LGBTQ+ Advisor weekly newsletter 29.04.2022

Friday, 29th April 2022

Morning All,

The Bank of London, Rainbow Honours Awards 2022 have released their shortlist, there are some amazing people, organisations and charities to vote for… I have personally been shortlisted for Inspirational Role Model of the Year – which I am truly honoured to be nominated and then shortlisted, especially when I see the other nominations in the category. There are various categories to vote in, the process takes less than 2 minutes and voting closes 6th May.

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LGBTQ+ Weekly Bulletin from Reach (Manchester Evening News)

Proud 2 b Parents: is an inclusive organisation for all routes to parenthood. They are run by and deliver services for LGBT+ parents/ carers to be, LGBT+ parents/carers and their children living in Greater Manchester and beyond. If you can support them and the vital work they do, please head over to their crowdfunding page –  to donate now. This will help them to reach their target and continue to support LGBT+ parent/ carer led families.

GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, Issue 40, April 2022

LGBT+ Consortium Funding Oportunities

Mermaids UK are launching a free 12-week trans-led youth activist programme for gender diverse young people aged 16-20. The programme is called MANGO which stands for Mermaids Action Network Group Online.

During the 12 weeks, young people will explore themes such as knowing our history, the importance of solidarity and coalitions in liberation movements, working with the media, social justice fatigue and the importance of knowing and upholding boundaries, hope as a discipline, practical tips on how to run a campaign, and navigating social media effectively.
The sessions will be facilitated by qualified youth workers and there will also be community activists as guest speakers. At the end of the programme, we will have a celebration event and the young people who have successfully completed the full course will be invited to join the Mermaids Activist HUB where they can find a mutual support network and be able to participate in future consultations, projects and events.

We’ve worked hard to make MANGO accessible, and we have resources to support young people who do not have access to technology or internet data. All the participants will receive some goodies which include MANGO merch and a copy of the book ‘How to Change it – Make a difference’ by Joshua Virasami.

This programme will also be accredited so young people can also gain a qualification to help with their personal and educational development.

Attached is a poster that gives more detail about the programme and how young people can sign up.
If you have any questions please get in touch via

Best wishes
The Mango Programme Team

I’d like to invite you to learn about Hidayah – The Leading Queer Muslim Charity their next community session is on Tuesday 10th May at the People’s History Museum, from 5:45pm.
In this session, you will get to learn about the incredible work of Hidayah and how you can get involved. There will then be an exclusive screening of a short film. Following this there will be opportunity to get to know other attendees, food will be provided. They hope you can join them in celebrating and learning more about them.
Get your ticket here

The Skelton Charity 2022
The Skelton Charity has approx. £100,000 in 2022 for grants to registered charities in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside.
Modest grants, usually for between £500 and £3,000 may be awarded:
– normally only to registered charities
– to charities operating within the eligible geographical boundaries
– for one-off expenditure
– for projects or capital expenditure (this could include sessional costs and volunteer costs).
– to charities focussed on good causes
The Trustees are also willing to consider particular needs caused by the Covid19 pandemic and by adapting to new ways of working.
Grants are not made to individuals.
Grants are not generally made for salaries or other recurring costs.
Applications from charities in successive years are not viewed favourably.
The Trustees do not usually fund large building appeals or revenue expenditure.
The grant programme is open for applications between until 13th May 2022. Applications will be considered at the Trustees’ meeting at the end of June.
Completed applications must be received before 5pm on Friday 13 May 2022.
Details of how to apply can be found at
Or from the LCVS Grants Team on 0151 227 5177
Registered Charity No. 219370

LGBT Foundation is organising a photoshoot around the Greater Manchester Area to showcase the different services and supports they provide. Crucial to that is reflecting the diversity that exists within our community. To that end, they’re reaching out to see if you would be interested in taking part in this project.
There’re hoping to begin the photoshoot during May (a precise date will be communicated in due course), with a view to organise events across the city’s different boroughs. they’re especially welcoming of interested participants who are:
· LGBTQ+ persons of colour
· Trans and non-binary youth (ages 18 – 25)
· Intersex individuals
· Asexual people, and other under-represented sexualities
· LGBTQ+ people from a working-class background, and
· Disabled LGBTQ+ people
I’ve attached a flyer to this email that explains what the project is, who they’re looking for, what’s involved, and so on, If you’re interested please contact

Jumpers For Goalposts: Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, 9th – 14th May
SPRING SALE: All tickets are now just £10 until Wednesday 4th May.
The production is a feel-good comedy about an LGBTQ+ Five-Aside Football Team. It has some very moving and tender moments but is a positive and joyous production.

Jumpers for Goalposts By Tom Wells

Supporting The George House

Pride Season 2022: Save The Date….

Bury Pride: This Saturday 30th April
They can’t wait to see you all.
Don’t forget this is a ticket only event, get your FREE tickets on their website:
Facebook: @BuryPride
Twitter: @buryprideuk

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 their famous Walking Rainbow Parade, to celebrate diversity and our communities in such a great Town on Saturday 30th April at the Drill Hall, Bury. Don’t forget this is a ticket only event, get your FREE tickets on their website:
This year, they have also launched their new Bury Pride Store:
Store | Bury Pride

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:
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.
Donate | Bury Pride
Thanks in advance for your support for Bury Pride, together we will make sure it is the best one yet!

