LGBTQ+ Advisor’s weekly newsletter 17/06/2022

Friday, 17th June 2022

Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester

GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, Issue 44, June 2022

The Canal and River Trust are going to be opening applications for the Together Fund early July of this year, this is a continuation of the Tackling Inequalities Funding to encourage physical activity on the waterways– some background info here:

They are reaching out to people who are embedded in the community who are already involved in conversations about what the community needs.

This forum is for key stakeholders in the community to discuss where funding should be directed.

This funding round covers Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale so if you could forward onto anyone who may be interested they’d be really grateful! Eventbrite link:


Pride 2022: Virtual Events That Celebrate Queer Culture

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Pride Month brings rainbow flags and festive parades to cities across the world, putting queer culture in the spotlight. It’s a time for everyone to band together to learn, to listen, and to laugh — and you don’t need an invitation to join the global festivities. Show your Pride at these expertly curated virtual events that bring you closer to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Hidayah and Masorti Judaism discuss our experiences as LGBT+ Muslims and Jews in this interfaith event

When: Monday 27th June, 7pm

Where: Zoom

Who: Open to all LGBT+ Muslims and Jews


Hidayah and Masorti Judaism are dedicated to queer people of faith – of the Muslim and Jewish faiths respectively. We hope to go back to the roots of Pride this year, by celebrating where our religions’ paths intersect, and taking pride in our identities in their full glory.

For Pride Month Kooth Digital Health are running a webinar for all Greater Manchester professionals on how their online Kooth and Qwell services support members of the LGBTQ+ community with their wellbeing and mental health.

If you identify as and/or work with to support LGBTQ+ people, this webinar has been designed with you in mind.

In their webinar they will cover the following:

  • A quick introduction to different identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella
  • Difficulties LGBTQ+ people can face & how they may impact on wellbeing & mental health
  • How Kooth and Qwell helps by providing support online and anonymously, including LGBTQ+ specific case studies and service user feedback

The webinar will be delivered via Zoom and the date and time for this are as follows:

Monday 27th June 2022 @ 3.30pm – 4.30pm

You can register for the webinar over on Eventbrite at:

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Greater Manchester Kooth Engagement team via


Pearn Kandola contribution to Pride Monththeir next webinar series will cover a range of topics and offer practical steps individuals and organisations can take to support the LGBT+ community, including:

How to navigate LGBT+ language and terminology.

How context and societal norms impact the stereotypes and attitudes towards the LGBT+ community 

Why sharing gender pronouns on email footers may not be the best action to take

Looking at an intersectional approach exploring the experiences of members of the LGBT+ community with disabilities

What it means to be an LGBT+ ally and practical ways you can support the LGBT+ community all year round.


More details:

 LGBT+ Inclusion: The importance of language and terminology
Monday 27th June, 9:15 – 10:00

A key reason for the exclusion of LGBT+ employees is the relative silence about their experiences, which means that awareness of the challenges faced by this community is limited. For some people language is a barrier to increasing understanding coupled with a fear of saying the wrong thing. In this webinar, Dr Ashley Williams will discuss the importance of dialogue for moving the dial on LGBT+ inclusion, and explore ways in which you can navigate LGBT+ language and terminology.

Attitudes, stigma, and the LGBT+ community: It’s not the fish, it’s the water
Tuesday 28th June, 9:15 – 10:00

Professor Binna Kandola OBE examines how context and societal norms impact the stereotypes and attitudes towards the LGBT+ community. In particular, the webinar explores how people from this community came to be stigmatised by an examination of people’s attitudes through history.

Gender Pronouns: More than just email footers

Wednesday 29th June, 9:15 – 10:00

Misgendering a person can be extremely hurtful, which is why many organisations have taken steps to minimise this, including the sharing of gender pronouns on email footers. However, this initiative can also have some unintended negative consequences. In this webinar, Dr Ashley Williams discusses the importance of normalising conversation about pronouns, and the reasons why we need to consider steps beyond sharing pronouns on email footers.

LGBT+ & Disability: Taking an intersectional approach
Thursday 30th June, 9:15 – 10:00

Professor Binna Kandola OBE takes an intersectional approach by exploring the research focusing on members of the LGBT+ community with disabilities. This webinar will look at the particular issues that this minority group faces and what this means for organisational policy and practices.

