LGBTQ+ Advisor Weekly Newsletter 28th MarchMonday, 28th March 2022
GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, Issue 38, March 2022
Pride Season 2022: Save The Date….
Bury Pride: Saturday 30th April
Bolton Pride: T.B.C
Didsbury Pride: Saturday 3rd September
Levenshulme Pride: 12th – 14th August
Manchester Pride: Friday 26th – Monday 29th August
Oldham Pride: 22nd – 24th July
Rochdale in Rainbows:25th June – 2nd July
Salford – The Pink Picnic: Saturday 25th June
Sparkle Weekend: Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July
Stockport: Sunday 31st July
Tameside: Saturday 16th July
Pride in Trafford: 17th – 21st May
Whally Range – Pride On The Range: 6th – 8th May
Wigan: Saturday 13th August
HolyT Dragged UP Presents: DRAG ME TO THE O2 Ritz Manchester: June 1st Launching Pride Month 2022
In support of The LGBT Foundation and George House Trust! Starring Cheryl Hole, Choriza May, Divina De Campo, Tia Kofi, Vanity Milan, Anna Phylactic, Bar Pop Show Team, Belinda Scandal, Cheddar Gorgeous, Danny Beard, KY Kelly, Misty Chance & Sandra London!
100% of the profit is being donated to VLBA’s £100k target!
Tickets on sale NOW: www.holyt.net
An evening dedicated to Dame Gracy. Friday 8th April , 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Join us at Tribeca on Sackville Street in the Gay Village on Friday 8 April 2022 for an evening dedicated to the life and times of Graham Giles, known to many as Dame Gracy.
Dame Gracy was an important gay activist in Manchester, a Gay Village legend, drag artist, uncle, friend, and much-missed community member who died in March 2021.
This event will tell the story of Gracy’s life, including short films, a timeline of Gracy’s life, speeches and stories from friends and family, photographs, memories and more.
The evening will include food, drink and music.
We are also gathering memories for a book dedicated to Gracy.
If you would like to know more about this event and project, please email email@example.com
Derek Jarman Protest! STORMY WEATHER
A day of debate, defiance & celebration at Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 8th of April, 10am – 5.30pm
Convened by Jez Dolan – Artist in Residence and the Queer British Art Research Group
(See flyers attached)
Jarman Protest!, a major retrospective of one of the most influential figures in 20th century
As part of the residency Jez is collaborating with the Queer British Art Research Group to present: STORMY WEATHER – A day of debate, defiance & celebration. using the exhibition and Jarman’s practice as a leaping-off point for discussion, debate and interventions. The
symposium will welcome artists, academics, curators, students, writers and those with a general interest in Jarman’s life, works and legacy.
This event will be a combination of in-person and online and will take place at Manchester Art Gallery. For those unable to attend in person, a zoom link will be available to take part in the day remotely. It will be monitored for questions and feedback throughout the day.
The day will include presentations, provocations, debate, discussion, and opportunities to network. Refreshments will be served, including a reception at the end of the day. Participants will need to provide their own lunch. There will be a £5.00 charge to cover some of our costs for the event. Please sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stormy-weather-a-day-of-debate-defiance-celebration-tickets-297089361277?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
The Canonisation of DAVID HOYLE Saturday 9th April 2.00 pm
Manchester’s Gay Village & Manchester Art Gallery
Artist Jez Dolan & The Manchester Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence invite you to the most solemn occasion, of the canonisation of Internationally acclaimed performance-art icon, David Hoyle, hereafter to be referred to as: Saint David of the Avant-Garde, in the renowned splendour of Manchester Art Gallery.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Est. San Francisco, Easter Sunday 1979) are a worldwide Order of queer nuns, the tenets of the Order being – the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. It is with this in mind that The Sisters will be
making their first English Saint since Derek Jarman (Saint Derek of Dungeness) in 1991. As is traditional and time-honoured in these matters, the ceremony will begin with the procession of the Saint-to-be through the streets to the place of canonisation. The procession,
accompanied by the Eclipse New Orleans Parade Band will begin (2.00 pm sharp) from New York New York, a legendary queer space in Manchester’s gay village for over thirty years.
