LGBTQ+ Advisor’s Weekly UpdateFriday, 18th March 2022
Mermaids, leading UK LGBTQ+ charities and Good Law Project appeal the LGB Alliance’s charity status:
The Charity Commission’s decision to give the controversial LGB Alliance charitable status has been met with disbelief and sorrow by LGBTQ+ people across the UK. They have now lodged an appeal against that decision, supported by LGBT+ Consortium, Gendered Intelligence, LGBT Foundation and TransActual. To read more and sign the petition:
Read the weekly newsletter from Canal St Manchester:
LGBTQ+ Weekly Bulletin from Reach (Manchester Evening News)
Update from The Proud Trust: Job Opportunities, School Resources & Digital Support….
Proud 2 B Parents Monthly Newsletter:
Black Beetle Health Newsletter:
Being Queer isn’t about competition. It’s about community! With each individual person on their own journey, the work they do at Black Beetle Health is all about inspiring and enabling LGBTQ+ People of Colour to reach their fullest potential. They do this in a way that best aligns with their capacity, values, and principles, and brings them vibrance and energy.
LGBT+ Consortium Newsletter:
LGBT+ Consortium Funding Oportunities:
Pride Season 2022: Save The Date….
Bury Pride: Saturday 30th April
Bolton Pride: T.B.C
Didsbury Pride: Saturday 3rd September
Levenshulme Pride: 12th – 14th August
Manchester Pride: Friday 26th – Monday 29th August
Oldham Pride: 22nd – 24th July
Rochdale in Rainbows:25th June – 2nd July
Salford – The Pink Picnic: Saturday 25th June
Sparkle Weekend: Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July
Stockport: 31st July
Pride in Trafford: 17th – 21st May
Whally Range – Pride On The Range: 6th – 8th May
Wigan: Saturday 13th August
Submerge Festival 2022:
A giant latex pig giving birth to human-sized piglets is coming to Manchester this week!
It’s called ‘Pigpen’ and it’s part of the Submerge, a citywide festival of radical international performance and visual art in greater Manchester.
Taking place in iconic venues across Greater Manchester, Submerge Festival presents its first festival of experimental international performance, music and visual art in the North, 8-27 March, with artists from across the globe, alongside the next generation of UK creatives.
Saeborg and Zubin Kanga are amongst the international artists from over 10 countries bringing UK and world premieres to the first Submerge Festival in the North which launched on International Women’s Day (8th March) with a packed out a immersive audio-visual installation in Mayfield Depot All Things Equal by artists Urban Projections (Rebecca Smith) and Loraine James
Continuing this week, festival highlights include: the UK premiere of Pigpen (19 March), an installation by Saeborg (Japan), which sees a giant latex pig give birth to a litter of human-sized piglets; Cyborg Soloists: The Body Electric (18 March), a series of intimate world premieres presented by Zubin Kanga (Australia) combining classical piano with cutting-edge performance art and digital instruments; and Will You Marry Me? (19 March), a site-specific performance pasted onto a billboard in the Northern Quarter, exposing the illegal practices in our daily lives.
Other performances include a queer dance double bill in Salford Lads Club (22 March) with choreography from Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy) and Thick and Tight, Jamal Gerald’s sex-positive-dance-party-cum-performance Jumbie at HOME (23-26 March), and The Ten Commandments at the Lowry by the legendary David Hoyle (23 March).
The concurrent club night and gig programme features genre pushing artists including 2 Pigs Under 1 Umbrella (Austria), Cakes Da Killa (USA), Blood Williams (Germany) and GÆRALD (Belgium); plus immersive experiences, workshops and lectures throughout the three weeks exploring everything from gender and queer theory to the politics of breastfeeding and social care.
Quote from Mike Pony, Artistic Director of Submerge:
Manchester is known internationally as a hotbed for innovation, experimentation and radical artistic expression; it’s the perfect new home for Submerge Festival.
