LGBTQ+ Advisor’s Weekly Update

Monday, 12th April 2021

Written by Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL 

Afternoon All,

Greater Manchester Mayoral Election 2021: LGBT Hustings Tickets, Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

People are more than welcome to submit their questions to the candidates ahead of the event via this form too

Covid-19 Certification (passports)

The Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel has secured an extension to the Government’s consultation on its Covid-19 Certification scheme via the Cabinet Office and is now trying to gather views from the disabled community and other communities who have a specific interest in the use of these passports.

More information: Government asks for views on Covid-19 certification – GOV.UK (
Share your views:

Deadline: 12 April 2021

To Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:

Proud 2 B Parents Monthly Newsletter:

LGBT Foundation Are you a future LGBT leader?

They’ve got some incredible opportunities to join their amazing team!
Take a look at some of the positions we’re hiring for right now:

Michael Petch from LGBT Foundation has been working with Stonewall, Mermaids, GIRES and Jayne Ozanne on research looking into the experiences of Gender Identity Conversion Therapy. The report from this survey was launched last week and can be found linked below. It can be a challenging read in places and was emotionally challenging to work with the data for a multitude of reasons, however they feel really honoured to amplify these experiences and they are proud to have been involved in one of the many campaigns working towards banning conversion therapy.

If you feel able to share this report or the campaign to email your MP on Banning Conversion Therapy for all LGBT people, then please do so. If you wish to include trigger warnings for the report when sharing then I would suggest including warnings for transphobia, abuse, violence, sexual abuse, mental health, self-harm, disordered eating, substance abuse and suicide depending on the nature of the group you are sharing this with, and additionally these warnings also apply to yourselves if you do not feel able to process this today/at all.

Here is the link for Stonewall’s release statement which has the report and a link to the email campaign also:

akt with Shelter are recruiting for a Grow Trainee case worker based in Manchester they are really eager to here from young LBGTQ+ people who have lived experience of homelessness and especially those who may have used their service or other similar services.

They have a drop session for any young people who may be interested in applying next week to find out more.

Tuesday 13th April, 2.30-4pm – Zoom (akt based GROW Traineeship) –

Lesbian and Bi Women’s Walking Group

They are a walking and social group for lesbian and bisexual women. All walks will be offered on a volunteer basis in the North West, so if you have a walk you would like to offer, that would be great. The walks can be easy or hard, and they will endeavour to cater for all abilities. They may also offer social events, such as meals out etc., as the group evolves. Join them to enjoy fun walks and good company.

I am compiling an up-to-date list of LGBTQ+ & Ally’s Sports Clubs / Groups / Organisations Across Greater Manchester, if you are aware of any organisations (even if you think I may already have these details) it would be great if you could send me any details you have, whether that’s an email contact, a website, twitter or Facebook it would really help me with an updated mapping exercise I am carrying out. Thank You 😊

The first purpose-built Extra Care scheme for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in the UK was first announced by Manchester City Council in 2017, following years of discussions with LGBT Foundation and LGBT community members.

LGBT Foundation received a grant from Homes England’s Community Housing Fund in 2020 to map the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and involve them in the development and management of Manchester City Council’s LGBT-affirmative Extra Care Scheme. One aspect of the project was to gather the learning behind the development of the scheme.

This journal starts by considering the need for housing specifically for older LGBT people and reviews the timeline of the development of the LGBT-majority Extra Care Scheme in Manchester.

The journal then captures the learning gained under six themes and highlights the forces at play which will be useful for others interested in developing housing for older LGBT people:

The Learning Journal will live on LGBT Foundation’s website so we can continue to track our learning over the coming years.

Older LGB participants Info sheet & data management

Consortium supports LGBT+ Groups and Organisations for Stronger LGBT+ Communities

They send out regular Funding News to keep their Members updated on the latest funding opportunities for the LGBT+ community and voluntary organisations.
They’ve organised the funds below according to deadline.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is seeking organisations to host and facilitate the following panels:
LGBTQ+ Equality Panel
Women and Girls Equality Panel
Race Equality Panel
Faith Advisory Panel
Older Peoples Equality Panel

Organisations are invited to tender for all, some or one of the panels.
The role of the panels is to:

  • Champion Greater Manchester’s cultural heritage and history of community inclusion and social justice
  • Advise the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Lead for Ageing and Equalities of the challenges and opportunities faced by people linked to their identity
  • Constructively challenge political and system leaders for tackling prejudice and discrimination within their organisations and structures
  • Proactively support the GMCA and its public, private and voluntary sector partners to develop effective solutions that tackle inequality and increase equity.

