LGBTQ+ Advisor’s Weekly Update

Friday, 15th January 2021

Written by Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL 

Afternoon All,

LGBT Communities: Share your Views on the NHS Covid-19 Vaccine

I as the LGBTQ+ Advisor to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, and LGBT Foundation are carrying out a survey to better understand LGBT people’s views on the Covid-19 vaccine. Information you choose to share with us may be used in policy and research documents which will be publicised. However, you will not be identified by anything we include. All questions are optional. This survey should only take 5 minutes. Thank you. Deadline Monday 18th January

If you have any questions regarding this survey or would like to provide any further feedback, please email

A Message from The Proud Trust:

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Rainbow Death Café:

A chance to talk openly about death and dying in a relaxed, LGBT-friendly online group space – find out more here:

Are you passionate about supporting LGBT communities? Do you want to help LGBT Foundation create a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are able to reach their full potential? At LGBT Foundation we are happy to start recruitment again for volunteers to join our team as we continue to make a difference during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We have a very simple motto – we’re here if you need us. And that applies to everyone in our beautifully diverse communities. If you’re young, we’re here for you; if you’re older, we’re here for you; if you’re a person of colour, we’re here for you; if you’re a man, a woman, or non-binary, we’re here for you; lesbian, gay, bi, trans – however you describe yourself – we’re here for you. If you need help, if you’re struggling, if you need a friendly face or reassuring voice, we are there for you if you need us. We are all family – and at LGBT Foundation, everyone is welcome.

Below you can find information on the programmes recruiting at the moment, the role profiles for the various different volunteering roles and how to apply.

Greater Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, together with the 10 Greater Manchester councils, invite you to the Greater Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day Service at 10am on 27 January.

The event is a chance to remember those lost to genocide and to collectively take a stand against hatred. Guests will hear from Holocaust survivor Tomi Komoly and Ishami Foundation survivor speaker, Rehma Muguyeneza, as well as poetry and musical performances.

Please join us with a candle to light in memory of all those killed during the Holocaust and the genocides that followed.

The event will be held online at

Gaydio Academy are looking for LGBT+ U18s from across Greater Manchester. You’ll learn skills in radio and media focusing on self-esteem, team work and increasing your options for further education and employment.

Sign up here:

Turn On Fest Postponed
Due to the most recent government guidelines, it was with a heavy heart that we released the following statement regarding our second annual Turn On Fest. The LGBTQIA+ Arts festival, in partnership with Superbia, aims to celebrate, support and create a platform for queer artists in Manchester and the north. We look forward to the day that we can do this in the fullest and safest way possible.

Delivering the best festival we possibly can, that has the safety and wellbeing of our artists, performers and audiences, as well as our technical and theatre staff, at its heart is of paramount importance to us.

With that in mind, we have made the decision to postpone TURN ON FEST 2021 so that we can allow everyone involved to create and share their art in a safe environment. We want to thank everyone who is working so hard to make this event happen and look forward to a day that we can welcome a live audience through our doors again. With huge gratitude to every partner, collaborator, artist and audience member for your continued support and understanding.

Our box office will be in touch with ticket holders soon and we look forward to announcing new festival dates. Follow Turn On Fest Mcr on social media for updates!

GAYDIO WORK CLUB – Open to anybody 50+

Want to learn new skills, improve your employability, make new contacts AND link up with Gaydio – the world’s biggest LGBT+ Radio station? Then sign up to Gaydio’s work club! It’s open to anyone who’s 50 + and looking to improve their prospects. As well as learning how to boost your career you’ll learn about how to make great radio and podcasts from an award winning broadcast journalist and presenter. No experience necessary! In just one 90 min session a week over 6 weeks, you’ll learn all about the world of radio in a safe fun environment. Due to current restrictions initial teaching will be online before you’ll have the opportunity to visit the station in Manchester city centre.
Email to register for free before January 22nd.

Go to to find out all about the station.

Welcome to LGBT+ PLUS…
We are a voluntary social group with a growing online LGBT+ social network with a core focus on providing regular local social networking activities and events for adults within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport or elsewhere.