Submerge 2022 runs 8 – 27 March in venues across Greater Manchester. www.submerge.me
HolyT Dragged UP Presents: DRAG ME TO THE O2 Ritz Manchester: June 1st Launching Pride Month 2022
In support of The LGBT Foundation and George House Trust! Starring Cheryl Hole, Choriza May, Divina De Campo, Tia Kofi, Vanity Milan, Anna Phylactic, Bar Pop Show Team, Belinda Scandal, Cheddar Gorgeous, Danny Beard, KY Kelly, Misty Chance & Sandra London!
100% of the profit is being donated to VLBA’s £100k target!
Tickets on sale NOW: www.holyt.net
After a very difficult couple of years for everyone, Bury Pride has a new location for 2022. They still have all the stalls, entertainment, funfair and of course thier famous Walking Rainbow Parade, to celebrate diversity and our communities in such a great Town on Saturday 30th April at the Drill Hall, Bury.
This year, they have also launched their new Bury Pride Store:
Here you can book your stalls, full- and half-page adverts in their Pride Magazine as well as book advertising space and sponsorship.
If you are a community group or organisation, you can also book your stall and register yourselves for the parade, which they plan to be louder and prouder than ever.
If you want to book, please follow the link attached, or if you have any questions or want to speak to David, feel free to drop him an email: email@example.com
Keeping Bury Pride free is our priority as it should be for everyone, so you can also donate to our Charity the Bury LGBTQI+ Forum, which is also supporting the funding of the event.
Thanks in advance for your support for Bury Pride, together we will make sure it is the best one yet!
Salford City Radio: Small Request…
Their community radio station is at risk of closure due to lack of funding, so they’ve launched a crowdfunder campaign to help to keep it
Open, they don’t like asking for donations and especially at this time when everyone’s bills are increasing so much, and they are all trying to help so many others. They know not everyone is able to donate, but you can still be a big help to them by sharing their crowdfunder link on your social media and/or to your contact lists.
Stockport LGBT+ PLUS Active relaunch:
Date: Saturday 19th March 2022 at 12.30PM
Meet at: Mersey Square in front of One Stockport Hub (formerly Argos)
Please try your best to support their next activity this coming Saturday as they aim to develop this as a successful subgroup with regular activities.
Whatever the weather it will be a fantastic opportunity to socialise with their members outside of their typical monthly Social setting.
Make friends and enjoy the adventure of investigating new places both rurally and inner-city in and around Stockport, Manchester and beyond.
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum:
Next session: Thursday 24th March 2022 at 7.00PM
Medium: Zoom – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Now meeting bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) on zoom, if you are interested in joining and supporting them please add yourself to the Spectrum Whatsapp or Facebook group to access the zoom invitation or email email@example.com
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum Website – Find out more!
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum WhatsApp
LGBT+ PLUS Spectrum Facebook
LGBT+ PLUS Big Monthly Social & Annual General Meeting
Next social: Thursday 13th April 2022 at 7.00PM
Venue: Cafe SQ, 59 St Petersgate, Stockport SK1 1DH
A short meeting will be held during the social to allow us to elect our executive committee for the next 12 months.
If you feel enthusiastic about LGBT+ PLUS and would like to get more involved with managing the group, and help develop future strategy, then please nominate yourself via the online form below.
We are looking to further diversify the committee in regards to age, gender and ethnicity and this year we have created 4 extra positions/roles which means we have a total of 11 positions to fill. All positions are vacant at the AGM and persons will be elected to those positions from the nominations we receive.
Simply select the role which most interests you via this online form to submit your nomination… Online Nomination Form
You Are Invited: Uplifting Our Communities – Manchester’s Community Participation Event (22nd March 2022)
Dear Manchester Resident
Are you interested in hearing about how people in Manchester are taking part in decision making and activities that improve local neighbourhoods, strengthen communities and build an even better Manchester?
Would you like to meet with local inspirational people who are making a difference and want to share their experience with you?
Would you like to engage in a community Q&A and learn about how you can get involved in Manchester?
