outnorthwest issue 108
The International Women's Day issue, outnorthwest 108, is available across the North West of England and beyond from Wednesday 25th January.
FOR OVeR 16's ONly! NEWS � COMMENT � HEALTH � SPORT � LISTINGS your Magazine for life Published by Empowering People Ending Homophobia, OUTNORTHWEST issue 108 Feb-MAR 2012 FRee! www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.1070904 AR! RO EN LISTW! NO AR ME HE I AM WOMAN TV's dR ChRisTiAN TAlKs TO OuTNORThWesT OUTNORTHWEST ediTOR's leTTeR Feb-MAR 2012 ROGER CROUCH 1956 - 2011 This issue of ONW is tinged with a great deal of sadness. Not long after our last issue went to press we learnt of the sad passing of our friend Roger Crouch. Roger campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of homophobic bullying in schools when his son Dominic (15) took his life in 2010 after rumours circulated at school that he was gay. Almost a year ago, Roger contacted the LGF to lend his support to our anti-homophobia work; and myself and my colleague Jo Dunning went to visit Roger in Cheltenham. Roger kindly allowed us to film an interview with him, which you can view by visiting the link beneath this editorial. Jo and I spent the best part of the day with Roger, who took us for lunch and talked with such great affection and sadness about his son. As we left Roger, we were deeply affected by his story, and it's fair to say that his determination strengthened our resolve to push forward with the Safer Schools Pack. Roger will be greatly missed by many, not least his wife and daughter. Our thoughts are with them, and we give them our assurance that Roger's legacy will live on through the Enough Is Enough campaign and the Safer Schools Packs. Please turn to page 6 for more information. This issue Paul Fairweather writes his final opinon column for ONW. Paul has been with us since the very beginning back in the Spring of 2000. I want to personally thank Paul for his invaluable contributions to ONW over the years, it won't be quite the same without him. I'm happy to say that Paul will still be contributing from time to time with features and interviews. As we say goodbye to Paul, we also say hello to a brand new regular contributor to ONW, Jake Arturio Braden. Jake, who is an acredited NLP practioner (and an inspiring individual in his own right) will be offering invaluable advice on ensuring we are confident and value ourselves. Turn to page 35 for Jake's first column. We'll be back at the end of March. See you then! Empowering People Ending Homophobia, www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.1070904 outnorthwest is published every two months by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, MANCHESTER. M1 3HF. General Enquiries: 0845 3 30 30 30 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cover Image: Mark Eastwood EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR & LAYOUT Grahame Robertson LAYOUT Mark Eastwood NEWS EDITOR Joanne Dunning MEN'S HEALTH EDITOR Peter Boyle WEB EDITOR Marc Robinson LISTINGS EDITOR Mark Eastwood DISTRIBUTION Shaun Lloyd CONTRIBUTORS Lucy Rolfe; Samantha Days; Patrick Ettenes; Jake Arturio Braden; George House Trust; Gaydio; Annie Emery; Andrew Gilliver; Peter Boyle; Paul Fairweather; Colin Armstead; Adam Winter; Trevor Burchick. SPECIAL THANKS Dr. Christian Jessen; Mike Newman; Yvonne Edge; Albert Kennedy Trust; Natalie Beswick; New Family Social; Gaydio; LGBT History Month; Ben Squance. APOLOGIES Our apologies to Ali Press, whose fantastic images of Ellie Barnes we published in our last issue without credit. We are happy to correct this oversight. WATCH OUR LGF ONLINE INTERVIEW WITH ROGER CROUCH HERE Last year, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation interviewed Roger Crouch about his son Dominic. If you have an iPhone you can scan here and watch the video now, or alternatively, visit: ADVERTISING For information on advertising in outnorthwest, contact us on 0845 3 30 30 30. Or e-mail email@example.com SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION NUMBER http://youtu.be/llfW1bhbqWk NOW SCAN TO DIAL THIS IF YOU DO ONE THING THIS WEEK END HOMOPHOBIA AT YOUR OLD SCHOOL! Were you bullied and teased at school because you were lesbian, gay or bisexual? Imagine you could go back to your old school and make it safer for those young people who are suffering the same today. You can. For a small donation of only �20, the LGF's Enough Is Enough campaign will send a `Safer Schools Pack' to your old school on your behalf. You can even send a personal message with the pack. To find out more, visit www.lgf.org.uk/enough today. bia opho Hom gainst ION a gh ACT k/enou INSIDE OUT REGULARS 06 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! How you can help stop the spread of homophobia in our schools with one simple act! 08 NEWS & OPINION TV's Dr Christian Jessen on LGBT friendly GP's, and LGBT History Month. 16 VILLAGE PEOPLE The results of the recent LGF Village Census! 18 UP YOUR WAY What's going on in your region. 38 LISTINGS Every LGB&T service in the north west. f.org.u www.lg PRIDE IN PRACTICE 08 FEATURES 26 G-SPOTS We asked you to tell us your favourite north west hot spots for les/bi women... 22 OUTSPOKEN! Yvonne Edge from The Pankhurst Centre tells us what makes her tick. DEALING WITH HIV 34 WELLBEING 20 GEORGE HOUSE TRUST The latest developments from GHT. 32 WE'RE HERE IF YOU NEED US It's not just condoms and outnorthwest! The LGF has a whole range of services. 28 NEGATIVE BENEFITS What happens when you receive a negative HIV result? 24 DO IT! Get involved with our year-long LGBT skills academy! 34 GAY MEN'S HEALTH Dealing with a positive diagnosis. 36 SPORT & FITNESS All the latest news and events from the big gay world fo sport! YVONNE EDGE 22 HAVE YOU BOUGHT A SCHOOLS Homophobia PACK? ACTION against 06 www.lgf.org.uk/enough DISCLAIMER Publication of the name or photo of any person in this magazine should not be taken as any indication of the sexual orientation or HIV status of that person. All views expressed in outnorthwest are not necessarily those of the Editor or The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. outnorthwest recognises all copyrights. Where possible, we have acknowledged the copyright holder. Contact us if we have failed to credit your copyright and we will happily correct any oversight. OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER 36 Homophobia ACTION against TAKING ACTION HOW YOU ARE TAKING ACTION AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA www.lgf.org.uk/enough SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION Thanks to your votes the Enough is Enough! Safer Schools Packs have been awarded a NatWest CommunityForce Award, which means we can get 300 more packs into schools; challenging homophobic bullying, supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual young people and promoting understanding across communities. Our team of Safer Schools volunteers - the fabulous John Finn, Daniel Warren, Chris Dunn, Ry and Daniel Brady - have been beavering away pulling together all the information for the Greater Manchester schools that the packs will be going out to. So, if you work in a school, or go to a school in Manchester, Salford, Oldham, Rochdale, Trafford, Stockport, Wigan, Tameside, Bury or Bolton - a pack will dropping through your school's letterbox shortly - so look out for them! They are being sent to the AntiBullying Lead for each school and for more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org It means that by February 2012, over 825 Safer Schools Packs will be in schools making a difference. The campaign continues, and we are committed to getting as many packs in schools as possible in time for LGBT History Month, and the Safer Schools first birthday at the end of February. You can still donate to a pack at www.lgf.org.uk/schoolspack, or if you think that your organisation or contacts might be interested in supporting the packs please email email@example.com www.lgf.org.uk/enough Have you checked out our hard-hitting Enough Is Enough campaign video? It stars Corrie's Antony Cotton, and megastar Sir Ian McKellen... SCAN TO WATCH THE VIDEO NOW Scan here NOW to buy a schools pack! YOU DID IT! LIKE US! Search for `Enough Is Enough! Action Against Homophobia' on Facebook. TWEET US! Follow us and get involved in the conversation on Twitter, @lgfoundation OPINION PAUL FAIRWEATHER ...is moving on. This will be the last opinion piece I am writing for outnorthwest. Having written a piece for every issue of the magazine, I've decided the time has come to have a rest and let other voices have a say. I have enjoyed writing my articles and want to thank all the people who have responded and commented on what I have written. Sometimes you wonder if anyone has read my column but then I will bump into someone in a bar who will say they really liked what I had said or disagreed with it completely but said it had got them into a heated debate with their friends. Sometimes I am very clear about what I want to say. Often there is a topical or obvious subject to write about. At other times I have no idea until I sit at my computer and start to type. These days it is easier for us all to have a comment and broadcast what we say to the world. I remember when it was far hard to access any gay debate or news and how we all waited for the each new issue of the fortnightly Gay News to read about what was happening in our world. However I believe it is as important as ever that we question what is happening all around us and that we are not afraid of controversy, disagreements and debate. I hope I have been able to contribute to these debates and sometimes made people think, act and even smile. In some ways the pace of change is moving very past on LGBT issues. Major changes in legal equality have given us rights that would have seemed unthinkable twenty years ago. The visibility and openness of lesbian and gay people in most areas of public life is also a huge change. So what will happen over the next ten years I wonder? The legal equality we have gained will need to be used and tested and refined. As yet many groups and individuals are unaware of the new right that we have and there are relatively few cases of discrimination coming before the courts. This doesn't mean that discrimination is not happening but it does suggest that many of us don't have the confidence or knowledge or support to use the rights that we have gained. For this to happen we need to keep developing a stronger, better resourced and more confident community that can challenge those who are still trying to deny us our equality. That our relationships are recognised. That we now have protection in employment and services should mean the next generation grows up expecting to be treated fairly and fully prepared to complain and act if we are not. As important as legal equality is the collective state of our own well being. How we relate and interact with each other and the wider communities we live in. There is still higher levels of drug and alcohol use, higher levels of self harm and self hatred in our communities . This needs to change and in many ways is harder to change than legislation. In