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PACKED! This is probably the most packed edition of ONW we’ve ever produced. And that’s saying something. First up we have the return of The LGF’s ground-breaking event for women, Sugar and Spice. Now in its seventh year, the theme this year (and echoed on our cover) is ‘Women, know your place’. Saturday 9th March will see a fun afternoon of workshops, networking, making new friends and increasing the visibility of lesbian and bisexual woman in and around the North West. With over 100 women welcomed last year, this is an event not to be missed. Turn to page 16 for full details, and don’t miss out! This issue we’re also promoting The LGF’s new ‘Love Equal Marriage’ campaign. We’re encouraing people to fight for equality and support samesex marriage. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or straight, and
whether you’re planningto get married or not, please make sure you support this important issue. Turn to page 14 for more information, and to read the reallife stories from Sian and Sara, and Rob and Richard.
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This issue, we’re very honoured to feature the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, and to celebrate this groundbreaking impact and achievements in the promotion and understanding of LGB&T issues in the Church. Turn to page 26 for more. Finally, make sure you catch Queer Contact in Manchester from 4th-9th February. There’s an impressive line-up this year, and we’ve picked some of our highlights on page 17. outnorthwest returns on 27th March. We’ll see you then.
QUOTE OF THE ISSUE - PAGE 26 “Today, when there is so much poverty in the world, and indeed in this country, what a disgrace it is that the Church in far too many places puts more energy into attacking people for their sexuality than into following the example and teachings of Jesus.” The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch
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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.
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06 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We look back on the first three years of the LGF’s anti-homophobia campaign. 10 NEWS & OPINION Sugar and Spice ! Plus all the latests news from across the LGB North West! 18 VILLAGE PEOPLE The LGF Village Angels are here to help! 120 UP YOUR WAY What’s going on in your region. 38 LISTINGS Every LGB&T service in the north west.
26 THANK YOU BISHOP NIGEL Celebrating the work and achievements of the outgoing Bishop of Manchester.
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28 YOUNG PERSONS GUIDE TO... ...Relationships. Practical advice on maintaining and developing a relatonship.
22 HEAD TO HEAD The positive and negative opinion page. 20 ALAN HORSFALL Paul Fairweather pays tribute to the groundbreaking gay rights campaigner. 22 OUTSPOKEN! This issue: Prossy Kakooza. 32 GROUPWORK The LGF has a whole host of support and social groups for you to get involved with!
30 PROSTATE CANCER It affect gay and bisexual men too! 36 GET INVOLVED! How do you fancy getting fit, and raising money for a good cause at the same time? Get involved!
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TAKING ACTION HOW YOU ARE TAKING ACTION AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA
In 2010 The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) launched a wide reaching campaign aiming to encourage more people to take action against homophobia ‘Enough is Enough!’.
The campaign forms part of The LGF’s key mission of ‘Ending Homophobia, Empowering People’.
Every single day, lesbians, gay men and bisexual people continue to be the targets of hatred and violence because of who they choose to love.
Over the last three years we’ve seen thousands of you become motivated to say Enough is Enough! and to take ACTION! Against homophobia. We’ve been overwhelmed by just how many of you have chosen to be a part of this campaign.
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As we enter into a new year we wanted to share some of the moments of the past three years and to say thank you to everyone who has supported us, celebrating your achievements and to make a pledge to you to continue taking forward our mission and campaign with the movement against homophobia in all its forms. So let’s take a look at what you have achieved so far…
Search for ‘Enough Is Enough! Action Against Homophobia’ on Facebook.
Follow us and get involved in the conversation on Twitter, @lgfoundation
Celebrity Support We launched the campaign on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia with Antony Cotton live on GMTV. Sir Ian who performed the hard-hitting voice over for our launch campaign and has talked many times about the need to reach young people and he has long been an advocate for talking about homophobia in schools: “It’s an ongoing situation that’s what I think gay people have to be aware of, laws change, attitudes in society change but they can very easily slip back. What I think is fantastic is that kids do take the initiative. They are more powerful than any pope, any priest, any homophobe, any drunk in the street who doesn’t know what they are taking about and it gives us hope for the future. Homophobia is a very, very nasty disease and it gets everywhere but when the kids won’t have it - it’s fantastic.”
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Joe Paterson,17 contacted us in 2010 and he wanted to use our Enough is Enough PowerPoint in his school assembly. “After I presented the assembly to the school year my boyfriend is in, one of the boys approached my boyfriend and apologised for anything he may have said, and wished my boyfriend and I all the best. That really made me realise that the message was getting through to everyone, and that people were learning.” Joe made a lasting impression on Antony Cotton who appeared in our launch campaign advert. “There is a brilliant boy called Joe who I’ve been introduced to via the campaign. He’s been doing some assemblies with his school. When a teen comes out as gay or trans, whatever their journey is, it’s not just about them, it’s about their family, it’s about their friends it’s about how those people deal with it.”
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We would like to say thank you to Joe his mum Linda and all the Paterson family for their support encouragement and inspiration over the last three years.
Tinie Tempah Peter Tatchell Eddie Izzard Joe and Linda Paterson with Antony Cotton
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The Story So Far HOW YOU ARE TAKING ACTION AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA
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Year 2 Safer Schools The LGF has been funded over the years to do some important local work in schools across Manchester and Salford via our Exceeding Expectations initiative but we wanted to be able to help tackle homophobia in schools across the country. In 2011 we were inspired by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network Safe Space Kits in America to produce our very own Safer Schools Packs .
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students and promote understanding. So far with your help we have distributed over 800 packs enabling us to reach schools in every corner of the UK. For a donation of £20 we can send out a Safer Schools Pack to the school of your choice, it might be your old school, your local school or your children’s school - simply nominate the school and we’ll do the rest. Visit www.lgf.org.uk/schoolspack or scan the QR code to donate.
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Homophobic bullying is still endemic in UK schools, but the LGF’s Safer Schools Packs help schools challenge homophobic bullying, support their lesbian, gay and bisexual
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“I think the school is now more inc lusive than ever before.” Ian Jenkins,
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The Safer Schools Packs include a DVD of Roger Crouch talking about the death of his 15 year old son Dominic, who took his own life after rumours spread at school that he was gay. Roger highlighted the damage words can do and urged young people to stop and think, and report bullying. “Think about the consequences because what might seem like a joke or a bit of a laugh could have consequences that you never imagined…What I’d say to young people is really what I’ve been saying since Dominic’s funeral, you should talk to someone about it; an adult, a friend, you should raise it in the school and report it.” Roger highlights that more needs to be done in schools in “promoting positive cultures
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and zero tolerance approaches to bullying whatever form it takes”. Roger Crouch’s interview with us has now been seen nearly 15,000 times on YouTube Sadly Roger died in 2011 but his legacy lives on. We would like to continue to pay tribute to his wife Paola and Roger’s family for their ongoing support including the delivery of safer schools packs to over 20 schools in his name.
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Search for ‘Enough Is Enough! Action Against Homophobia’ on Facebook.
Year 3 Videos against Homophobia To commemorate the third year of the campaign first year media students from The Manchester College produced short videos to promote Enough is Enough! and supporters voted for their favourite. The videos received over 10,000 views on The LGF’s YouTube channel during a public vote to choose two videos used to showcase the campaign.
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Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia Enough is Enough! is a campaign that The LGF utilises to tie-in both biphobia and transphobia which it did successfully at Manchester Pride 2012.
The LGF’s Chief Executive, Paul Martin, with the Manchester College Video Campaign winners
“Most haters probably don’t know the difference between being gay and being trans. So an anti-homophobia campaign works for all LGBT people.” Comment from someone signed up to the campaign at Pride
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1.7 MILLION 12,423 Facebook page Enough is Enough! Newsletter
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Homophobia hasn’t stopped so neither will we, so what’s next? Encouraging you to take ACTION on your own terms has always been the purpose of the campaign, to make its accessible wherever you are located and in whatever capacity you wish to use it. ugh is Enough! gives everyone a clear purpose and the ability to inspire and engage with others to better understand and challenging homophobia.
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Famous Followers: @StephenFry @AnthonyCotton @BoyGeorge
Donate and nominate a school: www.lgf.org.uk/schoolspack
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Challenge yourself and run for Enough is Enough!: www.lgf.org.uk/getinvolved
Community Champions Share your knowledge and information and play a role in making a positive change; through either volunteering time, expertise or just lending a helping hand: www.lgf.org.uk/exist
Love Equal Marriage Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, or if you plan to get married or not it’s incredibly important that you make your voice heard in support of this important issue. www.lgf.org.uk/equal
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IN DEPTH NEWS, COMMENT AND ANALYSIS
Lesbian & Gay Adoption and Fostering Week 2013 (4th – 10th) This is the second annual LGB&T Adoption and Fostering Week. Across the UK, agencies are looking for more adopters and foster carers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and they would love to tell you more about it at an event near you. Last year attendees heard from other LGBT people who formed families through adoption and fostering, learnt about the children who need families, the process, and how adoption & fostering has changed people’s lives. To find out more visit www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk We’ll be hosting an event here at The LGF on Thursday 7th March; 7- 9pm; at Number 5 Richmond Street; Manchester; M1 3HF
FEBRUARY National LGBT History Month This month celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. We’ll be launching a new LGB history project very soon to ensure our rich heritage is accessible to all. We’ll be hosting 15 heritage themed pub quizzes across Greater Manchester as well as 6 bi-monthly learning events taking place across the year with the first in February. For more visit www.lgf.org.uk/history Queer Contact (4th-9th) As part of Contact Theatre’s ongoing commitment to diversity, Queer Contact develops work and presents events throughout the year, for the LGBT communities of Greater Manchester. Queer Contact 2013 will take place at Contact from Mon 4 - Sat 9 Feb 2013. For more information visit www. contactmcr.com/projects/festivals/queercontact/ or turn to page 17. Valentines Day (14th) To celebrate this love-ly day, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation will be travelling around the 10 borough’s of Greater Manchester talking about our Love Equal Marriage campaign. For more information visit www.lgf.org.uk/equal
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
WE HEART WOMEN!
9th March see’s the NW - and the world - celebrate women.
MARCH We’ll be marking this day by hosting our fabulous annual Sugar & Spice event for lesbian and bisexual women, taking place on Saturday 9th March at The LGF see page 16! We’ll also be hosting The Vagina Monologues in Trafford on 7th 8th March at Gorse Hill Studios. To buy your ticket email kathy. email@example.com
UN-STEM YOUR IMAGINATION LGBTYNW are hosting an Un-stem Your Imagination’ event on 9th March at Manchester University. Young LB women are invited to go on a science tour at the university before going back to base to be inventors and create technology to help LB women in their daily lives. For more information call 0781 398 1338 or email claire.holmes@lgbtynw. org.uk
MARCH IS Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men but often men have no signs or symptoms and little awareness of a disease that kills 10,000 men in the UK every year. A quarter of a million men are living with prostate cancer. Among the high profile supporters raising awareness of prostate cancer are Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen
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who recently told Alan Carr that he feared the worst when given the diagnosis of his own prostate cancer – but that his condition is under control. He said: “I am examined regularly and it’s just contained, it’s not spreading. I’ve not had any treatment.” Currently there are no support groups for gay and bisexual men affected by prostate cancer but all that could be about to change. Please turn to page 30 to read more. http://prostatecanceruk.org
AGENDA FEB-MAR 2013 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
IN OTHER NEWS Being Gay, Being Bi, Whatever
THE WINNER IS... The LGF shortlisted in national g3 Readers Awards The LGF have been shortlisted for ‘Charity or Community Initiative of the Year’ in the g3 Readers Awards which are designed to showcase individuals and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the LGB&T community.
The awards show will be co-hosted by actress and model Sophie Ward and Coronation Street actor (and former outnorthwest cover star!) Charlie Condou at London’s Landmark Hotel on the 26th April. The full list of nominations across the 13 categories can be found at www.outg3awards.co.uk. Vote now!
JUST A BALL GAME? ‘Just A Ball Game?’ have presented Hyde FC with an award in recognition of their efforts over the past year to make their club a welcoming safe space for LGBT people to engage in football. Founding Director Lindsay England comments; “We are delighted to be presenting this award to Hyde FC who have shown over the last year to be one of the most forward thinking clubs in football.”
For more information visit http:// justaballgame.blogspot.co.uk/ or email email@example.com
Published in February, this anthology of poetry and prose, is the third book by Liverpool author Ian Bradley Marshall, bringing together all of the pieces that relate to the subject matter of being gay, or bisexual or as the title suggest… whatever. The book will be available in Waterstones and downloadable via Amazon Kindle ahead of worldwide release and is dedicated to the memory of Michael Causer and is supported by The Michael Causer Foundation - www. michaelcauserfoundation.org.uk - and The LGF. For more information visit www. ianbradleymarshall.com
The LGF are starting a new, creative project for lesbian, bisexual and questioning women with experience of mental health problems. If you’d be interested in hearing more, contact Lucy Rolfe, Wellbeing Manager on 0161 235 8035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index has announced that The Co-operative is the 3rd best organisation to work for in the UK, and for the fourth consecutive year they are the only retailer in the Top 100. The Co-operative’s inclusive LGBT employee network Respect, and winners of two LGF Homo Hero Awards, have also been awarded Stonewalls ‘Star Performer Network Group’ recognition for the third consecutive year. Thomas Anderson and Victoria Cowley, Co-chairs of the Respect LGBT employee network added, “We’ve been amazed by the support from Senior Leaders from all business areas in championing the LGBT matters and the Respect network. Their commitment to ensuring The Co-operative is a business that values our employees differences and where all employees can come to work, perform to the best of our abilities and have an equally positive experience should reassure us all that being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender at The Cooperative should not be a barrier to our career progression and enjoyment in our roles.”
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AGENDA FEB-MAR 2013
LGF EVENTS FOR WOMEN
WOMEN AT THE LGF
FEBRUARY Saturday 16th February
Sign Language Workshop
Come to our free workshop to learn the basics of British Sign Language and a little about d/Deaf culture.
MARCH Saturday 9th March
SUGAR & SPICE 7: WOMEN, KNOW YOUR PLACE! Join us for The LGF’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day. An afternoon of fun, friendship, learning new skills, networking and much more. More on page 16.
Saturday 16th March
BIKE MAINTENANCE Are you a dyke on a bike? Or a bisexual on a bicycle? Either way, learn the basics of keeping your two-wheeled friend on the road with this hands-on session. Venue tbc. Our workshops are free and is open to all lesbian and bisexual women but places are limited – book yours by emailing email@example.com or calling 0845 3 30 30 30. The LGF also runs two groups for lesbian and bisexual women, Carousel and Stepping Stones, as well as offering counselling, wellbeing services, information and advice on health issues and much more. Go to www.lgf.org.uk/women or call 0845 3 30 30 30 to find out more.