Find out more 
Deadline: Friday 30th April 2021

With the prospect of lockdown easing and all the re-openings planned in the Gay Village and beyond:
Canal-St VIP Card have decided to offer their card holders the opportunity to offer you, the opportunity to buy a new card and receive another designated one FREE OF CHARGE.
Long-time card holders will know that they normally offer this every January and have decided to launch this for the month of April, in order to help you enjoy money saving benefits all year and to also help support their partner businesses who have battled through the pandemic and survived to welcome you asap.

They also have 50 offers only available online with unique codes for you to use at all times.

How will it work? Once they receive a notification of your new card,  STILL JUST £16, they will then ask you nominate your preferred 2nd card holder and they will then set it up at their end, with NO EXTRA COST to you.
They have sadly lost a few card partners in the last 12 months but have also added several new traders with deals for you to enjoy, with more in prospect through 2021.
Click here to buy today.
Benefits of the Canal-St VIP Card: The Canal-St VIP Card is specifically developed for the LGBT community and its friends.
Your VIP Card delivers fantastic discounts and offers in over 170 venues in Manchester including LGBT venues, restaurants, bars, retail and professional services.
Currently with over 170 deals/offers, many valid for up to 4 people, you can really treat yourself, your friends and keep your bank balance happy!

Friends of Dorothy – Winners of the Photographic Competition
They had a great turnout for their most recent photographic competition with 39 entries. The judge remarked about the quality of the photos.

The winner of the first prize (£50) goes to Eileen Edmondson

The winner of the second prize (£30) goes to Anthony Kelly.

The winner of the third prize (£20) goes to Mark Allsop.

For more details of Friends of Dorothy contact John on M: 07930371005

Football Returns for Manchester’s Inclusive Club

Manchester’s gay and inclusive football club, Village Manchester FC, has announced the return to training and competitive fixtures as part of the Government’s road map of easing Covid-19 restrictions.

The club marks its 25th anniversary this year and was formed to give gay and bi guys a safe, welcoming place to play and support football. It’s still providing that welcoming environment, but has grown, attracting trans players and also an increasing number of straight allies attracted by the club’s inclusive ethos.

There are four teams covering the full range of abilities. The first and second teams compete in the Lancashire and Cheshire League on Saturday afternoons, whilst the third and fourth teams play in the Manchester Amateur Sunday Football League on Sunday mornings. They also compete in the national Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) Cup, which is made up of LGBTQ+ teams from around the country. The club made it to last year’s Cup final before the first lockdown, which will be played as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.

Training for new players is on Wednesdays at 7pm at Trinity Sports Centre, close to the University of Manchester and MMU. New players are welcome, anyone interested should read the information and complete the short form at

Training normally consists of a warm-up, some stretches, some football/fitness drills, and usually finishes with a game. Keen new players can usually be playing in matches within a couple of weeks, and with four league games every weekend, there’s plenty of football for everyone. To encourage new players to turn up and give training a go, it’s free for your first month.

Matches and training are with full COVID precautions and, because of the lockdowns, this year’s season has been extended into the summer.

Contact VMFC now if you are interested in attending training for the first time.

QUEER CONTACT IS ON THE WAY and is happening Thursday 29 April – Saturday 1 May, and they’re looking forward to seeing many of you join them virtually at their annual festival of all thing’s LGBTQ+.

Full Details:

Check out their exciting membership offer which includes discounts and free ticket deals.

Book your Queer Contact tickets.

LGBTQ+ Positive Voices Exhibition

LGBTQ+ artists and creatives are invited to contribute to an online exhibition, launching in June 2021, as a celebration of their positive experiences, lives and perspectives.

Contributors aged 18 and over are welcome to submit visual or audio art and creative works to the LGBTQ+ Positive Voices exhibition. Contributions from amateur, hobby, DIY artists, crafters and creatives, those who do not consider themselves to be artists or creatives, and those who have never submitted to an exhibition before are especially welcome.

Ash Green, exhibition organiser, who is a Surrey based creative and also a Committee member for a national LGBTQ+ Network, said: “This is partly inspired by my experience of visiting LGBTQ+ exhibitions, and engaging with collection items and art works that helped me gain a better understanding of myself by seeing others like me represented in them. At the same time, some of the personal stories shared alongside exhibition items made me feel as if I had a positive future as a trans/gender non-conforming bisexual person. I want this exhibition to be a space that will allow other people to share and experience creative works that are a positive reflection of being an LGBTQ+ person.
The call for submissions is now open and closes on 31st May 2021, with the online exhibition opening mid-June 2021.