times of economic recession social attitudes can harden and some people long for the certainties of a past where normal relationships ruled. Rights can be taken away. Liberal attitudes can change. Progress is not automatic and linear. We need to be vigilant and rely on and develop our own skills resources and determination. However I feel confident that the gain we have made are solid. That in another ten years we will see LGBT people in open in every area of life and in every community. That we will become more and more in the mainstream of society and feel able to be ourselves and live exactly how we want with no limitations. Paul Fairweather www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 07 CROUCH ROGER RIP Roger Crouch was a huge part of the Safer Schools campaign, and it was with great sadness that we learnt of his death at the end of November. Roger made a film with us called A Father's Story about his son Dominic, 15, who took his own life after rumours circulated at school that he was gay. The film highlights the horrible impact of homophobia and bullying, and is part of our Safer School Packs. When Enough is Enough! met Roger we were struck by his warmth, hospitality and utter bravery - he was opening up to us about the most difficult of subjects - but he was just so determined to get the message out about schools doing more to challenge bullying and becoming safe and welcoming spaces for all pupils. In the 300 packs that are due to go out, and all the packs that are being used in schools right now, the great work that Roger started lives on, and we are determined to make schools safer in Roger's and in Dominic's names. AGENDA IN DEPTH NEWS, COMMENT AND ANALYSIS FEB-MAR 2012 PRIDE IN PRACTICE THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW TV's Doctor Christian endorses new scheme to make GP surgeries more LGB friendly. Dr Christian Jessen graduated from University College London in 2000, having trained in general medicine, infectious disease, travel medicine and sexual health/HIV. He is well known for his work on the award winning TV show Embarrassing Bodies. He also works at Doctorcall on Harley Street and writes for Closer and Attitude magazines. Here he talks to outnorthwest about how GPs can challenge homophobia in healthcare, how their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients can help, and why he's supporting Pride in Practice - NHS North West's and the LGF's new patient standard for excellence in LGB healthcare. As a healthcare professional do you think it's important to be aware of your patient's sexuality? I think it's important, but you shouldn't assume you know if a person is lesbian or gay. I always ask about sexual partners in regards to sexual health but it isn't always relevant. However, when it comes to chronic illness, understanding a patient's sexual orientation and how it affects their lifestyle could be very relevant. If you are a GP it is very important to know your patient, especially when it comes to sexually transmitted infections and HIV, as we all know men who have sex with men are a particularly high risk group. A lot of patients are understandably embarrassed to talk about sex and sexual health, but it is important for doctors to ask questions when it is relevant to their patients health. Does a patient's sexual orientation have an impact on diagnosis and treatment? Issues such as depression, body dysmorphia, substance misuse and other mental health issues do disproportionately affect LGB people. I think younger doctors are better briefed about how a person's sexual orientation can have an impact on their health and well-being. In general, older doctors find it 08 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk AGENDA FEB-MAR 2012 CONTACT US: outnorthwest, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TWITTER: @lgfoundation CALL: 0845 3 30 30 30 Pride "A lot of patients are in Practice undertstandably embarrassed to talk about GET READY sex and sexual health, FOR THE but it's important for Doctors to ask questions LAUNCH! when it is relevant to their The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and NHS North West, are success of their patient's health." building on the project, with the GP's Surgeries Excellence in lesbian, gay & bisexual healthcare harder and their experience of LGB patients' needs may be limited. I think it's also true to say that religion can play a big part in how some health professionals treat gay patients. I don't think it should however, as a GP it isn't acceptable to show disapproval about a patient being gay or lesbian. Do you think that Sexual Orientation Monitoring is important? GP's need to understand it is useful and patients need to know why those questions are asked. For example, we wouldn't get the data around the rates of HIV amongst men who have sex with men if the question wasn't asked. Are health care providers doing all they can to be supportive and accessible to their LGB patients? Yes and no! Are we doing enough to ensure that doctors have good consultations with their patients? I think many doctors worry about doing or saying the wrong thing. In sexual health I don't think it's as much of an issue but with many chronic conditions there can be issues. What could GPs and health care providers do to be more supportive of their LGB patients? Understand about the different life problems and lifestyles of LGB people. This is something that isn't covered at medical school. More GPs taking an interest in different communities would help here. When I do a consultation I find it helps to understand the patient. Using the right language can help a patient relax too, especially when it comes to talking about personal things like sex. Also as an individual, lesbian, gay and bisexual people can help by informing their GP about their sexual orientation. It wouldn't be helpful to criticise doctors too much though as they have an awful lot of information to digest, so offering tips and advice on how to talk to LGB patients would be extremely useful. It would also be useful to offer LGB patients tips on how to get the best from their GP! What support do GPs need in becoming more open and accessible to their LGB patients needs? GPs are going to have to be more accommodating to all of their patients needs. It's important to remember that patients have a choice about which GP practice they use, especially as these days they have to run more like a business, it is in the interests of practices to show that they are welcoming to LGB patients. Advertising LGB support services is really important. If a practice isn't willing to share information on services that are available for LGB people then there needs to be more pressure put on it. Can `Pride in Practice' have a positive impact on LGB healthcare? I fully approve of this. GPs have a lot to learn and don't have much time so the more help they can get in this area is incredibly helpful and really useful. I think Pride in Practice is a great initiative. launch of Pride in Practice on February 14th at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre, Manchester. The launch event of this nationally important project will feature a talk from the Chairwoman of the Royal College of GP's Dr Clare Gerada. If you would like to attend the launch or for more information please contact: dennis.baldwin@lgf. org.uk How can LGB patients get the best healthcare to suit their needs? Help your GP as much as possible. Don't expect them to know that you are LGB, or to understand what your health needs as an LGB person might be. They aren't all well informed in this area but you can help inform them! How can GPs better support their LGB patients? GPs should demonstrate that they are open and receptive to their patient's needs. Simply by putting up a poster in their waiting room advertising LGB support can really help demonstrate that you are welcoming and willing to understand your LGB patients' needs. For more on Dr. Christian visit: www.drchristianjessen.com www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 09 AGENDA This is the 8th year of the nationwide celebration of LGBT history. Below are just a few of the many interesting and entertaining events happening across the north west. For more, please go to: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/ CHESTER LGBT: ARE WE LIVING EqUALLY? Monday 13th February 2012,10am � 4pm. Binks Building, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ. This free conference event will look at Equality law, trans issues, supporting LGBT young people and homophobia in both sport and wider society. Speakers include: Prof. Roger Kay, Prof. Stephen Whittle, The Michael Causer Foundation, Gay Youth `R' Out, Lesbian and Gay Foundation, The Justin Campaign, Transforum. www.chester.ac.uk/about/diversity-andequality/diversity-festival Alan Turing LANCASHIRE PINK COLLECTION /OUTING THE PAST Countywide /throughout February Lancashire County Council are holding a number of events across Lancashire throughout February which will include a mix of talks, performances, music, exhibitions, displays and information. Museums, libraries and archives will join together to host fun and creative events, aimed at increasing awareness of LGBT culture and heritage in Burnley, Leyland, Lancaster and Preston. For more information, call: 01772 536795, email: Kathryn.email@example.com or visit: http://bit.ly/lgbt2012. HISTORY LGBT HISTORY MONTH ACROSS THE NW MANCHESTER qUEER CONTACT 6th-11th February Oxford Road, Manchester,M15 6JA Contact brings together the best in queer culture and featuring LGBT performers from the UK and across the world, this year's highlights include a performance from The Tiger Lilies, a theatrical spectacular from cabaret collective Mother's Ruin, and a new music project for young LGBT people from MC Envy - Beyond da Box. Search for `queer contact' at: http://contactmcr.com understanding across communities. To register contact: A.Pile@salford.ac.uk SPORT & MEDIA DEBATE Thursday 2nd February,6.15pm8.30pm,MBA Suite, University of Salford MediaCityUK Campus, Salford Quays, M50 2HE. In response to the national LGBT History Month theme of Sport, leading figures from the worlds of basketball, rugby, radio and sports journalism will discuss the representation of LGBT issues in the media from the perspective of players, fans and journalists. Speakers include: John Amaechi , Bob Ballard, Sarah Williams, Claire Harvey, Dave Randles .To book a place at this free event contact: 0161 2959003 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more including transgender awareness training, storytelling workshops and social events : www.equality.salford.ac.uk/ page/lgbt_2012 OUR LIVERPOOL ALAN TURING: TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY Wednesday 22nd February 2012 : 4.00pm. Free lecture followed by Q&A session Eleanor Rathbone Lecture Theatre, Eleanor Rathbone Building, University of Liverpool. Alan Turing was one of the most influential British scientists of the 20th Century. To commemorate the centenary of his birth, the University of Liverpool's LGBT Staff Network and the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures host a public lecture about the life, work