If you are interested in connecting up and networking with other people just like you, we will be restarting the PLUS Online Social Next Wednesday the link and details are:

PLUS Admin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: PLUS Online Social
Time: Jan 20, 2021 08:00 PM London

Meeting ID: 962 8520 6642
Passcode: 299682

This Month at Black Beetle Heath:

It’s a new year, the time when many people resolve to start a(nother) weight loss journey. But in the age of body positivity, are you #TeamLizzo or #TeamAdele?? In other words, are you about accepting oneself at any size, or do you think there is a “goal” weight individuals should strive for? How does community or culture affect expectations?

We’re talking about it!

In recognition of National Obesity Awareness Week (11-18 January), the Health Promotion team at Black Beetle Health will come together to discuss the issue of obesity within the context of chronic disease, culture, and self-love.

Black Beetle Health is a public health community organisation dedicated to promoting health, wellbeing and equality for LGBTQ+ communities of colour by shedding light on important health disparities among these communities in the UK and around the world. Our mission is to promote health through evidence-based, peer-reviewed resource development and signposting to culturally-safe services and support groups for people of colour throughout the UK.​

Join us on Sunday, 24 January at 6pm GMT as we put our heads together to answer our own questions about the effects of weight on sexual health, mental health and the emergence of chronic illness! It is going to be a dynamic session you won’t want to miss!

Have you got a burning question you want us to answer? Drop us an email at to make sure we cover it!

Register Here:

Salford Pride’s LGBT+ History Month Project:

Salford Pride are looking to have 3-4 short video interviews from LGBT+ people telling their stories of their LGBT+ History, including their experiences, marches, art, school – anything!

They aim to commemorate and celebrate LGBT+ History and LGBT+ culture, educate people on the LGBT+ movement and share local people’s stories of what is was like being an LGBT+ person during different decades of LGBT+ history by:
Celebrating LGBT+ History and showcase how are the LGBT+ movement has come.
Sharing stories of local LGBT+ people ad organisation’s experiences throughout their lives.

Educating people on key LGBT+ moments in time to keep our history alive and continue the fight.

The project can be filmed between now and mid February with the podcast being released in the third or fourth week of February. Please contact if you would like to be involved.

LGBT+ History Month in Stockport 2021 – all virtual, all-singing, all-dancing 28 days of virtual fun and learning.

8 local organisations (Forward, SMBC Libraries, People Like Us Stockport, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport Pride, Healthwatch Stockport, The Proud Trust, NEXUS and Nationwide) have come together to bring you a month of festivities based on the theme of Body, Mind, Spirit.

Activities include: a live cupcake bake-off, chemistry experiments, yoga, boxing, plastic recycling workshops, mindfulness, intersectional discussions on faith, age, gender, race, disability & sexuality, comedy, poetry open mic night, drag queen bingo, youth talent show, resilience workshop and lots more!

Goody bags will be available from selected COVID-secure locations across the borough and they will contain; a bathbomb & Skittles (for an experiment), cupcake kit (for live baking), Let’s End Hate Crime resources, wellbeing factsheet and activity suggestions, wellbeing calendar, programme of events and more…

LGBT+ History Month’s own motto is “claim our past, celebrate our present and create our future”. We hope that every conversation that is held during the month is used as a catalyst for further work and acceptance.

We feel that it is important now, more than ever, to bring together the LGBTQ+ community and our allies – to show that we care and that we are stronger together. Poster attached:

Do you want to be more open about your HIV status?

Do you want to feel more confident talking about HIV?

George House Trust are running a two-part course, where they’ll explore what holds us back from talking about HIV, how we can overcome these barriers and the different tools we can use to make talking about HIV easier.

Whether you want to tell the world, a friend, sexual partner or your employer this course aims to make you feel more confident and in control of how and when you talk about HIV.

There are two workshops, the first on Thursday 21st January and the second is on Thursday 28th January.

The workshops are being held on Zoom and you will be sent log-in details on the day. You will be asked to complete a short survey before and after the course.

For more information email Josh or call 07581 011 064 or register at:

If you have connections with 
LGBT+ young people aged 16+ please read on and circulate amongst your networks.

One of my contacts in Manchester has requested the help of other services who have access to LGBT+ Youth aged 16+, to help them shape their sexual health service to better accommodate and respect the diverse needs of this cohort of young people. As part of the work to improve services at The Northern Sexual Health and HIV Service ( They are keen to get the views of previous, current and potential service users.

