GM LGBTQ+ Community Network Newsletter

Thursday, 1st February 2024

Good Morning,

It’s the 1st February – which means it’s the start of LGBTQ+ History Month, send me any events you have taking place and I will promote and share them for you. or tag me in your socials @CarlAustinBehan

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

The Sunday Boys, Manchester’s low-voiced, LGBTQ+ choir, have been nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Inspiration Award and need your vote.

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘the biggest night in UK classical music’, the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards are classical music’s annual good news story, shining much-needed light on inspirational individuals, groups and initiatives whose music has lifted hearts and minds across the nation.

The winner of this RPS Award will fittingly be chosen by the public. A shortlist of four exceptional entities has been assembled by a panel who themselves work with non-professional groups and, from these, the public is invited to vote for whom they feel should receive this year’s award.

Voting closes on Friday 2 February and you can vote for them here – The Sunday Boys – Royal Philharmonic Society

Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:

Proud 2B Parents:  Monthly Newsletter

Fighting With Pride: Monthly Newsletter

Forever Manchester: For Funding & Fundraising – Win £1000

I Love Manchester: Events Not to Miss

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

Paul Fairweather MBE: 50 Years of Activism for LGBT History Month, Tuesday 13th February: 7 – 9pm  

At The Big Fandango 34 Bolton St, BL9 OLL

You can just turn up or you can email:


GM LGBTQ+ Sector Engagement Half Day Conference Last Chance to Register 4pm, Friday 2nd Feb
Event: 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, 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



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:


Bolton Library & Museum Are running two events for LGBT History Month:


Saturday 3rd February 2pm

Matt Cain author event for his new book ‘One Love’ based on experience of going out on Canal Street and Manchester Pride.

Tickets free, just book online.

Author Talk with Matt Cain Tickets, Sat 3 Feb 2024 at 14:00 | Eventbrite


Friday 16th February

Silent Disco in Aquarium for LGBTQ+ Month

Come and dance the night away listening to music of LGBTQ artists and icons.

Tickets £5

Book on Eventbrite

Silent Disco at Bolton Aquarium for LGBTQ+ History Month Tickets, Fri 16 Feb 2024 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

LGBT+ Veterans Pride
Fighting with Pride, in partnership with the Royal Navy, RBL, Sahir House and Forces Wellbeing Collective, will host Veteran Pride at HMS Eaglet, Liverpool. Saturday 10th Feb from 5pm with 5.30 pm start.

Veterans Pride is a celebration of LGBT History Month and a celebration of FWP and fellow campaigners’ achievements that attracted national media and TV coverage after a successful campaign for a government-backed Independent Review chaired by Lord Etherton. This led to a State apology from the Prime Minister with other recommendations from the report, and further reparations to be debated in Parliament in 2024.

Veterans Pride will be an evening of poignant stories, entertainment and performances, including drag queen acts, comediennes, and vocalists. There will be a three-course buffet.

The event is for all LGBT+ Veterans, partners and allies. It is the first major event held in the North West for LGBT+ Veterans and allies from across the UK.

If you would like to attend, you can register via this Eventbrite link

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:

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

It’s A Piece Of Cake 10K – Manchester Frontrunners’ Annual 10K Race

Running and cake? What could be better? Proudly hosted by Manchester Frontrunners, the It’s a Piece of Cake 10K returns on Saturday 4th May 2024, and they’d love to see you there! Join them for a chip-timed 10 km road race in one of Manchester’s largest and loveliest parks, followed by a delectable array of delights from their legendary cake sale in aid of George House Trust. Learn more over on the Manchester Frontrunners website, or enter directly here.


Out With Prostate Cancer: Real Conversation For A Change

Their Group offers mutual support, shared experience and practical information to those who face the many challenges that come with a diagnosis of prostate cancer (they do not offer medical advice on individual cases and suggest you contact your GP, Prostate Can-cer UK or Macmillan Cancer Care). The Group is directed primarily at gay and bisexual men and trans-women, including those who are:

  • frightened by what is happening to them
  • apprehensive about treatment and want to see how others have coped
  • coping well and don’t need support — but come along to support others
  • happily in remission and attend the group to show others it can get better


Through the sharing of experiences, down-to-earth anecdotal advice and the provision of an open forum, the group aims to assist members to reduce feelings of isolation and to gain perspective.


Monthly hybrid meetings: Central Manchester and Zoom – Supported by LGBT Foundation / Prostate Cancer UK / Tackle Prostate Cancer



Tel: 07944 886043


Please note new Out In The City meetings:

Over 50’s Women’s Meeting at Cross Street Chapel, 29 Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL

Thursday, 29 February and 28 March 2024, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Lizzie and Sarah will host the meetings and there will be light refreshments. There is no need to book.