and tragic death of Alan Turing by the best-selling writer Paul Gannon. Please book onto this event by emailing: rekelly@ liverpool.ac.uk More info at : www.liv.ac.uk/maps/ SALFORD TAKE ACTION: MAKE SCHOOLS SAFER EVENT Thursday February 2nd, 5pm -6pm at The University of Salford Building, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Salford. The University of Salford and The LGF invite you to a special free event aimed at helping schools challenge homophobic bullying, support all their young people and promote 10 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk FEB-MAR 2012 BEING ME An opportunity for people who identify as black or minority ethnic and lesbian, gay and bisexual to share experiences, listen to others and find out about the support and information available. Saturday - 4th February 2012, 1-5pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF sees an afternoon of celebration of all that is lesbian, gay and bisexual from all aspects of our diverse community. Celebrating through food, video and personal experiences. To reserve your place, please email or telephone Darren Knight at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and please inform if you have any access or dietary requirements: darren.knight@lgf. org.uk or 0845 3 30 30 30. Peter Tatchell PROGRESS Around five years ago Mike Newman began to produce a short history of freedom for gay men in Britain since the 1950's after reading an article about the lack of awareness of early gay liberation campaigners. Over the last few years Mike has interviewed five such campaigners ( details below). A special event is being organised for LGBT History Month on 23rd February at 7pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation to share these unique interviews. of the Albany Trust to help gay men who had developed psychological problems after being persecuted. He died in 2010. PIONEERS AND IMAAN `SPEED MEETING' On Thursday February 9th 2012 there will be a special `Speed Meeting' for LGBT,BME and Faith communities and their supporters organised by Imaan, the LGBTQI Muslim social-support group at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre. Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam. Chair of Imaan, Tawseef Khan says "The event will be an informal social-network building where we can spread the word about Imaan's existence in Manchester and hopefully meet other groups to try to promote inter-co-operation whilst also introducing ourselves!" Imaan regularly meets on the first Thursday of every month at the LGF ( 7.30pm-9.30pm) For more information email: email@example.com www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 11 ALLAN HORSFALL In 1957 Allan began to challenge the Labour Party on gay rights. He then set up the North West Homosexual Law Reform Committee (later the Campaign for Homosexual Equality) in 1964. DENNIS KILLIN Dennis co- ran the central London office of the Organisation for Lesbian and Gay Action and has also been involved in disability politics. LEO ABSE The late former Labour MP guided a Private Member's Bill through Parliament in 1967 that legalised sex between men. He persuaded the home secretary to give his Bill Government time. PETER TATCHELL Peter began campaigning for human rights as a teenager. In the 1970's he joined the Gay Liberation Front, in the 1990's he cofounded Outrage and he launched the Peter Tatchell Foundation ten years ago. ANTONY GREY Antony began campaigning for gay equality in 1958, he joined the Homosexual Law Reform Society and later became secretary To attend this free event or for more info e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org AGENDA FEB-MAR 2012 OTHER NEWS LIVERPOOL IDAHO In 2012, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation would again like to support organisations by enabling them to show their support by `Flying the Flag' on Thursday 17th May 2012. We can provide information, publicity and promotion opportunities about participation and showing commitment to campaigns to end homophobia and transphobia. To see images of rainbow flags flying from 2011, check out: http://bit.ly/zR8ezR. We'll be collecting information on who will be flying the flags, asking for photographs and supporting groups and organisations around innovative ways to mark the day over the coming months. If you require further information to mark IDAHO 2012, contact: email@example.com or telephone 0845 3 30 30 30 WOULD YOU CONSIDER BEING A SCHOOL GOVERNOR? Volunteering in your local community is something the Government is keen to encourage. But what are the barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans people if they want to participate, by being a school governor, magistrate or local councillor? The Thematic Regional Infrastructure Organisations (TRIO) Project brings together One North West, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and Refugee Action. As part of their work, the project have written a briefing to stimulate discussion and encourage more LGB&T people to get involved. Download it from: http://bit. ly/yZ8ho3. For more information contact : firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08453 30 30 30 LIVERPOOL PRIDE Chair and founder of Liverpool Pride, Tommy McIlravey, is stepping down at the end of the year to concentrate on his work with Liverpool's HIV charity, Sahir House. Tommy was instrumental in bringing Pride back to the streets of Liverpool . As chair of the LGB&T Network from 2008-10, he worked with the Pride working group, City Councillors and Officers to secure funding and support for the city's first official Pride Festival. For more www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/ CHANGES AT 2012: CHANGING TIMES The regional LGB&T Conference. Saturday 25th February 10am - 4.30pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation , 5 Richmond Street , Manchester, M1 3HF Workshops and presentations include: What are the priorities for the LGB&T Sector - What's happening in health? - Getting involved in Consultations - Trans Action Plan, - How to use the Equality Act to make change in your local area .Free Event, lunch & refreshments included. Travel bursaries available by prearrangement. Contact email@example.com or call 08453 30 30 30 to book a place or for more information LGB& T RESEARCH ON MERSEYSIDE Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services, Liverpool City Council and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Network have commissioned research on the experiences of trans people in Liverpool. To access the report : http://www. lcvs.org.uk//news/new-report-on-transpeople-s-experiences-in-liverp.phuse Queer Notions have commissioned research to investigate mental health services for LGB&T people in Merseyside. They found that mental health services are often not well informed about LGB&T issues and needs. For more information: www.queernotions.org.uk/ 12 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk FEB-MAR 2012 OTHER NEWS EILEEN HOWARTH RIP Sad news for the New Year, Eileen Howarth, who many of you might remember from running popular women's night DUSTY'S on Bloom St, has passed away. Eileen's daughter Lisa, wanted her mum's friends in Manchester's LGBT community to know the news. Our thoughts are with Lisa and Eileen's family at this sad time. LGBT ADOPTION & FOSTERING WEEK 20th-26th FEBRUARY 2012 Events are being organised across the UK as part of the country's first-ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. It comes as gay adopters and foster carers are being hailed by social workers for their significant strengths in a survey commissioned by New Family Social, the LGBT network coordinating the week. 72% of social workers surveyed saw the "amount of energy and enthusiasm" LGBT adopters bring to the process as a significant strength. For a long time, LGBT people tended to be seen as a "last resort" when placing children. Now adoption and fostering agencies see them as having a key role to play in meeting the urgent need for more new homes for children in care. LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week is a recruitment campaign for prospective LGBT adopters and foster carers with free events around the UK hosted by local adoption and fostering agencies which include talks from local LGBT adoptive and foster parents about their own experiences and information on how to start the process. URBAN ART SHOW Nigel O'Donnell a Manchester gay urban artist has a new art show Introducing N.O.D taking place at 4 Piccadilly Place, Aytoun Street, Manchester. Friday March 2nd until March 30th. www.facebook.com/pages/ Nigel-ODonnell EVENTS IN THE NORTH WEST MANCHESTER Monday 20th February. 6pm -9pm. Venue: The Lesbian & Gay Foundation Community Resource Centre, Number 5 Richmond Street,Manchester,M1 3HF. Alpha Plus Fostering - Open Evening. For further information or for advice on becoming a foster carer, call Natalie on 0753 011 3170 or the recruitment line on 0808 178 4747. LIVERPOOL Tuesday 21st February 2012. 6-8pm. Venue: Sefton Park Community Centre, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 3AG. For more information: Nicola Parker Adoption & Fostering Services Liverpool City Council 07740 740 949. Could You Foster? Call 0151 233 3700 for a free information pack. TAMESIDE Wednesday 22nd Feb 2012. 6 � 9pm Venue: Hyde Flowery Centre, Old Road, Hyde SK14 4SN.For enquiries, or to confirm attendance, please contact Tameside Adoption Team on 0161 342 4164 For details and event updates, visit: www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk/ RUNNING FOR GOOD Antonia Kealey will be running the London Marathon in April for Children's Charity`Get Kids Going'. A fundraising night will be held at Chorlton Conservative Club on Saturday 10th of March from 7.30pm. There will be a night of Scottish Ceilidh Dancing kindly hosted by Canal Street's finest `Gay Gordans Ceilidh group'. Tickets are �10 and all proceeds to the named charity. E-mail antonia_kealey@hotmail. com for more information. 