WELL WOMEN, WHAT is the lgf doing for you? four year Well women project launches. For many years The Lesbian & Gay Foundation has worked to improve its services to lesbian and bisexual women (LB) but much of its funding has been focussed on issues relating to gay and bisexual men. Now that is changing, with the launch of the four-year long Big Lottery funded ‘Well Women’ project. The ‘Well Women’ project will enable The LGF to do more to meet the health and wellbeing needs of lesbian and bisexual women, improving our services and offering more opportunities for LB women to get together, increase their skills and confidence and/or get involved with The LGF.
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The project is run by the Women’s Programme Co-ordinator, Sian Lambert, interviewed on the opposite page. She is initially focussing on planning events for lesbian and bisexual women, including monthly skills workshops and our now-famous Sugar & Spice event, improving our communications to women, working on a health strategy for LB women and setting up a national network of organisations who offer services to LB women. Sian will also shortly be setting up a planning group for the project.
So, if you’re a lesbian or bisexual woman and would like to get involved with shaping the services that the LGF offers for women, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Siân Lambert joined The LGF in November 2012 as our Women’s Programme Coordinator. She will be working on the Big Lottery-funded ‘Well Women’ project, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual (LB) women and empower them to better engage and participate in their communities. Sum yourself up in three words... Outgoing, loyal, clumsy. Tell us something we may now know about you... I currently own around 40 dresses. My partner complains about lack of wardrobe space but it does mean I can lend frocks to any lesbian friends who going to a wedding and are slightly less girly than me! What made you want the role of Women’s Programme Coordinator? I’m passionate about improving the lives of LGBT people, in particular LB women. I think our needs and opinions sometimes get lost and I am excited about working on a project which seeks to address that. What woman most inspires you and why? There are so many but at the moment probably Rachel Maddow (political commentator on US television). She is an incredibly intelligent woman, and proudly
MEET SIâN WE GET TO KNOW SIâN LAMBERT, THE LESBIAN & GAY FOUNDATION’S WOMEN’S PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATOR out lesbian, who makes the driest politics interesting and amusing, and mixes cocktails live on air! Check out her show on msnbc. com. Why is it important to have a programme specifically for LB women? Many of the support services offered to the LGB community are aimed at men, understandably due to the huge impact of HIV. This means that the physical and mental health needs of LB women are sometimes overlooked and there are fewer opportunities for LB women to socialise. It’s quite ground-breaking to have a project that seeks to address both of these issues. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing LB women in 2013? The impact of the economic situation and the cuts are having on our lives and livelihoods. Women are more adversely affected by the cuts then men, as we are more likely to work in the statutory and voluntary
sectors and are more likely to be caring for others. We’re less visible in society and therefore our needs and opinions are easier to ignore. Homophobia and heterosexism continues to make life harder for LB women. The challenge is for us to find a way to ensure our voices are heard, our needs are recognised and that we can play a full and active role in society. What are your hopes for the future of The LGF’s women’s programme? World domination, of course! Not really, I would just like to see more LB women accessing the services that The LGF offers and also coming together to socialise, network and learn new skills. A wider recognition of the needs of lesbian and bisexual women from mainstream organisations would also be good! Find out more about The LGF’s women’s programme at www.lgf.org.uk/women
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AGENDA FEB-MAR 2013 LOVE EQUAL MARRIAGE
“I WANT TO GET MARRIED IN 2013.” “It’s about being able to tell the world that we love each other, and to enjoy the right of marriage that our friends and family can.”
ROB AND RICHARD www.lgf.org.uk/equal These couples are supporting The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s new campaign, Love Equal Marriage. We’re encouraging people to fight for equality and support same-sex marriage. Whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or straight, or if you plan to get married or not it’s incredibly important that you make your voice heard in support of this important issue. Take Action Now! Visit www.lgf.org.uk/equal
Donate to our campaign! Text LOVE27 to 70070 followed by the amount you would like to donate e.g: LOVE27 £5
Rob and Richard, both 37, have known each other for over 15 years, meeting at just 21 years old – describing it as ‘love at first sight’. When the UK government released their plans for same-sex marriage, they announced their engagement! “We have lived in Manchester for eight years, and play an active part in our local community. The best part of our relationship is being there for each other. Indeed, the only thing we argue about is football. I’m a Man City fan and Richard supports Liverpool.
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‘Full marriage is really important to us. For Richard and I, it is about being able to tell the world that we love each other, and to enjoy the right of marriage that our friends and family can. It feels like the natural next step in our strong, longterm relationship. ‘Civil Partnership is fantastic, and has been brilliant for the thousands of lesbian and gay couples who have had a civil partnership. For us, we want it to go further; we want the right to full marriage like anyone else. Like our parents, we too want to be able to say that we “are married”.
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“I did not understand why both of my sisters could get married (as many times as they wanted to, in fact) but that I couldn’t get married once. Marriage conveys a status and gravitas that, as an individual and as part of a couple, I value.”
SIAN AND SARA Sian, 33, and Sara, 31 live in Salford and have been together for around two-and-a-half years. They had a civil partnership in May 2012. They recently came back from their three-week honeymoon visiting Seattle, San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. “I proposed, although I had always promised myself I wouldn’t have a Civil Partnership – I wanted to get married like my sisters. However, when I met Sara I realized we were perfect for each other and I wanted to propose. I found someone I wanted to commit to, and there didn’t seem a lot of point not doing it out of principle. Both of us wanted a family, and we both felt that it was really important that we start one in a formal relationship, so having a civil partnership or, ideally a marriage, was key for us.
I never thought I would be able to get married. My sister got married when I was 12 and I didn’t think I would ever be able to do that. I had never done the whole dream wedding thing as a young girl, but I saw marriage was an important institution and construct for relationships to be recognized and celebrated in, and understood that no relationship that I was ever going to be in was going to be treated in the same way. When we got civil partnerships, I felt the same way. I did not understand why both of my sisters could get married – as many times as they wanted to, in fact – but that I couldn’t get married once. Marriage conveys a status and gravitas that, as an individual and as part of a couple, I value. In addition, why should my parents be forced to out me as a lesbian every time she talks about her daughters? In reality, she says all three of her daughters are married, but legally that isn’t strictly true.”
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SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! Calling all lesbian and bisexual women: Saturday 9th March is the date to put in your diaries for our annual celebration of International Women’s Day: Sugar & Spice.
This hugely popular event will take place at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Community Resource Centre, Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF from 12.00 – 6.00pm. The theme for this year’s Sugar & Spice is ‘Women, know your place’, with the idea of celebrating and embracing the very diverse roles that women fill. This will be a fun afternoon of workshops, networking, making new friends and increasing the visibility of lesbian and bisexual women in and around the North West. Sessions planned so far include drumming, relaxation, beat-boxing, grassroots activism and tips for setting up your own business. There will also be free food, free holistic therapies, a free cafe and a discussion session with inspirational lesbian and bisexual women who have found their place in the North West. Sugar & Spice is now in its seventh year and continues to get bigger and better each time. Last year we welcomed over 100 women and we look forward to welcoming even more this year, so come along and meet friends old and new! Go to www.lgf.org.uk/women near to the event for full details or email email@example.com 16 OUTNORTHWEST Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk
! T C A T N O C R E E QU Each February, as part of LGBT History Month, Queer Contact features the best performance, music, spoken word, and theatre with local young people and performers interacting with the best UK and international talent. Queer Contact 2013 will take place at Contact in Manchester from Monday 4th - Saturday 9th February 2013. There’s something for every taste, and you can view the full programme at contactmcr.com. Here’s just THREE of the events we’re looking forward to...
ctmcr.com ta n co T A S T E K IC BOOK YOUR T Jonathan Mayor hosts a special festival edition of Contact’s infamous comedy lab with a heady mix of comedy superstars. Featuring Paul Sinha, Debra-Jane Appleby, Heena Patel, Kate McCabe and Sarah Emmott, and Tom Allen (pictured above). Monday 4th February, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 (£5 Concession)
: MOTHER’S RUIN WHo’S GOT R? THE MAX FACTO
Bourgeois & Maurice We STARTED A BAND
Fresh from wowing packed-out audiences at Edinburgh Fringe 2012...
Twisting modern life into some of the catchiest, most peculiar pop songs you’ll hear this year, award-winning cabaret duo Bourgeois & Maurice bring their criticallyacclaimed four-piece band show to Contact
- bringing Queer Contact 2013 to a raucous conclusion! Expect an unrivalled mix of social commentary, musical comedy and fashion from the alt-cabaret duo showing modern life through crazy songs.
Saturday 9th February, 8.00pm Tickets: £12 (£7 Concession)
Who’s Got the Max Factor? is a talent show like no other.
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VILLAGE PEOPLE LOCAL BUSINESSES, CHARITIES AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER!
ANGEL DELIGHT! MARTIN COOPER one of the LGF Village Angels looks forward to a year of love and respect. Welcome to the New Year! We have all made and broken and remade our resolutions by now and I know from chatting to so many of you over the last few months that 2013 represents a year of love and respect, both for yourselves and for your surroundings and community.
environment, find employment, find love and gain knowledge on issues that you wouldn’t normally always be able to access.
2012 was an amazing year for the Village Angels and so many of you have told us how much you appreciate the work that we do. And why do you appreciate it? Because the Village is important to you!! For some, it’s the central hub of activity for LGBT people in the northwest with thousands of you calling it ‘home’.
In all honesty, how many of you reading this now were that clued up about HIV transmissions before accessing the information around the Village? How many of you knew about the importance of hate crime reporting before seeing posters up in venues or speaking to the Village Neighbourhood Policing Team? Would you know as much about the services available to LGBT people directly, concerning things that affect our everyday lives, without finding it out in the Village. How many of you have found work or career opportunities through people you have met in the Village?
We’ve learnt that so many of you consider it a place that you can visit either as part of a group or alone and you can meet new friends here, join groups to learn new skills in an accepting
It’s important that we look after ourselves as individuals and take responsibility for our health, whether that be physical, mental or sexual health and there is a wealth of information
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available within these pages to guide you through that, but there is also an onus of responsibility on us as Village venues and service users to protect our environment and the community that use it. We are blessed in Manchester to have one of the finest ‘gaybourhoods’ in the UK, if not the world. Let’s focus on loving and nurturing that in 2013 by utilising services, supporting community events and looking out for ourselves and our fellow revellers. The Village Angels will be there to assist you in any way we can. Just come and chat! We draw our inspiration and design our service around the things you tell us and our resolution is to continue to do that throughout 2013. For more information on The LGF Village Angels, contact Martin Cooper on 0845 3 30 30 30, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAYS “So, welcome to 2013 - I wonder what the coming year has in store. A new year brings new opportunities and challenges which we all can relish, and if you are looking for the first milestones of the year look no further than LGB&T History month running throughout February and International Women’s Day, which is celebrated globally on 8th March.
THE BEAT OF GAY UK!
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Ian Wallace, Gaydio’s Business Director talks about the station’s growth and expansion to DAB
“Business Director. That makes me sound rather dull. Truth is my job is much more about making sure the bills are paid, the post is collected and the VAT report is sent off. Well… that and a few more important things that keeps Gaydio running 24/7. How did I get here? Well zip back to 2006 and after becoming a fan of an Australian LGB&T station, I made the suggestion to my Business partner that we set up a radio station for LGB&T people in Manchester and Gaydio was born. Jump forward to 2010 and we launched the first ever FM radio station in the UK. A massive deal as no one had launched a service for gay people on FM before. We were ground-breakers, aiming high and quite often falling victim of our own gigantic ambition. We worked hard to get what we did right, getting people involved and listening to feedback while focusing on great music with interesting and informative content from an LGB&T perspective. Something that you can’t get anywhere else. The only other guys that were doing this in the UK were Gaydar Radio and towards the end of last year they spoke to us about re-focusing Gaydar on their core business of providing the UK’s most popular dating site. Gaydar Radio has a large, loyal audience and with them
looking to close the radio station, the chance to step in to continue to provide a service to this audience felt like a perfect opportunity to improve what we do. So that’s what we did. As of 7th January Gaydio (or Gaydio 3.0 as we call it in the office) launched on DAB. This makes us the biggest gay radio station in the world and the only dedicated full-time service in the UK with 850,000 monthly listeners. No pressure then. Being on FM and digital radio give us huge opportunities and huge responsibilities to continue the amazing work of Gaydio and Gaydar Radio and serve our unique audience. Gaydio’s success is without a doubt a product of the amazing talent and dedication of our team, who mostly work without payment. This gives us the chance to grow and do things bigger and better than before. It’s also important that we don’t lose the reason people listened to us before and for that reason we also offer dedicated programming that you can only hear in the North West. So, if you’ve never listened, pop us on and if you’re one of our avid listeners then we hope you like the new sound and feel of Gaydio. We are, after all, the beat of Gay UK. Gaydio Broadcast on 88.4fm in Mancheser, on DAB digital radio in the South East, online at Gaydio. co.uk and via iOs and Android apps.
Although some deem the event as patronising and irrelevant, others see it as a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the often neglected achievements of women past and present. Here at the LGF we are no exception and we mark the day with our annual ‘Sugar and Spice’ event, which is taking place at our Community Resource Centre on Saturday 9th March. We hold the event not only to celebrate women’s achievements but also to inspire and empower more lesbian and bisexual women to do greater things, to overcome the barriers many face SCAN TO DIAL THIS in their careers and in their personal lives. This year’s NUMBER NOW ‘Sugar & Spice’ will have a strong focus on grassroots activism, entrepreneurialism and providing opportunities for women to discuss, debate and share their views on relevant issues. In an ideal world there would be no need for such an event, but unfortunately recent events in India have only served the highlight the inequalities women INFORMATION around the face on a daily basis. These stark inequalities have been highlighted by a wonderful campaign called One Billion Uprising (onebillionrising.org), which is urging men and women around the world to stand up against violence towards women. The campaign’s message is extremely powerful and it’s well worth taking time to NUMBER check it out. NOW
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One of the most famous doubters (to put it mildly) of women’s rights, Queen Victoria, expressed her anxiety around the emerging movement by stating: “Were to ‘unsex’ themselves by claiming equality with TOwoman WATCH THE men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection.” Whilst anyone with an ounce of common sense would be thankful her prediction has not completely prevailed, people still share such views in today’s society. Although the world can’t be changed in a day, you can make some real changes to your world and getting involved in events like ‘Sugar and Spice’ is the perfect place to start.