Processing to Manchester Art Gallery accompanied by flags and banners, smoke and mirrors to the ceremony of canonisation within the Derek Jarman PROTEST! exhibition. Following which ALL are welcome for thanksgiving sherries at New York New York.
“Everyone equally VALID, Everyone equally BEAUTIFUL, Everyone equally JUSTIFIED”
After a very difficult couple of years for everyone, Bury Pride has a new location for 2022. They still have all the stalls, entertainment, funfair and of course thier famous Walking Rainbow Parade, to celebrate diversity and our communities in such a great Town on Saturday 30th April at the Drill Hall, Bury.
This year, they have also launched their new Bury Pride Store:
Here you can book your stalls, full- and half-page adverts in their Pride Magazine as well as book advertising space and sponsorship.
If you are a community group or organisation, you can also book your stall and register yourselves for the parade, which they plan to be louder and prouder than ever.
If you want to book, please follow the link attached, or if you have any questions or want to speak to David, feel free to drop him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping Bury Pride free is our priority as it should be for everyone, so you can also donate to our Charity the Bury LGBTQI+ Forum, which is also supporting the funding of the event.
Thanks in advance for your support for Bury Pride, together we will make sure it is the best one yet!
Salford City Radio: Small Request…
Their community radio station is at risk of closure due to lack of funding, so they’ve launched a crowdfunder campaign to help to keep it
Open, they don’t like asking for donations and especially at this time when everyone’s bills are increasing so much, and they are all trying to help so many others. They know not everyone is able to donate, but you can still be a big help to them by sharing their crowdfunder link on your social media and/or to your contact lists.
Join The Sunday Boys, Manchester’s LGBTQ+ low-voiced choir and their founder and Artistic Director Michael Betteridge for a taster on what it’s like to be part of a queer choir! Sunday 3rd April, 1pm
Michael will be joined by a small number of the choir to take you through some simple choral exercises, group singing techniques and you’ll learn some simple 3-part pieces to experience what it’s like to sing as part of an ensemble. No previous experience is required, they just ask you turn up willing to give it a go! https://themet.org.uk/event/sunday-boys-workshop/
The workshop is delivered in partnership with Bury Pride and ahead of The Sunday Boys performance at Bury Parish Church on Saturday 23 April.
LGBT+ PLUS Big Monthly Social & Annual General Meeting
Next social: Thursday 13th April 2022 at 7.00PM
Venue: Cafe SQ, 59 St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1DH
A short meeting will be held during the social to allow us to elect our executive committee for the next 12 months.
If you feel enthusiastic about LGBT+ PLUS and would like to get more involved with managing the group, and help develop future strategy, then please nominate yourself via the online form below.
We are looking to further diversify the committee in regards to age, gender and ethnicity and this year we have created 4 extra positions/roles which means we have a total of 11 positions to fill. All positions are vacant at the AGM and persons will be elected to those positions from the nominations we receive.
Simply select the role which most interests you via this online form to submit your nomination… Online Nomination Form
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum Website – Find out more!
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum WhatsApp
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum Facebook
Pride Sports Conference – Saturday, 23 April 2022 at 10:00
A unique One-Day Conference bringing together the LGBTQ+ sport & physical activity sector.
About this event:
Bringing together LGBTQ+ networks of National Governing Bodies, LGBTQ+ sport and physical activity groups and those interested in developing their own NGB networks and clubs, this day will provide unique networking and learning opportunities for participants. Plenaries, clinics, workshops and social sessions throughout the day should mean there’s something for everyone engaged in LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport.
Join The Sunday Boys in the incredible surrounds of Bury Parish Church, this April as they host an evening of folk music, choral singing and celebration in two parts. Saturday 23rd April, 7pm
This exploration of folk music will look at folk through a queer lens and sees The Sunday Boys collaborating with folk singer songwriter Katy Rose Bennett to uncover traditional and contemporary folk songs of “coming together”. Expect some original pieces from Bennett, beautifully brought to life by The Sunday Boys.
In the second half of the evening, The Sunday Boys will revisit some toe-tapping classics as well as some new numbers in this special celebration opening a week-long celebration of Bury Pride. Expect hits from the likes of The Spice Girls, Kate Bush and Adele.
The Sunday Boys was formed by Michael Betteridge in January 2016 to give Manchester an inclusive LGBTQ+ choir for low voice singers (tenor / baritone / bass) in the city to learn to sing great music, perform, and make friends. With a keen focus on commissioning new work, the choir has grown from a small group of individuals to a group of over sixty strong.
They engage and support local, queer artists and our ongoing mission is to bring together a community of members, artists and supporters performing music with meaning.
This exciting performance is supported by Arts Council England, The Met, Bury Pride, LGBTQ+ Greater Manchester Cultural Network and English Folk Expo.
For more information on the choir and examples of their work, please visit www.thesundayboys.com.
Proud 2 b Parents have opened some bookable training sessions for individuals/professionals around the inclusion of LGBT+ parents/carers and their children. Please can you share it across your networks.
As part of Oldham Pride, On Wednesday 18th May:
The George Tavern, 42 George Street, Oldham OL1 1LB aka The Glitter Palace, will be hosting a Ladies & Queens Night in aid of raising money for Oldham Pride 2022. It will be a full night of amazing and outstanding entertainment from some of the most famous names that Oldham has to offer, tickets will be on sale very soon from the bar at the George Tavern
£8 pre booked and £10 on the door on the night there is limited seating so book early , and come and see the very very best in Entertainment with PJ Robinson Samm Peter Hewitt Easyer Nicole Gage, The Glitter Palace show girls and much more , camp bingo, raffle and some surprizes along the way.
Jez Dolan and David Martin working as Initiative Arts are working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver Legacy of ’67. In this project they want to capture the stories of LGBTQ+ people who were young adults in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1967 the law in England and Wales changed to partially decriminalise homosexual acts between men. This led to a major change for some people and had no effect at all on others. If you were a young adult then, did this affect your life – if it did, how?
They’re interested in talking to men, women and trans people who were around at the time. Your stories will be recorded for posterity in Archives+ at Manchester Libraries and will be the subject matter for a specially commissioned play, an exhibition, and a walking tour of the city.
They also want to recruit and train a team of volunteers to capture these stories of before and after the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, recording the social and historical impact of this legislation. They will be offering training in oral history techniques towards the end of April.
If you’d like to get involved, details can be found on their website: https://www.initiativearts.co.uk/legacy-of-67.html or e-mail email@example.com
I’d like to introduce you to the Cowgills North West Homebuilder Awards which is taking place on the 9th June 2022. The event is the first of its kind in not just the North West but the UK, specifically acknowledging the hard work being undertaken by SMEs to meet the region’s housing requirements. The website link is here if you’d like to find out more. https://www.northwesthomebuilderawards.co.uk/
The evening will be completely different to the traditional black tie and dinner format, taking a more casual and exciting approach. Think really good quality sharing platters and Haçienda vibes. Held at the iconic Albert Hall, They have some particularly unique and high-profile entertainment arranged for the evening. Hosted by Jenny Powell and will also be joined by legendary Haçienda DJ, Graeme Park.
Nominations opened on 1st February
All categories available will be open exclusively for entry by SMEs with the awards focusing on the work being completed by homebuilders and developers in the North West from March 31st 2021 to March 31st 2022. Nominations EXTENDED till 8th April
One of the awards celebrates those organisations or individuals that are fostering change in the diversity and inclusion space.