Join residents from across Manchester for a hot drink and some cake on Tuesday 22nd March 2022, 17:45 – 20:00 p.m.
The Atrium, Manchester Art Gallery, Moseley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Book your place now to attend – There are limited places
The fourth prestigious Maggie’s Costume Ball will be at the fabulous 5* Lowry Hotel on Saturday 26th March.
This unique event is recreating history and is based on one of the region’s most glamorous events from 1828, where generous philanthropists from around the North West, including the Lord Mayor and the Home Secretary John Peel, attended an extravagant ball to raise money for a local charity. The scene was captured in an oil painting by artist Arthur Perigal and currently hangs in Salford Art Gallery.
The short YouTube video below gives a flavour of the evening and showcases just how much fun the last Costume Ball was and how glamorous everyone looked at the event. https://youtu.be/XWxRqIciSkA
Tickets are £99 and include a delicious three course dinner, entertainment, cabaret act, DJ and dancing to 1am.
Costumes can be hired from The Royal Exchange Costume Department which covers all historical periods at a rate of £50 which includes all accessories. Chad’s in Cheadle is also an option at £20 and guests are also welcome to attend in their own period/glamorous outfit.
Do please join us for this unique event to support the Manchester Maggie’s Centre who are there to support anyone with cancer and their family and friends by providing practical, psychological and emotional advice.
Details of how to reserve your place or table are on the flyer attached and the video and please circulate to your friends. Thank you to those who have attended before and hope to see you again on this special evening
Also – If you have any Raffle Prizes or Auction Prizes you are able to donate for this amazing charity, or you want more details – please get in touch with me: Carl@Austin-Behan.uk
#WeStandTogether Affiliate Awards
#WeStandTogether is giving away £12,500 in funding to its affiliates in Greater Manchester!
Up to £2,500 to the project with the greatest impact;
up to £1,000 to 5 further projects and up to £500 to 10 more.
The Awards are only available for #WeStandTogether Affiliates based in Greater Manchester. If you are not affiliated, get affiliated today via our website.
Deadline to Apply: TODAY
18th March 2022
Announcement of Awards:
May 2022 with presentations at our Conference at the end of May.
Apply for their Affiliate Award in four easy steps:
Get Affiliated with #WeStandTogether.
Run a #WeStandTogether event.
Evaluate the activity.
Fill out the online application on our website
Find out more at: https://www.westandtogether.org.uk/affiliate
Jez Dolan and David Martin working as Initiative Arts are working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver Legacy of ’67. In this project they want to capture the stories of LGBTQ+ people who were young adults in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1967 the law in England and Wales changed to partially decriminalise homosexual acts between men. This led to a major change for some people and had no effect at all on others. If you were a young adult then, did this affect your life – if it did, how?
They’re interested in talking to men, women and trans people who were around at the time. Your stories will be recorded for posterity in Archives+ at Manchester Libraries and will be the subject matter for a specially commissioned play, an exhibition, and a walking tour of the city.
They also want to recruit and train a team of volunteers to capture these stories of before and after the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, recording the social and historical impact of this legislation. They will be offering training in oral history techniques towards the end of April.
If you’d like to get involved, details can be found on their website: https://www.initiativearts.co.uk/legacy-of-67.html or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d like to introduce you to the Cowgills North West Homebuilder Awards which is taking place on the 9th June 2022. The event is the first of its kind in not just the North West but the UK, specifically acknowledging the hard work being undertaken by SMEs to meet the region’s housing requirements. The website link is here if you’d like to find out more. https://www.northwesthomebuilderawards.co.uk/
The evening will be completely different to the traditional black tie and dinner format, taking a more casual and exciting approach. Think really good quality sharing platters and Haçienda vibes. Held at the iconic Albert Hall, They have some particularly unique and high-profile entertainment arranged for the evening. Hosted by Jenny Powell and will also be joined by legendary Haçienda DJ, Graeme Park.