Allyship: Beyond Pride
Friday 1st July, 9:15 – 10:00

Allies play a vital role in progressing LGBT+ equality. Although many people would consider themselves to be supportive allies, it can be difficult to know how to continually show support for the LGBT+ community. In this webinar, Psychologist Clare Reynolds shares what it means to be an ally and offers some practical ways that you can support the LGBT+ community all year round.


Please feel free to invite your colleagues, networks, and anyone else you think may benefit from these webinars



Greater Manchester Pride Season 2022: Save The Date….

 Salford – The Pink Picnic: Saturday 25th June

Facebook: @salfordprideuk

Twitter: @salfordprideuk

Rochdale in Rainbows:25th June – 2nd July

Twitter: @RochdaleCouncil

Sparkle Weekend: Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July

Facebook: @sparkletg

Twitter: @SparkleWeekend

Tameside: Saturday 16th July

Facebook: @PrideTameside

Twitter: @PrideTameside

Oldham Pride: 22nd – 24th July

Facebook: @PrideOldham

Twitter: @oldham_pride

Stockport: Sunday 31st July

Facebook: @stockportpride

Twitter: @StockportPride

Bolton Pride: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August

Facebook: @boltonpride

Twitter: @BoltonPride

Levenshulme Pride: 12th – 14th August

Facebook: @levenshulmepride

Twitter: @levepride

Wigan: Saturday 13th August

Facebook: @OfficialWiganPride

Twitter: @WiganPrideLGBT

Manchester Pride: Friday 26th – Monday 29th August

Facebook: @ManchesterPride

Twitter: @ManchesterPride

Didsbury Pride: Saturday 3rd September

Facebook: @didsburypride

Chorlton Pride: Saturday 17th September

Facebook: @ChorltonPride

Twitter: @ChorltonPride

Instagram: @chorltonpride

Salford Pride’s The Pink Picnic returns on Saturday 25th June from 1pm-8pm. Unapologetically saying ‘Proud Vibes Only, with headliners, Kelly Wilde, 90s boyband 911, The Cheeky Girls, Urban Cookie Collective and Kitty Scott-Claus.

As well as their main stage, the event will host local performers, community stalls promoting local groups, organisations and charities, activities and entertainment for families, children, and LGBTQ+ youth, funfair rides, a bar tent, food and drink vendors and much more.

For the Picnic goers that are looking for the VIP Pride experience, a PinkPLUS ticket will gain you access to the exclusive PinkPLUS area with its own bar and facilities, 2 free drinks, the opportunity to meet some of the main stage headliners, a free meal, and a goody bag. 

Grab your FREE general admission tickets. For those looking for a little extra, PinkPLUS experience tickets.

Rochdale in Rainbows is excited to present Pride in the Park! Sunday 26th June, 12pm – 5pm

Broadfield Park, Rochdale OL16 1QT

 Join them for their first outdoor event – an afternoon filled with queer joy, family fun, performances and creative & wellbeing activities for LGBTQIA+ people and allies.

Stage Line Up:

Claire Mooney

The Sunday Boys

The Vegan Queens

Open Mic Session

A chance for you to perform; this could be your own song, spoken word or dance. This is opportunity for LGBTQ+ people and allies to express themselves and share stories. To sign up please let a member of team know on the day.
Ghetto Fabulous

Ghetto Fabulous is an arts company whose main aim is to spread joy. Through all the work Ghetto Fabulous does whether it is theatre, dance, visual arts, they want to excite, entertain and bring the party! House Mother, Darren Pritchard says: ‘Vogue is important to me, because it embraces my love of dance, my love of QTIPOC (Queer, Transgender, Intersex, People of Colour) culture and allows me to be me and whoever else I want to be. Through the ballroom culture as a Mother I have seen people grow and develop and do things they thought they could never do’. Expect vogue, fierceness and energy from Ghetto Fabulous at Pride in the Park.

Workshops & Activities:
Get involved in a range of creative and wellbeing workshops and activities on the day. From badge making and crafts to circus skills and yoga! All session are drop in and everyone is welcome.

Circus Skills – an inclusive free circus workshop for LGBTQIA+ teens & allies run by Skylight Circus Arts’, Circus Rainbow project.
Face Painting – It’s pride, show us some colour!
Family Pride – For you and your little ones from 1pm – 3pm hosted by Born to Be Wild Child.