I would love to see some entries from the sector who are from the LGBTQ+ Community. Please note that this award is not restricted to housebuilders or developers and also covers professional services firms, consultants, community groups or any individual or businesses involved in any related project or initiative. https://www.northwesthomebuilderawards.co.uk/
As part of the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, Oldham Coliseum were a recipient of the Network’s Progress Bursary supporting LGBTQ+ projects across the region. For their project they partnered up with the Proud Trust’s ‘Youth Out in Oldham’ group to support an artist in the development of their own craft, to deliver six creative sessions for the group.
‘Youth Out in Oldham’ is a youth group based in Oldham that supports young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, or those questioning their gender or sexuality aged between 13-19. Having met with the group online, it became clear that many members were interested in the creation of music, specifically Metal music, as an artform they could see themselves pursuing. With this in mind,they appointed musician Will Walton as the recipient of the Bursary.
After a few thinking and jamming sessions with Will and Coliseum staff, the young people decided to write a pirate metal song, cherishing the opportunity to talk about the things that they’re passionate about as young LGBT+ people. The song has now grown into an album concept, with another song written waiting to be recorded, and album art in the works.
They have absolutely loved working on The Progress Bursary over the past few months. What has been most impressive to them at the Coliseum is the new ways in which this project has helped them work with young people, from drama to different forms of music.
Thanks go out to the staff at The Proud Trust, the LGBT Foundation, Will Walton, and especially the wonderful young people who contributed to creating the songs.
Have your say on sexual health services in Bolton
Have you ever accessed services in Bolton for sexual health advice? This could be advice around contraception support, pregnancy advice and guidance, or support around a sexually transmitted infection? Then we’d like to hear from you. How can Bolton Public Health improve sexual health services in the borough and make them more accessible to all residents. Please complete this survey and let us know how we can improve or make services more accessible for you in the future: https://bit.ly/Bolton_Sexual_Health.
All responses are confidential. Survey ends Monday April 18.
Pub Pride 2022 returns on Friday May 27th at pubs, bars and venues across the UK. Registration is now open and closes on April 4th.
Launched in 2021, Pub Pride backs up the Ask For Clive campaign by empowering pubs to celebrate Pride with their local LGBTQ+ community, and show their commitment to inclusivity.
This year’s event will be on Friday May 27th, with partners encouraged to keep flags and bunting up for all of Pride Month.
They’ll be showcasing some of the events, activities and partnerships already confirmed for Pub Pride 2022 during registration period and up to the event. Some fab venues are already in, and they’ll have live music, cabaret, karaoke, fundraisers, even film screenings across the UK. It’s up to you. Signage, support and a welcome space is enough.
Their product range has grown for this year, now with Badges and t-shirts also available for pubs to sell to visitors. All they ask is a 10% donation to Ask For Clive.
Once registered, they’ll send you digital assets, add you to the list of host venues and promote on Social Media.
They’ll have everything from West End pubs to rural inns in the Shetlands. It’s important to them that Pub Pride comes to the people and is a localised event! They had over 200 venues commit in 2021, and the event was mid-pandemic. They aim to get into 1k+ venues in 2022. Monies raised go directly back into Ask For Clive, and they’ll share these 50/50 with local Pride organisations.
Please register at www.pubprideshop.com or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stockport Answer Cancer Outreach
They have a new project starting in February called ‘Stockport Answer Cancer’ targeting men of African and Caribbean descent living in Stockport & Manchester. The aim is to raise awareness about prostate and bowel cancers, have a better understanding of signs and symptoms to look out for, and how and where to get tested.
They’ll be delivering workshops virtually with professional health practitioners/specialists, as well as community pop up events.
For more info on how you can get involved visit their website – https://risingstarsnw.com/answer-cancer-outreach/
I’ve Been Clare Summerskill!
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May at Brewers, Manchester, 4 Canal Street, 7.30pm.
A celebratory evening of songs and comedy presented by the legendary lesbian singer-songwriter and comedienne
Tickets available on the door and from Outsavvy Website:
‘One of the most rip-roaring talents on the lesbian stage today’ Rainbow Network
‘A lesbian Victoria Wood!’ Women’s Hour BBC Radio 4
Clare Summerskill is a stand-up, a singer-songwriter, an actress, and a playwright. In her latest show, I’ve Been Clare Summerskill, she combines her comedy and song-writing talents to reflect upon her long career as what she terms ‘a professional lesbian’! Her humour is warm and welcoming and often far too close to the bone. Audience members of any age, sexual orientation or gender identity will relish her unique take on matters of love and lust, marriage and divorce, and middle-aged worries and wisdom.
‘Engaging and Charming’ Time Out.
‘One of the funniest women in the UK’ What’s On
Creating an inclusive Night Time Economy
As Greater Manchester has some of the most diverse communities in the UK, it is vital that our towns and cities night time economy is diverse in its offer, reflective of, and accessible to, all of our communities across the whole city-region. We want to ensure more of our residents and visitors can access and enjoy our nightlife regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnic background or religious beliefs. We want to celebrate the different communities and cultures seen across Greater Manchester, and everyone to enjoy the Night Time Economy.
- Do you have ideas on how the night time economy can be more inclusive?
- Are there good things happening in your local area that other areas could do?
- What would you like to see happen in your town and city centres?
The Greater Manchester Night Time Economy and Culture Team want to hear from you, and ensure all communities across Greater Manchester feel that there is something on offer for them.
If you would like to join a focus group session, please contact Adrian.email@example.com, or to find out more about the night-time economy contact Akul.Pankhania@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk
Join team George House Trust in the Great Manchester Run
Celebrate everything that’s incredible about Manchester with them in 2022 and run the Great Manchester Run for George House Trust.
Running in the heart of the city
Join their team in this year’s must-do event. Starting and finishing in the heart of the city, soak up the amazing Manchester spirit the whole way round as the route passes iconic landmarks including Old Trafford, Etihad and the Imperial War Museum.
It’s a run for everyone, from locals to celebrated athletes, whether it’s your first 10k or your 50th half marathon. They want you on their team.
They will support you from the get-go with training plans, sponsorship tips & advice. They’ll roar you along the route from their cheering posts and celebrate your success afterwards in the post-race reception in the Manchester Gay Village. It’s an event day experience like no other.
Join the team today
Date: 22 May 2022
Distance: 10K or half marathon
What will you get?
You will be joining the George House Trust team. As part of the team you will:
- Receive a training plan for the distance you are working towards
- Receive a guide to raising money full of sponsorship tips and tools to help you smash your fundraising target
- Regular updates from us at George House Trust giving you fundraising ideas and stories of some of the people you will be supporting
- Have the opportunity to join the team WhatsApp group to support you as you train
- George House Trust cheer posts along the route
- A post-race reception to say a huge THANK YOU
- A George House Trust running vest
What does Psychological Safety Mean to You? – See Poster attached:
The study wishes to explore what psychological safety means to older adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) regarding later life housing needs. Psychological safety refers to the ability to be truly oneself without worrying about negative consequences. A lack of psychological safety has been suggested to impact on physical, mental, and emotional health. Older LGBT adults grew up in a time where homosexuality was firstly illegal, and then regarded as a mental health disorder. Additionally, they may have experienced discrimination, stigmatisation, and harassment. It is, therefore, seen as vital to explore this concept within this population.
Why later life housing needs?