11 www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 13 AGENDA FEB-MAR 2012 "I'm able to stand up and be who I want to be." In December 2011, Ben's attacker pleaded guilty, was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order with supervision, and ordered to pay Ben �150 in compensation. Ben is glad that he stood up for himself, his community and reported the attack: "The year long legal proceedings that followed were a long and tiring process, but I wasn't put off...If it wasn't for the support I had from the LGF and the court service, it would have been very difficult for me to return back to the community. However, since the attack, although left with physical and mental health issues, I am able to stand up and be who I want to be." Ben is urging victims of violence, homophobia and hate crimes to report them, "Giving a statement may seem like a daunting task, but in my case, it was merely a case of talking over events with the very friendly neighbourhood policing officer in my own time without pressure." Ben is still based in Plymouth and has been working to re-build his confidence. He's been back in Manchester volunteering for The LGF and is donating half his compensation towards Safer Schools Packs. COMMUNITY BEN SqUANCE SHARES HIS STORY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF REPORTING HATE CRIME. "As a community we need to speak out and take action by using the law and services open to us, if we don't we might as well wave goodbye to an equal society which we are working so hard towards." The HIV Candlelit Vigil at Manchester Pride is a moving end to the festival, but in 2010 for Ben Squance it was the moment he was being beaten up just yards away from the event. That August Bank Holiday Monday, Ben was working in a Canal Street venue when a group of around six men entered who were refused service. They became verbally abusive, calling staff "faggots" and assaulted a member of the bar staff. Ben heard a call for help over the radio, he came to the bar and found bouncers trying to pull people apart. "All of a sudden a body was lunging towards me. I felt a sharp, blunt pain to the side of my head," Says Ben. "I was knocked out and propelled across the bar ,crashed into the doorway and fell to the ground. There was a sharp burning sensation around my thigh. Someone was kicking me, aiming for my groin ...Coming round, it was a blur of ambulance staff and police. I ended up in hospital for 18 hours with severe concussion." The attack resulted in Ben losing confidence and feeling unsafe in Manchester, he moved home to Plymouth. "I wanted to live the life of who I am. I can't do that in Plymouth. That's been shattered by the actions of just one person." he adds. A CRIME AGAINST THE HELP & SUPPORT POLICE SURGERY Every Thursday (6-8pm) you can talk to Greater Manchester Police about homophobic and transphobic hate incidents and report hate crime and get further support. THIRD PARTY REPORTING CENTRE If you want to report a hate crime , come to LGF ( between 10am-8pm) and talk to someone, or call 0845 3 30 30 30 and report hate crime over the phone. FACE 2 FACE COUNSELLING SERVICE If you have suffered a homophobic hate crime then you can access counselling free of charge . Call 0845 3 30 30 30 for further details 14 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk VILLAGE PEOPLE LOCAL BUSINESSES, CHARITIES AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER! VILLAGE CENSUS 2011 WHAT DID WE FIND OUT? In 2011 the LGF carried out our second annual census of Manchester's Gay Village to take a `snapshot' of who uses the Village over the course of a typical week. Teams of volunteer census takers went out every day during two weeks in June and October, and if you are a Village regular you may remember being approached by someone in an Outreach t-shirt asking, "could you spare a few moments to take part in the Village Census?", so what did we find out? WHO? Over 7 in 10 respondents were lesbian, gay or bisexual One fifth of respondents were in the 26-30 age bracket 2 -30 6 Of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents, 71% were men and 29% were women 3% of respondents identified as trans The majority of respondents identified as White British, at 84% WHERE? of respondents came from Greater Manchester 40% of respondents came from Outside Greater Manchester 20% of respondents came from Manchester 40% WHEN? 40% M T W T F S S of respondents visited the Village on a weekly basis, the most common frequency given 16 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Drip Coffee, Gayter Hairdressing, Rob, and The Basement Complex >> > H CH T AR ST RE ET OR LTO N ST RE M OO BL ET ST RE ET MI NS HU LL ST R EE T SA CK VIL LE ST RE ET NA CA L ST ET RE 20 19 NA CA L S E TR ET CH OR BREAKFAST PRODUCER ELLEN LTO NS TR EE ON A TYPICAL DAY. . . T 29 L ST RE ET NA CA WHAT? Reg. Charity No. 1070904 5 6% of LGB respondents from Greater ILLE STREE T Manchester said they use LGF services, including condom and lube packs, outnorthwest,ET helpline, website, RE ST counselling andRTH groups WO HIT W SA CK V Over two in five respondents described the Village as: 3 in 10 described the Village as a gay space, using words like: FUN GOOD HOME COMMUNITY HAVEN In total, volunteers collected census data from over 2,681 people. This huge number could not have been achieved without the hard work of so many volunteers, so a big thank you goes out to all those who were involved! We asked questions about age, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity as well as whether people used LGF services such as the free condom scheme, helpline, website and counselling. We also asked respondents to tell us "what does the Village mean to you?" Thanks to everyone who took part in the Census, your contribution has helped us generate a picture of life in the Village. This information will help us to target our work in the area more effectively. Of course, we will continue to engage with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people outside of the Village � look out for our Outreach teams working across the region, and be sure to pick up your next copy of outnorthwest at your nearest distribution point. For further information about the Village Census please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0845 3 30 30 30. "I started at Gaydio just four months ago as Producer of Chris Holliday at Breakfast and nothing could have prepared me for such a role. So what's a morning in the life of Gaydio's ET Breakfast Producer like? RE ST I need to be bang up to In at 6:30am and >>> TH OR International date with what'sand Hotel, on as Chris reads going Legends TW headlines in the show. We cover The Outpost HI Wnews news stories from the UK and beyond and of course we're always searching for relevant LGB&T stories to lead with. I also have to set up celebrity interviews, my most favourite recently was Keith Lemon. It was horrendous to edit - I had to keep stopping because I was bent over double with tears streaming down my face. Each week I also set Chris a challenge that he has to train for and complete. I normally like to tie it in with things that are happening in and around Manchester. In the past few weeks we have also been zorbing , mountain boarding and, planned for later in the year � parachute jumping! We do love a good quiz or competition at Breakfast too. `The Semi Precious Stone Labyrinth' was a recent one, any resemblance to the popular Channel four game `Crystal Maze' was of course purely coincidental. Probably my favourite feature of the show though is `The Box' where each day a different celebrity enters The Roomy Box to go head to head with Chris, just some of the completely tongue in cheek games we play include: Clock Block, Beat Around the Bush and Playing from Behind. The funniest thing happened on air the other day when Chris was trying to argue his case for a song to be played and I think what he meant to describe it as was aural pleasure but the wrong word came out and when he realised there was probably about a minute of pure laughter and tears. I've got some big plans for Breakfast! Could I ever go back to a regular 9-5 now? Never!" SCAN THE qR CODE to download SCAN the Gaydio SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION iPhone app! TO DIAL THIS NUMBER NOW www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 17 UP YOUR WAY FOCUS ON: BLACKPOOL Community Development Project LGB&T people in Blackpool, Wyre and the Fylde have a wide range of support groups and services to access as part of the LGBT Community Development Project, run by Andy Thompson within the sexual health and HIV support agency Renaissance in Blackpool. There are a number of established groups Andy helps run including groups for 18 - 25 year old gay men, 25 -55 gay men and the SugarLounge Women's gay and Bi group. There is a trans female group called Transinclusion along with the Lancashire Lads trans male group and a group for older gay men - the 55+ luncheon group. Other groups include the LGBT Community Forum, youth groups, an LGBT bereavement group and a group for LGBT Christians run with Liberty Church. Andy can also help if you have any concerns about accessing services (including sexual health) or any issues or problems surrounding LGB&T people locally. You can visit Andy at Renaissance at 102 Dickson Road (office hours), email athompson@ druglinelancs.co.uk or call/text 07875 355 390. CARE? FOCUS ON: ALBERT KENNEDY TRUST As we begin 2012, the Albert Kennedy Trust in Manchester is faced with a real shortage of carers to support their LGB&T young people. Tracy, a carer with AKT, shares her story... "For me, the motivation is that you really do make a difference to someone vulnerable at a time when they are usually at rock bottom. I've learned a lot from each of the three young people I've cared for � from simple things like trying different foods to deeper stuff like other ways of looking at the world. It's not usually a dramatic thing to be a carer but on occasions it does send challenges your way. As a carer, you will be helping a young person and the help you give can affect them for the rest of their life; this sounds scary but in reality it is a huge privilege. You will also learn a lot about yourself, so it is a growth experience for you, too. As a carer, you are part of a range of services that a young person can access, so you don't have the entire responsibility for the wellbeing of that person � AKT can help with support and advice. You don't have to be perfect!" If you are interested in becoming a carer or would like to ask further questions please email annette@akt. org.uk or download and application form from www.akt.org.uk. You really can make a difference! DO YOU FOCUS ON: BURY Networking! Bury LGBT Networking group are planning to have a social evening at Automatic Bar one Wednesday towards the end of February 2012. If you are interested in joining the group or would just would like to come along please e-mail email@example.com and we'll get you on our e-mailing list. We are also on Facebook where you can find out what's going on with the group. 