Identity Portrait Workshop – Relax and make your own portrait to reflect your own or another identity with local artist Bushra Sultana.
Pronoun Badge Making – Pronouns are important, make your own beautiful badge and learn about how pronouns can have real impact with Cartwheel Arts.
Protest Sign Making – Pride started as a Protest and this year marks the 50th year since the first UK Pride. Get creative and make your mark!
Taster Yoga Sessions – Yoga is proven to improve mental health and wellbeing. Have a go at a free taster session throughout the day.

Vintage Worx – Hot and cold catering will be available to purchase on the day.

There will also be stalls from local organisations, groups, and charities in Rochdale Borough including: Action Together: LGBTQ+ Network, Adoption & Fostering (RBC), Black Beetle Health, George House Trust, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, Hate Crime Awareness (RBC), Health Watch, LGBT Foundation, Micro Rainbow, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Rochdale Sixth Form College, The Proud Trust, Touchstones Rochdale, and Turning Point.

Pride in the Park is supported by LGBT Foundation and George House Trust’s Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund.
Rochdale in Rainbows is a partnership of organisations that come together to plan the borough’s Pride activities. Its partners include: Action Together, Arcon Housing, Carl Austin-Behan the LGBTQ+ advisor to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Police, Health Watch Rochdale, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Rochdale Borough Council, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Rochdale Football Club, Rochdale Sixth Form College, Skylight Circus Arts, The LGBT Foundation, The Proud Trust, Touchstones Rochdale, Turning Point, Your Trust.

Jason Carr Exhibition: Saturday 25th June, 11am – 6pm

Jason Carr is a contemporary figurative/portrait artist hailing originally from New Zealand and now based in Manchester. Jason will be holding a one-day solo show at Halle St Peters, Manchester in partnership with CottonOnMCR, Jason’s work is themed around the light and dark narratives of life taking inspiration from his and others experiences in the LGBTQ+ community.

There will be paintings and prints available to purchase and an artist talk/Q&A at 2:30pm on the day.

If you are in Manchester it will be worth the visit.’


Supporting Young People in Conversations about Sexuality and Gender Identity

Pro-Manchester: pro-parent and LGBTQ+ EDI sub committees are delighted to welcome you to a special event to help parents, family members and friends have conversations with children and young people who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity. It can often be a confusing and overwhelming time for those who are trying to understand who they are and providing a safe, supportive and non-judgemental place to have those conversations is vitally important.

In this session we will provide advice for family members and friends explaining how to have these conversations and how to make it a positive experience.

DATE: Wednesday 29th June 2022

TIME: 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

LOCATION: Weightmans, No 1 Spinningfields, Hardman Square, M3 3EB

COST: Free

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

 Building Equality: EDI – The end of Pride? 30th June, 9am – 10.30am

Building Equality Sheffield would like to invite you to join their hybrid webinar on ‘What not to say?’ to promote allyship and knowledge sharing at the end of Pride.

In partnership with the Sheffield Property Association, Women in Property Yorkshire & North East Branch and Sheffield Hallam University their hope is to start a lively discussion followed by some refreshments and further networking.

Spaces are limited at the venue so it will be first come, first served. If you are unable to join us in person and would like to join virtually you can use this link:


Owen Building, Central Owen Building Sheffield Hallam University, Room 1028, Sheffield City Centre, S1 2LX

 Fighting Chances Charity Fundraising Gala: Saturday 2nd July.

On the 2nd July 2022 at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester, Armed Forces Community HQ and Broughton House will be hosting a Black-tie fundraiser. The event is to raise vital funds to support the on-going needs of the Armed Forces Community in the North West and to launch their new programme, Veterans People, Places and Pathways.

Their partners, Armed Forces Community HQ CIC are a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2018 to provide a safe space for the Armed Forces Community to belong, become socially included and access better life chances. They offer a host of activities and programmes, delivered on site and in the community by peers with lived experience that provides advice, guidance and support to veterans, their families and carers as a shining beacon of hope.

 They need You!

Help make Fighting Chances an event to remember!

  • Buy or sponsor a table – (Tables of 10)
  • Buy a sponsorship package for your business or advertise your business in our event brochure.
  • Promote the event on your social media channels with the link for our charity donations page
  • Support them with raffle prizes for the evening

The evening will commence with welcome drinks in the foyer followed by a 3-course dinner. They will then here from some Keynote speakers who will share the importance of collaboration and tell you some amazing stories about how they use their funding. White collar boxing will then commence followed by a casino, raffle and auction. You will then be entertained by an amazing ten-piece band to dance the night away until carriages arrive.