Manchester City Council has secured housing for extra care housing schemes. These schemes offer self-contained housing options and include a variety of services to allow for independence and to remain where one lives should care needs change. Manchester City Council has been working closely with the LGBT Foundation to ensure the schemes to be LGBT friendly, however the question arose what psychological safety means to this population in relation to later life housing needs. Research on care homes (please note that these are different to extra care home schemes, investigating older LGBT adults’ views and experiences of these settings described fear of going back into the closet due to harassment and discrimination by staff, residents, and visitors. Furthermore, LGBT elders described feeling heterosexualised within care homes. They expressed that the culture of the residence was designed for heterosexual adults; alongside experiencing a lack of visibility, but also a risk to visibility. This resulted in LGBT elderly remaining isolated due to concerns of homophobia and inequality. Consequently, moving into extra care housing schemes could have similar negative consequences on mental wellbeing and older LGBT adults feeling unsafe. To prevent this from happening within the extra care housing schemes, it is important to speak to older LGBT individuals to understand this matter further.
How can you help? Please contact
University of Birmingham project LOASCA: Lgbtq+ Older Adult Social Care Assessment study.
They’re seeking older LGBTQ+ people to fill two kinds of paid roles in the project, experts by experience (people who advise the researchers based on their lived experience) and co-researchers (people involved directly in the research). They are particularly seeking people who are bisexual, trans and/or intersectionally marginalised, such as BAME LGBTQ+ people and LBTQ+ women.
Generation Rent is working with the LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt to research discrimination in the private rental sector. If you are a private renter, regardless of your gender identity or sexuality, it would greatly help our research if you can answer this survey about your experiences.
Some of the questions focus on your sexuality and gender identity as well as ethnicity, mental and physical health and your benefits status.
Salford Pride has some great volunteering opportunities available with a range of roles on our committee and on our board of trustees!
If you want to be part of a growing pride that puts the focus firmly on the LGBTQ+ community, come and join their team.
To help them grow they need experienced members of the public to join the Salford Pride team. They are particularly keen to recruit people who have knowledge or skills in one or more of the following areas:
- Charity Governance
- Charity Law
- Local, regional and national LGBT landscape
- Human Resources, strategic operations and governance
- Finance, accounting and fundraising
Previous experience of being a trustee or working within the charity sector is desirable but not essential as additional training will be available through their partner organisations.
#WeStandTogether is looking for volunteers to help staff stalls at events and deliver anti-discrimination workshops in schools, colleges, and youth and community groups.
If you are passionate about helping bring people together and actively challenging hate and discrimination, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved!
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 250 words on why you want to volunteer for #WeStandTogerther and how you hope to add value to their cause.
LGBT Foundation is looking for a Finance Officer to join our Business Support Team. The Finance function within LGBT Foundation is critical to the ongoing success and day to day operation of all our services and projects. The Finance Officer will follow the established finance framework of processes and procedures to ensure the finance function runs smoothly and effectively. This role will entail working with staff and volunteers at all levels within the organisation, to ensure they are supported and advised with budget queries, expenses, invoicing, petty cash, payment authorisation and reconciliation.
Fundraising Coordinator – Grants & Contracts
LGBT Foundation is looking for Fundraising Coordinator – Grants & Contracts to work with the Grants & Contracts Manager, the Head of Contract Development and the Senior Leadership Team, helping to ensure LGBT Foundation achieves its income targets.
Find out about these and the latest job vacancies with the LGBT Foundation:
Canal Street VIP Card new/renewed card holders: I hope you are already enjoying its benefits post lockdown.
Over time they have been able to grow their list of village-based venues offering unique offers/benefits to holders of a CANAL ST CARD.
For the current list please CLICK HERE
As ever, they continue to grow the number of venue/business partners beyond our beloved village boundaries.
They invite you to visit our ally traders when/where possible.
If you feel that you no longer wish to receive these emails, PLEASE let me know, I would hate to think I am bombarding you with information that you don’t require and it is just blocking up your inbox. (I won’t be offended).
Remember, if you have events or information you wish to share across Greater Manchester then feel free to send that over to me to be included, I send this email out to over 2000 contacts which in turn gets sent out through their networks. Carl@Austin-Behan.uk