18 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk YOUR PAGES IN YOUR WORDS! OUTING THE PAST On Saturday 25 February, 10.30am � 4pm, `Outing the Past 2!' will be a free, day long event at Lancashire Archives in Preston, where guest historians Dr Colin Penny, Dr Paul Baker and Jeff Evans will be sharing their research into Polari, historic trials and hangings across Lancashire and more; our `Talking Heads' will be telling their own histories and once again, there will be displays, lunchtime refreshments and tours of the archives. We are asking people to book in advance due to limited space, so please contact Kathryn on Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01772 536795 to do so or if you have any questions at all. More information can also be found at www.archives.lancashire.gov.uk FOCUS ON: LANCASHIRE KESHET Keshet Manchester is an organisation for LGBT Jews in Manchester. You can be any sort of Jew, religious, secular, matrilineal or patrilineal, but our aim is to help you get to know other Jews without denying who you are. We are looking to create fun social events that every Jew can attend, regardless of your level of observance, if any. We realise that many of the Jews who are in need of Keshet's services aren't able to be open about their involvement with us, so we take your privacy very seriously. For people who are out and proud, Keshet is an opportunity to connect to your Jewish roots with other like-minded people in a enjoyable, social atmosphere, without having to give up any part of your identity. For more information please visit our website at www.keshetmanchester.org.uk FOCUS ON: FAITH OUT IN SALFORD! Out IN Salford is a Citywide Network Group bringing together and supporting the LGBT community across Salford. Our aims and objectives are: Raising LGBT awareness; Promoting equality and diversity; Opening and increasing Education; Community Safety; Organising Citywide Events ;Providing support and advice to LGBT communities across the City The Group meets on a Monthly basis in either an official capacity or as a social event at venues throughout the City ensuring ease of access to any interested parties. For any further information or to get involved please contact: email@example.com Visit the Out IN Salford Website: www.outinsalford.org.uk FOCUS ON: SALFORD FOCUS ON: COMMUNITY ARTS BONA VADA! Vada LGBT Community Theatre Group can be seen in force performing two minute plays chosen by the audience on 21st March 2012 from 7.30 pm at TV21 Bar in Thomas Street (opposite Blu Bar). We are part of the Open Mind night which will be an eclectic stimulating night for all. This is part of our expanding repertoire of different media and types of performance. We have 20 plays we are working up at Chorlton library watch our Facebook page for the times and dates (VADA LGBT Community Theatre Group). At the Pride Fringe we will have a new show which will again be multi media with film, music and performance. Our film project on the stocks is Tales of a Pretty Policeman and we will be shooting this soon in a toilet near you!'' For further information visit the VADA page on Facebook. Just search for `VADA LGBT Community Theatre Group'. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 19 At a time when HIV is seen increasingly as a chronic medical condition, controlled by effective medication and consistent adherence, it's sometimes tempting to forget that there are lots of other ways to stay well and healthy with HIV. As we kick off a New Year, many of you will have thought about � and put into practise � plans to make yourself that bit fitter and healthier in 2012. What can you do if you're living with HIV and want to make sure as best you can that you stay fit and healthy? There aren't any magic answers or formulas for people living with HIV than are different from people who aren't � but there are some key things that are an important part of a better, healthier life with HIV. It will come as no surprise that the first thing to do � if it applies to you - is to quit smoking. Research has shown that stopping smoking is one of the most effective ways to improve the general health of people living with HIV. There are many ways to help you quit � it's just a question of weighing up the merits each one and deciding which one might work best for you. If you're living with HIV and want to kick the nicotine habit, George House Trust can give you expert advice and have trained staff members who can work with you to help you achieve your goal. Giving up smoking is possible with the right kind of support and advice � and it will improve your health significantly. Think about your diet. How balanced is it? How nutritious is the food you eat and how does it benefit your overall health? Again, there aren't any magical or mysterious rules to follow, but keeping an eye on your diet and making sure that it's balanced and providing you with the nutrition you need will mean that your general health has a much better chance of maintaining itself at a good level. Eating healthily doesn't have to cost a lot of money either � it's all about being sensible about what you eat, trying to eat as much fresh food as possible and taking care over what, and how much, you eat. One of the issues that comes up regularly for people living with HIV is how to make sure that CD4 levels stay consistently high, meaning a stronger, healthier immune POSITIVELY HEALTHY system. As well as quitting smoking and eating better and healthier, one of the other ways in which people living with HIV can maintain good levels of overall general health is by exercising regularly. Exercise can be massively beneficial to both physical and emotional health. It can improve mood and contribute to a healthy self- image. Exercise can fight fatigue, help with depression and help to reduce stress. An exercise programme doesn't need to be training to run a marathon. Gentle heart beat raising exercise � such as brisk walking � helps to reduce fatty substances in the blood such as cholesterol and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease. Swimming is great general exercise too. Think about how you can make sure that your body gets more of the exercise it needs. Private gyms can be expensive and beyond many people's means � but some local authorities still have gym facilities at reduced costs. Even without a programme of exercise in your local gym though, it's perfectly possible to find ways to exercise and raise your heart beat levels. Think about walking instead of taking the bus. Spend a Sunday afternoon taking a brisk walk around your local park. Be creative in the ways that you think about exercise and try not to make it complicated. Vary your exercise routine to avoid getting bored. So, three key things to think about if you're living with HIV and wanting to maintain good levels of general health. Stop smoking, eat healthily and make sure you get some exercise in one form or another. George House Trust has experienced advisers who can support and advise you around staying healthy with HIV. We also hold regular health related information sessions. If you would like to know more about ways in which you can help to improve your general levels of health with HIV � or if there is anything else you would like support or advice about - simply contact one of our team on 0161 274 4499 or visit our website at www.ght.org.uk. To find out more about the services offered by George House Trust, contact our services team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0161 274 4499. www.ght.org.uk SCAN HERE TO VISIT THE GHT SITE 20 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk OUTSPOKEN YVONNE EDGE YVONNE EDGE is the manager of the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester. A well known and respected community face, she campaigns for women's rights. Yvonne was born in Salford and attended University College London. Here she talks to outnorthwest about what makes her tick... Age? As old as my hair and a bit older than my teeth! Biography? Dragged up in Salford, had many different jobs over the years from youth worker to taxi driver and lots in between and since! Which 3 items would you take to a desert island? A radio so I can listen to Desert Island Discs! A bag of manure so I can grow things! Batteries for the radio! Which person living or dead do you most admire and why? There are quite a few but I'm opting for Emmeline Pankhurst because of her single minded commitment to the fight for women to get the vote and because of the sacrifices she made for the cause. What do you owe your parents? Thanks for my brains. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Believe nowt you hear and only half of what you see. (One of my mother's sayings and one of the most valuable for me). If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be? Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights � all passion and smouldering (in my dreams!) What would we find in your fridge if we had a look? A bottle of champagne that's been there for years! How sad! Who are your three ideal dinner guests, living or dead? Elizabeth 1st (I want to know how she managed not to get married and have children), Emmeline Pankhurst and Betty Tebbs (lifelong peace campaigner and activist still fighting at 94! What would your superpower be? X ray vision so that I can turn the tables at the airport security point. Cat or dog? Both, if possible. Currently cat. What is your favourite word? Gobsmacked. � I was interviewed by a newspaper some years ago and used the word then. The story appeared in media all over the world with me saying `gobsmacked' in the international press! My (so called) friends ribbed me about it for months! What do you think is the greatest challenge facing women today? At the present time dealing with the massive impact the spending cuts and benefit changes are having on women in this country. What's the best thing about being a woman? Relating to other women in all the myriad of ways. Last book you read? Alex Ferguson's 25 Years at Old Trafford. Last film you watched? At the cinema? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy � I fell asleep about 10 minutes into the film in a ridiculously overheated cinema! On TV? Breakfast on Pluto � you must see it! What's your favourite TV show? Match of the Day, but I have to watch the repeat really early on Sunday morning as my partner's not into football! Tell us a joke. Where do you go to weigh a whale? A whale weigh station. Where do you go to weigh a pie? (sings) Somewhere over the rainbow, weigh a pie! THE PANKHURST CENTRE - the former home of suffragettes the Pankhurst's - still stands as a permanent reminder of women's fight to become full and equal citizens and in memory of the many women who took part in the struggle. www.thepankhurstcentre.org.uk 22 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk SUGAR & SPICE 6 AM WOMAN I R! ROA Following last year's celebrations that marked 100 years of International Women's Day, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation annual women's event - Sugar & Spice � is back for 2012! Now in its sixth year Sugar & Spice is an event for lesbian, bisexual, trans women and their friends, and will take place at our Community Resource Centre on Saturday 10th March. We see 2012 as the year to celebrate the skills women have as well as acknowledging the real difference women make in many areas of life. To mark the talents of womankind this year's Sugar & Spice will focus on the theme of Recognise, Represent and Resolve with a diverse range of workshops, encouraging women to share and acknowledge their many talents. So, take a moment and think about all the things you did today � you might be surprised by how many skills you used without even a second thought. Just going about your day-to-day life you might not have realised how organised you are, or how well you plan your finances � not to mention excellent mediation skills! Your EAR ME H friends probably don't tell you enough, but you are an excellent listener too. Then when you consider your job or voluntary work you do along with your interests you are one amazing woman! On an average day, whatever you get up to, we all demonstrate a wide range of skills and Sugar & Spice is the perfect event to enhance these skills, share them with other women and learn new ones in the many workshops taking place. Workshops will include circus skills, laughology, relaxation techniques, and radio skills with Gaydio, African drumming, self defence, sexual health, a session on career goals and how to get to where you want to be. There will also be wellbeing pop-ins, complimentary therapies (such as massage and reiki), a cafe and the famous LGF craft space throughout the day. New to Sugar & Spice this year is the Female Power Panel where you will have the chance to put your questions to lesbian and bisexual women who have excelled in their chosen fields. Sugar & Spice is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, try new skills, pick up info, air your views, get involved and have loads of fun. Not to mention it's all free as well! www.lgf.org.uk INFO Celebrate International Women's Day at Sugar & Spice 6, LGF, Number 5, Richmond St, Manchester, M1 3HF. Saturday 10th March 12pm til 6pm. For more information please visit www.lgf.org.uk or call Annie on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email email@example.com. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 23 CUT-OUT-AND-KEEP! DO�IT CALENDAR FOR MEN (AND THEIR FRIENDS) FEBRUARY Saturday 4th: Photography MARCH Saturday 3rd: Photoshop Skills FOR WOMEN (AND THEIR FRIENDS) CHEESE! Learn real skills and meet new friends. The LGBT Skills Academy, DO�IT, continues with two fantastic free taster sessions in the next few weeks... SAY FEBRUARY Saturday 18th: DIY Skills MARCH Saturday 10th: Sugar & Spice FOR ALL (AND THEIR FRIENDS!) FEBRUARY Saturday 11th: Radio Journalism Saturday 25th: Radio Presentation MARCH Saturday 17th: Radio Production Saturday 31st: Radio Journalism TOUCH UP! Photoshop for Beginners Saturday March 3rd (2-5pm) So you've taken some amazing pictures, and now you want to touch them up, or add some special effects. Photoshop is an amazing piece of software, and this beginners guide will get you on the right track.This workshop is free. To confirm your attendance please contact skills@ lgf.org.uk as soon as possible! For more information about what's on when, and coming along to the events visit www.lgf.org.uk/doit, email skills@ lgf.org.uk or call 0845 3 30 3030 SAY CHEESE! Photography for Beginners Saturday February 4th (2-5pm) Are you the kind that always sets your expensive (and not so expensive!) camera to `automatic'? Interested to find out what all those technical terms mean? Then this is the workshop for you! Free. To confirm your attendance contact firstname.lastname@example.org VOLUNTEER FOR DO�IT! There are also some fantastic volunteering opportunities with this project. Three roles have been created - Marketing Support, Office Support and Workshop Delivery Support. For more information on these volunteering roles, and to get involved in this exciting project drop Claire Taylor a line email@example.com or call her on 08453 303030 . SCAN TO DIAL THIS NUMBER NOW 24 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk March 7th marks International Women's Day and in celebration of all that is great and good about lesbian, bisexual and trans women we asked them to name those special places across the North West that they hold dear. Call it a treasure map for this and the next generation of lesbian, gay and trans women � where an embarrassment of X's mark the spot, or a big bumper map of LBT women's hidden gems for those that are new to the area. Whatever you call it, read it, take note and send us a postcard once you've visited them! Thanks to everyone who tweeted and emailed us with your favourite places � if your's isn't here but you still want to shout about it, or if you'd like more details of anything mentioned on these pages, just drop an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org G POTS S 3 � Places of interest for lesbian and bisexual women in the North West... in your words! MANCHESTER � � SUPPORT "The Lesbian & Gay Foundation � women's groups and their fabulous annual celebration of women Sugar & Spice." SUPPORT "The @Alyss-Abyss: The Molly Pankhurst Centre � House is fab for good food and drink! home of the suffragettes!" CLUB NIGHT "Rapture at Platt Chapel" MANCHESTER @missdennisqueen: "I like Club Lash best - pansexual, mixed fetish/BDSM. Taurus at number one Canal Street for lunch out with the wife and kids. I also recommend Debenhams for kitting me out with morning suit for my wedding without batting an eyelid cos I'm not a man." BARS "Proof, Nip & Tipple and @JosieDenton: Bollox, Kraak, Club Brenda and Islinton Mill Horse & Jockey in Chorlton." in Manchester. CLUB NIGHT "Bury Longfield Live at The Longfield Suite in Bury" @katehelenrose: The THE PLACE "Canal Northern quarter, Laughing Street" Cows at Frog & Bucket. � � � @MelHarper Vanilla! 4 MERSEYSIDE � � � � TOURIST SPOT Lark Lane (Aigburth:) "lots of friendly bars and tasty restaurants" BAR "The Lisbon" SHOP "News from Nowhere Radical Bookshop" TOURIST SPOT Vikki-Marie Gaynor: "Seacombe Ferry where I take my pics is my fave place" 26 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk 2 � TOURIST SPOT Debs Bradshaw: "Walking at Pendle Hill and The Trough of Boland." BLACKPOOL @Lisa_LFC9: Blackpool scene relaxed atmosphere, nice people HE NORTH W T ES T LANCASHIRE 1 LANCASTER � FILM "The Dukes Film night" @samaldridge LoungeOUT Sunday nights at The Lounge 2 4 5 3 1 � � � � � � � CLUB NIGHT "Get Bent with Hangout Harry's in Preston." CUMBRIA TOURIST SPOT "The Lakes � happy camping" BAR "Outrageous Bar in Carlisle" TOURIST SPOT "Brampton � quite a vibrant lesbian scene." GROUP "PINC in Carlisle" VENUE "Multicultural Centre in Barrow" VENUE "LGBT Centre at CADAS in Barrow" BARS "The Kings Arms/Sophia's/Swank in Barrow" 5 KEY 1 2 3 4 5 CUMBRIA LANCASHIRE GREATER MANCHESTER MERSEYSIDE CHESHIRE www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 27 CHESHIRE � � TOURIST SPOT @missdennisqueen: "The Peak District "for a romantic picnic" BAR "Exposed upstairs at Showbar in Warringon" @neonpinkmartini Egerton Arms in Chelford OUTSIDE THE NORTH WEST BUT STILL WORTH A MENTION: Bronte Parsonage for a literature fix and beautiful views in Haworth. Sylvia Plath's Grave at Heptonstall in Hebden Bridge. and Nelson's Wine Bar. Shibden Hall, home of the modern lesbian Anne Lister, in Halifax. And of course, the very les/bi women friendly Todmorden! GAY MEN'S HEALTH NEGATIVE BENEFITS Very often we focus on the effects of a positive HIV test. But what are the implications if you receive a negative result? When talking about going for an HIV test, or a test for sexually transmitted infections,it is very easy to concentrate on the benefits of testing positive, because you are then able to either know your status or get any infection treated, and put yourself in the best place in terms of your long term health. All well and good, but by doing this, we might be putting people off testing because it almost assumes that everyone is going to test positive. In fact the majority of people will test negative. Getting a negative result, for any STI is a huge weight off your mind, and if you have put yourself at risk, it can relieve what can be a huge amount of anxiety. Knowing that you are definitely free of any infections can make you look back at the kind of sex that you have been having, and determine whether or not you have been putting yourself at risk. Some people assume that because they have tested negative, they must have been having safer sex, or sex that was safe up until that point. This is not always the case, and it is up to you to look back honestly to see if this applies to you. It is true to say that the more TO DIAL THIS times you have unsafe sex, the greater the NUMBER NOW risk; but remember you can get HIV or any other sexually transmitted infection by having unsafe sex just once. Having regular sexual health check ups, to make sure you can stay healthy is one of the best things you can do for your long term physical health, but also for your mental health. The anxiety that can be caused by not knowing your status can affect your day to day life, and by having peace of mind you can take real steps to improve your feelings of self worth and self esteem. A negative result can be the starting point to making sure that you stay free of infections for the rest of your life. SOME THINGS TO REMEMBER: � � HIV is very serious, but avoidable. If you slip up once and have risky sex, you can still go back to safer sex (but you should have an HIV test after three months). You can be in control of your sex life. It is possible for anyone to change their behaviour. Photo: Paul Jones, Exposure SCAN For more information on testing services and dates and locations of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's testing services go to lgf.org.uk/testing or call FOR MORE 0845 3 30 30 30. INFORMATION � � SCAN 28 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk PEP TALK It happens to lots of us. You get carried away in the heat of the moment, or a condom splits, or comes off, and you then you have the next day of worrying about whether you might have been exposed to HIV. It used to be the case that there was nothing that you could do but hope you were ok, and then wait 12 weeks for an HIV test. Post Exposure Prophylaxis (bit of a mouthful, so PEP for short) is a course of anti HIV medication that can prevent someone from becoming HIV positive if taken early enough. It is a four week long course of drugs, and it can have (sometimes quite severe) side effects. If taken within 72 hours, it can prevent someone from becoming HIV positive, but it should only be thought of as something to take in an emergency, and never thought of as part of your safer sex behaviour. It is unlikely to be given out after 72 hours because it probably won't be effective after this time has passed. If something does happen, such as you having unprotected anal sex, or an accident with a condom, then you should go to a sexual health clinic, or an A&E department as soon as possible, and ask if you are eligible for PEP. You will have to complete a risk assessment, and the health professional will only be able to prescribe it if you meet the criteria, i.e. the incident was classed as high risk for HIV exposure. It is important to remember that it is not guaranteed to work in all cases, and can have side effects that can be quite severe. For this reason, it should not be thought of as a morning after pill for HIV, and the NHS is unlikely to give it out except in isolated incidents, where accidental exposure to HIV may have occurred. PEP is not a cure for HIV, and using condoms and lube are the most effective way of preventing HIV when having anal sex, but it is something that can be considered for those times when you make a mistake or accidents happen. To find out more about PEP www.pep.chapsonline.org.uk PETER BOYLE SEX TALK SPLENDID CHAPS! I would hazard a guess that there are some people reading this who have never heard of CHAPS (and no I'm not talking about leather trousers with the arse missing). CHAPS is the name of the England wide partnership of agencies that are all working in the field of HIV prevention amongst men who have sex with men. The partnership is funded by the Department of Health, and was introduced in 1996 by the then Conservative government in response to what to do about the HIV crisis amongst gay and bisexual men. You may have seen some of the campaigns over the years, the `THIVK' campaign, `Go For It', the current `Smart Arse/Clever Dick' campaign (see page 3). All of these campaigns have had input from The Lesbian & Gay Foundation working with the other partners to try and influence behaviour, and reduce the numbers of new infections of HIV. Obviously there is still a lot of work to do and the LGF is working on your behalf on a local level in Greater Manchester and the North West, and also on a national level as part of CHAPS. At the end of February there is the annual CHAPS conference where different agencies, and healthcare providers come together to share best practice and learning, as well as look for new and innovative ways to try and make sure that we are all doing our best to serve gay and bisexual men across England. We will be covering this in the next issue of outnorthwest, and sharing with you up to date activities, and different ways in which we can all help each other to prevent the spread of HIV further and best help those who are living with HIV. The LGF is currently involved in a project that is looking to help people who have concerns that the sex that they are having is not as safe as they would like, maybe also in relation to drug and alcohol use. If you feel that this issue is a concern for you, drop us an email to: sexualhealth@ lgf.org.uk or call: 0845 3 30 30 30 and ask for Peter Boyle. You can speak to someone in confidence about your concerns, and explore ways in which we can help you. We are here if you need us, locally or nationally. Keep an eye out too for the current Smart Arse/Clever Dick campaign, and look out for our reports about the CHAPS conference in the next issue. www.chapsonline.org.uk Peter Boyle is the Sexual Health Co-ordinator at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 29 WELLBEING NEW LGF SERVICE If you live in Manchester and could do with some support to manage stress, low mood, anxiety or depression, then The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and the Manchester Primary Care Mental Health Team have a new service which could be just the thing you're looking for. So often we hear about the inequalities facing the LGB community around mental health and the challenges you experience when accessing mainstream support services. Feeling uneasy about asking for help can leave you without the support you need and when you're experiencing problems with your mental health, the last thing you need trying to cope with things alone. Recognising the scale of this problem, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and the Manchester Primary Care Mental Health Service have joined forces to offer ALONE a new specialist service for the LGBT community. The service is aimed at those experiencing common mental health problems (depression, anxiety, stress) who also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning or trans to access support in a safe and non-judgemental environment in the heart of Manchester's Gay Village. The reasons behind the high numbers of LGB people experiencing mental health problems are often misunderstood, and many find that there is often a casual link made between their sexual orientation and mental health problem, dismissing other issues that may be going on. The fact is that although LGB people may face issues such as homophobia and discrimination, we also go through all of the other `life events' and stresses as everyone else At The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, we believe that the key to supporting you to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing is to give you useful tools and coping techniques that can be used in everyday life. YOU ARE NOT "The fact is that although LGB people may face issues such as homophobia and discrimination, we also go through all of the other `life events' and stresses as everyone else." If you decide that the LGBT Wellbeing Clinic could benefit you � after completing an application form, you will be invited to attend an initial one-to-one meeting with the worker. If it's decided that the service is right for you, you'll be offered between 6 and 8 one-to-one sessions with an experienced NHS Mental Health Worker here at The LGF's Community Resource Centre. In your sessions, you will be introduced to some useful self help materials and given the opportunity to develop coping techniques and a better understanding of how to look after your mental health. The service is available to those aged 16 and over who are registered with a Manchester GP. To access this service, you'll need to complete an application form which you can request by calling us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or emailing email@example.com. Sessions are by appointment only and take place on a Friday. If you have any questions, or if you would like an application form, please contact Lucy Rolfe on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 31 THE LESBIAN & GAY FOUNDATION E HERE IF YOU WE'R EED US! N We're not just condoms and outnorthwest! The LGF has a whole range of LGB services you can access when you need them. Get in touch! INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING The LGF has a large team of dedicated volunteers, who provide one-to-one counselling to lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning people, who are experiencing `life issues'. People of all ages come to us seeking support around a variety of different issues, such as coming out, relationship problems and depression, to name just a few. After submitting an application form and attending an initial meeting with one of our team, you will be offered 12 weekly sessions which will take place here at The LGF's Community Resource Centre at a time that suits you. The service we offer is discreet, confidential and all of our counsellors have experience of working with the LGB community. As this service is not currently funded; we ask people over the age of 25 to make a small donation towards the cost of their counselling, but we would never turn away anyone who could not afford this. To request an application form, either visit our website or give us a call. RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING Sometimes people come to counselling together, to help them to work through issues, or to help bring their relationship to a respectful end. At the LGF we have a small number of therapists who are able to work with couples together, usually for around 12 sessions. To access this service, you will need 32 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk GET IN TOUCH! to submit an application form, we will then invite you to come in and meet one of our relationship therapists to discuss your needs. As this service is not currently funded; we ask people over the age of 25 to make a small donation towards the cost of their counselling, but we would never turn away anyone who could not afford this. To request an application form, either visit our website or give us a call. year, every day from 10am until 10pm. Our e-mail service has been running or just over six years and if you email us on helpline@lgf,org.uk we will respond to you in 72 hours. So either call or e-mail us and we'll do everything we can to support you. ! CUT IT OUT AND STICK IT ON YOUR FRIDGE! POLICE SURGERY Greater Manchester Police have for many years been providing a support service to the LGBT community in Manchester and provide a regular weekly service at the LGF's Community Resource Centre on Thursday night between 6 and 8pm, no appointment necessary, just drop in! GMP Community PC's and Support Officers will be available every Thursday to help with any issues at all that the LGBT community think the police can help with. If you've traditionally felt uneasy about calling the police or asking for their support in the past, the Drop-In Service at the LGF is here to help you. Empowering People Ending Homophobia, LGBT WELLBEING CLINIC If you are experiencing mild to moderate depression, anxiety, low mood or stress, there's a possibility you could benefit from our LGBT Wellbeing Clinic. This service is delivered in partnership with the Manchester Primary Care Mental Health Team and can help you to develop useful coping mechanisms and self help tools to enable you to take care of your mental health and wellbeing. For many LGBT people, accessing mainstream services can bring up fears of being `outed' and not being understood. This new service is tailored to the needs of the community and can offer vital support for people struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. Sessions are available by appointment only, and will take place here at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre on a Friday. To access the service, you'll need to be registered with a Manchester GP and over the age of 16. To request an application form, either visit our website or give us a call. www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.1070904 0845 3 303030 CALL US LEGAL SURGERY The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have teamed up with LGBT-friendly solicitors to provide a fortnightly advice surgery for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the city. The service, in partnership with legal firm O'Neill Patient LLP was introduced following a number of requests from the gay community for information on legal advice following changes in the law such as Civil Partnerships and the Sexual Orientation Regulations amendment to The Goods & Services Act. The service operates every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6pm until 8pm from the LGF's community resource centre in Manchester's gay village. No appointment is necessary, just come along and have a chat about what is worrying you POP IN Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester POP-IN Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you need immeditate support. The LGF's Pop-In Service provides information, support and guidance Monday to Friday between 10am and 8pm on a drop-in basis. We have a team of trained staff and volunteers who are happy to listen, inform and signpost on a variety of different issues, from housing to mental health. The service is confidential and sessions take place in one of our comfortable Wellbeing Rooms. So, if you need to chat to someone in confidence, then pop-in and see us. E-MAIL US email@example.com HATE CRIME REPORTING Here at the LGF's community resource centre, we are a 3rd party homophobic hate crime reporting centre, grand eh? But what does it mean? If you have suffered a homophobic hate crime, for example someone has physically attacked you or called you names realating to your sexual orientation and don't necessarily want to speak to the police then you can call us or pop in and report your hate crime here in a confidential and safe space and get any further information and support you need. WRITE TO US LGF, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF HELPLINE AND E-MAIL SUPPORT LGF's Helpline Service provides thousands of hours of advice and support to thousands of people every year. The Helpline has been running for over 35 years, and is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteer operators, all of whom receive extensive training and support. The Helpline operates 365 days a www.lgf.org.uk SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION Any questions? Scan here to call the LGF right now. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 33 GAY MEN'S HEALTH PATRICK POINTS OUT FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET TESTED BY VISITING www.lgf.org.uk/testing "They taught me to survive..." PATRICK ETTENES on the inspiration of his parents. "Well it's the mixed-race Carry Bradshaw again! As we're coming up to LGB&T History month, I've been asked to write about people who have inspired me. I didn't have idols as a kid, but then it came to me, who I have been trying to aspire to for years...my mom and dad. I don't think we give our parents enough credit. I love mine very much. They taught me the values an older generation was brought up with, respect, determination, education, love, laughter, friendship, understanding and good food - without my mother's cooking I'd not be here... hmmm curry). Born in Trinidad, my mother came to England to study to be a nurse, travelled around the world learning and taking in cultures with her trade which would have broadened anyone's mind, especially a young 18 year old from a poor background. My mom taught me that a job is a job once it pays the bills, life is what you make it, and to be master of the mind, not be mastered by the mind. Her words of wisdom still strike me to the core today, as she is always right. My mum met my dad in Holland. His back ground was bright. An inspirational police officer who loved nothing more than looking good, women and being the typical man, values in his veins from my strict grandparents. I'm the apple of my father's eye. I'm not the butchest guy, but I pack all the skills my father taught me. Same personalities (which led to many arguments, hardship, trial and error). He's still the old man, that I call daddy. If I use that word in from of him, he'll take one look at me and ask how much do I need? He's not stupid. My father taught me to defend myself, to exercise, he used to take us fishing, taught me how to horse ride, and shoot. I get my vanity from my dad, not from my mother. He taught me how to be a gentleman, and treat women, even though I used to think I was one. Never the less, my father taught me survival. We do take our parents for granted. I know I did, but I don't now. I idolise them, because throughout the years, I've realised that the person I am today isn't just because of the events I've been through, but because I survived as a result of their training, and their love. I've hurt them both a lot, not easy to have an HIV+ son, or a gay one either, in their eyes I was doomed. But they taught me to survive, and they showed me that my 34 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk GAY MEN'S HEALTH JAKE ARTURIO BRADEN BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE "I've realised that the person I am today isn't just because of the events I've been through, but because I survived as a result of their training, and their love." family will always be there for me. 35 years together, and they are the reason why I'm single. I would like what they both have, a relationship. I'm still hounded by a few people who say that I shouldn't have told them about my HIV status. I can understand why, as the older generation might not handle it very well, but I couldn't look them in the eyes holding something so damaging to me, inside. I idolise them because if they were not there to treat me the same after I told them about my HIV, I wouldn't have survived. Isn't that what an idol does? Inspire you? Make you believe? They did, I just realized after 28 years who mine were. Who are yours? And have you thanked them recently? I'll always and for ever be reminded to be a better person because of them." My name is Jake Arturio Braden and I am an accredited NLP practitioner (NeuroLinguistic Programming), providing essential building blocks for discovering how people think and manage their emotional states. I have many years of experience in supporting people in a range of capacities and have a strong passion for self-development and improvement. I believe that we all have the resources we need to change who we are, our perception of the world and thus what we get from it. I feel that having some kind of life code or mission statement for ourselves is a good support tool for managing and developing our lives. We never get it done nor are we ever complete... we are evolving beings that can be shaped and moulded by our experiences. However we have far more power over our lives than we may care to admit. I am reminded of that quote from Ghandi, "be the change you want to see in the world." For me this says that we have responsibilities over our lives. As gay and bisexual men we can come from a history of discrimination and having to fight for our rights etc. However rights come with responsibilities, and this can be a daunting prospect for people who have felt disempowered. However we can change or improve our lives. There are so many techniques out there that can support you to develop, grow and support yourself to achieve your goals, set goals and improve your self-esteem and hence your relationship with yourself and others. Over the course over the coming months. I intend to share these tips with you, sort of like attending a coaching or self-development course, or having a one-on-one session with with your own coach. I will use a holistic approach that will incorporate spirituality, which is an important part of who we are. I like to ask questions as well... so here are some you may want to consider as we get started on this journey together: � � � � � Do you desire to be in the driving seat of your life? Do you desire to be the navigator of your life? Do you desire to feel better about yourself? Do you desire to have a better life? Do you desire to attract the circumstances in your life that will support you to get where you want to go? Do you desire to take responsibility for your own life? Would you like to create your personal mission statement? � � Patrick xx Jake www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 35 GET IN! OlyMPiAN! It seems like forever that we have been counting down to the Olympics in London 2012. But it's almost here and the excitement is palpable, but for some even more than others; Pride Sport's TREVOR BURCHICK MBE is one of the lucky few who have been chosen to carry the Olympic torch... What does it mean to you and Pride Sports to be chosen as an Olympic torchbearer for London 2012? It is a touching honour to be chosen to carry the 2012 Olympic Torch. My participation will be symbolic of advancements made in the world by LGBT groups who dedicate their time to achieving equality, social inclusion and mutual respect. This is my proudest opportunity to raise the profile of regional sports with a particular dedication to Northern Wave Swimming Club as my Greater Manchester home team. What process did you have to go through? I thank all the lovely people who supported my nomination. I am immensely grateful in being a chosen citizen to showcase the LGBT community in this special experience, one that will motivate a whole world of communities uniquely in our lifetime through powerful inter-generational televised media, sport and cultural events. What will it entail? I have been measured for the official track suit which will see me carrying the torch TReVOR "This is my proudest opportunity, to raise the profile of regional sports., with a particular dedication to Northern Wave Swimming Club as my Greater Manchester home team." through a section of the Salford to Leeds route... I will be investing in new running trainers to match the official track suit when I am told of its design scheme, but I think we can guess Red, White and Blue will be a safe bet. What are you hoping for from the Olympics? My wish is that the 2012 Olympics will see the UK win many medals that gives us all an equal pride in watching our sporting best's achievements. My personal hope remains as always that the event organisers and sponsors keep their promise of a genuine legacy into community sport that will create new jobs for young people while improving the health and wellbeing in every one of our regions. My other wish is for all LGBT people to get out along the torch route and wave like we have never done before, in this chance of a lifetime for us to be proud. 36 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Two pages of sport and fitness every issue supported with enthusiasm by OUT OF THIS WORLD! The LGBT outdoor pursuits charity, OutdoorLads has announced two amazing trips to the mountain kingdom of Nepal this November. They are heading off on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, and then to the Sun Kosi river. Annapurna is one of the world's most iconic treks. After days of walking through beautiful steep sided valleys, pristine terraced fields, past foaming mountain rivers, across snow fields and through tiny rural villages � you reach your destination � where you will be standing at over 4,100m and surrounded by 6 of the world's highest mountains. The Sun Kosi river is one of the top ten white water river descents in the world. In addition to out-standing white-water rafting, the Sun Kosi offers varied and changing landscape from terraced farmland to steep gorges and then to sub-tropical jungles. Both these trips are truly fantastic adventures in one of the most stunning places on earth. For more, and how to join visit: www.outdoorlads.com/adventure BEST FOOT FORWARD Have you ever wanted to join a running club, complete a race or just run on your own over long distances? If so, then the Manchester Frontrunners Complete Beginners Course is the ideal way to get started. Manchester Frontrunners is Manchester's road running group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual people and their friends. The club is open to everyone. The club is run in a spirit of inclusivity that includes sexuality, gender, race and running ability. Meeting at 11am on Saturday mornings in Chorlton Water Park, the Manchester Frontrunners Complete Beginners Course is designed for completely new and returning runners. Running for seven consecutive weeks the course will help you build up your stamina, skill and confidence until you can run 5km on your own. Don't worry about your current running ability as the course will mix both walking and running, and be designed around your needs and development. The course starts on 18th February, arrive by 10.50am for an 11am start. They'll be meeting at the car park by the entrance to Chorlton Water Park. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address and telephone number and they'll be in touch. TELL US YOUR SPORTING NEWS! Are you part of an LGB&T sporting group in the north west? Let us know what you're up to and we'll let our readers know! Just e-mail your news to: email@example.com FEELING CONFIDENT? If you've signed up to the Frontrunners beginners course, maybe you'll want to up the ante and take the plunge by running for Team LGF in the BUPA Manchester 10K in May. 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