These are additional meetings to our regular weekly meetings.

Please see our website for more details

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

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.


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


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:


Save The Date: Greater Manchester Pride Events for 2024

Pride in Trafford                                     Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th May

Pride Bolton                                            Friday 24th – Sunday 26th 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

Surveys / Research / Questionnaires:

Caring for the Grey in LGBTQ+ Friday 16th Feb, 11am – 12.15pm via Zoom

An online panel discussion webinar looking at the challenges and opportunities for supporting older LGBTQ+ people inclusively.
Chaired by Liz Wands-Murray, featuring Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Professor Ben Thomas, Dr Jolie Keemink & Dr Dharman Jeyasingham.

All welcome.



Also, some projects our team are involved in, where they would really like to hear from or share information with marginalised groups and people who support marginalised groups and are really interested in hearing from/reaching LGBTQ+ people and those who work with LGBTQ+ people.


  1. DYNAMIC: Improving social care for people with young onset dementia and their families.
  • Were you diagnosed with dementia aged 65 or younger (or do you support someone who was)?
  • Would you have time to tell us about your experiences of social care?
  •         How could the social care system support you better?

The DYNAMIC study is a research project about social care support for people with young onset dementia and their families. We want to learn about the support available, and what could be improved, from people with lived experience.

How can you help?

By taking part in an interview (online or in person)

What would this involve?

This would involve meeting a researcher to have a chat about your views on social care. This could be at your home or a mutually agreed place or online.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested and want to find out more, please call Helen Young on tel. 07584 368525 or email .

You can also express an interest in taking part in an interview on the DYNAMIC study webpage


As part of this project, they are also looking for people who work with those who have early-onset dementia.


Social care provision for people with young onset dementia and their supporters: the DYNAMIC study
Are you interested in helping to improve social care for people with young onset dementia? The DYNAMIC study is seeking to better understand current social care planning and provision for people with young onset dementia in England. They are looking for people who have a role in or an awareness of adult social care planning, provision, management or commissioning to complete a quick online survey (will take no more than 10 minutes). The information from the survey will be used to create recommendations and resources for improving social care provision for people living with young-onset dementia.


  1. The Good Life with Dementia Project

The Good Life with Dementia Project is evaluating a peer-led course designed by and for people who have been newly diagnosed with Dementia. There are two knowledge exchange sessions (one online, and one in person in York) sharing information about the course and the findings from the evaluation of the project.

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: 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.


Our Room:
Our Room is a creative collective for male, trans and non-binary sex workers. We are an arts and social care charity where creativity is at the heart of all we do. Through playfulness, challenge and creative adventures, we offer people a safe and welcoming space in which to try new things and become inspired.


Our artistic work is underpinned by practical support and advocacy, working with people to address insecure housing, problematic drug & alcohol use, sexual health and well-being.


To achieve all of this, we have a creative, passionate and dedicated multidisciplinary team.


Housing, Homelessness & Advocacy Lead

Based in central Manchester reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, you will co-ordinate, manage and develop the advocacy and support aspects of our work, ensuring we have safe, effective and accessible services that meet the needs of our participants. You will lead and develop our outreach, advocacy and case work support services and manage a small team of staff, volunteers and placement students.


A key element of the role will be working with individuals to prevent or relieve homelessness including sourcing affordable, suitable, and sustainable private rented sector accommodation. You will also help individuals to address any other support needs they may have which are a barrier to achieving their goals and ending their homelessness by linking them with relevant agencies. This role requires skilled delivery of a range of interventions and a passion for working with those who face multiple disadvantages in society.


How to Apply

A detailed job description, person specification and application form are available on our website:

To apply, please email a copy of your completed application form to:

Applications must be received by: Friday 2nd February 5:00 pm

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13th February

Please do not send a CV or covering letter. Only information contained in the application form will be used to shortlist candidates for interview.


Office Coordinator

Based in central Manchester, you will play a vital role at the heart of the organisation, overseeing both internal and external communications, supporting the day-to-day activities associated with running an office and providing business and finance administrative support to ensure the office runs smoothly.


How to Apply

A detailed job description, person specification and application form are available on our website:

To apply, please email a copy of your completed application form to:

Applications must be received by: Monday 5th February 5:00 pm

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13th February

Please do not send a CV or covering letter. Only information contained in the application form will be used to shortlist candidates for interview.