Thanks to TV shows like Queer as Folk and Cucumber/Banana/Tofu, Manchester’s vibrant LGBT community is known globally; it is home to the world’s largest transgender festival, Sparkle, and hosts one of the UK’s biggest annual Pride celebrations. When you pass through Canal Street, it is difficult to imagine that only 50 years ago homosexuality was illegal in the UK and punishable by imprisonment. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised same-sex relationships between men over the age of 21. To commemorate this important legal victory, the LGBT staff forum have put together a programme of free events to celebrate Manchester’s role in creating acceptance and pride amongst the LGBT community, but which also highlight some of the struggles the UK and the wider world are yet to overcome with regard to LGBT rights. We kicked off the year’s events with a transgender-awareness session and a raucous LGBT quiz, and here’s what is coming up over the next few weeks:
Sunday 16th July
LGBT+ Parenting: Identity, Family Equality, People’s History Museum
A one-day conference hosted by the People’s History Museum, which offers support, information, networking opportunities and fun for LGBT+ parents, parents-to-be, and their children and families. The event is free to attend and places can be booked online: http://www.phm.org.uk/whatson/lgbt-proud-parenting-2017-identity-family-equality/
Saturday 26th August
Manchester Met does Pride; Category: Graduation Parade realness.
If being on a Pride float in one of the UK’s biggest parades is on your bucket list, then get ready to tick it off – this one’s for you! All are welcome to join us as we dance our way around the city centre on a fabulous float, donning our best caps, gowns and glitter face-paint. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/manchester-met-does-pride-2017-tickets-35175773686
Keep your eyes peeled for more events throughout the next academic year.
The LGBT forum is open to any staff member, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We host termly meetings and regular social events, and offer confidential advice and support regarding LGBT issues. To become a member of the forum and get regular email updates on our activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.