The North West LGBTQ+ Business Awards

The LGBTQ+ community contributes enormously to the economy of the North West of England thanks to the creativity,

ingenuity and resilience of its members. Despite this, our diverse community is often overlooked when it comes to awards season each year. The North West LGBTQ+ Business Awards will be an opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of LGBTQ+ people in business and commerce in our region after what has been an unprecedentedly difficult twelve months following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Join us for an evening of celebration when we give thanks to our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters for making our region such a fantastic and opportunity-filled place to call home.

Date: Thursday 16th September

Venue: Heatherfield House, Wirral

Applications are now open until 30th July 2021

The Greater Manchester Independent Inequalities Commission Report

The Independent Inequalities Commission was launched in October 2020 with a six-month mission to examine inequalities across the city-region, consider how they should be tackled and outline specific, ambitious recommendations. Their findings highlight a range of progressive actions already being taken in Greater Manchester and elsewhere and consider how they can be embedded within public service delivery at all levels, responding to the immediate challenges of the pandemic and pivoting towards new ways of doing things in the future.

Read the report: The Next Level: Good Lives for All in Greater Manchester (

More information: Independent Inequalities Commission – Greater Manchester Combined Authority (

Today is the launch of a new resource is called Reach Out: Stay S.T.R.O.N.G and has been created to provide information, support, and advice on how to manage suicidal thoughts and where to get support. As you will know, suicidal thoughts are often seen as negative. It’s important for us to normalise conversations around this and also acknowledge that sometimes the thoughts on suicide can often be helpful for individuals too. For example, when things are difficult, knowing there is a way out can often be comforting to some.

Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service is joining Greater Manchester Bereavement Service

From 1 April 2021, Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service is merging with Greater Manchester Bereavement Service. The joined-up service, delivered by Six Degrees Social Enterprise, will now only be known as Greater Manchester Bereavement Service.

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service offers support for people who have been bereaved or affected by a death, no matter the cause of death or how long it’s been. The Service has dedicated suicide bereavement practitioners to ensure that those bereaved or affected by suicide can speak to someone who will have a greater understanding of what they may be going through and help them access appropriate support.

The service also provides support for professionals or those seeking advice for others.

The contact details for Greater Manchester Bereavement Service can be found below. Please update your records as the old telephone number for Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service will not be in use from 1 April 2021.

0161 983 0902 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

GMBS Poster 2021

Social Media Pack

Please help us raise awareness of Greater Manchester Bereavement Service on your social media channels using the posts and graphics below:

Greater Manchester Bereavement Service social media pack

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please contact

Free training:

Gender Based Abuse Strategy:

The Greater Manchester Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women & Girls

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has published proposals for a ‘Gender Based Abuse Strategy: The Greater Manchester Strategy to Tackle Violence Against Women & Girls’. In light of the tragic death of Sarah Everard and the urgency to address gender based abuse, the public are being asked to provide their feedback on the Greater Manchester proposals to make sure it has sufficiently captured the right issues and how to address them before going to a full public consultation in May 2021. Greater Manchester Combined Authority has been developing the ambitious and transformative 10-year Strategy to provide a comprehensive and responsive service to improve the safety of the mainly women and girls who are victims of gender based abuse. It also aims to challenge the attitudes and inequalities that promote it and enable those perpetrators who want to change to do so.

Read more:

Take part:

Deadline for feedback: 18 April 2021

Women’s Health Strategy: Call for Evidence

Government has launched a call for evidence seeking to collect views on women’s health.

Take part: Women’s Health Strategy: Call for Evidence – GOV.UK (

Deadline: 30 May 2021

Researchers at The University of Manchester are looking to hear from LGBT people who have been through a same-sex divorce or civil partnership dissolution.

There is a real lack of information and resources for people going through a same-sex divorce, and the project at UoM is hoping to help fill the gap. If you have been through a same-sex divorce or civil partnership dissolution and would like to talk to them or fill out a quick survey, please get in touch with James Hodgson – – all information will be confidential and anonymized as part of the project.

Sexual health services in Salford survey 

Do you live in Salford?  This is your opportunity to win £40 of shopping vouchers.

Please take a few minutes to help improve sexual health and family planning services by completing a quick survey, whether you currently use sexual health services or not.  Services include contraception, the treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV testing and treatment.

Salford City Council’s public health team and NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group are asking both young people and adults to help shape the future of services. All information will be kept confidential and will only be used to highlight people’s priorities for future services.

The survey closes on Friday 16 April, 2021 and you can have your say at




 Centre for Ageing Better

The charity is looking for people aged 50-70 who are willing to talk on camera about later life. The aim is to make a series of short videos that tell stories around health, money and finance, social lives and connections. Filming will take place in person (Covid safe) during April and will take a couple of hours. The Centre are keen to capture the experiences of the breadth of the population.

Get involved:

Are you carrying out innovative work to tackle LGBT health inequalities? 

The AHSN Network and LGBT Foundation have joined forces to launch a nationwide call for innovations to help address health inequalities facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

Ground-breaking and inspiring examples of work in this area will be showcased in a new report to be published later this year, which will share best practice so that it can be spread more widely across health and care services.

The call for innovations closes on Monday 19 April 2021. Visit the AHSN Network website for more information and to submit details of your innovation.

Manchester Disabled People’s Engagement Panel – 14 Paid Positions Available

Easy read:

Applications are now open for individuals to join the new Manchester Disabled People’s Engagement Panel. Members of the panel will use their lived experience of disability to ensure that Manchester’s services and businesses do not create unexpected barriers to disabled people. It aims to be a ‘go-to’ group where key organisations from across public services and businesses in the city will come to get advice on being more inclusive.

Applicants need to live or work in the city of Manchester. Also to either identify as a disabled person, or as having a long term health condition. Members will receive £65 for each monthly panel meeting they take part in and £40 for each monthly peer meeting attended.

More information on how to apply is in the attached and on their website at the link below. The website includes information on joining in easy read, British Sign Language, audio and Braille file:

Direct link to easy read:

If you or someone you know requires the application information in a different format or language, please contact Elaine who is also very happy to chat with people or groups about any of this. Office Phone: 0161 234 3960 Mobile: 07800 557 053 Text Service: 07939 943383

People can apply to join in their preferred format or language by Tuesday 6thApril 

GM Equality Alliance Bulletin, No.14 April 2021

(GM=EqAl) e-bulletin which contains a roundup of updates and information of the equalities work happening in Greater Manchester.

Sunday 21st March 2021 Was the day to fill out CENSUS 2021

For the first time in history the census is asking questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. I know some people may feel unsure about sharing this information, but I urge you all to make sure you are counted and let’s ensure our voices are heard. Completing the census will help improve funding across Greater Manchester and make sure the right services are available for all within LGBTQ+ Communities, Lets be part of history, complete your census and let’s be #ProudToBeCounted. Twitter @Census2021

Also for anyone who is not out in their household you can request to input your details separately:  The link to use if you need a separate access code is:

– It’s not too late to complete your census if you haven’t yet filled it in, please complete as soon as possible.

– Website

– Field Teams are now operating across Greater Manchester and might call at your house to remind you to compete.

– General Reminder of all the good stuff about why it’s really important to complete the census – helps plan transport, education, healthcare and all other services we all use within our communities.

I have been asked to share the following:

My name is Liz Wands-Murray and I am a PhD research student at the University of York. I am contacting you to ask for help with reaching potential participants for my research. I am currently carrying out research to consider how inclusive (or not) generic community based social care services, groups and organisations are for older lesbian, gay & bisexual people. My research is funded through the School for Social Care Research.

I want to understand the experiences of people who access these types of groups or services and those who work or volunteer in them through informal interviews and a focus group. I am hoping that this will result in some clear information these services and groups can use to be more inclusive going forward by understanding the experiences of engaging with these groups or organisations.

Groups or services might include formal service provision but can also include hobby, interest or craft groups or sessions, activities designed to help with social isolation or loneliness, funded or free groups or services – anything that a person over 50 might access within their local community. These do not need to be LGBTQ+ or older people specific services.

I am hoping to find people aged 50+ who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual and use or have used community-based services, groups or organisations and/or people who work or volunteer in community-based services, groups or organisations. I would like to ask that you kindly forward my email to any groups, services or organisations that are part of your CVS organisation.

I have attached two information sheets which give some further details about my research. One is for older people and the other is for staff who work or volunteer in community-based services, groups or organisations.

I am happy to come along (virtually currently) to groups to talk about what the research is about and what taking part involves, or alternatively have my contact details shared with people.

I would be extremely grateful if you would be able to share this email with any forums, people, groups, online or in person networks that may include people who would like to take part in my research.

The more we understand about how these types of services, groups and organisations can be inclusive, the better we can meet people’s needs going forward.

Service participants Info sheet & data management (1)

Please feel free to come back to me if you have any further questions.

Best wishes

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Also, 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.

#StaySafe XxX

Kind Regards

Carl Austin-Behan