new year with a BANG featuring trans exclusive create workshops by day and sht hot queer hedonism by night until the early hours.

Survey / Study / Consultation:

 Manchester City Council:
Budget proposals 2024/25 – Have Your Say

Job Vacancies:

LGBT Foundation: 
Find out about the latest job vacancies with the LGBT Foundation:

Volunteering Opportunities:

LGBT Foundation:
Are you passionate about supporting LGBT communities? Do you want to help LGBT Foundation create a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are able to reach their full potential? At LGBT Foundation we are happy to start recruitment again for volunteers to join our team as we continue to make a difference during the Coronavirus pandemic.

LGBT Foundation have a very simple motto – we’re here if you need us. And that applies to everyone in our beautifully diverse communities. If you’re young, we’re here for you; if you’re older, we’re here for you; if you’re a person of colour, we’re here for you; if you’re a man, a woman, or non-binary, we’re here for you; lesbian, gay, bi, trans – however you describe yourself – we’re here for you. If you need help, if you’re struggling, if you need a friendly face or reassuring voice, we are there for you if you need us. We are all family – and at LGBT Foundation, everyone is welcome.

Below you can find information on the programmes recruiting at the moment, the role profiles for the various different volunteering roles and how to apply.

Canal St VIP Card:
Over recent weeks, several comments have been made about some difficulty in finding or checking which venue partners are listed with unique special offers for card holders to enjoy and benefit from.
So, they have simplified the process and it is now easier to quickly find your favoured venues as all are listed alphabetically.
They have also added some new card partner offers too.
Buying or renewing a card is also quicker to do.
Need to buy or renew your card?  To buy card and phone together
They are delighted to confirm that they have made another donation to George House Trust this year, directly from increased sales of the card and phone covers.

Gay Pride Shop & The LGBTQ+ Book Shop
The UK’s largest LGBTQ+ store in located in Afflecks in Manchester city centre and online at Over 7000 items in stock, with their profits shared with Manchester charities. They also cater for large corporate orders, for items such as lanyards, flags and badges, with corporate discounts available. For corporate/business orders, please contact