Nominations opened on 1st February
All categories available will be open exclusively for entry by SMEs with the awards focusing on the work being completed by homebuilders and developers in the North West from March 31st 2021 to March 31st 2022. Nominations will close on the 25th March.
One of the awards celebrates those organisations or individuals that are fostering change in the diversity and inclusion space.
I would love to see some entries from the sector who are from the LGBTQ+ Community. Please note that this award is not restricted to housebuilders or developers and also covers professional services firms, consultants, community groups or any individual or businesses involved in any related project or initiative. https://www.northwesthomebuilderawards.co.uk/
As part of the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, Oldham Coliseum were a recipient of the Network’s Progress Bursary supporting LGBTQ+ projects across the region. For their project they partnered up with the Proud Trust’s ‘Youth Out in Oldham’ group to support an artist in the development of their own craft, to deliver six creative sessions for the group.
‘Youth Out in Oldham’ is a youth group based in Oldham that supports young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, or those questioning their gender or sexuality aged between 13-19. Having met with the group online, it became clear that many members were interested in the creation of music, specifically Metal music, as an artform they could see themselves pursuing. With this in mind,they appointed musician Will Walton as the recipient of the Bursary.
After a few thinking and jamming sessions with Will and Coliseum staff, the young people decided to write a pirate metal song, cherishing the opportunity to talk about the things that they’re passionate about as young LGBT+ people. The song has now grown into an album concept, with another song written waiting to be recorded, and album art in the works.
They have absolutely loved working on The Progress Bursary over the past few months. What has been most impressive to them at the Coliseum is the new ways in which this project has helped them work with young people, from drama to different forms of music.
Thanks go out to the staff at The Proud Trust, the LGBT Foundation, Will Walton, and especially the wonderful young people who contributed to creating the songs.
Stockport Answer Cancer Outreach
They have a new project starting in February called ‘Stockport Answer Cancer’ targeting men of African and Caribbean descent living in Stockport & Manchester. The aim is to raise awareness about prostate and bowel cancers, have a better understanding of signs and symptoms to look out for, and how and where to get tested.
They’ll be delivering workshops virtually with professional health practitioners/specialists, as well as community pop up events.
For more info on how you can get involved visit their website – https://risingstarsnw.com/answer-cancer-outreach/
BLUE TALK: 29th March 2022, between 2pm and 3.30pm at Manchester Cathedral.
The Ocean covers 70% of the surface of the Earth and it’s our planets largest biosphere.
We depend on it: it produces 50% of the oxygen we breath and absorbs 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions.
However, it remains largely unknown: only 19% of the seabed is mapped and its potential in terms of biotechnology is huge.
If the Ocean provides natural resources and proteins; if its natures biodiversity; if it is a source on renewable energy; if it acts as a buffer to reduce damage from extreme climate events; if it is an amazing place for tourism and recreation, then we must act to protect and restore it. Our life depends on this.
Science is clear: the ocean is facing unprecedented threats that must be addressed. If we act properly, then, those threats may become sustainable opportunities for blue growth and oceanic jobs, especially in coastal countries like the UK or Portugal.
For these reasons, Portugal and Kenya are co-hosting the 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference, in Lisbon, in late June. This conference comes at a critical moment as the world is stepping up its efforts to mobilize, create and drive solutions to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Manchester Cathedral and the Consulate General of Portugal in Manchester are co-organizing a Blue Talk on these issues, to raise awareness and listen to your thoughts.
This Blue Talk will take place on 29th March 2022, between 2pm and 3.30pm at the Cathedral.
Sanitary measure will apply. To register for this event- please go to https://bluetalk.eventbrite.co.uk
Speakers will include, among others, the United Nations Secretary General Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson.
For more info contact:
0161 2375094 / email@example.com
I’ve Been Clare Summerskill!
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May at Brewers, Manchester, 4 Canal Street, 7.30pm.