Bolton Pride: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August
Facebook: @boltonpride
Twitter: @BoltonPride
Didsbury Pride: Saturday 3rd September
Facebook: @didsburypride
Levenshulme Pride: 12th – 14th August
Facebook: @levenshulmepride
Twitter: @levepride
Manchester Pride: Friday 26th – Monday 29th August
Facebook: @ManchesterPride
Twitter: @ManchesterPride
Oldham Pride: 22nd – 24th July
Facebook: @PrideOldham
Twitter: @oldham_pride
Rochdale in Rainbows:25th June – 2nd July
Twitter: @RochdaleCouncil
Salford – The Pink Picnic: Saturday 25th June
Facebook: @salfordprideuk
Twitter: @salfordprideuk
Sparkle Weekend: Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July
Facebook: @sparkletg
Twitter: @SparkleWeekend
Stockport: Sunday 31st July
Facebook: @stockportpride
Twitter: @StockportPride
Tameside: Saturday 16th July
Facebook: @PrideTameside
Twitter: @PrideTameside
Pride in Trafford: 17th – 21st May
Twitter: @PrideTrafford
Whalley Range – Pride On The Range: 6th – 8th May – See Poster Attached!
Facebook: @PrideontheRange
Twitter: @PrideontheRange
Wigan: Saturday 13th August
Facebook: @OfficialWiganPride
Twitter: @WiganPrideLGBT
Wythenshawe: T.B.C
Facebook: @prideinwythy
Twitter: @PrideinWythy

New for 2022
Chorlton Pride: 17th September, St Clements Church – more details to follow:

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:

Pride in Trafford: Tue 17 – Sat 21 May 2022
Trafford’s five day annual exploration and celebration of LGBTQ+ arts is back for 2022. Now in its third year, Pride in Trafford brings together an exciting and diverse range of performers and performances, from comedy and cabaret, storytelling and solo shows to photography and physical theatre. All events take place in venues and spaces around the borough, including leading arts venue, Waterside.

Two incredible exhibitions features in this year’s Pride in Trafford: award-winning photographer Allie Crewe’s moving and poignant Your Own Light – featuring a series of striking portraits of trans/non-binary subjects; and Interstice a digital display of artist Paul Scott Bullen’s experience of homophobic resistance.

Live cabaret and comedy comes from musical theatre diva Vivienne de Vil, as well as a fabulous evening of alternative comedy with MC Jonathan Mayor, comic and improviser Kate McCabe; stand-up, drag queen and live streamer Red Redmond and acclaimed stand-up Bethany Black.
Theatre and dance enthusiasts will enjoy Rowena Gander’s experimental, thought-provoking new work Barely Visible which uses contemporary pole dance fusion; as well as Making Waves: Queer Edition – an evening celebrating new work by emerging LGBTQ+ artists and theatre makers around Greater Manchester.

Free events for younger audiences include a special collaborative event between Gorse Hill Studios and Rainbow Reflections; outdoor pop-up performance Wildflower and fun family activities on Waterside Plaza; as well as a special Meet the Author event with Emmy Clarke, writer of Vampire Hunter Jess – a funny and heart-warming short story for children.

‘There is a real sense of ‘coming together’ weaved through the themes, the artists and the collaborators involved in this year’s programme. Through their work, all our performers celebrate inclusivity, love, diversity and togetherness.’ Darren Adams, Producer for Pride in Trafford and Manager of Waterside.
For more info and to book tickets visit
Sign up to receive news and updates here
Follow us on Twitter @PrideTrafford or @WatersideArts, on Facebook @watersidearts and on Instagram @watersidearts_

Building an Active Church: Tomorrow: Sat 30 April, 10am-3pm
Oasis Hub MediaCityUK King William Street, Salford M50 3UQ Are you interested in building a progressive, inclusive, activist church in Salford that works to transform the local community? Active Church is a one-day event to witness the difference a local church is making in inner-city London and learn practical lessons to change this community in Salford – See Attached:

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: or e-mail

Pub Pride 2022 returns on Friday May 27th at pubs, bars and venues across the UK. 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 or contact them at

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

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.

Travel Support for Ukrainian Nationals:
TfGM are working with councils and GM partners on travel arrangements for Ukrainian nationals when they land. To help Ukrainian nationals arriving in Greater Manchester, Metrolink services, rail services and the majority of bus and coach services in the region are being provided free for up to 48 hours from point of arrival at a final UK destination. Access to services requires a Ukrainian passport and a boarding pass or ticket showing an arrival date in the UK. For travel onwards from Greater Manchester, all National Rail train operators, and the majority of bus and coach services in England, Scotland, and Wales are also providing this support.
More information about this scheme and wider support can be found via
Social assets to promote this have been shared with LA communication teams, to support you in sharing with your channels/networks. These can also be requested via

Job Vacancies:
LGBT Foundation:
Community Safety Coordinator
Find out about these and the latest job vacancies with the LGBT Foundation:

National LGBTI+ Experience Network
If you would like to be involved but cannot commit to the time requirements of the Sounding Board or would be interested in being involved in a more casual way, please consider joining our wider National LGBTI+ Experience Network.
Volunteers’ part of the LGBTI+ Experience Network will be kept up to date with this project and be invited to be involved on a more ad hoc basis. To join the LGBTI+ Experience Network please complete the expression of interest.
For more information about these volunteering opportunities and to apply visit or email or call/text 07716085273

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.


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