To book a table, purchase tickets or enquire about sponsorship, please contact:

Andrea Bradley

Tel: 07762114068

Email: /

Please contact:

Tel: 07762114068

Email: /

LGBT Directors and Leaders Network.

Pride in Leadership Event: Thursday July 7th at 5.30pm

Hear from Professor Malcolm Press CBE.

 You are invited to the launch of Pride in Leadership, the UK’s LGBTQ+ leadership community.

They work to ELEVATE, CONNECT and SUPPORT LGBTQ+ business leaders and make them more visible.

They welcome LGBTQ+ leaders (from across all sectors, shapes and size of organisation), and allies, to join them for drinks, nibbles, and a thought-provoking discussion with one of Manchester’s leading lights, Professor Malcolm Press CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University.

When: Thursday 7 July, 5.30pm (conversation with Malcolm Press starts at 6.15pm).

Where: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Deansgate, Manchester

Their fun business event gives you an opportunity to network with other LGBTQ+ leaders and allies, raise your own profile, and discover role models from across our community.

They are proud to be supported in this event by Crowe and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

More about Malcolm:

Malcolm is a trustee of the British Council and UCAS, and a Board member of Universities UK and the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. He is an ecologist and has previously served as a trustee of WWF-UK, president of the British Ecological Society, a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a council member of the National Trust, a council member of the Society of Biology, and as a deputy chair for a Research Excellence Framework panel.

Invitation to Remembering Srebrenica Annual Remembrance Service

Thursday 7th July, 7.30-9pm at Manchester Cathedral. 

The Remembering Srebrenica North West Regional Board would be delighted if you could join them for their Annual Civic Remembrance Service in Memorial Week this July.  They are very much looking forward to welcoming you once again to an in-person event at the beautiful Manchester Cathedral.

Many of you will remember that the aim of the service is to remember the 8732 mostly men and boys who were killed in the Bosnian Genocide, purely because of their faith. They also use it to raise further awareness of what happened in Srebrenica and Bosnia to encourage others to become more involved in the movement of learning the lessons to ensure it does not happen again. This FREE event will feature local prominent dignitaries, multi-faith speakers and some inspirational performances. Please join them if you can – tea, coffee and some light refreshments will be available following the service.  Reserve your place over at EventbriteBook Here


Alpha Plus Fostering Oldham – supporting foster carers 
Who are Alpha Plus?

Across Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire, they have a proven track record in high-quality foster care that leads incredible futures for generations of children and young people. They currently work with more than 50 foster carers and 60 foster children. Their agency provides high quality, child centered services for children and young people. All of their carers are recruited, assessed, approved and reviewed in accordance with National Standards guidelines. They continue to support them throughout their placements. Their social workers and support staff are always on hand to help our dedicated foster carers in the region with specialist support and training, equipping them with everything they need to give a child or young person a positive start in life.

Foster in the North West with Alpha Plus Fostering (

 At the Bury Creative Living Centre, they are setting up an LGBTQI+ Bike group.  All the details are on the poster attached.

The bikes and helmets are provided and it’s a gentle bike ride around Heaton Park.

Get in touch with Debs on 0161 6967501 or email

 The Sunday Boys – are a low-voiced open access LGBTQ+ choir here across Greater Manchester – are looking for a variety of writers and songwriters (or song writing teams) for some upcoming projects. They’re administering a simple open call-in order to find voices that are new to them. Michael would appreciate it if you could share this with your networks and interested parties. Or you yourself might be interested if you’re a writer/songwriter!

Songwriter (or team) with connections to Blackpool –

Writer for Christmas 2022 –

Writers for HIV Project Spring 2023 at The Lowry –

Songwriters (or team) for HIV Project Spring 2023 at The Lowry –

Michael Betteridge, Composer & conductor

 Dibby’s LGBTQ+ Community Arts Fund

Did you know?

1 in 3 LGBTQ+ people who live in urban areas never visit an LGBTQ+ specific venue or event*

1 in 3 LGBTQ+ people have faced discrimination or feel unwelcome at LGBTQ+ venues or events*

And over 1 in 3 LGBTQ+ people have hidden their sexuality or gender identity at work*

*(Stonewall LGBT in Britain, 2018)

The LGBTQ+ Community Arts Fund supports sustainable careers for LGBTQ+ people and tackles intersectional and intergenerational isolation and exclusion by creating inclusive spaces away from clubs and bars.