They would really appreciate it if any Trans/ Non Binary/ Other Gender Diverse Individuals  could help complete a short survey:

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Dr Sally Jewsbury (she/her)
Tel: 0161 901 1502

The LGBT+ Directors Network is a group of business leaders from across all sectors, shapes and sizes of organisation. An informal non-profit network, it was originally founded in the North West of England, and now reaches to London and out across the country to support and inspire LGBT+ leaders, as we strive to build back better for everyone.

It’s facilitated by Matt Haworth (Co-Founder, Reason Digital) & Claire Ebrey (Institute of Physics, formerly Institute of Directors).

Celebrate (not tolerate) trans people with Pips Bunce

3:30pm 20th Jan 2021 via Zoom

From advising Parliament, to being attacked by transphobic national newspapers, Pips Bunce has an incredible story of where being an out gender fluid and non-binary Director at Credit Suisse has taken her.

They will talk us through it, give us a 101 on the trans umbrella, and explain how important it to celebrate our employees, team members and colleagues in living authentic lives. This will be followed by facilitated networking at this free Zoom event on 3:30pm 20th JanSign up here.

LGBTQ+ PoC Mental Health Guide is HERE! We are pleased to present to you our new evidence-based, peer-reviewed Mental Health Brochure “Addressing Mental Health for LGBTQ+ People of Colour: Destigmatising Mental Health in LGBTQ+ Communities of Colour”.

The second in a series of our QTIPOC Health Brochures, we hope this guide can be used a starter tool for LGBTQ+ and non-binary people of colour who have long felt unable to take the first steps to improving their mental health by:

1. Addressing health misinformation.

  1. Educating our communities on pertinent health issues.
    3. Signposting LGBTQ+ People of Colour to culturally safe health services.
    4. Empowering individuals within our communities to become more informed decision makers.

    This guide is also now available for electronic download under the mental health tab of our website

Please read our brochure and share it with someone you love!

Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities

GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, have launched the second round of Emergency Grants for GM BAME Communities small grants. Grants of £1000 – £5000 are available to GM BAME led VCSE organisations, with an income of £50,000 or less, to respond to the needs of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications for this round close on Friday 26th February 2021 at 16:00. These grants are funded by Comic Relief and the National Emergency Fund in response to COVID-19. To find out more, and to apply for a small grant, click here.

Barclays are running various events from 29th January through to 12th February which are aimed at potential job seekers considering an Apprenticeship.  The context of the 1-hour virtual Careers Event is as follows:


  • Learn more about the Apprenticeship opportunities Barclays are launching in 2021
  • Hear from existing Apprentices who will share their experiences
  • Hear from Business Champions
  • Hear more about our Diversity-Networks and how to become a member if you join our programme
  • Learn about the application and assessment process and when to apply
  • Have all your questions answered in advance of considering an Apprenticeship with Barclays
  • Interested candidates can register for an event by visiting

Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission: How can we tackle inequality in Greater Manchester?

People across Greater Manchester are being asked to help tackle inequality by sharing their ideas on how to make the city-region more equal. The Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission wants to hear from people who have an interest in making Greater Manchester more equal, particularly those with experience of intersecting inequalities, or those working with marginalised groups.

How to take part:

Closing date: 31 January 2021

More information:

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Greater Manchester will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. For the first time, there will be voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity. This will provide true data on the LGBTQ+ Community, so that resources and services can be supplied where most needed. Private, individual forms can be requested, and these will be superseded household forms.

“While there are estimates of sexual orientation at a national and regional level, it is not possible to produce robust estimates for all local authorities – that’s what census data will give,” Mr Bell added. “And there is no robust data available on gender identity at all. These data are needed by local authorities and service providers to inform the provision of services. The sexual orientation and gender identity questions will be voluntary for people aged 16 and over.

Without robust data on the size of the LGBT population at a national and local level, decision-makers are operating in a vacuum, unaware of the extent and nature of disadvantage which LGBT people may be experiencing in terms of health, educational outcomes, employment and housing.”

There is also a separate new question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces.

Anonymous results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit

Time is running out for people and organisations across Greater Manchester to have their say in a major consultation on the future of their buses.  

Greater Manchester has an ambition for a truly integrated public transport system, Our Network, to make getting around the city-region easy, accessible and affordable. Buses are vital for that ambition, connecting communities with jobs, essential services and leisure; particularly for the one third of GM households without a car.