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As I mentioned, a new year brings new challenges, and I am practising what I preach. This year I set myself the challenge of running the Silverstone half marathon and Manchester 10k, all in aid of the LGF. As well as setting physical challenge, a new year can also be a good time to reflect on the year just gone and consider any personal changes you may wish to make. Such realisations can be a bit daunting, purely in knowing how to make such changes and where to start. If you are feeling in need if support, or would just like to talk to someone you aren’t alone. The LGF offer a wide range of services to help you including counselling, social groups, a befriending scheme and a helpline. For more information please on any of these please call 0845 3 30 30 30 or check out our website. Or, if you are interested in taking on a charity challenge please email email@example.com. Happy New Year! www.lgf.org.uk OUTNORTHWEST 19
UP YOUR WAY FOCUS ON: LGB RIGHTS I met Allan in 1978 when I came to Manchester and slowly became aware of the key role he had played in the campaign for Homosexual Law reform. What is less well known is his attempts to provide support and social facilities for gay people at a time of great hostility. In some smaller towns in the 1940s and 50s the most respectable hotels were where groups of gay men could gather in relative openness. In 1948 Alan and a group of friends met regularly in the Thorne Hotel in Burnley. Alan said “When thinks got a bit frisky and we began to sit on each other’s knees the landlord would say boys you need to go upstairs to the residents bar”. On a Saturday night Allan and his friends would go to Manchester to the Ogden Arms (now the Rembrandt) and would get the last bus back to Burnley which became known as the “bugger’s bus” because it was full of gay men. • •
1964 - Allan set up the North West Homosexual Law Reform Committee. On 28th July 1967 the law was changed but attitudes towards homosexuality had not. In October 1967 Allan sent letters to local papers in East Lancashire trying to place the following advert: “Have you a homosexual problem ring Bolton 62783 or Manchester 832 5253.”
He was basically running an early Gay Switchboard offering support and information to people. London Gay Switchboard is seen as the first such Helpline which opened in 1974. Yet a similar line had been operating 7 years earlier and was advertising in the Rossendale Free Press! Allan was a leading figure in setting up Esquire Clubs which aimed to run gay clubs along the lines of working men’s clubs. When it became known that an attempt was being made to set up a club in Burnley there was uproar. Father John Neville, a local Catholic priest spearheaded a campaign against the club and Councillor R Baldwin said “I think the ratepayers of Burnley are prepared to pay a little bit to keep them out of this town”
Allan Horsfall – The ‘Grandfather’ of Gay Rights - died in September 2012 at the age of 84. Paul Fairweather the Coordinator of the *Burnley LGBT History project looks back at his life. In an attempt to convince local people of the need for a gay club a meeting entitled ‘Homosexuals and Civil Liberty’ was held in Burnley Library on Friday 30th July 1971. Over 250 people attended. Police stood at the back of the hall and a police van waited outside. A group of 15 skinheads were escorted into the meeting wearing heavy boots which they were requested to leave at the door. They also handed in their umbrellas. Ken Pilling a Blackburn licensee involved in trying to set up the club said “all homosexuals want to do is to lead a normal and active life but they often don’t get the chance to do it” Father John Neville said that the club would have an “absolutely catastrophic result on the youngsters and those at an impressionable age. If they open a club it will be a cage for homosexuals to be looked at” Fred Evans, from the Burnley Christian group then referred to homosexuality as a “revolting and filthy habit”
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Uproar followed and a woman threatened Mr Evans before being restrained by friends. A blind woman Mrs Swindlehurst said that she felt sickened by the intolerance shown by those who claimed to be Christians. She said her son who was a homosexual would have been alive today if there had been such a club as he had killed himself because of isolation. Over the last sixty years we have moved from the margins of society to the mainstream. Allan Horsfall’s vision, courage and ability to motivate others played a major role in achieving this. *Burnley LGBT History project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with volunteers to uncover the hidden LGBT History of EastLancs. Contact Paul Fairweather Project Coordinator on burnleylgbt@yahoo. co.uk and follow on Twitter @burnleylgbt
You can read more about Allan Horsfall at www.lgf.org.uk
YOUR PAGES IN YOUR WORDS!
FOCUS ON: MANCHESTER
RECLAIM THE NIGHT Thursday 21st February 2013. Ever been the victim of street harassment? Think it needs to stop?
FOCUS ON: LANCASTER/MORECAMBE
MEET CHARLIE OUT IN THE BAY LGBT Out in the Bay has employed a new support worker, Charlie Little, who is based in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. So if you need support or wish to find out more about the group, contact Charlie on: 07449311406 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: lgbt out in the bay
FOCUS ON: PARENTING
PROUD 2 B PARENTS
LGBT group Proud 2 B Parents have lots planned for 2013 from their usual group get together, to trips and events. They are always there to help, give advice and signpost to relevant services. Please contact Matt TaylorRoberts on email@example.com or phone 0161 223 0275
FOCUS ON: LIVERPOOL
ACCESS TO ADVICE North Liverpool Citizens Advice Bureaux has been awarded a grant to increase and improve the delivery of advice to the city’s LGBT community. The Reaching Communities programme of the Big Lottery Fund will fund OUTreach Liverpool, a project to provide advice, information, referral and signposting on welfare benefits, debt, housing and other issues. OUTreach Liverpool will launch in the spring and run for at least three years. Contact Joe Lavelle, Development Worker 0151 207 6974 extension 308. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.northliverpoolcab.org.uk
Join the empowering march against street harassment to reclaim the streets and take back the night. There will be a women only section and LGBT section of the march, the theme is light, so wear something reflective. Owen’s Park, Wilmslow Rd, Fallowfield from 7pm heading towards Manchester Student’s Union (after party from 9pm). For details contact: email@example.com
FOCUS ON: MANCHESTER
LET’S PLAY BALL Slam Dunkin’Divas (Manchester’s LBT basketball team) and Pride Sports are organising the first ever basketball tournament for LBT women in Manchester. The tournament is open to players of all levels. You don’t even have to be part of a team to take part, just register your interest. Let’s Play Ball takes place on Saturday 8th June. Entry costs £35 including Saturday night entertainment and Sunday brunch for more information or to register go to 2013basketball.event rite.co.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOCUS ON: LGBT HISTORY MONTH
There’s loads of events happening this February and we just couldn’t fit it all in these pages. So, for latest updates check out: http:// lgbthistorymonth.org.uk or check the news and what’s on section over at www.lgf.org.uk for events near you.
FOCUS ON: TRANS
Trans Young peoples residential Trip. 26th28th April, Laude Abbey, Leicestershire. Manchester’s afternoon T.E.A group are planning a residential trip for trans young people aged 14+. The trip is free and transport will be provided. E-mail email@example.com or call 0781 398 1338
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HEAD TO HEAD THIS ISSUE WE’RE ASKING AN HIV POSITIVE MAN, AND A GP...
“Is it important to be open about your HIV status with your GP?” THE HIV POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE
PATRICK ITALO ETTENES
“I am open personally about my status to my GP. All my life I have suffered from depression, its nothing abnormal, but my mom always taught me how to control it. Soon enough after being diagnosed as HIV Positive and being on meds, my depression got worse, to the point one day that I had to turn the car around, drive back home and crawl back into bed as I thought something horrid was going to happen. Enough was enough, I went to my doctors and went on antidepressants. I remember the moment I told my doctor that I was HIV+ve. The news that I was on antidepressants caused mass paranoia. She consulted another doctor and to this day I can remember the scream from the other end of my GPs phone saying “Get him off those tablets ASAP “ to my shock my GP explained, that being HIV positive my liver would dissolve my Antidepressants slowly, so it was equivalent to taking 20 Ecstasy tablets, and I was having the come down form all of them!. Moral of the story: be honest with your GP, they are there help you. I think it’s so important that I share details of my medication, other health issues with all doctors. At the end of the day, they can’t help you if you’re not honest with them. I’m debating whether to go back onto different Antidepressants this month, and I was impressed to see my doctor work with another colleague to figure out which ones worked best with my current HIV antivirals. Just imagine if I didn’t, just imagine if you didn’t? What state would you be in? So, at the end of the day, they are trained for this. It really is in your own interests to share information with your doctor so that they can give you the best possible treatments.” Check out http://patrickettenes.blogspot.co.uk 22 OUTNORTHWEST Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk
THE GP’S PERSPECTIVE
STUART SUTTON DR.
“As a GP my role is to care for their patients’ physical, psychological and social wellbeing regardless of the artificial boundaries of ‘primary care’ (GP and community services) and ‘secondary care’ (the hospital). In order to do this I rely on excellent communication from my consultant colleagues about what medication they are prescribing, results of tests they have ordered and guidance about side effects or problems I should keep an eye out for For patients with HIV this is especially important – there are specific interactions between medicines I may need to be aware of when issuing a prescription for an unrelated problem. There are some rare but potentially serious HIV complications I might not consider if I am not aware of a patient’s positive status. In addition more routine, but nonetheless important, care is needed to keep an eye on your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels if you are HIV positive as you are at slightly increased risk of developing problems such as diabetes or heart disease. Long-term conditions, such as HIV, may also have a psychological or emotional impact – knowing that a patient is HIV positive allows a GP to be more aware of this and offer appropriate care and support. Concerns about confidentiality and possible stigmatisation may seem like a barrier to disclosure for some HIV positive people. GPs are duty bound to protect patients’ confidentiality and treat everyone with respect – HIV positive patients are no exception. Perhaps if more HIV positive patients disclosed their status to their GP, so that they could be cared for in the same way as people with other long-term health problems are, this would further demystify and destigmatise HIV – something we would all like to see.” Secretary of the Gay & Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists
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OUTSPOKEN WHO’S PROS SY? Prossy Kakooza is cofounder of Lesbian Immigration Support group (LISG), a charity that helps women seeking Asylum from countries where it’s illegal to be gay. Prossy won LGF’s Homo Hero: Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual Role Model of the Year Award in 2012, for her work with LGBT asylum seekers. To find out more about LISG email lisg. email@example.com
Sum yourself up in three words... Survivor. Stubborn. Openminded. If we gave you £1million, what would you do with it? Open more support groups for LGBT asylum seekers like Lesbian Immigration support group (LISG) in other cities and buy 10 years’ seasons tickets to all Arsenal games. Do you have a favourite quote/ motto? Be the change you wish to see in others. If you could change one thing about the world what would it be? Remove all borders so it’s one world and not individual countries.
Prossy receiving her LGF Homo Hero Award
PROSSY KAKOOZA What food could you not live without? Matooke - which is small green bananas, Uganda’s staple food.
What is your guilty pleasure? Reading romance novels.
Which animal you would most like to be and why? A pig, then I would eat anything I want without worrying about stupid calories.
Where is your favourite place in the world? The sofa in my living room.
If you were a biscuit, what would you be? Gingernut - yummy!
Tell us a secret about yourself. I can’t cook to save my life! I would have made such a rubbish African wife.
If you were a superhero, what would be your super-power? Invisibility. Mostly so I could go into the UK Border Agency offices and wreak havoc.
What’s the best thing about being a woman? Having the best excuse every time in a month to be a complete bitch!
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“Today, when there is so much poverty in the world, and indeed in this country, what a disgrace it is that the Church in far too many places puts more energy into attacking people for their sexuality than into following the example and teachings of Jesus.” In what is believed to be the first honour of its kind, The LGF recently awarded The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, our prestigious ‘Homo Hero’ award for helping to challenge homophobia within the Diocese of Manchester. On 18th January 2013 Nigel stepped down as Bishop and outnorthwest wanted to pay tribute to the man who over the last decade has been working to enable a greater understanding of diverse sexual orientation within the Church of England while reaching out to all those within the LGB&T community in the hope that they may feel included and supported. On 10th October 2012 a special service celebrating Manchester’s LGB&T communities took place in Manchester Cathedral. This was the third such event to take place. Here outnorthwest is delighted that Bishop Nigel has allowed us to share part of his address on that evening with our readers.
Thank You BISHOP
NIGEL “We should be ashamed in this country of what, simply because of their sexuality, millions of people can tell about their often traumatic experiences of fear, rejection, exclusion, abuse, persecution – and feeling unloved and alone. But what is especially awful – is when it is Christians who are guilty of causing acts of unkindness and hatred towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – instead of doing what the Church should do: offer welcome, hope and love to everyone. Thankfully there are now increasing numbers of churches in this diocese where LGB and T people can find a safe space and Christian fellowship. But it’s also true that all denominations and faiths still shelter a terrible and wholly unacceptable hypocrisy. From Christian sources I still hear
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texts, usually verses from Leviticus, bandied about and used as if they were definitions for Christian allegiance. No way. As I have often said publicly in the last ten years, if you want guidance on what it means to be a Christian, try looking at the Gospels and particularly at what Jesus said. He made no statement about homosexuality. Today, when there is so much poverty in the world, and indeed in this country, what a disgrace it is that the Church in far too many places puts more energy into attacking people for their sexuality that into following the example and teachings of Jesus.”
Marriage and Companionship “Loneliness, aloneness that we don’t choose, is never a good thing – as God made clear when he created the first human being in his own image. Genesis 2
The Bishop’s Journey
Bishop Nigel receives his LGF Homo Hero Award from LGF Chief Executive Paul Martin. verse 18 describes God saying “It is not good that the man should be alone” And so he created for him a partner. Of course, as the poetic story goes, Adam and Eve then began the process of multiplying humankind. But that is not the first Godgiven reason for them being together. In the eyes of God it is not desirable to have to be alone. It’s taken Anglican liturgy a while to catch up with that. In the Book of Common Prayer of 1662 the procreation of children was put as the primary objective of marriage and sexual activity. But more recent marriage services in 1980 and 2000 have changed the priority. It is now the committed relationship, the companionship of the one for the other that is put before the rest in order of importance - a recognition that procreation of children is not a requirement of marriage and indeed may not be
possible. In other words what is seen to be primarily sacramental in marriage is, especially, the commitment to relationship.”
LGB&T partnership “During these past ten years I’ve deeply appreciated, and thank God for, this partnership we celebrate between the Church in this diocese, and organisations and individuals that support or are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered members of our local communities. We have come on a journey in the rightful cause of inclusion for all. But I leave Manchester with much still to be done. My prayer is that my successor and others who come after me will continue this partnership, working together - until the day dawns when all divisions cease, prejudice is overcome, bullying defeated and discrimination destroyed.”
2002 Appointed Bishop of Manchester. 2003 Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement service at Manchester Cathedral cancelled due to controversy surrounding Canon Gene Robinson’s election as first openly gay Bishop in Anglican Communion. 2004 Bishop Nigel invited by The LGF to speak about his views on sexuality. Expresses regret for the hurt caused to the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement and outlines initiatives to appoint a theological group to examine matters raised by the Bishops’ report “Some Issues on Human Sexuality”, and a pastoral group to offer suggestions for discussion by Church Councils. 2006 Suggestion made to the Bishop of Manchester’s Advisory Group on Sexuality that a monthly Eucharist be held. LGBT Communion begins on the 1st Saturday of each month at St Chrysostom’s Parish. 2008 Manchester Cathedral hosts a special service of welcome aimed at LGB&T people on Thursday June 12, the result of partnership working between the LGF, The Bishop and his Advisory Group on Sexuality. 2009 The Bishop sends a resounding message of support to Exceeding Expectations: a Manchester initiative that goes into the city’s secondary schools to tackle homophobic bullying. www.exceedingexpectations.org.uk 2010 The Bishop welcomes a second service at Manchester Cathedral to celebrate the city’s LGBT communities,contributions and heritage. 2011 Bishop Nigel makes available a regular channel of communication to the LGB&T community for support and advice from a trusted member of the Manchester Diocese. Available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0845 3 30 30 30. 2012 In October a third service celebrating Manchester’s LGBT community is held in Manchester Cathedral. November saw The Bishop’s wish for the introduction of female bishops rejected following a day-long debate at general synod. In December Bishop Nigel is awarded LGF’s Homo Hero award. 2013 On 18th January Nigel steps down as Bishop of Manchester and The Crown Nominations Commission meet in the Spring to consider candidates for the next Bishop. We hope his successor will be inspired to continue his work in the area of faith and sexual orientation and will understand the diverse needs of Manchester Diocese.
G N U O Y A S N O S PER O T E D I U G S P I H S N O I T A L RE
Any relations hip new or existing, need s to be nuture d. But how do yo u make sure your relation ship is thrivin g and it’s not g ame over?
So, how do you know whether or not a relationship is ‘healthy’? Does it eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day? Does it get on a treadmill or go for a swim? Or is it more about how you feel about yourself when you’re with the other person? It can be confusing to figure out whether or not the relationship you’re in is doing you good and you might find yourself comparing yourself to other people, which isn’t always helpful. Most of us learn through our experiences and being human, we all make mistakes, but understanding a bit more about relationships can help you make some important decisions and avoid some potentially tricky situations.
Love can be hard, crushes can be confusing and dating, well that needs a whole new article... The relationships we have will probably help to shape us in some way or another. Even if you’re boyfriend/girlfriend introduced you to a new band or convinced you that Dominos is better than Pizza Hut, our relationships make their mark on us perhaps more than we realise and the damage an abusive relationship can cause to things like our self esteem can be harder to forget. Relationships can be a bit like the story of Goldilocks; it might take a bit of experimenting and trying new things before you find someone you like. We all make compromises in relationships; they might have an annoying habit or have slightly different interests than you, but on the whole, there’s nothing like the buzz of finding someone who gives us butterflies
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and puts a huge smile on our face. Being in a healthy relationship means that you care for and respect one another and take things at a pace you’re both comfortable with. One of the most important parts of a relationship is trust; a little occasional jealousy is natural and how a person reacts can be a big clue as to how much trust they have in the other person. For example, when a name you don’t recognise flashes up on your partner’s phone, what do you do? You might feel a little niggle of jealousy, but what you do or say about it, could speak volumes about how much trust you have. Being in a healthy relationship also means being independent and having your own identity away from your partner. You should never feel like you’re not allowed to be yourself; you both had separate lives
before you met and being in a relationship doesn’t mean that that should get left behind. There may be things you want to compromise on, to help you to find balance between doing stuff on your own and together, but be wary of anyone who doesn’t like you spending any time away from them. Relationships can be hard work at times, we all have our ups and downs and have to make compromises, but ultimately you should feel happy for most of the time. Have a look at this relationship check-list, do you recognise any of the feelings or experiences? • I’m afraid of my partner
• I often feel put down and belittled, they’ve really
knocked my confidence
• They don’t like me seeing my family/friends
• They shout at me quite a lot
• My partner has grabbed/
pushed/shoved/hit/slapped/ held/hit/kicked me
• I feel like I’m walking on
egg shells whenever they’re around
• I’m always worrying about saying the wrong thing
• My partner can get really
pushy when I don’t want sex / my partner forces me to
have sex even when I don’t want to
• They always accuse me of
being unfaithful, even when I haven’t done anything wrong
• He/she tells me they
couldn’t live without me, they need me
• My partner’s mood changes all the time, often really suddenly
• It’s my fault they act like they do
All of the things on this list are signs that you might be in an unhealthy relationship and that your partner could be being abusive towards you, especially if you recognise a few of them. Unhealthy and abusive relationships take many different forms, there doesn’t have to be physical violence for it to be classed as abuse. Manipulation, isolating you away, threatening you, putting you down are all things that your partner shouldn’t be doing and they’re not a sign that someone loves you or cares for you. Sometimes, it can be hard to see these things coming; you might let something go because it’s a one off or put it down to them being stressed, or you may even think that this can’t happen in same sex relationships. We can all be caught out by an abusive partner and no-one should blame you for what’s happened, no-one deserves to be treated in this way. Domestic abuse affects about every 1 in 4 people in same sex relationships in the UK and some of the warning signs are included in the list above. Despite the numbers being so high, very few LGB people report the abuse, perhaps because they don’t recognise it or think there’s help out there. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect in their relationships and no matter how alone or isolated you might feel, there is help out there, no matter what situation you’re in. If you’re concerned about a relationship you’re currently in, or have been in previously, we can offer a safe space for you to come and talk things through. We offer free face-to-face and telephone counselling for under 25’s or you can just pop in and see us Monday – Friday between 10am and 8pm at 5 Richmond Street in Manchester City Centre. We won’t judge you and can take things at your pace, putting you in touch with other organisations who can also help and offer support.
In an emergency, always call 999!
A space for children and young people to understand doemstic abuse and take positive action if it’s happening to you www.thehideout.org.uk
National charity supporting people affected by domestic abuse. National 24hr domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247 www.womensaid.org.uk
National charity providing help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and/or sexual violence National helpline: 01823 334 244 www.mankind.org.uk
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Help, support and advice for anyone who is experiencing domestic abus e and/or sexual violence Manchester Helpline: 0161 636 7525 Young Men & Men’s Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 801 0327
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GAY MEN’S HEALTH
CRACKING PROSTATE CANCER
prostate gland makes the fluid that delivers semen. So for many men, you could say it’s their second favourite part of the body,” and for many gay and bisexual men it will be their favourite part of the body.
What is Prostate Cancer? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and its incidence is significantly higher in men over 50. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed every year and around 250,000 men are currently living with the disease. A number of these men will identify as gay or bisexual. There is no evidence to suggest that gay and bisexual men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. But if you are in a relationship with another man, be that a long term relationship or one of a purely sexual nature, you are twice as likely as a heterosexual man or woman to have to deal with prostate cancer in your lifetime; as both partners will have a prostate gland.
Getting Support The LGF and Prostate Cancer UK recognise that prostate cancer can affect gay and bisexual men differently to heterosexual men and so are currently working in partnership to set up a prostate cancer support group in Manchester. Existing support groups may lack the resources or knowledge to be able to confidently offer support to gay and bisexual men, who themselves may be unwilling to disclose their sexuality in this setting. If you are a gay or bisexual man dealing with prostate cancer, then this support group will offer you a safe and confidential environment to discuss your concerns and experiences with other men dealing with the same problems. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sean Ralph is a Health and Care Professions Council registered Therapy Radiographer. Sean has been exploring the possibility of a prostate cancer support group for men who have sex with men. Here he discusses why there is a need for gay and bisexual men to be aware of their prostate and why more support is needed. In their new Sledgehammer Fund campaign, fronted by comedian Bill Bailey, Prostate Cancer UK informs us that, “the
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The main treatments available for prostate cancer are surgery (prostatectomy) and radiotherapy, which is often used in combination with hormone therapy. All of these treatments can have gruesome side effects such as incontinence, infertility and erectile dysfunction. These side effects can affect gay and bisexual men differently to heterosexual men. A penis needs to be more rigid for penetrative anal sex than it does for vaginal sex so erectile dysfunction may be more of an issue following treatment. Radiotherapy can damage the delicate lining of the rectum and can therefore affect anal sex for those men who receive it. If you have your prostate gland surgically removed then your experience of anal sex will be radically different for the rest of your life.
HOW DOES IT AFFECT GAY AND BI MEN? According to Stonewall’s Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey in 2011 more than two thirds (68%) of gay and bisexual men aged over 50 have never discussed prostate cancer with a health professional.
• There is currently little research available on how prostate cancer affects gay and bisexual men’s quality of life. This lack of research is reflected in a deficit of patient information and support services tailored towards the specific needs of gay and bisexual men dealing with prostate cancer. Dawn Doran, a PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire aims to address this gap by exploring how gay men experience prostate cancer in her research. In September 2012 Prostate Cancer UK and Stonewall held a one-day workshop in London, to explore the potential needs of gay and bisexual men dealing with prostate cancer. The workshop was the first of its kind in the UK and brought together health professionals, researchers, expert organisations, as well as gay men with prostate cancer. Discussions held on the day recognised the need for more work to develop services to support gay and bisexual men. A report on key findings from the workshop will be available from Prostate Cancer UK in February. One result of the workshop is that work is currently underway to develop patient information resources for gay and bisexual men dealing with prostate cancer. •
Only 35% of respondents believe health professionals to be positive towards non-heterosexual patients while only 16% trust health professionals to be generally knowledgeable about nonheterosexual lifestyles - ‘Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Lives over 50’ - ‘The Social and Policy Implications of NonHeterosexual Ageing’ (Heaphy, B.,
Yip,A. and Thompson, D., Nottingham Trent University, 2003) 14.3% of lesbians and gay men aged50+ had made their sexuality known to their health or care workers. ‘Lifting the Lid on Sexuality and Ageing’ (Gay and Grey Project, Dorset/Help and Care Development Ltd, 2006) A third of LGB patients state that they are not ‘out’ to their GP. ‘Taking Pride in Practice’ (The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, 2012)
These findings indicate that gay and bisexual men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be reluctant to disclose their sexuality to their doctors or other health professionals and may not be getting the appropriate support or information that they need to make informed decisions about their treatment. Prostate cancer is most common in men over 50. Some of the gay and bisexual men in this age range will have lived at a time when homosexuality was illegal and classed as a mental disorder, with the added danger of losing their job if outed. All of these men will also have lived through the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. This combined with their own individual experiences of coming out is likely to have resulted in feelings of stigma and shame which, once embedded, shapes lives and may explain the reluctance of the respondents in the aforementioned projects to disclose their sexuality to their health professionals. Gay and bisexual men diagnosed with prostate cancer may also be concerned about disclosing their sexuality to their doctor for one more reason; the elephant in the room maybe? The dreaded digital rectal examination! The thought of this is enough to make any heterosexual man’s toes curl but gay and bisexual men may have the added anxiety of worrying that their doctors think they are being turned on by the whole ordeal.
“The first night reminded me of my feeling when attending my first coming out group 25 years earlier – the exhilarating feeling of finally finding others who understood how I felt, with whom I could talk without having to explain or justify each thought and reaction.” Jerry Harris PhD (2005): Living with Prostate Cancer: One Gay Man’s Experience, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy.
If you are a gay or bisexual man remember that all of Prostate Cancer UK services are also open to you. You can order or download further information about prostate problems or prostate cancer, join the online community or speak to a specialist nurse on our confidential Helpline. Visit our website www.prostatecanceruk.org or call
0800 074 8383 *Calls are recorded for training purposes only. Confidentiality is maintained between callers and Prostate Cancer UK
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JAKE ARTURIO BRADEN They just make it worse sang The Verve longer ago than I care to admit. So we have just seen the Festive period and New Year come and go. How was it for you? for many its a time that we can over-indulge in many things, food, drink, drugs and maybe sex. Just before the festive period there were some stories in the gay media around the deaths of gay men in London which were related to drugs. In fact one weekend in Vauxhall saw something like four deaths and most weekends see numerous gay and bisexual men spend time in Casualty due to taking too many drugs or mixing things that really don’t mix well. In some respects it pains me to see this happen to my gay and bisexual peers and fellow men. After all as a community we deal with homophobia, HIV and AIDS and yet somehow the propensity to self harm still goes on. LGF’s own research into drug and alcohol usage in LGB communities indicates a much higher usage, in fact gay men are something like ten times more likely to have used Class A substances in the last six months then heterosexuals! Visit: www.lgf.org.uk/policy-research/part-ofthe-picture/ This is a huge number. I’m not saying that everyone who uses recreational drugs or drinks has an issue. However a significant number do. So what can you do about this? How can you support yourself, and your friends if you sense that maybe the balance has been tipped and what was a few drinks becomes a regular occurrence? What was a few lines now and then becomes a few lines
THE DRUGS DON’T WORK... seven or eight times during a course of a night out. I’m no prude and I have been around the proverbial block so I have experienced that lifestyle to some degree, however I always knew when enough was enough. How would you recognise this in yourself? Well there are some indicators:
website, if you’re concerned or just interested in your drinking behaviour then google search or talk to an agency that deals with alcohol and drug issues. And don’t forget you can call The LGF Helpline anytime between 10am and 10pm on 0845 3 30 30 30.
ROUTINE drinking Routinely opening a bottle of wine after a stressful day or finding it impossible to get ready for a social event without a drink in your hand. NEEDY drinking Avoiding a situation or event because you know you wouldn’t be able to have a drink while you’re there. Feeling anxious or worried about where your next drink is coming from. “Just one more” drinking: Finding you can’t just go for a half pint, it always has to turn into a full drinking session. Closet drinking Drinking in secret or even just telling a little lie about how much you drink. DODGY drinking Regularly regretting the things you’ve done while drunk – and we’re not just talking about poor karaoke performance. Arguing with friends or family, for example, or being involved in accidents or fights. These were taken from the DrinkAware
In respect to using recreational drugs, is your usage increasing? Have you regularly missed work days because you’re recovering from partying too much? Feel panicked when you’re going out and there are no recreational drugs available? Can’t recall who you have sex with or what you did? The same could be said for your sex life as well! And are these all linked for you in some way? Again these are questions to encourage you check in with yourself that all is well in these areas of your life and be aware if you feel there is an issues or you need support it is out there for you. Again these are just guidelines as there are other indicators as well! I took a different tact with this issue’s column, as I was inspired to do something in terms of a response to what has been going on for far too long now. Happy New Year and best wishes for you in 2013. And remember, there is help out there.
Ashton Sexual Health Service 193 Old St,OL6 7SR Tel: 0161 342 7101
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CAROUSEL A GROUP ? FOR ,YweOpuU t
This issue the spotlight on our CAROUSEL group. This social group welcomes women who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and is on the first and the third Tuesday of the month (7.30pm to 9pm). We grill the volunteers Ashley and Sarah…
“You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to, you are very welcome to sit back on the comfy sofas and listen. What have you got to lose?”
What made you want to become a groupwork volunteer? Ashley: After delivering groups in the NHS for some years. I’ve seen first hand the benefit of attending groups and how they can act as a catalyst for change and growth in an individual. Personally I wanted some change and growth for myself with a different client group and the different experiences and challenges this can bring. Sarah: I’ve done many volunteer positions before. I enjoy the fact that I am helping others for a variety of reasons and that in particular with The LGF that it’s creating a space for individuals to be themselves. I like to think if I make a small increase in a persons’ confidence it’s been worth it.
Coming to a group for the first time can be intimidating and its normal to feel nervous, but once you have ‘bit the bullet’ you will hopefully start to feel comfortable. You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to you are very welcome to sit back on the comfy sofas and listen. What have you got to lose? It’s 90 minutes out of your life, if you don’t like it you dont have to come back, but you have the potential to gain so much. Sarah: I would talk to the person about all the benefits that they could get out of coming to the group. Find out what they are interested in and try to match it to a group session. I would let them know, the volunteers will help them settle in and be there to introduce them to new friends.
How would you encourage someone to attend the group who was nervous? Ashley: We all feel nervous from time to time – it’s a part of normal life, it helps us to avoid dangerous situations, makes us alert and motivates us to deal with problems.
Describe your group in three words... Ashley: Inspiring, informative, informal. Sarah: Social, mixed, supportive.
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RAINBOW CLUB Michelle Morgan on The rainbow club at rampton
Every month The LGF visit Rampton hospital, which is a high security hospital in Nottinghamshire. We facilitate three groups within the hospital, and this month we’re focussing on the Rainbow Club... The group is a gay/bisexual mens group who come together once a month to discuss a variety of topics in relation to their sexuality. It is a safe space where people can explore these topics without judgement and discrimination, and also a space where they can socialise. Often we relate topics to events which run throughout the year such as ‘Pride’, ‘World Aids Day’ etc, as well as recreational activities such as games nights and t shirt making! For October’s group, we focussed on ‘Coming Out Day’ and group wrote a poem around their thoughts and feelings. Our sessional worker, Michelle, asked each person to write a word or a sentence which was strong in their
mind when thinking about this sensitive issue. Each group member who wished to participate wrote their feelings on a post it note, and when the group had finished everyone worked together to start compiling the poem. We hope you enjoy it!
Coming Out I was older and wished I was bolder My Mates advice on raising the alarm Was to be myself and stay calm It’s never as bad as you think it will be But risks seem to go with ‘suck it and see’ He said for him it was a weight off his shoulders As he flirted, smiled and smouldered. It wasn’t the shock of family thought That made me feel so apprehensive It was the cost to me that seemed so expensive. I was happy to be just as I was But not truly happy, because I wanted to explore, without inhibition, So coming out was kind of a mission.
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THE MARRIED MEN’S GROUP IS CHANGING From February 2013, the Married Mens’ group at the LGF will become a closed group. This means that members who wou ld like to attend the group will be aske d to complete an application form and com e in for a chat with the Wellbeing Officer. This enables us to best support you! The group will be 8 meetings long, and will include practical guidance such as legal advice, relevant discussions across a number of relevant subjects , and information about other support services. The group will be open to men who are in, or have recently been in, a heterosexual relationship, and who have feelings towards other men. The grou p will be a safe and confidential spac e to share and discuss, as well as mee t others and gain peer support and build friendships beyond the 8 sessions ! The first group will start on Thursday 21st February 2013, and will be the 1st and the 3rd Thursday of the month for the next 8 meetings, starting at 7.30pm to 9pm. Deadline for application form s will be as late as the 7th March. If you have any questions or wou ld like an application form, please phone 0845 3 30 30 30 or ema il firstname.lastname@example.org
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GIVING SOMETHING BACK
! ED V L O V N GET I Ending Homophobia,
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AMANDA’S STORY Over ten people went ‘dry ’ (no alcohol) in Januar y to raise money for The LGF. Motivations for taking par t ranged from a wedding dress diet to proving friends and family wrong! The team overcame scepticism, ridicule and temptation to dry emerge victorious after 31 full ing feel days! People reported happier, sleeping better, and one All person lost over half a stone. ed while contributing much-need to LGF financial suppor t for the continue delivering services to lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It’s not too late to sponsor the 0 team, just text the number 7007 with the code LDRY99 and this will automatically contribute £3. If you’re looking to give something up for Lent, why not try going dry to raise money for The LGF?
R THE LGF THIS YEAR. AMANDA IS RAISING MONEY FO WHY NOT SUPPORT HER? ent of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. In a mom the set I’d that ght complete madness I thou in part g takin I’m so bar higher for 2013 – tly exac not I’m 3! 201 n the London Maratho have I that st fitte the or a spring chicken e for ever been so this is a HUGE challeng as ity char LGB an ort supp to ted me. I wan g durin I consider that I’ve been really lucky long n bee tly I work for Tesco and joined a very mos my life and career, and have stores. ced time ago as a Graduate Trainee in treated with respect and not experien d 28 y man that Unbelievably I have recently complete know I homophobia. However of it’s and lucky so years’ service! Currently I work as part n bee not other people have g team the Space, Range and Merchandisin this. g doin I’m for them that was at Head Office in Hertfordshire. I’d be lying if I didn’t say the training re befo run ever I have a second role which is running I’ve est furth The h! toug really for ork netw ort supp o” Tesc to at s t the “Ou is 10k, so I’ve got quite a lot of mile ber to bake our LGBT colleagues. I’ve been a mem build up to before next April! I plan 9. I odd car the of the network since it started in 200 hold cakes, sell doughnuts and and ort supp LGF’s started out in charge of fundraising et. targ boot sale to reach my We me ing send have worked my way up to Co-Chair. from far, so has been brilliant ss all raising now have over 900 members acro a beginners training guide to a fund the 14 areas of the business and in most of s. idea t grea pack full of countries we operate in. , age at It must be something to do with my Support Amanda by donating elf an mys set to ded deci have I ntly arece and but www.justgiving.com/am have 3 annual fundraising challenge. These sawkins-london-marathon-201 and included trekking the Inca Trail in Peru
“I am a lesbian single parent who lives in North London with my two teenage children and almost teenage cat. There are currently far too many hormones in our home!
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ON YOUR MARKS!
GRAB YOUR TRAINERS AND RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE!
Are your New Year’s resolutions a distant memory? Breathe some life into your fitness goals by signing up to run in a BUPA 10k for The LGF this year! We’ve got places in the BUPA Manchester 10k on the 26th May and the BUPA London 10k on the 27th May. One of last year’s runners told us: “I would recommend the BUPA10k anyone who wants to set
themselves a bit of a challenge. Raising money for the LGF will support those people in our community who need the most help.” You’ll get an Enough is Enough! campaign t-shirt to run in as well as a suggested training plan to get you started and you’ll be cheered on by a very enthusiastic team on the big day. Don’t delay – sign up now! Visit www.lgf.org.uk/run or email claire. email@example.com
GIRLS! We are so pleased to say a massive good luck to both Kathy and Frankie who are travelling to the legendary Silverstone track at the beginning of March to run a whopping 13.2 miles in the name of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. They’ll be donning our ‘I’m running against homophobia’ vests to raise awareness, as well as raising lots of pennies to help us continue Ending Homophobia and Empowering People. Go Girls!
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Listings LGB&T North West Listings Including:
Venues, Clinics, Charities & Community Groups
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Alter Ego 105-107 Princess St, 0161 236 9266, home to Poptastic every Tuesday and Saturday night, clubalterego.co.uk 1
100 Bloom St,
Baa-Bar 27 Sackville Street, 0161 247 7997, glitter balls and a flashy dance floor, baabar.co.uk 3
The Bay Horse 35-37 Thomas St, 0161 661 1041, a traditional gay friendly pub, thebayhorsepub.co.uk Belinda ScandAl’s Show Bar 33 Sackville St, 0161 236 1311, Cabaret, Competitions and Fabulous Shows. 4
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25 Boyz 4 Canal Street, 0161 228 1360, queer-manchester.com
13 Eagle 15 Bloom Street, 0161 228 6669, open daily from 5pm till late. eaglemanchester.com
20 The New Union 111 Princess St, 0161 228 1492 newunionhotel.com
5 Bull’s Head Gay Friendly 84 London Rd, 0161 236 1724.
45 Foo Foos 53 Bloom Street, 0161425 6408
6 Churchills 37 Chorlton St, 0161 236 5529, karaoke Tues and Thurs, facebook.com/ churchillsmanchester
14 G-A-Y 10 Canal Street, 0161 228 6201, lively and modern three-floor bar, g-a-y.co.uk
21 New York New York 94 Bloom St, 0161 236 6556, busy fun pub, popular with lesbians and gays of all ages.
company bar 28 Richmond St, 0161 237 9329, companybarmanchester.co.uk 7
Coyotes 14 Chorlton Street, 0161 236 4007, pleasant two floor bar, coyotesbar.co.uk 8
9 Crunch 10 Canal Street, 0161 236 0446, crunchbar.co.uk 10 Cruz 101 101 Princess St, 0161 950 0101, one of Manchester’s most popular nightclubs, cruz101.com 11 Eden 3 Brazil Street, 0161 237 9852, food served daily, edenbar.co.uk
15 ICON Sackville St, iconmanchester.co.uk 17 Manto 46 Canal Street, 0161 236 2667, bar over three floors, mantobar.com
Mint Lounge Gay Friendly 46-50 Oldham St, 0161 228 1495, trendy bar, mintlounge.com The Molly House 26 Richmond St, 0161 237 9329, bar over three floors, themollyhouse.com 18
Monroes 38 London Rd, 0161 236 1788 16
19 Napoleons 35 Bloom St, 0161 236 8800, welcomes all LGB&T customers, napoleons.co.uk
30 OSCARS 34 Canal Street, 0161 237 9201 oscarsbarmanchester.co.uk 23 Overdraught Student 121 Princess Street, 0161 237 0811 24 Paddy’s Goose 29 Bloom St, 0161 236 1246, traditional pub. 35 Polari 28-30 Canal St, 0161 236 6523 25 Queer 4 Canal Street, 0161 228 1360, queer-manchester.com 4 Rem BAR 33 Sackville St, 0161 236 1311, traditional pub, rembar.co.uk 26 Retro Bar 78 Sackville Street, 0161 274 4892, retrobarmanchester.com
27 The Lodge Richmond Street, 0161 237 9667, 28 Taurus 1 Canal St, 0161 236 4593, taurus-bar.co.uk 29 Thompsons Arms 23 Sackville Street, 0161 237 5919.
Tribeca Gay Friendly 50 Sackville Street, 0161 236 8300, New York style lounge, tribeca-bar.co.uk 31
Vanilla 39-41 Richmond Street, 0161 657 8890, vanillagirls.co.uk 32
Velvet 2 Canal St, 0161 236 9003, food served daily, velvetmanchester.com 34
35 Via 28-30 Canal St, 0161 236 6523, viamanchester.com 36 View 40 Canal St, 0161 236 9033, viewbar.co.uk
Kath Locke Centre 123 Moss Lane East, Hulme, 0161 455 0211, traditional & complimentary medicine. Manchester Pride 5 Oak Street, manchesterpride.com Self Help Services Zion Community Resource Centre Stretford Rd, 0161 226 3871, mental health services, selfhelpservices.org.uk Survivors Manchester 07919 246 2671, Confidential support for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, survivorsmanchester.org.uk The City Centre Project 52 Oldham Street, 0161 228 3308 and 3309, project works with young people 16-25 yrs who’s primary disadvantage is homelessness. 37 The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) Number 5, Richmond Street, 0845 3 30 30 30, for all your LGB information and services, lgf.org.uk
Trans Resource Empowerment Cantre (TREC) Trans activities & info, transcentre.org.uk
ALERT Fetish at Legends, 4th Friday of the month club-alert.com
Bear Club UK at Legends, 1st Sat of the month facebook.com/bearclubuk The Big Scrum Rugby/Sports Kit at Legends, 3rd Sat of the month bigscrum.com BOLLOX Pop/Indie at Legends, 3 Friday of the month bolloxclub.com rd
Club HD Arch 66, Whitworth St West, gay/mixed bar/club Friu & Sat nights, hdclubbing.com CLub lash Fetish at Legends, mixed fetish /SM night every 2nd Sat clublash.com Countdown to the 80’s at Eagle, 0161 228 6669, every Wednesday Deviant Fetish at Eagle, 0161 228 6669, last Sat of the month Disco Damaged Pop at Legends, 4th Sat of the month, clubdiscodamaged.com Eager Beaver Friday at Manto Bar Lounge FEDERATION Mainly Men at The Ritz, every bank holiday clubfederation.com Homoelectric at Legends, 1st Friday every other month homoelectric.com Mish Mash Cabaret Circle Club, every 2nd Friday of the month, 8pm £8, mishmash1.com Morning Glory at Queer, after hours every Saturday open mic night Women Only 49-51 Sidney St, 0161 273 7128, Women only & alcohol free, last Wed of the month, 7-10pm, £1 admission. email@example.com Organic at Spirit, after hours every Sat. POPTASTIC Pop/Indie at Alter Ego, 07974 248 247 poptastic.co.uk RECREATION clubrecreation.co.uk
Community & Health Albert Kennedy Trust 5 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, 0161 228 3308, providing supported lodgings, mentoring, be-friending and information and advice to young LGBT people, admin@ akt.org.uk Eclypse Lifeline 73 Ardwick Green North, Ardwick, 0161 273 6686, young persons drug & alcohol support service, MonFri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, firstname.lastname@example.org
BRASSERIE Gay Friendly Albert Square, 0161 834 7633 CROMA Pizza and Pasta 1 Clarance St, 0161 237 9799, croma.biz CROMA Pizza and Pasta 30 Longfield Centre, Prestwich, 0161 798 7666, croma.biz 38 DRIP COFFEE Fourways House, 57 Hilton Street, 0161 235 5100, relaxed and friendly coffee bar.
42 Clone Zone 36-38 Sackville Street, 0161 236 1398, clonezone.co.uk
Counselling Services Manchester 07913781982, Experienced LGBT friendly woman counsellor based in Chorlton, counsellingservicesmanchester.co.uk Dr Phil Tyson 0161 256 1890, Men’s Psychotherapist and relationship counselling. menstherapy.co.uk ESSENCE COUNSELLING email@example.com www.essencecounselling.org 43 Funky Crop Shop 37 Bloom Street, 0161 237 1032, village hair shop. 44 Gayter Hairdressing 57 Hilton Street, 0161 236 1128, hair salon, gayterhairdressing.com
HELEN K PLUMBING friendly female plumber, hanakplumbing.co.uk, 0161 408 4605 or 07588 249 229 Helen smith FUNERALS 07870 541668, funerals that are individual fitting and true, helensmithfunerals.co.uk 43 Inked Tattoo Studio 37 Bloom Street, 0161 237 1032
Into-Latex 0161 336 8723, for all your rubber gear, into-latex.co.uk Jacqueline Hayes Therapy 07749498648, Counsellor and psychotherapist based in South Manchester, jachayes.co.uk 45 NICE ‘N’ NAUGHTY 39 Bloom Street, 0161 228 0020
Eighth Day Vegan 111 Oxford Road, 0161 273 1850
46 Olive Deli 36-38 Whitworth St, 0161 236 2360
39 Genghis khans 16 Chorlton Street, 0161 228 1631, genghiskhans.co.uk
Pants 3rd Floor, Aflecks Palace, 07816276925, men’s designer underwear store, pants.uk.com
40 jacksons Jackson’s Warehouse, 20 Tariff Street, 0161 228 2677, axm-arcobaleno.com
Lava Café Bar Castle Quay, 0161 833 2444, lavacafebar.co.uk LIVEBAIT Gay Friendly 22 Lloyd Street, 0161 817 4110, santeonline.co.uk Richmond Tea Rooms Richmond Street, 0161 237 9667, richmondtearooms.com 27
52 Sanctuary 46 Sackville Street, 0161 237 5551, sanctuarymanchester.co.uk
SAPPORO Teppanyaki 91-93 Liverpool Road, 0161 831 9888 Sparkles Cafe Gay Friendly 66 Tib Street That Café 1031 Stockport Road, 0161 432 4672, thatcafe.co.uk Villagio Canal St, 0161 344 5222, villaggiomanchester.co.uk
Shops & Services 41 Bannatynes Health Club Gay Friendly 36-38 Whitworth St, 0161 236 6864
Becky Johnson Counselling 07841 837029, Experienced individual and couples counsellor. M2 and SK9 locations. integrative-psychotherapy.eu 47 Bloom Street Off License 37-39 Bloom St, 0161 236 1788
Central Manchester Osteopathy & Sports Therapy Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, 0786705385, help relieve your aches by looking at the bigger picture, centralmanchesterosteopathy.com
Please note all listings information is provided by third parties. The LGF can accept no responsibility for the quality of the services/groups listed
Pink Counselling Roger: 07506924801, gay male Therapeutic Counsellor working in Didsbury & Altrincham. ProBalance Personal Training 0161 833 4777, gay friendly personal training gym in the City Centre, pro-balance.co.uk 47 Pure Tanning 37-39 Bloom St, 0161 236 1788
QueensClean.co.uk Gay owned cleaning service. 0753 329 2451/ 0161 298 0335, firstname.lastname@example.org 48 ROB 17 China Lane, 0161 236 6222, for all your leather, rubber and twisted gear, rob.com
room to relax @ Fitness First, 7-11 Lower Mosley St, 07815672235, We offer a wide range of holistic treatments. Spa Satori 0161 819 2465, 112 High St, holistic health & beauty spa, spasatori.co.uk Therapy In Manchester 07592340211, Professional psychotherapy and counselling in south Manchester, therapyinmanchester.co.uk UPPERCUTS BARBERS The Arndale Market, 07784 156 693
Hotels & B&B’s City Inn Manchester One Piccadilly Place, Auburn Street, 0161 242 1000, cityinn.com CLYDEMOUNT GUEST HOUSE 866 Hyde Rd, Debdale Park, 0161 231 1515, email@example.com clydemount.co.uk LeVille Hotel Opening Soon Canal Street, levillehotel.com
Let's Do Lunch
Meet at 2pm, 2nd Sunday of every other month in Manchester’s Gay Village. Next Meetings: 11th September and 13th November Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon, chill & chat over good food and a bottle of wine. For info or to reserve a place: Tel: 0781 308 3242 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lesbiandiners.co.uk 34 Velvet Hotel 2 Canal Street, 0161 236 9003, velvetmanchester.com
Saunas 50 H2O Sauna 36-38 Sackville Street, 0161 236 3876, seven day sauna for gay and bi men, h2osauna.co.uk 51 The Basement Complex 18 Tariff Street, 0161 236 8131, seven day sauna for gay and bi men, basementcomplex.co.uk
Agencies 42nd St The SPACE, 87-91 Great Ancoats St, 0161 832 0170, advice for young LGB’s, fortysecondstreet.org.uk Addaction 31 Robert St. 0161 214 0770, Prison resettlement for people with drug problems, addaction.org Addiction Dependency Solutions 29a Ardwick Green North, 0161 272 8844, for people with drug problems (or their freinds and family) adsolutions.org.uk Barnardo’s Health Through Action The Progress Centre, Charlton Place, Ardwick Green, 0161 273 2901 BARNArDOS MANCHESTER LEAVING CARE SERVICES 36 Monton Street, 0161 226 6722, barnardos.org.uk The BHA Stretford Rd,0845 450 4247, health, social care & advocay services for BME & other marginalised communities thebha.org.uk Community Alcohol Team 0161 230 6382, manchestercat.org Community Arts North West 46-50 Oldham St, 0161 234 2975 can.uk.com Crisis Point 24 Albert Road, Levenshulme, 0161 225 9500, mental health support & short term crisis accomodation, turning-point.co.uk George House Trust 77 Ardwick Green North, 0161 274 4499, ght.org.uk
WE’RE HERE IF YOU NEED US 08453303030 www.lgf.org.uk
Greater Manchester Agencies Continued Gregory’s Place 69 Ardwick Green North, 0161 273 2901, support for children and young people with HIV email@example.com Lifeline 101-103 Oldham St, 0161 839 2054, lifeline.org.uk Lifeshare 0161 953 4069, male sex workers advice, lifeshare.co.uk Manchester Drug Service The Bridge, 104 Fairfield Street, 0161 273 4040 Manchester Rainbow support & Homecare 0161 720 6369, providing care and support to adults in their own homes and communities, m-r-s-h.co.uk Manchester Smoking Cessation 0161 205 5998 Pankhurst Centre 60-62 Nelson Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, 0161 273 5673, pankhurstcentre.org.uk St. Mary’s Centre New St. Mary’s Hospital, Hathersage Road, 0161 276 6515, sexual assault referral centre, stmaryscentre.org
gay MARRIED MENS GROUP support group for gay/bi men in, or just out of, a heterosexual relationship. Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 7.30-9pm at the LGF, 0845 3 30 30 30 Gay Naturist SWIM all ages, firstname.lastname@example.org GOLD GROUP Support group for LGB&T adults with learning disabilities. Meets monthly at the LGF. For more information ring Jane on 07708 564 697
Imaan @ The LGF, 0845 3 30 30 30, For LGBT Muslim’s 1st Friday/mnth 7.309.30pm, imaan.org.uk Inner Enigma 0845 838 1264, trans and intersex support and advice, email@example.com
lesbian Culture Club Over the village but not over the hill? Monthly cultural socials for like minded women firstname.lastname@example.org
outreach Clinic @ the LGF and 4 other locations, Mondays, no appointment needed, 0845 3 30 30 30, lgf.org.uk Rapid HIV Testing @ the LGF Thurs 4-6pm, no appointment needed, results in 20 mins, 0845 3 30 30 30, lgf.org.uk the hathersage centre 280 Upper Brook St, 0161 276 5200 / 5212
Groups THE ART CLASS a mixed group for LGB and T people of all abilities. Equipment provided. Meets 2nd and 4th Monday of the month 7pm-9pm at the LGF BiPhoria 07941 811124, bisexual support 18+, biphoria.org.uk CAROUSEL 0845 3 30 30 30, social support group for lesbian/bisexual women meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month 7.30-9pm at the LGF Edward carpenter community Heart Circles 1st Sunday of the month, 3pm 49-51 Sidney Street, edwardcarpentercommunity.org.uk/ local-groups friends of sackville gardens 0845 3 30 30 30, Meets monthly to plan improvements, maintenance and new planting in Sackville Gardens Gaydio email@example.com Gay in the uk Refugee Action, 23-37 Edge Street, 07824 473 479, LGBT social group for refugees & asylu seekers, 1st Tue of the month 6pm, firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Community Church United Reformed Church, Wilbraham Rd, 0161 881 6050, LGB&T led christian church mccmanchester.co.uk
GAY OUTDOOR GROUP transpennine walking group, 07855 197607 goc.org.uk
MMU LGBT email@example.com
New Family Social 08432899457, peer support & social group for current & prospective LGBT adopters, foser carers& their children, every 2 months in south Manchester newfamilysocial.co.uk
Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester (LGYM) LGBT Centre, 49-51 Sidney St, 0790 0680725, young LGBT people, 14-25, Tues 7.30-10pm, Sat 3-7pm firstname.lastname@example.org
Rusholme Health Centre Walmer Street, 0161 225 6699
Gay gordons manchester Scottish Country and Ceilidh Dancing and classes gay-gordons-manchester.co.uk
Icebreakers gay & bi men's support group meets 8pm every Wednesday at the LGF, 0845 3 30 30 30, icebreakersmanchester.org.uk
The Village Citizen Advice Bureau 25a Hankinson Way, Salford Precinct, 0161 834 2005, employment services for LGB&T people thevillage.org.uk
North Manchester Hospital Same day HIV test clinic, 0161 720 2845
Mango Men’s dining club 07866 909677, 1st Thursday of the month, email@example.com
MORF Manchester Lesbian & Gay Centre, 45-51 Sydney St, 0794 824 3289, soial & support for transguys 4th Monday of the month, firstname.lastname@example.org morf.org.uk
KESHET Advocacy, education and support service for jewish LGB&Ts, 07906700114, email@example.com
North Manchester GUM Delaunays Rd, Crumpsall, 0161 720 2681
Crown Green Bowling in the Manchester area, for lGBT people, firstname.lastname@example.org
House of Rainbow 07751 693708, meets at the LGF, LGBTI friendly Christian fellowship - People who may have come to the UK are especially welcome. 2nd Tuesday of the month.
ThE Manchester Foyer 61 Booth St West, Hulme, 0161 276 1000, supported accomodation for young people 16-25’s, svha.co.uk
South Manchester Sexual Health Clinic Withington Hospital, 0161 217 4939
Manchester Rubbermen social group for gay men into rubber/latex fetish, manchesterrubber.co.uk
Let’s Do Lunch 07813 083242, lesbian diners every other month, email@example.com lesbiandiners.co.uk LGBT Meetup Group firstname.lastname@example.org LIK:T 07813 981 338, 49-51 Sydney St, run by and for young lesbian & bisexual women, 1st Monday of the month, email@example.com lilac - lesbian cancer support 49-51 Sidney St, 0161 273 7128, 3rd Mon of the month, 7-8.30pm, for LB women who have experienced any form of cancer. firstname.lastname@example.org lilac.cfsites.org Manchester gay Christians manchestergaychristians.org
Older women’s drop in 0161 205 3851, London Scottish House, Mount St. 1st Tues of the month 2-4pm, social group aimed at women 50+, email@example.com Out In The City Social group for over 50’s LGBT. Drop in Weds at Mount St, activities every Thurs. outinthecity05.webs.com out to the theatre 01457 877 161, gay men’s social group, firstname.lastname@example.org OLDER & BOLDER A social and support group for gay/bi men over 40. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 7:30pm9pm at the LGF Proud 2 b Parents 0161 226 0162 or 07506 515932, for LGB&T parents and their children every 4th Saturday, m.roberts4@ manchester.gov.uk queer skinhead brotherhood email@example.com Queer Youth Manchester 07092 031 086, firstname.lastname@example.org Rainbow Families peer support & monthly social for current & prospective lesbian parents and their children, email@example.com
Manchester Parents Group 01565 733891, meets at the LGF, support for parents of LGB children, manpg.co.uk
Please email any new or updated listing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MANCHESTER PRAIRIE DOGS 07960 351 882, line dance sessions, every Tues 7.30-9 beginners, 9-10.30 intermediate, manchesterprairiedogs.co.uk Manchester SHARKS Miles Platting Pool, Varley Street, water polo club manchestersharks.co.uk Manchester Stingers WFC Womens football club for all abilities, email@example.com manchester walking women firstname.lastname@example.org Marlin Levenshulme Swimming Pool, Barlow Rd, trans swimming group, email@example.com NETBALL 07939 477 026, women only group with weekly coaching, training every Monday, 8-10pm. NORTHERN ACES TENNIS GROUP Social tennis club for all abilities, including beginners hour and women’s hour taster sessions northernacestennis.com NORTHERN FLIGHT BADMINTON CLUB For experienced players, northernflight.org.uk
NORTHERN Rebound LGBT squash club for all abilities. At the National Squash centre Wed & Fri & hold regular tournaments. firstname.lastname@example.org
Transforum Ninian’s Church, Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, 07500 741 955, TransGender discussion & mutual support group, meets 4th Sat of the month 3.30pm, email@example.com
Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus 07944 056047, mlgc.org.uk
Manchester jessies Lesbian & bisexual women’s walking group, meets twice monthly firstname.lastname@example.org
salford youth service lgbt youth group at The Base, 0161 778 0702, email@example.com
The Manchester counsellors & Psychotheripists Reading Group 07592 340 211, Meets regularly on Fridays (limited spaces) from 6:30-8:30pm for more information and dates please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Manchester Feminist Network Women only group, meets 2nd Sat of the month 2-4pm at Friends Meeting House
Manchester Front Runners 07813 336 445, LGF Box 106, Number 5, Richmond Street, M1 3HF, running club catering for all abilities, meets every Thurs in the city centre, manchesterfrontrunners.org
northern jump 07783 297965, volleyball group, northernjump.org
SM Dykes 49-51 Sidney Street, 07952 237 526, email@example.com smdykes.org.uk
Manchester gay skinheads oi-skinhead.com
MANCHESTER BADMINTON CLUB 07939 477026, Badminton club for the less experienced player.
Rapture play day For LGBT parents and kids, 3.30-5.30, search facebook
Manchester Concord transgender Social group every Wed 7pm upstairs bar, New York New York, Bloom St (changing room 5-11pm). firstname.lastname@example.org
Manchester Deaf Triangle Club group for deaf LGBs, email@example.com manchestertriangleclub.co.uk
Ghap badminton text 07946 191 482, ghapbadminton.org.uk
STEPPING STONES 0845 3 30 30 30, A support group for lesbian and bisexual women meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7.30-9pm.
VADA LGBT community theatre group drama workshops & performances, all welcome, firstname.lastname@example.org women’s domestic violence Refuge: 0161 861 8428, Helpline: 0161 636 7525, support and advice to women and children experiencing domestic violence. email@example.com UMSU LGBT Society student group, for social events, campagins, drop-ins and support firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Groups Absolutely DANCING Trinity High School every Weds 8pm-10pm latin and ballroom lessons for the LGB&T community. email@example.com
north Manchester LGBT Corner Safe new social web space for people of diverse sexualities, identities & lifestyles to come together, share thoughts & make new friends firstname.lastname@example.org Northern Wave swimming club 0161 872 1990, swimming for all, northernwave.org OPEN ATHLETICS Trains on Weds, 5K every 1st Sun. 07709 000 436, openathletics.org OUTDOORLADS 0161 420 0001,outdoor pursuits org aimed at gay and bi lads. Climbing, hiking, camping, caving and more, all abilities welcome, outdoorlads.com Out on Sunday 07775 671691, walking group, outonsunday.co.uk PEAK RUFTIES peakrufties.webs.com, Lesbian walking group, holds longer walks in the Peak District Slam Dunkin’ Divas 07769691360, basketball group for lesbian/ bi/trans women, tue eve, email@example.com Touch Rugby Call on Paul 07775 022797 firstname.lastname@example.org
Village Manchester FC gay men’s football club for every level, vmfc.co.uk Village Spartans Rugby Training sessions on Wednesday evening from 7pm, villagespartans.co.uk WEEKENDERS lesbian and gay walking group based in the North of England, geocities.com/weekenders_uk wheelies fc Manchester Leisure Sports Centre, mixed women’s football every Sun 11am-1pm.
BoLtOn pubs, clubs & bars
Carbon Bar Gay friendly, 01204 776325 The Cotton Tree Prince St, 07861896500
The Star 11 Bow St, 01204 361113
Twisty tuesdays J2 & The Attic Square
aGENCIES & CLINICs
Bolton Centre for Sexual Health Minerva Road, Farnworth, 01204 390771 HIV worker Emma Massey 01204 390772 MENTAL HEALTH independent support (MhIST) Hanover Street, Bolton, BL1 4TG, 01204 527200, mhist.co.uk The Parallel 9A Churchgate, 01204 462444 email@example.com
Loud & Proud LGBT Youth 07824 541211 or 07918 913937, Meets Wednesdays 5.30 - 8. For 13-19 yr olds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nice n Naughty rear of 72 Newport St, 01204 396 944, nicennaughty.co.uk
Timeless Funeral Services 265 - 267 Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, 0161 959 0108
higher broughton health centre Bevendon Square, 0161 212 4500, Wed 6-8.30, Fri 9.30-11.30 drop in.
PLUS Exercise Group (PEG) 07880 746 079, arranges monthly walks in the Stockport area
pubs, clubs & bars
irlam medical centre MacDonald Rd, 0161 212 4500, Wed. 6-8.30pm drop in.
PLUS Reading Group 07880 746079
Rapture Club Nights The Chorlton Irish Club, 17 High Lane. Women centred but all invited - 7.15 until LATE, search facebook
Goodman Sexual Health Clinic Lancs Burn Health Centre, Churchill Way, 0161 212 5717, Appt only: Mon 9-11.30am, 1-4.30pm, 6-9.30pm, Tue 9-11.30am, Wed 1-4.30pm, Thurs 9-11.30am & 1-4.30pm, Fri 9-11.30am. DROP IN: Tue 2-4.30pm & 6-8.30pm.
ChOrlTon THE NIP & TIPPLE 197 Upper Chorlton Road, 0161 860 7330
CROMA Pizza and Pasta 498-500 Wilbraham Road, 0161 881 1117, croma.biz The Lead Station 99 Beech Road, 0161 881 5559
starting Out Project Neil 07766 550264 0161 607 1620, Salford City Council’s young LGBT tenancy support service. email@example.com
swinton clinic 139 Partington Lane, 0161 212 5100, Mon 2-4.30pm, Tue 6-8.30pm, Fri 2-4.30pm drop in.
Pad Gift Shop 105 Manchester Road, 0161 881 0088, pad-chorlton.co.uk
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS The Brewery Tavern 42 George Street,
THE ABBEY INN Mixed 77 West Street.
The Phoenix Sexual Health Centre Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Rd, 0161 627 8753
Pennine Sauna 96 Rochdale Rd, Shaw, 01706 842 000
pink triangle theatre St Cuthberts House, Tanners Fold, 07932 928134 pinktriangletheatre.co.uk
Connexions 13-15 Broad St, 0161 253 7165, safe environment for young LGBTQ people to meet.
pubs, clubs & bars
LGB&T police liaison officers North Bury - firstname.lastname@example.org South Bury - email@example.com Bury GUM Services Townside Primary Care Centre, 0161 762 1588 YPAS Bury Townside Primary Care Centre, 0161 762 1588
Bury Anti-homophobic bullying group 0161 253 5884
bury lgbt networking group residents and service providers improving the LGBRT profile in our town, firstname.lastname@example.org bury Council lgbt employee group 0161 253 6625, email@example.com POG (Proud of Gayness) 0161 253 7733, Connexions, 13-15 Broad St, Bury, safe enviroment for young LGBTQ people to meet alt Mondays, connexions-bury.org.uk
Manchester Rainbow support & Homecare 0161 720 6369, providing care and support to adults in their own homes and communities, m-r-s-h.co.uk
aGENCIES & CLINICs
Manchester Rainbow support & Homecare 0161 720 6369, providing care and support to adults in their own homes and communities, m-r-s-h.co.uk
Please email any new or updated listing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Britannia Inn 01706 670411, 4 Lomax St
Sexual Health Crisis Intervention Team 01706 261 954, 1-to-1 support for young people. Sexual Health PROMOTION UNIT 01706 517 613 THE BRIDGE SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC Baillie Street, 0161 627 8753
meets at the Inspiration Ministries Christian Spiritualist Community and healing Centre, call 07906 795 712 Lesbian, Gay, Bisxeual, Trans Wellbeing Group 07896146109, 3-11 Drake St, Promoting postive mental health and wellbeing for all. rochdalemind.org.uk
SaLfOrD aGENCIES & CLINICs
Brook Advisory 3 Derby Road, Weaste, 0161 622 9848 eccles gateway Church Street, 0161 212 5717, thurs 6-8.30pm, drop in.
WALKDEN gateway 2 Smith Street, 0161 212 5717, Mon 6-8.30pm, Tue 2-4.30pm drop in.
Out in Salford LGBT Network meeting regularly in Salford to socialise and looks at ways of improving LGB&T life in the city, outinsalford.org.uk SALFORD LGBT YOUTH Group The Beacon Centre, 1 London Street, 0161 778 0700, safe space for young LGBT people loads of different activities. email@example.com
sTOcKpOrT PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
ARDEN ARMS 23 Millgate, 0161 480 2185
GUM DEPARTMENT Stepping Hill Hospital, 0161 419 5370 Stockport Council HIV Social Care Team 0161 474 3636, HIV social care service for people with HIV and their carers. firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Concern 56 Wellington St, 0161 4801211
Central Youth ADVICE AND INFO 0161 426 9696, 1 St Peters Square, counselling and sexual health services for young people up to 25.
B. J. McKENNA & CO 182A Heaton Moor Road, Heaton Moor, 0161 432 5757, email@example.com O’Neill Patient Solicitors Chester House, 2 Chester Rd, Hazel Grove, 0161 483 8555, oneillpatient.co.uk
Out in stockport Stepping Hill, 0161 483 4784 outinstockport.wordpress.com People Like Us (PLUS) LGBT Social support group, 2nd Wed of the month at The Arden Arms, 7.30pm, stockportplus.org
TamEsIde pubs, clubs & bars
The feathers Show Bar 138 Stamford St Central, Ashton-under-Lyne, 0161 308 3586. Queen Inn 37 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne, gay friendly.
Sexual Health Clinic Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, 0161 342 7101 Outloud Lisa Matthews: 0161 336 6615, Tameside youth service 11-19 youth group.
The Trafford Centre for Sexual Health Trafford Hospital, Moorside Rd, 0161 746 2621
aGENCIES & Services
Relate 346 Chester Road, 0161 872 0303
CITIZENS ADVICE, 0844 644019 Jamie Burnie Counselling/ Psychotherapy 07590926009, Accredited therapist
No Attitude 0161 912 2453, LGB youth group.
WIGan pubs, clubs & bars
Officers Club Gay Friendly Barrack Sq.
Sexual Health Clinic The Shine Centre, No 6, Galleries Shopping Centre, 01942 483188 Sexual Health Clinic leigh Leigh Health Centre Ent. C, The Avenue, 01942 483188
Age UK 68 Market St, 01942 241972, help, advice & support for over 50’s ageuk.org.uk/wiganborough/Our-services
B.you project 01942 203 363, for LGBTQ young people (11-25), b.youproject@wigan. gov.uk Open Minds Group 07759 352 974, group for 18-25yr old LGBTQ, openmindslgbt@gmail. com Younger People’s LGBQ Group 01942 483180, 8 Ashton Gallery, for under 19’s, Tues 6-8pm firstname.lastname@example.org Wigan LGB Social Group Gay and Bi-sexual Men and Womens social group email@example.com
New Start Trust Alderman Downward House, 0161 498 0615, drug advice and support
WE’RE HERE IF YOU NEED US Reg. Charity No. 1070904
Blackpool & Cumbria
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Blackpool Coronation St.
Promemade North Pier
88 Hotel Indicator 88 Venue Indicator
Train Station Tram Stop
Cash Machine Blackpool Tower
Guyz 16 Lord Street, 01253 622488
Blackpool Accommodation for Gays (BAGs) 56 High Street, 07762938783, bagsblackpool.com
Heatherdale Lodge 2 Pleasant Street, 1253 626268
PHOENIX 12 Cocker Street, 01253 299130, phoenixblackpool.com
Homecliffe Hotel 5-6 Wilton Parade, 01253 625147 homecliffehotel.com
Anchorage 18 Withnell Road, 01253 341771 1
Ash Lea Hotel 76 Lord Street, 01253 628161, ashleahotel.com
21 HOTEL Bacchus 326 Queens Promenade, 01253 350387, hotelbacchus.co.uk
3 Astor Hotel 83-85 Lord Street, 01253 290669
22 HOTEL NEVADA 23 Lord Street, 01253 290700, gaybeds.co.uk
Athol 3 Mount St 01253 624918
5 Belvedere 77 Dickson Road, 01253 624733, firstname.lastname@example.org belvederehotel.biz 6 BLENHEIM HOTEL 75 Lord Street, 01253 623204, blenheimhotel.org.uk 64 bracondale Guest House 14 Warley Road, 01253 351650, nosmokingblackpool.co.uk
bradbury HOTEL 25/27 Banks St, 01253 624972, email@example.com bradburyhotel.co.uk 61
Brene Hotel 37 Lord St, 01253 621854
Brooklyn 7 Wilton Parade, 01253 627003 8
Brownes hotel 15 Vance Rd, 01253 753089 browneshotel.co.uk 61
Camelot 80 Hornby Rd, 01253 620518
CHaps 9 Cocker St, 01253 620541
Christine’s 1 Lord Street, 01235 312260, firstname.lastname@example.org 11
Cumforth Hotel 24 Springfield Rd, 01253 626133, cumforth-hotel-blackpool.co.uk 12
DERBY HOTEL, 2 Derby Rd, 01253 623708
Dixon 84 Dickson Rd, 01253 752379
FOUR SEASONS 74 Lord St, 01253 622583
Gabrielle’s Women Only 77 Lord Street, 01253 295565 17
18 Grampian House 4 Pleasant Street, 01253 291648, email@example.com
Granby lodge 15-17 Lord St, 01253 627842, granbylodge.com 62
23 Legends Hotel 45 Lord Street, 01253 620300 24
Lenbrook 69 Lord St, 01253 626737
Bay liberty's on the square Hotel Cocker Square, 01253 291155 bayhotels.co.uk 25
26 Lonsdale Hotel 25 Cocker Street, 01253 621628 27 Lyndale Court Hotel 01253 354033 28
Lynmar 74 High St, 01253 290046
Mardi Gras 41 Lord St, 01253 751087
Park House 81 Lord St, 01253 314571
Pier View 16 Banks St, 01253 624555
PRIDE LODGE 12 High Street, 01253 314752, pridelodge.com 41
Rubens Hotel 39 Lord Street, 01253 622920 42
Sandylands 47 Banks St, 01253 294670 43
THE Seacroft 27 Lord Street, 01253 628304 44
Sunnyside 16 Charles Street, 01253 622983 46
SUSSEX HOTEL 14-16 Pleasant Street, 01253 627824 47
THE Berkeley 6 Queens Promenade, 01253 351244 selfcatering.tv THE GYNWAY HOTEL 205 Dickson Rd, 01253 314747, gynwayblackpool.com 48
49 The Wilcot Hotel 80 Lord Street, 01253 621101
58 Windsor House 47-49 Dickson Road, 01253 206 206, windsorhouse.info 59
Woodleigh 11 Yates St, 01253 624997
60 Worcester House 22 Cocker Street, 01253 620007
Pubs, Bars & Clubs 1
Buzz 5 Dickson Road, 01253 649153,
Queen Vic’s Bar 23 Dickson Rd, 07946 528153 2 Funny Girls Gay Friendly 5 Dickson Rd, 01253 649154, funnygirlsonline.co.uk 3 KAOS Mixed 38-42 Queen St, 01253 318798, kaosbar.co.uk 8 Lucy’s at TABOO Mixed 69-71 Talbot Road, 01253 622573, lucysattobago.co.uk 5 Mardi Gras Mixed 114 Talbot Road, 01253 296262
New Road Inn Gay Friendly 244 Talbot Road, 01253 422691 7 ROXY’S Gay Friendly 23 Queen Street, 01253 622573, roxysonline.co.uk
37 Mardi Gras 2 9-11 Lord Street, 01253 628073
Thorncliffe 63 Dickson Road, 01253 622508
9 The Alabama Showboat Mixed 1 Cocker Sq, 01253 291155, thealabama.co.uk
Manhattan 27 Cocker St, 01253 290070, manhattanblackpool.co.uk
Trades Men Only 51 Lord Street, 01253 626401
THE DUKE OF YORK Dickson Road, 01253 625218, traditional pub and live entertainment.
