LGBTQ+ Advisor’s Weekly Update

Friday, 15th October 2021

Afternoon all,

This may be the first Newsletter you have received from me giving an update of events taking place across Greater Manchester, The Northwest or Nationally via digital sources, if you have events or information you wish to share then feel free to send over to me to be included, I send this email out to over 2000 contacts which in turn gets sent out through their networks.

I would like to personally congratulate Councillor Bev Craig who has been announced as the new leader of Manchester City Council, becoming the first woman to take up the role. Bev, who I am extremely proud of, was my one of my fellow councillors in Burnage and is openly gay, she has played a prominent role in Manchester’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. She will take over from Sir Richard on December 1.
To read more….

To Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:

NEW to this Newsletter: LGBTQ+ Bulletin from Reach (Manchester Evening News)

Update from The Proud Trust:

Monthly Newsletter from Proud 2B Parents:

GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, No.27, October 2021

I have been contacted by a community journalist based in Northern Ireland, who has an interest in all things about books and movies within the LGBTQ+ community.

Over the last 30+ years, he has written for various magazines and organisations, and he has been an active member of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association.

Before the pandemic, he had been trying to find out how libraries across the United Kingdom had been responding to the LGBTQ+ community, but with little success.

Now with the pandemic, being slowly being put behind us he is wondering if you would ask your members or groups if they would complete the following survey which he has put together to enable him to gain a fuller picture of where we are, and also to write about it.  Once the survey is completed, he will publish the findings on his website and send notifications out advising of the results.

I hope you can help David with his request.

Please click on the below:

LGBTQ+ Library Survey   

D T W McFarlane BEd BSc PgDip

Community Journalist  //

LGBT+ PLUS Big Night Out This Evening 15th Oct.  7pm till lateThe New Levenshulme Pub  

Last minute organised event.. Feel free to turn up at any time during the night!

They aim to support their local LGBT+ friendly venues and talent within Stockport and the surrounding areas.

Join them for a fun night of drag acts, singers, music and drinks.

Gay hosted venue and fully LGBT+ friendly! Let’s support this venue and enjoy a fantastic night together.

Click link below to view the venue location:,+959+Stockport+Rd,+Manchester+M19+3NP/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x487bb3c3f7b3d943:0x6b31c7378cae8bab?utm_source=mstt_1&entry=gps

TOWARDS MEMORIAL exhibition at Bury Art Museum by YUEN FONG LING: 16 October 2021 – 22 January 2022

The Launch is at the Art Gallery this Saturday 2.00pm – 4.00pm. 

In a period of political and social uncertainty, how can what you wear help to express your beliefs and what you stand for? TOWARDS MEMORIAL is an art project that explores this question by remaking a pair of sandals designed and made by the socialist writer, poet and activist Edward Carpenter (1844-1929). During his lifetime, Carpenter sought to improve the living and working conditions of the working class. This included a greater awareness of, and openness to, our physical and spiritual relationship with others and the natural environment. Carpenter also supported equal rights for women, and championed new ways of defining homosexual / queer relationships and identities at a time when homosexuality was illegal, whilst living openly with his life-long partner George Merrill in Millthorpe, Sheffield.

For more information: Please see attached TOWARDS MEMORIAL – LGBTQIA Awareness Month 2021

Pearn Kandola Webinars:

Monday 18th October marks the third instalment of their Black History Month webinar series, for which Professor Binna Kandola will be delivering a talk on ‘Closing the gender and race pay gap’.

Within this webinar Professor Kandola will discuss how the key drivers behind the race and pay gap frequently intersect and consider what this means within the workplace.

Professor Kandola will also break down stereotypes faced by women of colour, and review practical ways in which organisations can work to close the gender and race pay gap, and support the wellbeing of minority ethnic employees.

To register your place on this webinar, click the link below.,FUSS,42656P,1TVEN,1

Please feel free to invite your colleagues, networks, and anyone else you think may benefit from this session.

Pro-Manchester / Pro-Women: World Menopause Day:

Monday 18th October is the pro-women committee’s World Menopause Day event sponsored by Crowe UK and hosted at their offices. Delivered by guest speaker Emma Persand, Founder & Director of Lemur Health.

This important event is aimed at informing and educating both women and men.

Date: Monday 18th October 12:00 – 14:00

Address: Crowe UK, The Lexicon, Mount St, M2 5NT

If you’d like to attend, please contact

Homophobia and representation – Hannah Bardell MP: 11:00am Tue 26th Oct 2021 (Zoom)
As an out lesbian MP and a recipient of death threats for reporting homophobia she experienced in Parliament Hannah’s support of LGBTQ rights is not just political, it’s personal.
The LGBT+ Directors and Leaders network are hosting a conversion with Hannah about these experiences, about conversion therapy and the delays to the consultation to ban it in in the UK, and about the need for much greater representation of LGBTQ women in media and entertainment – a topic she is forming an All-Party Parliamentary Group on.

