LGBTQ+ Advisor Weekly newsletter

Monday, 25th April 2022

Morning All,

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LGBTQ+ Weekly Bulletin from Reach (Manchester Evening News)


Pride OUT:

Statement in response to British Cycling’s transgender and non-binary participation policy suspension:

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 –—the-future to donate now. This will help them to reach their target and continue to support LGBT+ parent/ carer led families.

LGBT+ Consortium Funding Oportunities:

Pride Sports Conference – TOMORROW: Saturday, 23 April 2022 at 10:00 YOU CAN STILL REGISTER TO GO!!!

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. This 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 EnglandThe MetBury PrideLGBTQ+ Greater Manchester Cultural Network and English Folk Expo.

For more information on the choir and examples of their work, please visit

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


You are cordially invited to join us as a delegate at the upcoming

Greater Manchester Mental Wellbeing and Disability Report Launch:

Wednesday, 27thApril from 12.00 to 1.30pm at the Mechanics Conference Centre, here in Greater Manchester.

About the Event

In 2020, the Greater Manchester Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation (GMBMWC) was launched to better understand the needs of people across the city-region and hear what they think is most important for their mental wellbeing. It was found that Deaf and disabled people in Greater Manchester (especially those with diagnosed mental health conditions) are less happy, less satisfied with life, feel things are less worthwhile and are more anxious than hearing and non-disabled people.


The Greater Manchester Mental Wellbeing & Disability Report was pulled together in collaboration with Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel and guided by our Greater Manchester Mental Wellbeing and Disability Task Group, chaired by Rick Burgess. Through direct consultation with Deaf and disabled people across Greater Manchester, the report captures Deaf and disabled people’s perspectives on what good mental wellbeing looks like. It also points to previous work and provides clear recommendations, at individual, community, and GM-levels, on how challenges in improving and maintaining a positive state of mental wellbeing can be overcome.


Hosted by the Head of Population Health Transformation, David Boulger, our keynote speakers will include, Warren Heppolette (Executive Lead for Strategy and System Development), Suriya Aisha (Co-Director of Colours Youth Network, Founder of UNMUTED BRUM and host of Sickbabe Podcast), and Mari Saeki (Project Lead at the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium).


Eventbrite Sign-Up 

Click on the following Eventbrite link to sign up:


Note: Refreshments will be available from 11:45am to 12:00pm and lunch will be served following the event from 1:00pm onward. Dietary preferences and allergies should be indicated at point of online registration. If you require online attendance for reasons of accessibility please let them know via email:


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

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.
Supporting The George House


Pride Season 2022: Save The Date….

Bury Pride: Saturday 30th April Only 8 days to go…..

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

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:

Bury Pride: Sat 30th April 2022 – Only 8 days to go!

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. 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!


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: 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


Did You Know: According to StonewallHalf of LGBT people (52 per cent) said they’ve experienced depression in the last year.

FREE instant-access digital mental health support is now available across Greater Manchester for everyone aged 10+. These services provide free, safe and anonymous online mental health support whenever you need it.

There are no waiting lists for support and no referral needed. Access to these platforms is available instantly 24/7.

Go to (10-25) or (26+) to get started today.

Support available includes:

– Live chat or messaging with qualified mental health professionals

– Self help tools and activities

– Online community

Live chat available from: 

Monday to Friday: 12pm – 10pm

Saturday and Sunday 6pm – 10pm

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.

Are you a voluntary or community group or a social enterprise in Manchester?

Have your say on support services to help you! 

Manchester City Council and Manchester Health Care Commissioning have commissioned Forever Consulting to find out what support voluntary and community groups and social enterprises in Manchester need to deliver their work and achieve their goals. We’ve developed a short survey that explores what your organisation would like support with, and how you would like to receive it. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete, and the survey closes at 8am on Monday 25th April, so make sure you’ve had your say by then! We want to hear from all types of groups operating in Manchester – large and small, new and old – so please share this survey with others so they can have their say too!

Take part in the survey here

Are you Deaf, deafened or find it hard to hear?

Let us know your views on support you want! 

Bolton Deaf Society, Manchester Deaf Centre and Walthew House in Stockport are exploring the needs of people who are Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing, and how the centres can best help. Your views will help them shape the type of services they provide and how they are delivered. It will take 10 mins to complete, and you will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a £100 High Street voucher.

They want to understand the views from as many people who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing as possible, so please share this survey with others so they can have their say too.

You can watch a translation of the survey in British Sign Language here and take part in the survey here – the closing date is Wednesday 27th April. 

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 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.

Discrimination Project:

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.


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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Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL