LGBTQ+ Advisor’s Weekly Update

Friday, 16th October 2020

Written by Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL 

Afternoon Everybody,

Congratulations to Black Beetle Health who have been awarded Charity Status – I know how much work has been going on behind the scenes to achieve this fantastic milestone for the organisation, so I am personally so chuffed for the whole team!

Black Beetle Heath is a public health community organisation dedicated to promoting heath, 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. Their mission is to promote health through evidence-based resource development and signposting of LGBTQ+ services and support groups for people of colour throughout the UK.

To Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:

This week has been National Hate Crime Awareness Week
The awareness week has been an opportunity to bring people together, highlight Greater Manchester’s zero tolerance to hate crime and encourage both victims and witnesses to take a stand and report hate crime. No one should face hate, violence or abuse because of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, what they look like or what they believe.

If you’ve been a victim or witness of hate crime, report it and get support:

#NationalHCAW     #WeStandTogether

Save The Date – Pride Dates for 2021

Obviously 2020 has been a complete right-off for all LGBTQ+ Pride Events, who knows what the next 12 months has in store for us, however, lets try and give ourselves something to look forward to. Please see below the 2021 Greater Manchester Pride Date Calendar.

  • Bolton             17th – 19th September
  • Bury                 17th & 18th April
  • Manchester     27th 30th August
  • Oldham           T.B.C
  • Rochdale         T.B.C
  • Salford             19th June
  • Stockport        25th July
  • Tameside         17th July
  • Trafford           17th – 22nd May
  • Wigan              T.B.C

Pride Sports
Their basic aims are to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport and improve access to sport for LGBT+ people.
In working towards these goals, they:

  • Campaign for change
  • Educate
  • Promote good practice
  • Actively grow LGBT+ participation and satisfaction in sport

akt (The Albert Kennedy Trust)’s Black History Month content programme continues, championing LGBTQ+ black voices and sharing valuable resources for young people. You find out more by visiting

For Sober October Dean over at Gaydio is doing a survey about drugs and alcohol miss-use within the LGBTQ+ community to compile data ahead of a wider project.

Dean McCullough @thedeanlife

The next Gaydio Academy project is called ‘Recovery’ “How has lockdown affected you?

Are you worried about your relationship with alcohol and other substances because of it?

Gaydio wants YOU to take part in their upcoming project where They’ll be teaching you the skills and using the power of radio to tell YOUR stories 🗣📻

If you are LGBTQ+ and based in Greater Manchester, email to get involved ‼️“

Those who sign up will be creating pieces of thought-provoking audio that discuss different aspects of alcohol and drug abuse in our community, which will be broadcast on Gaydio. I want participants to be proud of what they learn and create, channelling their thoughts into positive outlets after a difficult year for everyone.

Fancy educating yourself and supporting The National Ambulance LGBT Network
If you get chance can you complete one of these CPD modules? Adam Williams has co-authored the HIV one, They are currently in 2nd place to West Midlands – lets help them get to first place 😊 It’s free until the end of October if you put you’re from North West Ambulance Service – Please support and you may learn something new.

We all know that COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges, but equally it has also created some exciting opportunities. Overcoming some of the challenges enabled pro-manchester into becoming a fully digitally enabled, efficient business with the technical ability to offer so much more than before.

As one of the Co-Chairs of the pro-manchester Equality Diversity & Inclusion committee and member of the LGBTQ+ working group, I have personally noticed that expanding the programme has brought with it more opportunities for members to get involved and support each other. More platforms to share advice, to network, connect and build new business relationships.

Click to find out more:

Or contact: Shaun Gibb | Events and Marketing Manager |  0161 817 3484 | 07964 577640 |

Friends of Dorothy has a ‘committee’ in Manchester which meets regularly to discuss what is happening with reference to the Charity (FOD) and to come up with ideas to plan for the coming months so we can all STAY CONNECTED.

Until the onslaught of the pandemic they were fortunate to have their ‘friends’ indoor meetings upstairs in the LGBT offices in the city centre. Sadly, they are no longer available as they have vacated the premises. However, they are actively looking for a new venue, with similar facilities, to continue enjoying the indoor meetings …when Covid-19 allows!
In the meantime, they do have their own Facebook page waiting for your postings.

Have you been on any interesting walks?… Tell them about them.
Do you enjoy photography?… Share your photos with them all.
Got any good recipes we can all try? …Do you write poetry?… They’d love to read it!!

Facebook Page – ‘Friends of Dorothy Manchester’

Unfortunately, as we are all only too aware, Coronavirus has caused a huge change in our everyday lives making it especially challenging for those who live on their own. Despite a few attempts to get together over the last several months they have been thwarted by the regulations/ recommendations and have been unable to put some FUN back into our lives.!

With this in mind, and in an attempt to ‘reach out’ to people who are finding life particularly difficult without that necessary social contact, they are inviting you to ‘call’ them if you would like someone to have a chat with about your personal situation…..preferably before 8pm…(John goes to bed early!!)!

if you would like some advice….. maybe they can help.
If you want to tell someone about your day…or your week …give them a call.
Maybe you’ve had some good news you’d like to share…or maybe you’re struggling with the present situation.
If you just want to talk about your favourite tv programme…….we’ve all seen plenty of those lately.
Maybe you just want someone to have a chat with if you haven’t spoken to anyone all day.! This would be strictly confidential.
There is also the possibility of putting you in touch with someone else who would like a ‘phone buddy’ to talk to on a more regular basis.
Paul Callaghan:  07776745232    John Cannon:  07930371005     Eileen Edmondson:  07778510379

Greater Manchester launches two major public consultations  

Last week Greater Manchester launched two major public consultations to get a wide range of views on the city-region’s plans to reduce harmful air pollution on local roads and introduce minimum standards for all taxis and private hire vehicles licensed in the area. 

People and businesses across the region and beyond are being invited to help shape the final plans by taking part in the consultations, which run from Thursday 8 October to 23:59 on Thursday 3 December 2020.

People can find out more and give their views at and, or request further support, including copies of consultation documentations, on 0161 244 1100. You can also visit our virtual engagement space or register to attend one of our webinars or come to a drop in sessions, you can find the dates and times here.

City Centre Transport Strategy consultation

We want you to help us shape the future of transport in the city centre. Since 2018 we’ve had many discussions with city centre residents, commuters, businesses and interest groups to learn how they want to travel into and around the centre of Greater Manchester, and how they would shape the next phase of improvements to roads, rail, tram, bus, bike, pedestrian and public spaces.

That’s why the proposed strategy reflects the strongest calls from these discussions, including those for more space for pedestrians and bikes, and cleaner, greener more sustainable travel options.

Alongside Manchester City Council and Salford City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester have launched a six-week consultation and want to make sure that our ambitions for city centre travel are right for you.

We’re asking for your views on seven ambitions to make city centre travel better:

  • make walking around easy and more pleasant
  • keep it clean and cut congestion
  • more and safer cycling
  • public transport that connects
  • smarter parking joined to other options
  • deliveries and unloading that don’t choke streets or air quality
  • technology that helps all this happen.

If you want to take part in the consultation, visit the webpage before 4 November 2020. You can also email at or telephone 0161 244 1100 for further information.

Job Vacancies:

Are you an experienced Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager looking for a new and challenging role?

6-month c £50K FTC role available in Manchester (potential discussions around perm for the right candidate). Call Andy Ball to discuss 07977 759027

Ideally looking for an experienced EDI lead with project manager qualifications who has the ability to interact at the highest level and drive through initiatives at pace.

Immediate start available for the successful candidate. Please send CV initially and then you can have a confidential discussion

Contact Theatre have production vacancies which can be found here:

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

The link to the roles is

Please see below an overview of the service and a fast summary of each role.

The Service

Indigo Gender Service, a new NHS adult gender service pilot, will be launching in Greater Manchester later this year. Indigo will provide the services offered by the seven existing gender identity clinics, but in a non-specialised and primary care setting. This service is a collaborative approach, setting the national standard for a pioneering, localised and person-centred primary care led partnership that enables trans, non-binary and gender variant people to reach their full potential.

For further information about Indigo, please see the announcement about the service here

Care Navigator Supervisor

The Care Navigator Supervisor will oversee a coordinated approach of essential practical support, non-clinical advice and advocacy to individuals who are accessing or wishing to access the service. The Care Navigator Supervisor will ensure that all administration undertaken by Care Navigators takes a consistent, empathetic and trans-affirmative approach throughout the service.

Salary:                         £26,855 (+10% Pension)

Hours:                           37hrs

Special Terms:              2 years fixed term (with potential to extend subject to contract)

Accountable to:           Indigo Gender Service Manager (LGBT Foundation)

Accountable for:          Care Navigators x6

Care Navigator (x6)

The Care Navigator is a duel aspect role. Care Navigators will provide a coordinated approach of essential practical support, non-clinical advice and advocacy to individuals who are accessing or wishing to access the service. Care Navigators will also undertake administration for the service to ensure a consistent, empathetic and trans-affirmative approach throughout the service that is informed by the needs and experiences of trans and non-binary people.

Salary:                            £23,823 (10% Pension)

Hours:                            37hrs

Special Terms:              2 years fixed term (with potential to extend subject to contract)

Accountable to:           Care Navigator Supervisor (LGBT Foundation)

Speech and Language Therapist

The post holder will provide a speech and language therapy service, also known as “voice & communication” or “voice coaching” for trans and non-binary people at the Indigo Gender Service in Greater Manchester. The post requires a flexible working pattern, with some longer days and weekend working. In collaboration with the Lead Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and the multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will assess, treat and manage their own caseload as well as providing clinical support to others on speech and language therapy issues.

Salary:                            £31,457 (+10% Pension)

Hours:                            37hrs

Special Terms:             Fixed term 2 years

Accountable to:           Indigo Gender Service Manager & Lead Consultant Speech and Language therapist (clinical)

Accountable for:          Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

The post holder will help to deliver a speech and language therapy service, also known as “voice coaching”, and “voice & communication” for trans people at the Indigo Trans Health service in Greater Manchester. Under the direct and indirect supervision of qualified speech and language therapy staff. The post requires a flexible working pattern, with some longer days and weekend working.

Salary:                            £20,953 (+10% pension)

Hours:                            37hrs

Special Terms:              Fixed term 2 years

Accountable to:           Speech and Language Therapist

Bury Voluntary Community and Faith Alliance are recruiting a Funding and Development Officer

on a secondment or 12-month fixed-term basis.

The role is funded through Forever Manchester Large Grants Fund and is key to our vision of a Bury where communities are resilient and are supported by coordinated community action.

This role requires an individual who is passionate about making a difference within Bury, who want to support a range of community groups within the borough of Bury and its diverse communities.

You will work directly with community groups identifying funding opportunities, supporting groups to write funding applications/bids, advise on issues of governance along with helping to set up new groups and link them to broader services of Bury VCFA and our social prescribing team, The Beacon Service

You will also work with volunteers and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCF) organisations across the borough to:

  • respond to the needs of residents brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic
  • identify community-based assets and opportunities
  • work with VCSE organisations to develop activities and services to generate aspiration and confidence in the neighbourhood
  • help support community groups to drive change through constructive social action

The Funding and Development Worker (Small Groups) will act as the link between communities and a range of other public sector, the VCF and social enterprise sector, and businesses. To download the application pack please click on the link below

If you would like an informal chat, please contact Neil Gibson 07935 755 029

Interviews for this post will be held on week commencing 2nd November, 2020

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