Between October 2019 and January 2020, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) held a consultation on a proposed franchising scheme for the city-region’s buses. Now, GMCA is consulting on the scheme in light of the findings of the Covid-19 Impact Report.

Thousands of people have already engaged with the consultation, but there’s still time for you to take part before it closes at 23:59 on Friday 29 January.

How to take part

You can:

  • Find out more information and take part in an online questionnaire at
  • Email your feedback to
  • Give your feedback by phone on 0161 244 1100 (they will be forwarded through to an independent research organisation Ipsos MORI)
  • Write/send a completed questionnaire to Freepost GM BUS CONSULTATION

If you would like to discuss this further then we would be happy to set up a briefing with you, please email

It is important that we get as many responses as possible and that word of the consultation reaches a broad audience. We would value your support in helping to raise awareness of the consultation, we have therefore attached our latest communications toolkit, which provides copy and assets for you to share information on the consultation across your platforms and channels and with your members.

Have your say on the future of your buses at before Friday 29 January 2021. 

Healthwatch Oldham eBulletin:

Stockport Council Review Bulletin:

BBC Local Radio relaunches Make a Difference: Give a Laptop

The success of the local BBC radio Make a Difference campaign continues into 2021, offering advice and putting people who need help in touch with volunteers. It also shares details of help and support from organisations and individuals in your local community.

As schools return to online learning, local BBC radio stations have relaunched the Make A Difference Give A Laptop campaign to help provide access to laptops and devices for children and young people in need. BBC radio stations are asking households up and down the country to donate old laptops and devices that are likely to be discarded or thrown away to help pupils in need of digital device.

All 39 local radio stations have launched the campaign by providing details of specialist charities across the country that will safely wipe donated devices before distributing them to local schools.

For more information on how you can get involved in the BBC’s Make A Difference: Give a Laptop project, visit the Make A Difference website and click on the Give a Laptop tab.


Job Vacancies:

George House Trust:

Project Coordinator Age+ Project

Hours: 35 hours per week 

Salary: £24,982 per annum

Contract: 15 months fixed term contract

They are currently looking for a Project Coordinator to lead our Age+ project for people living with HIV and over the age of 55.


LGBT Foundation are currently advertising for many different vacancies including for their fabulous new Indigo Gender Service

Pride in Ageing Officer (Events and Services)

LGBT Foundation is looking for a Pride in Ageing Officer who will assist the Pride in Ageing Manager with the running of our programme of work for over 50s. This role will ideally suit someone with lived experience as you will also help to maintain our relationships with wider community groups and organisations who are already working with over 50s in the region and work with LGBT Foundation’s Communications Team and local services to help our events programme find the widest possible audience.

Village Development Co-ordinator

LGBT Foundation are recruiting for the exciting position of Village Link Community Development Worker. We are looking for someone who can co-ordinate a number of local projects and support community groups and community members to get involved in LGBT life in Manchester (through online activities, small face-to-face groups and larger community events).

The link to the various roles is at


As you may be aware, it was announced just before Christmas by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor that a new helpline is being launched to support victims of crime who feel their crime wasn’t dealt with properly by GMP or they’ve not had the support they need. 

This is now live and a press release has been issued, which you can see here:

Information can also be found on the GM Victims’ Services website here: Greater Manchester Crime Support Line | Greater Manchester Victims’ Services (


It’s important to take time to check-in with how YOU feel!


It’s OK to feel anxious

It’s OK to feel worried

It’s OK to feel tired

YOU don’t have to go through this alone…

The LGBT Foundation are there if you need them: 0345 3 30 30 30


Don’t forget It would be really helpful if you could share any activity or initiatives that you are aware of within the LGBTQ+ Community so that I can promote and share across Greater Manchester with this LGBTQ+ Network: please send it over to me via email: –

As usual I want to reach out to any individuals, groups, charities, organisations – Everybody who receives this, to offer whatever help, support, knowledge I have including signposting to other organisations to help us all get through these unprecedented times. If I can help in any way drop me an email, call, text or What’s App me on 07974 003396 Social Media – all @CarlAustinBehan

#StaySafe XxX

Kind Regards

Carl Austin-Behan