What do they need?

They’ve costed up the programme for 2022-23. The damage? £55,000. But they’re confident they can fundraise this from a range of grants, funds and donors.

Throughout Pride Month they’ll kickstart the fundraising with their Crowdfunder which has the more modest target of £5k.


Can you help them?

They’re asking for your support sharing the Crowdfunder through your communication channels.

The easiest way is to simply reshare the content that they post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

But if you’d like to schedule a post, there’s a sample post below:

Our mates @DibbyTheatre think LGBTQ+ people are magic, and we do too. 

This #PrideMonth they’re launching their LGBTQ+ Community Arts Fund. 

Can you chip in and help kickstart their fund to help make Manchester a thriving hub for LGBTQ+ creativity?


The link for the Crowdfunder is below.

They couldn’t do what they do, without the continued support of their partners and networks.

From the bottom of their hearts: they thank you! The DT Team X


The Security Minister Damian Hinds MP announced the reopening of the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme for applications. A press release can be found here. The scheme is open to all faith communities in England and Wales who feel that their place of worship is vulnerable to hate crime. More information can be found via the following link: The closing date for bids is 14th July.


Greater Manchester Police hosts a network of local Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) made up of community representatives to advise on policing matters. There is a current recruitment campaign for new members and again this may be something worth sharing wider through our panels and connections. There is a leaflet attached providing additional information on this.


Governors for Schools: Board-level volunteering – supporting schools with your expertise.

Governors for Schools is an education charity looking for more people to volunteer onto school governing boards. School governors volunteer at board-level to set the strategic vision for the school; provide challenge and support, and oversee finances. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have a real impact in your community whilst gaining skills that you can bring back to work.

You don’t have to be a parent or have experience in education as there’s lots of support and training that you can access. Schools boards need people with diverse backgrounds and experience so they can reflect the communities they serve.

You can find out more about becoming a school governor and apply online through the charity’s website – or contact Emma Harris, Senior Partnerships Manager at

See attached Internal Comms PDF for more info:


Out with Prostate Cancer

Tesco In-Store Vote Update! 

Tesco are delighted to let you know that Out with Prostate Cancer application to the Tesco Community Grants Scheme has been successful and their project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores.  Voting will commence in store from the first week of July 2022 and continue until 30th September 2022.   

Out with Prostate Cancer

Supporting LGBT People with Prostate Cancer Manchester Out with Prostate Cancer will use the grant money to purchase video conferencing equipment to ensure the support group can reach out to LGBT people wherever they live.

The project with the highest number of votes across the region will receive £1,500 (or the amount that was requested up to this value), the second placed project £1,000 (or the amount that was requested up to this value), and the third placed project £500.

Tesco Stores across Manchester City Centre will be voting on this project

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within the store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and then place that in the unit provided.


Manchester International Festival have launched Virtual Tools, a series of workshops for early to mid-career artists. Through a series of short sessions, Artists will learn new techniques that can be applied to their own practice, with talks from artists and industry professionals at the forefront of live virtual production. there’s also a £300 bursary for successful applications Please see the link below for full details.

Job Vacancies:

LGBT Foundation:
Director of Operations
Training Academy Consultant Trainers (x4)
HR Advisor
Sexual Health Officer
Domestic Abuse Officer (2 Roles)
Find out about the latest job vacancies with the LGBT Foundation:

akt: Volunteering Opportunity

This is a volunteer for the youth engagement programme, to support the staff in delivering group work activities for trans homeless young people.

Here is the link: Youth Engagement Volunteer (in person, Manchester) | akt


Volunteering for Manchester Pride has now opened, all of the details and the form can be found here.

Volunteer with BYOU+ Wigan

Join their team! They are currently looking for passionate, person-centred and highly driven people who fully understands the nature of their work, and want to join a dedicated team focused on the improvement and enhancement of LGBTQ+ lives. BYOU+ is an inclusive community for the adult LGBTQ+ community and allies.

They are a not for profit, volunteer led organisation with a dedicated team of people focused on the improvement and enhancement of LGBTQ+ lives that aim to make a positive difference to the community by;

Promoting Positive Mental Health

Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation

Campaigning for LGBTQ+ equality


They have a number of volunteer opportunities, both remotely and in-person to join their brand new team of volunteers who are eager to get stuck in.

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