A celebratory evening of songs and comedy presented by the legendary lesbian singer-songwriter and comedienne
Tickets available on the door and from Outsavvy Website:
‘One of the most rip-roaring talents on the lesbian stage today’ Rainbow Network
‘A lesbian Victoria Wood!’ Women’s Hour BBC Radio 4
Clare Summerskill is a stand-up, a singer-songwriter, an actress, and a playwright. In her latest show, I’ve Been Clare Summerskill, she combines her comedy and song-writing talents to reflect upon her long career as what she terms ‘a professional lesbian’! Her humour is warm and welcoming and often far too close to the bone. Audience members of any age, sexual orientation or gender identity will relish her unique take on matters of love and lust, marriage and divorce, and middle-aged worries and wisdom.
‘Engaging and Charming’ Time Out.
‘One of the funniest women in the UK’ What’s On
Jonathan Schofield Tours – This Saturday’s (10.30am, 19 March) Secrets of Chapel Street and Greengate tour. it’s now 50% off the usual price at £7.50. This is one is going up in the world to the top of a new building to gaze down upon the old medieval core of Manchester and Salford in a sort of ‘aerial’ view. If you want to come along pay through the link or just turn up at Manchester Cathedral at 10.30am.
He was lucky to visit the biggest academic building built in the North of England and it was a jaw-dropper. Here’s my article about it.
Jonathan Schofield is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: The best of the North West of England Part 5
Time: Mar 23, 2022 06:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 997 5779 3129
Creating an inclusive Night Time Economy
As Greater Manchester has some of the most diverse communities in the UK, it is vital that our towns and cities night time economy is diverse in its offer, reflective of, and accessible to, all of our communities across the whole city-region. We want to ensure more of our residents and visitors can access and enjoy our nightlife regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnic background or religious beliefs. We want to celebrate the different communities and cultures seen across Greater Manchester, and everyone to enjoy the Night Time Economy.
- Do you have ideas on how the night time economy can be more inclusive?
- Are there good things happening in your local area that other areas could do?
- What would you like to see happen in your town and city centres?
The Greater Manchester Night Time Economy and Culture Team want to hear from you, and ensure all communities across Greater Manchester feel that there is something on offer for them.
If you would like to join a focus group session, please contact Adrian.firstname.lastname@example.org, or to find out more about the night-time economy contact Akul.Pankhania@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk
Join team George House Trust in the Great Manchester Run
Celebrate everything that’s incredible about Manchester with them in 2022 and run the Great Manchester Run for George House Trust.
Running in the heart of the city
Join their team in this year’s must-do event. Starting and finishing in the heart of the city, soak up the amazing Manchester spirit the whole way round as the route passes iconic landmarks including Old Trafford, Etihad and the Imperial War Museum.
It’s a run for everyone, from locals to celebrated athletes, whether it’s your first 10k or your 50th half marathon. They want you on their team.
They will support you from the get-go with training plans, sponsorship tips & advice. They’ll roar you along the route from their cheering posts and celebrate your success afterwards in the post-race reception in the Manchester Gay Village. It’s an event day experience like no other.
Join the team today
Date: 22 May 2022
Distance: 10K or half marathon
What will you get?
You will be joining the George House Trust team. As part of the team you will:
- Receive a training plan for the distance you are working towards
- Receive a guide to raising money full of sponsorship tips and tools to help you smash your fundraising target
- Regular updates from us at George House Trust giving you fundraising ideas and stories of some of the people you will be supporting
- Have the opportunity to join the team WhatsApp group to support you as you train
- George House Trust cheer posts along the route
- A post-race reception to say a huge THANK YOU
- A George House Trust running vest
What does Psychological Safety Mean to You? – See Poster attached:
The study wishes to explore what psychological safety means to older adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) regarding later life housing needs. Psychological safety refers to the ability to be truly oneself without worrying about negative consequences. A lack of psychological safety has been suggested to impact on physical, mental, and emotional health. Older LGBT adults grew up in a time where homosexuality was firstly illegal, and then regarded as a mental health disorder. Additionally, they may have experienced discrimination, stigmatisation, and harassment. It is, therefore, seen as vital to explore this concept within this population.
Why later life housing needs?
Manchester City Council has secured housing for extra care housing schemes. These schemes offer self-contained housing options and include a variety of services to allow for independence and to remain where one lives should care needs change. Manchester City Council has been working closely with the LGBT Foundation to ensure the schemes to be LGBT friendly, however the question arose what psychological safety means to this population in relation to later life housing needs. Research on care homes (please note that these are different to extra care home schemes, investigating older LGBT adults’ views and experiences of these settings described fear of going back into the closet due to harassment and discrimination by staff, residents, and visitors. Furthermore, LGBT elders described feeling heterosexualised within care homes. They expressed that the culture of the residence was designed for heterosexual adults; alongside experiencing a lack of visibility, but also a risk to visibility. This resulted in LGBT elderly remaining isolated due to concerns of homophobia and inequality. Consequently, moving into extra care housing schemes could have similar negative consequences on mental wellbeing and older LGBT adults feeling unsafe. To prevent this from happening within the extra care housing schemes, it is important to speak to older LGBT individuals to understand this matter further.
How can you help? Please contact
University of Birmingham project LOASCA: Lgbtq+ Older Adult Social Care Assessment study.
They’re seeking older LGBTQ+ people to fill two kinds of paid roles in the project, experts by experience (people who advise the researchers based on their lived experience) and co-researchers (people involved directly in the research). They are particularly seeking people who are bisexual, trans and/or intersectionally marginalised, such as BAME LGBTQ+ people and LBTQ+ women.
Generation Rent is working with the LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt to research discrimination in the private rental sector. If you are a private renter, regardless of your gender identity or sexuality, it would greatly help our research if you can answer this survey about your experiences.
Some of the questions focus on your sexuality and gender identity as well as ethnicity, mental and physical health and your benefits status.
Race Equality Lead at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning
The advert is live on NHS jobs (link below).
Intranet link: https://intranet.mhcc.nhs.uk/vacancy/race-equality-lead/
Salford Pride has some great volunteering opportunities available with a range of roles on our committee and on our board of trustees!
If you want to be part of a growing pride that puts the focus firmly on the LGBTQ+ community, come and join their team.
To help them grow they need experienced members of the public to join the Salford Pride team. They are particularly keen to recruit people who have knowledge or skills in one or more of the following areas:
- Charity Governance
- Charity Law
- Local, regional and national LGBT landscape
- Human Resources, strategic operations and governance
- Finance, accounting and fundraising
Previous experience of being a trustee or working within the charity sector is desirable but not essential as additional training will be available through their partner organisations.
#WeStandTogether is looking for volunteers to help staff stalls at events and deliver anti-discrimination workshops in schools, colleges, and youth and community groups.
If you are passionate about helping bring people together and actively challenging hate and discrimination, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved!
To apply, send an email to email@example.com with 250 words on why you want to volunteer for #WeStandTogerther and how you hope to add value to their cause.
LGBT Foundation is looking for a Finance Officer to join our Business Support Team. The Finance function within LGBT Foundation is critical to the ongoing success and day to day operation of all our services and projects. The Finance Officer will follow the established finance framework of processes and procedures to ensure the finance function runs smoothly and effectively. This role will entail working with staff and volunteers at all levels within the organisation, to ensure they are supported and advised with budget queries, expenses, invoicing, petty cash, payment authorisation and reconciliation.
Fundraising Coordinator – Grants & Contracts
LGBT Foundation is looking for Fundraising Coordinator – Grants & Contracts to work with the Grants & Contracts Manager, the Head of Contract Development and the Senior Leadership Team, helping to ensure LGBT Foundation achieves its income targets.
Find out about these and the latest job vacancies with the LGBT Foundation:
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.
If you feel that you no longer wish to receive these emails, PLEASE let me know, I would hate to think I am bombarding you with information that you don’t require and it is just blocking up your inbox. (I won’t be offended).
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.
Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL