GM LGBTQ+ Community Network Newsletter

Monday, 22nd January 2024

Good Morning,


Save The Date: Greater Manchester Pride Events for 2024

Pride in Trafford                                     Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th May

Pride on The Range                               Saturday 25h May
Bury                                                         Saturday 1st June

Stockport Pride                                               Sunday 2nd June

Tameside                                                 Saturday 15th June

Salford Pink Picnic                                 Saturday 22nd June

Pride in Nature with RHS Bridgewater Sunday 30th June

Sparkle Weekend                                            Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July

Oldham Pride                                          Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July

Happy Valley Pride / Hebden Bridge    Monday 22nd– Sunday 28th July   

Trans Pride Manchester                        Saturday 3rd August

Levenshulme Pride                                Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August
Prestwich Pride                                      Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August

Wigan Pride                                            Saturday 10th August

Rochdale in Rainbows                          Saturday 17th August

Manchester Pride                                   Friday 23rd – Monday 26th August
Didsbury Pride                                       Saturday 31st August

Ramsbottom Pride                                 Saturday 21st September

Bury Rainbow Train                               Sunday 29th September

Pride in Bolton                                             Date to be confirmed

Chorlton Pride                                        Date to be confirmed

Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:

Forever Manchester: January Newsletter – For Funding & Fundraising

I Love Manchester: Events Not to Miss

Consortium: For Stronger LGBT+ Communities
Funding News:
Sector News:

GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, Issue 80

GM LGBTQ+ Sector Engagement Half Day Conference
Thursday 15th February, 11am – 3pm
Following on from the success of the initial GM LGBTQ+ Sector Engagement Meeting in 2023, we will be holding the first GM LGBTQ+ Sector Engagement half day conference this will be taking place at:
GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green, Manchester M12 6FZ


Deputy Mayor Kate Green will be opening the event.


We will be highlighting the work of The GM LGBTQ+ Advisory Panel, LGBTQ+ Activity across GM, The GM Pride Network as well as sessions covering:


  • Hate Crime and Safety withing the LGBTQ+ Community.
  • LGBTQ Training & Education 
  • Staff Networks / Allyship


Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.

To Book:

The Bright Futures Fund in partnership with Forever Manchester is now open for applications from Community Groups in Greater Manchester.

The Bright Futures Fund is offering awards of up to £5,000 and applications close at midday on Thursday 1st February 2024.

Do you know of a local group who could benefit? Why not pass on these details to them – you could help to make a difference.,XKWI,1WGZE8,3V26A,1


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.

Details of the next workshop are below.
 22 to 24 January 2024
 10am to 4pm
: Gaydio, Suite 1a, Manchester One, M1 3LF
Further information and to apply visit the website Work Club 2023-2024 (Manchester) – Gaydio Academy

Tranuary Is Back For 2024 – Saturday 27th Jan

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.


Pride in Leadership is a UK-wide network of over 1,000 LGBTQ+ business leaders and allies from across all sectors, shapes and sizes of organisation –

It’s run by Matt Haworth & Claire Ebrey.

National event (online) – a Conversation with Matthew Cornford from Queer Lit

They will talk to Matthew Cornford about Social Refuge, the amazing new queer space in Manchester, and home to Queer Lit, the award-winning LGBT bookshop, which has more gay books than anywhere else in Europe.

When: 24 January 2024
Details and registration are here


A Conversation with Stevie Spring (in-person)

They will talk to Stevie Spring, whose incredible career includes Chairing the British Council and sitting on the board of the Co-op. Kindly sponsored by Mills and Reeve.

When: 27 March 2024
Details and registration are here



Waterside Arts, Sale, Trafford

Friday 02 and Saturday 03 February 2024, 19:45


Join Sam; a self-confessed people-pleaser, in the war room as he embarks on his biggest mission yet. Shame is coming in from the west flank and gay thoughts are sailing in from the east… This is war!


BI-TOPIA is a ‘Hilarious, honest and raw’ coming-of-age story, exploring the highs and lows of the Bisexual experience, bravely delving into under-represented links between poor mental health, sexuality and masculinity.

Directed by award-winning Rikki Beadle-Blair.

Written and Performed by Northern theatre-maker Sam Danson.


Tickets and info:


Book Launch: ‘One Love’ with Matt Cain
To mark the start of LGBT History Month, join the Bury LGBTQI+ Forum and Novelist Matt Cain to celebrate the launch of his brand new book ‘One Love’ with a reading from his book, followed by a question and answer session with Matt.


This free event includes arrival drinks and canapes on Friday 2nd February 2024 at Bury Art Museum.

Supported by the Bury LGBTQI+ Forum, Bury Council’s Culture Fund and Bury Art Museum.


Two men. Twenty years of friendship. One love.

2002 – Danny arrives at Manchester University determined not to hide from the world any longer. This is the year his life will begin. He locks eyes with a handsome stranger across the hall at the Fresher’s Fair. It starts with a wink and soon Danny and Guy are best friends.

2022 – Now, both single for the first time in years, Danny and Guy return to the confetti-covered streets of the Gay Village for Manchester Pride. After years of shared adventures and lost dreams, Danny finally plans to share the secret he has been keeping for two decades. He has always been in love with Guy. Could this weekend be the end of a twenty-year friendship . . . or the start of something new and even more beautiful?
To reserve a ticket:

Celebrate LGBT+ History Month
LGBT+ History Month is an annual celebration of the lives of LGBT+ people of the past. It is marked every February in the UK, with each year’s celebration having its own unique theme. The Proud Trust has produced a free downloadable pack for schools to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, including four engaging lesson plans developed by our expert Training and Education team.

The lesson plans are written with the National Curriculum in mind, with activities which can tie in to History, Relationships and Sex Education, Media Studies and English lessons. You can learn how to deliver the most effective LGBT+ History Month lessons at their online training course on 24th January.

If you are passionate about supporting LGBT+ young people in your school, why not take this as your cue to sign up for the Rainbow Flag Award and commit to making your school a safe, supportive and inclusive space for all students?

Free Download: file:///Users/carlaustin-behan/Downloads/LGBT+%20History%20Month%202024.pdf

Pro-Manchester: LGBTQ+ & Allies Networking Event
Thursday 8th February,
Following the resounding success of their inaugural LGBTQ+ and Allies Networking event last year, they are thrilled to extend an invitation to their upcoming follow-up event.
As we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month 2024, they are eager to build on the momentum and positive energy generated at this year’s event. This event serves as an opportunity for networking, making connections, and continuing the important conversation around Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion within the pro-manchester community. There’re also planning to provide a short educational element to the evening, in line with this year’s LGBT+ History Month theme. Further details to be announced in due course.

Complimentary welcome drinks will be served from around 5:30-6pm followed by canapes / finger food.
The event is kindly hosted and sponsored by the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel which is located on Water Street (postcode: M3 4JQ).
If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.
For any further enquires about this event, contact [email protected]

Manchester Pride Events Coming Up:

LGBTQ+ Neurodivergent Young people’s event and survey, Wednesday 21st February
13-17 years old: 11am-2pm
Over 18s: 3pm-6pm
The Proud Place,
Sidney Street, M1 7HB

This event presents an incredible opportunity for you to connect with other neurodivergent LGBTQ+ young people, take part in workshops to learn and share about the intersectionality of neurodivergence and LGBTQ+ identities, and have your voice heard by organisations working to better support neurodiverse LGBTQ+ youth.
If you can’t attend, you can still give your view via the survey link below.

13-17 year old link:

18-25 year old link:

Survey link:

Community Session, 30th Jan :

2024 Local Pride grant applications are open.  The deadline for applications is 12th February.  Applications for Superbia and Community grants are open year-round.

Northern Cocks LGBTQ+ Badminton Club invites all NHS, Firefighters, Police Officers and staff to a FREE introductory session of badminton.
The club is a social club, catering for all abilities, so everyone is welcome, even if you’ve never played badminton before.

When: Thursday 21st March 2023

Location: Manchester Velodrome, Stuart Street, M11 4DQ

Time: 6pm-8pm

For more information, contact their social media or WhatsApp Pete on 07467599041

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:


Surveys / Research / Questionnaires:

Lesbian and Gay Older Adults Experiences of Living with Bipolar Disorder 

This research project aims to investigate lesbian and gay older adults’ experiences of living with bipolar disorder. They will be interviewing individuals about their experiences.

If you are:

Aged 50 years old or above. AND…

Identify as being cisgender and lesbian or gay. AND…

Have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

Email: [email protected] or call 07971 331 537 to find out

more information about participating in the study.

Ethical Approval: 2023-17468-32060

 Job Vacancies:

The Proud Trust: Join their team as a Youth Worker
Their life changing work with LGBT+ young people is ever evolving as their lives and experiences of the world are constantly changing. They have some very exciting and pioneering new projects to get up and running in 2024, and you could be an important part of that. So, if you are passionate about creating safe and inclusive spaces for LGBT+ young people and thrive on making a positive impact in the lives of young people, they would love for you to join their dynamic, creative and inspirational team.

This vacancy is for: • Full time role (37.5hrs) • Salary: £22,318 to £27,681 per annum plus 5% pension contributions

Download the job pack for further details, and they look forward to receiving your completed application form.


Fighting With Pride is looking for our new Non-Executive Chair of Trustees
It’s been an exciting and hugely successful period of development at Fighting With Pride. In 2023, their Board of Trustees increased to 11, as they brought new talent into the team to support their rapid development and theit campaign for justice. In their final stage of their Board Development plan, Fighting With Pride is looking for a Non-Executive Chair who can support their ground-breaking charity in its work to support LGBT+ veterans, serving personnel, families and those who lost careers because they were perceived to be LGBT+.

If you’re a talented and experienced leader who can help us succeed on this journey, they would like to hear from you. Talented people exist in all parts of society; it’s your passion for their cause and ability to lead their charity to success that matters. The application pack includes the opportunity for an informal discussion to learn more about the role.

To request an application pack, email [email protected]
Applications Close at 11:59 pm on Sunday 28th January 2024.