This event is free to attend by Zoom: Register here now.

Halloween Party: Friday 29th Oct.  6pm till late – Disability Stockport 

Stockport LGBT+ PLUS are excited to be joint hosting a Halloween Party with our amazing local LGBT+ Partners, Stockport Pride and Forward Stockport LGBT+

Please go along and support this special event and register for your free tickets on the link below!!

It’s going to be a fun night; you will even have a chance to win their Halloween Costume Competition with a £10 Prize.

This is a great opportunity to meet loads of new LGBT+ people from in and around the local community and wider afield.

Find out more and book your ticket on the link below:

Free Radio Skills Course!

Want to find out how great radio is made and learn from an experienced presenter at the worlds’ biggest LGBT+ Radio station?

If you’re currently unemployed and living in Greater Manchester, then you can sign up to Gaydio’s Work Club – a free radio skills course!

Over 6 weeks you’ll not only refine your skill set but build on your CV by learning all about how to make great radio.

The course tutor is Emma Goswell who is an experienced broadcast journalist and presenter who’s hosted shows on Gaydio, BBC Radio Manchester and Virgin Radio Pride.

You’ll learn transferable skills like interview techniques, producing and presenting. There will also be advice on how to improve your C.V and job prospects. This is a great opportunity to show potential employers you are willing to invest time into your future and get plenty of help along the way.

No experience necessary.

All Training takes place at the Gaydio studios in Manchester city centre.

Starts end of October 2021.

Please email for a registration form.

PinkNews Futures, UK’s Largest LGBT+ Careers Conference, is coming to Manchester on 13th November!

PinkNews Futures connects LGBT+ jobseekers with inclusive employers and provides the latest business tips and resources.

  • Connect with inclusive employers
  • Enter a safe space to discuss important topics
  • Gain practical tips to help you secure your dream job
  • Exclusive 25% off tickets for pro-manchester members using the code PROMANC25

About this event:

Your ticket includes full access to the conference, lunch and refreshments throughout the day, as well as networking drinks!

Join us on Saturday 13th November at the offices of JLL in Central Manchester for a whole host of informative and inspirational panel discussions and workshops on a range of career paths.

Our careers fair will also give you the opportunity to mingle with employers and take another step closer to securing your dream job! Meet representatives of JLL, GCHQ and EY.

The Smash Hit HAIRSPRAY: At The Palace Theatre Manchester, Mon 25th – Sat 30th Oct / Mon  8th – 13th Nov

It’s Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.

Hairspray is based on the 1988 film of the same name which starred Divine and Ricki Lake by cult filmmaker John Waters. With music and lyrics by Academy Award, Tony and Emmy winning duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Proving to be an international success, Hairspray has also opened in South Africa, Japan, South Korea, China and Dubai. Following the musical’s phenomenal success on stage, a film of the musical was released in 2007 which starred John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efron.
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram @HairsprayUKTour

Debdale Bowling & Social Club: Winter Activities, Debdale Park

Monday:          Snooker, Cards, Darts & Dominos: 1pm – 4pm

None Members £1 – Includes Tea, Coffee & Biscuits

Tuesday:          Indoor Curling: 10.30am – 12pm

With Tea & Toast for Lunch

Conversational Spanish: £2, 12.45pm – 2pm

Thursday:        Line Dancing: 10am – 12pm

With Tea & Toast for Lunch £2

Computer Workshop: 1pm – 3pm, £3

Coming soon:

Deaf Awareness, Sign Language.
Recycling. Fantastic steps to DIY your old clothes
For further information please contact:
Olwyn Taylor Tel: 07741209016 Email:

Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Online Dementia Support Group

A new online peer support group for people living with or caring for someone with dementia, who identify as LGBTQ+. Meets first Tuesday of the month 2-3.30pm online via Zoom. Next meeting October 5th.

For details of how to join or for any other enquiries please contact: 0161 622 9252 or email:

Shedding light on the experiences of older LGBT people in housing schemes: a virtual exhibition of ‘Back in the Closet’ artworks is now available to view at The exhibition features artists Jez Dolan, Anna Raczynski, Tamzin Forster and Lauren Sagar working in collaboration with LGBT staff and residents at retirement schemes across Greater Manchester. This series of artist residencies was produced by Pride in Ageing at LGBT Foundation, HouseProud North West and Great Place at Greater Manchester Combined Authority and is supported by Trafford Housing Trust, One Manchester, Calico Homes and Great Places Housing Trust.

Award-winning LGBTQ-led theatre and more from Dibby Theatre

Dibby Theatre has a range of amazing cultural offerings for LGBTQ+ people and LGBTQ+ allies this autumn…

First Time

Last chance to catch the hit show about HIV in Manchester! Join award-winning theatre maker Nathaniel Hall (It’s A Sin) as he blows the lid on HIV stigma in his hilarious and heart breaking solo show.

Mon 8 Nov, 7:30pm – The Old Courts, Wigan

Tues 30 Nov – Sat 4 Dec – Contact, Manchester

Delivered in partnership with George House Trust

Recommended for ages 14+

Tickets from

Special Dates at Contact

1 Dec, 7:30pm – World AIDS Day Performance (inc. screening of HIV+Me + panel discussion)

3 Dec, 7:30pm – BSL Signed Performance (Karl Lorca)

4 Dec, 2pm – Socially Distance Matinee

5 Dec, 7:30pm – ACTUP+GetDown Play + Party with DJ Mix-Stress (£5)

World AIDS Day Package for Schools

A package of creative activities for schools and colleges for World AIDS Day has been created by Dibby and George House Trust, including discounted tickets to First Time. For more:


HIV+Me explores three incredible stories of life with HIV in Greater Manchester in three beautifully shot short films.

HIV+Me will be screened across Greater Manchester this November at: Manchester Cathedral, The Lowry, Contact, Touchstones, The Old Courts, Waterside Arts and HOME with more venues to be announced.

Keep an eye on your nearest venue for more.

First Dibs: The Assembly

First Dibs: The Assembly is a script-in-hand sharing of five new plays written by LGBTQ+ playwrights and is the culmination of Dibby Theatre’s first ever First Dibs course, a new 14-week play-making school led by LGBTQ+ artists, for LGBTQ+ artists.

New plays by: mandla rae, Alma Renee Lipari, Susan Kerr, Elizabeth Gibson, Rebekka Platt

Suitable for 18+

Sat 6 November, 7pm at HOME.

Dibby Theatre

Chris Hoyle (He/Him) and Nathaniel Hall (He/Him) – Co-Artistic Directors

Ross Carey (He/Him) – Producer

Follow on social media: @DibbyTheatre

Equality & Diversity UK’s Stronger Together Affinity Groups 

What: Sharing experiences of being racially diverse professionals, and the difficulties and barriers faced in employment sectors. E.g., NHS, Police, Retail, Education, etc. The group will talk openly in a safe environment and share personal and challenging stories of the discrimination faced as both staff/managers in diverse workplace sectors. The aim is both to inform those who may not realise how racism is experienced today, as well as to inspire those who might not consider work/leadership in sectors where they are marginalised or underrepresented. The forums are designed to help raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing ethnically diverse staff and managers, past and present. It offers support and hope to ethnically diverse employees and professionals aspiring to senior leadership.

When: Weekly on Wednesday evenings throughout September, October, November and December 2021, from 6.00 – 7.30 pm

How: To register your interest, please complete this form

From TfGM: Bee Network Public Conversation:

Earlier this week our Destination: Bee Network Public Conversation was launched. As part of our journey to the Bee Network we want the people of Greater Manchester to help us shape a travel network that’s easy to use, seamlessly integrated and sustainable. Following on from our first stop at Bolton (13th October) the Destination: Bee Network bus will be travelling to each of the local authorities across Greater Manchester to serve as a focal point for in-person engagement with members of the public to bring the Bee Network vision to life. Additionally, an online survey has gone live this week and will run in parallel with the bus tour until 12th November.

This press release gives some further context to what you may know already about the Destination: Bee Network Conversation: People of Greater Manchester invited to join in the Destination: Bee Network Conversation (

We would be very grateful if you could share details of our bus tour and online survey with your networks and on your social media channels. To support messaging I’ve attached some suggested social media posts and the following link will allow access to downloadable borough-specific social media graphics: Also see attached 😊 DBN PUBLIC CONVO PARTNER TOOLKIT (1)

Manchester Concert Hall Limited (MCHL) is recruiting for a Chair and three trustees.

We are the charitable company responsible for overseeing the Bridgewater Hall. We are looking for people who are passionate about the Bridgewater Hall and what it can offer music audiences and participants in the city and beyond. You will join the board at a time when MCHL is consulting widely with partners in preparation for a new operating contract for the venue.

Full details can be found at:  MCHL Trustee Recruitment | The Bridgewater Hall (

The deadline for applications is Friday 22 October 2021

Job Vacancies:

LGBT Foundation

Rainbow Badge Assessor

Income Generation Coordinator

Bi Programme Officer

LGBT Foundation are taking positive action to encourage applications from people of colour (PoC), and other racially minoritised communities, trans, non-binary and/or older people (aged 50+), to improve the representation of colleagues from these communities in their staff team.

* Trans is an umbrella & inclusive term used to describe people whose gender identity differs in some way from that which they were assigned at birth, including non-binary.

If you want to know more about the roles, or have any questions then please feel free to get in touch with Simon Baker:

These jobs can be found at:

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.
They are:

Coming soon: THE REM BAR
And on our doorstep:

All of the above have mandated their offers by owners or General Managers and can be subject to alteration and with the many new faces at virtually ALL venues, we invite you to ask your servers to check details with their management to avoid any confusion.

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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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.

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