30 McHALL’S HOTEL 5-7 Lord Street, 01253 625661
52 VALENTINE HOTEL 35 Dickson Road, 01253 622775, valentinehotelblackpool.co.uk
10 The Flamingo NIGHTCLUB Mixed 44 Queen St, 01253 649151, flamingoonline.co.uk
31 Merecliff Hotel 24 Holmfield Road, 01253 356858
53 VIDELLA HOTEL 78-82 Dickson Road, 01253 621201, videllahotel.com
32 MOUNT PLEASANT 75 Dickson Road, 01253 620362, mountpleasanthotel.com
54 Village Hotel 14 Springfield Road, 01253 290840
11 The Flying Handbag Mixed 44 Queen Street, 01253 649155, flyinghandbagonline.co.uk
New Bond 72 Lord St, 01253 628123
New Hertford 18 Lord Street, 01253 621831 34
North Central Hoilday Flats 29 Lord Street, 01253 621831 35
36 NORTHERN LIGHTS HOTEL 26 Springfield Road, 01253 317016
north grange hotel 238 Queens Promenade, 01253 351409, firstname.lastname@example.org northgrangehotel.com 63
warwick Holiday flats 39 Bank Street, 01253 623787 55
Eateries 12 AJ’s Bistro Gay Friendly 65 Topping Street, 01253 626111
Waves Hotel 12 Wilshaw Rd, 01253 593312, email@example.com
56 Westfield House 78 Lord Street, 01253 621992, westfieldhouse.co.uk
Cascades Restaurant Gay Owned 82 Dickson Road, 01253 62120, cascadesrestaurant.co.uk
WESTBOURNE HOUSE HOTEL 21 Vance Road, 01253 624734, westbourneblackpool.co.uk
15 Café Latté 30-32 Dickson St, 01253 752077
WILLOWFIELD GUESTHOUSE 51 Banks Street, 01253 623406, willowfield-guesthouse.co.uk 57
Buddies Chippy 28 Dickson Street
Don Antonio 91 Redbank Rd, 01253 352440
fuel sandwich Bar 33 Adingdon Street, 01253 749813 fuelblackpool.com 16 Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant Gay Friendly 27 Clifton Street, 01253 622687
Nite Bites Gay Friendly 50a Dickson Road, 01253 627976 17
18 SLICES SANDWICH HOUSE Gay Owned 10 King Street, 01253 751441
The Buttery 1 Cheapside, 01253 296667 19
20 Truffles Steak House Gay Friendly 51-53 Topping Street, 01253 294804
Slick Gardens 0796 8329464, Gay run gardening business, facebook.com/slickgardens SMILE SPA AT HELIO FITNESS Newton Drive, 01253 393909 THE GARDEN PLACE Gay Owned Cropper Road, 01253 699987 Waxing Specialist & Male Grooming Cleveleys, 07950 944460 firstname.lastname@example.org
West Coast Rock Cafe Gay Friendly 5-7 Abingdon Street, 01253 751283
25/55 Icebreakers 07875 355 390, gay and bi men 22-25. Meets last Tues of the month, 7-9pm.
Anton’s Cafe-bar Gay Owned 9 Park Rd, Lytham St Annes FY8 1QX 01253 724721
55+ older men’s Luncheon Club 07875 355 390, meets Thurs 12.30pm for light lunch and chat.
Saunas 22 ACQUA SAUNA CLUB 25-26 Springfield Road, 01253 294610, acquasaunas.com
Honeycombe Sauna 97-107 Egerton Road, 01253 752211 honeycombe.net 23
24 WET WET WET SAUNA 1-3 Charles Street, 01253 751 199, wetwetwetsauna.co.uk
Clinics & Agencies Body Positive BLACKPOOL 23 South King Street, 01253 292803, email@example.com 25
City Learning Centre Bathhurst St, 01253 478 309, clcbusiness.com 26 Connect 01253 751047, connectyoungpeople.co.uk also runs a counselling service, by appointment only Tue 11:30am-13:15pm call 01253 655 858
Blackpool Freinds of Dorothy 07985606802, LGBTQ Social Group for nonscene people who may feel isolated. Thurs 5.30pm except 2nd Thurs of month, Spencer Court Community Centre. secretary@ blackpoolfriendsofdorothy.co.uk engayge 01253 477911, Blackpool Coastal Housing’s LGBT Tenants Forum. 5.30pm 2nd Tues/mnth @ 102 Dickson Rd sandy.o’firstname.lastname@example.org Freedom 07875 355 390, mixed LGB&T support group for all ages, meets every Monday 11.00 - 14.00 Renaissance office Dickson Road. call for more details HIV/HEP C support group 07875 355 390, call for details. Lancashire Lad’s group (trans f to m) 07875 355390, meets 7-9pm 2nd Tues of the month for chat and support. Aldeane8@gmail.com
lgbt forum 07875 355 390, Informal meeting between LGB&T communities & local agencies. Meets: Town Hall every 2nd Thurs monthly at 6.30pm. email@example.com
HIV Nursing Team 150/158 Whitegate Health Centre, 01253 657171
LGBT PACT (Police & Community together) 07940979610, police and community meetings 1st Thurs of the month.
NHS Walk-In Centre Whitegate Health Centre, 150 Whitegate Dr, 01253 953953
Liberty Church North Shore Methodist, Dickson Rd, 07955 597771, libertychurchblackpool.org.uk
richmond fellowship 07876 568260 or 01253 629400, Metal Health support to aid recovery for LGB&T people. Blackpool Locality Office, 2nd floor, Winstone House, 199 Church Street.
LGB&T EMOTIONAL WELLNESS/ WELLBEING DROP-IN 16-25 year olds experiencing emotional distress. By appointment only call 01253 655 858
Connexions 2-8 Market Street, 01253 754840, connexions-direct.com
Sexual Health Clinic 150/158 Whitegate Health Centre, 01253 657171 SHIVER (Sexual Health HIV Education & Responses Drugline Lancashire Ltd) The Corner House, 102 Dickson Road, 01253 311 431 30
Solicitors Atkinson, Cave & Stuart 45 Springfield Road, 01253 293151 31
Shops & Services 32 Daran Hairdressing Gay Owned 10 Edward St, 01253 441000 darans.co.uk
Evolution Hair Studio Gay Owned 255 Dickson Road Paul’s 5 General St, 01253 290928 unisex hairdresser. 33
34 Perfect Fit Alterations 42 Topping Street, 01253 290156
Ok2be 07827983392, support service for young people up to 19 years of age, firstname.lastname@example.org Relaxation group 01253 311431 at SHIVER Sugar Lounge 07875 355390, gay & bi women’s group meet 7-9pm 1st Tues of the month The Renaissance Transgender Support Group 01253314717,meetings twice monthly, gynwayblackpool.com/ renaissance_transgender_forum.htm Transgender Freedom Group On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of the month 12-2pm and 1st Wednesday 6-8pm 01253629400 transgenderblackpool.com Transinclusion group (M2F) 7-9pm 3rd Tues of the month for an informal chat, 07875 355 390 WALKING GROUP meets every Monday Stanley Park cafe 2pm. LGB&T and all ages wlecome. For more details call Andy 07875 355 390
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cumbria police hate crime reporting line 0845 33 00 247 cumbria.police.uk
Sexual Health Clinic Westmoorland General Hospital, Burton Rd, 01539 716 706
hotEls & B&B’s
Chapel House Kirkstone Road, 01539 433 143, chapelhouse-ambleside.co.uk
advice services, delivered by inspira 124 Highgate, 01539 730045
Chestnut Villa Keswick Road, Grassmere 01539 435 218, gay run B&B, chestnutvilla.com
BarRow iN FuRNESs
Cumbria LesbIans Network 01539 741 285, 1st Saturday of the month, email@example.com
sexual health clinic Furness General Hospital, Dalton Lane, phone appts only, 01229 404 464
south lakes lesbians for lesbian & bi women meeting monthly in Kendal for socials etc & walking groups, firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice services, delivered by Inspira 237-241 Dalton Road, 01229 824052
Freinds & Supporters of Furness LGBT Community c/o Multicultural Centre, 07833 447604, email@example.com pro active young gays and lesbians (paygal) Wendy Phizacklea, 01229 836 426, 07742 353 520, firstname.lastname@example.org trans lakes nights 07952278760 (evenings), One night per month at CADAS, 52 Paradise St. Also open every Tuesday 10am-4pm, trans.lakes.nights@googlemail. com Furness & South Lakes LGB&T Forum 24 hr helpline, drop in service and youth club, email@example.com
Cumberland Infirmary 01228 814 814
Advice services, delivered by inspira 28 Lowther Street, 01228 596272 outreach cumbria lgbt project 07896 250662, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride in north cumbria 07901 765453, Young people 14-25 meet twice weekly, prideinnorthcumbria.webs.com
PUBS, CLUBS & BarS
Outrageous 77-79 English Street, 01228 593745, outrageouscarlisle.com
Sweat Sauna Club Atlas House, Nelson St.
HOTELS & B&B’s
Calder House Hotel Gay Owned The Banks, Seascale, 019467 28538, calderhouse.co.uk
lgbt youth group 07727 297948, 13-25 lgbt youth meets every Tues
WInDerMerE HOTELS & B&B’s
Thorncliffe Lesbian Owned Prince’s Rd, 01539 444 338, email@example.com, thorncliffe-guesthouse.co.uk
Sexual Health Clinic Workington Community Hospital, Park Lane. 01900 705050
PUBS, CLUBS & BarS
Steam packet inn 51 Stanley St, 01900 62186
WE’RE HERE IF YOU NEED US
Merseyside & Lancashire
Liverpool Stanley Street Quarter 21
Back Culquitt Stre
Back Berry Stre
Victoria Street London Road
Sir Thomas Street
North John Street
Train Station Parking Cash Machine Pedestrianised
88 Listing Indicator
Exchange Street East
Piccadilly Train Station
FEDERATION LIVERPOOL Monthly gay night, clubfederation.com
Sahir House 2nd Floor, 151 Dale St, 0151 237 3989, providing free & confidential services to people & families living with or affected HIV on Merseyside, firstname.lastname@example.org
2 CAFE TABAC Gay Owned 126 Bold Street, 0151 709 3735
Gen-e-sis Vinyl Vasement Bar, Lark Lane, Women’s night last Sunday of the month.
Sexual Health Clinic Royal Liverpool Hospital, Prescot St, 0151 706 2620
Curzon Club Mixed Temple Lane, 0151 236 5160, curzonliverpool.co.uk
Motor City Secrets, Stanley Street, monthly alt night 1st Fri of the month.
17 The Armistead Project 1 Stanley St,
0870 9908996, armisteadcentre.co.uk
liverpool lgbt Choir For all abilities, meets Sun 6-8.30pm at St Stephens Church, email@example.com
5 Garlands Mixed 8-10 Eberle Street, 0151 709 9586, garlandsonline.co.uk
liverpool lgbt community network LCVS, 151 Dale St, 0151 227 5177.
Pubs, Clubs & Bars
3345 Mixed 33-45 Parr St, 0151 708 6345, 3345parrst.com
BROKEN BISCUITS Monthly at Jupiters Bar
Baby D Temple Street
G Bar Mixed Eberle Street, 0151 258 1230, g-bar.com 6
0151 236 4832
2 CAFE TABAC Gay Owned 126 Bold Street, 0151 709 3735
18 NEWS FROM NOWHERE Bookshop 96 Bold Street, 0151 708 7270, newsfromnowhere.org.uk
ESPRESSO PLUS COFFEE Bar & Bistro 173 Rose Lane, Mossley Hill, 0151 724 6161
nice 'n' naughty 85 Seel Street
nice 'n' naughty 16 Colquitt Street
OSQA’S Oldham Square, 0151 709 6611, osqa-restaurant.co.uk
Puschka Gay Owned 16 Rodney St, 0151 708 8698 puschka.co.uk
Jupiters 10 Hackins Hey, off Dale Street, 0151 227 5265 Modo Gay Friendly Concert Square
SHIVA LIVERPOOL 27-29 Stanley Street, findshiva.com 9
Poste House 23 Cumberland Street
Bar Wicked 25 Stanley Street
13 Superstar Boudoir
22-24 Stanley St, 0151 236 6633 14 The Lisbon Mixed
16 THE MONRO Gastropub 92-94 Duke St,
0151 707 9933, themonro.com
Hotels The Feathers 119-125 Mount Pleasant St, 0151 709 9655, feathers.uk.com TRAVEL INN METRO Vernon St, 0870 238 3325
35 Victoria Street, 0151 231 6831
Agencies & Clinics
15 The Masquerade Mixed
AIDS Helpline 0151 709 9000
Liverpool Pride liverpoolpride.co.uk
10 Cumberland St, 0151 236 7786, masqueradebar.com
Reg. Charity No. 1070904
SAunas 21 Splash Sauna 5 Fazakerley St, 0151
236 1001, splashsauna.com
Groups Being Out with Learning Difficulties (BOLD) c/o Armistead Centre, 0870 9908996, meets every other Monday. Gay Youth ‘r’ OUT (GYRO) 36 Bolton St, 0151 203 0824, LGB Tyouth 13-25, gyro.org.uk Liverpool HopeLGBT Liverpool Hope Student Union, Hope Park, 0151 291 3651, firstname.lastname@example.org
WE’RE HERE IF YOU NEED US 08453303030 www.lgf.org.uk
Liverpool Guild LGBT Society 160 Mount Pleasant, 0151 794 4165, email@example.com lgos.org/lgbt LIVERPOOL GAY MEN’S DATING meets quarterly. for more information, email igdc@ talk21.com
Liverpool Students Union LGBT Society 0151 231 4947 Liverpool Women’s Book Group Meets last Tues of the month, liverpoolbookgroup.moonfruit.com LIV.FAST NETWORK an FTM support group, meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 18+ liverpool. firstname.lastname@example.org Open Table St Brides Church, Catharine St, 07776 476024, monthly eucharist for LGBT Christians and supporters 3rd Sunday of month at 6pm email@example.com OUR STORY LIVERPOOL 0151 709 4988, LGBT History community project. firstname.lastname@example.org ourstoryliverpool.co.uk Parents & Carers Group 0870 9908996 Queer Notions 0151 227 9977, provides information and support at the Armistead Project email@example.com QUEST LGBT CATHOLICS 07983 021 589, 2nd Saturday of month, firstname.lastname@example.org SPIRIT LEVEL 0151 227 1893, Transgender support group. Storm LGBT Christians Level 2, 96 Bold Street, 0151 547 3562, meets 1st Sun of the month 3pm email@example.com Young Gay Sefton 0151 330 5841
Sports Groups Gay Kick Boxing Armistead Centre, Wednesday Evenings 7-8pm, firstname.lastname@example.org
GAY OUTDOOR GROUP 07855 197607, email@example.com goc.org.uk MERSEY MARAUDERS part of the Gay Football Supporters Network practice weekly, mmfootball.co.uk
Websites GAYLIVERPOOL.COM Website of Gay Liverpool, gayliverpool.com Liverpool Gay Quarter liverpoolgayquarter.com
ElLeSMerE PoRT GROUPS
Tea with Teela (TV/CD social) 0151 356 855, 7pm 3rd Monday of the month at Transpose, trans-pose.com utopia (Ellesmere Port) Whitby Rd, Ellesmere Port, 0151 348 5621, LGB youth meets every Tues 6.30-9, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Health Clinic Southport & Formby District General Hospital, 01704 513303
St HELens CLINICs
Sexual Health Clinic St Helens Hospital, Marshall Cross Rd, 01744 646 473, free & confidential sexual service, rapid HIV testing results in 30 mins. sthk.nhs.uk
OUTRITE ST. HELENS 01270 653 156, outrite.org
tHE wIrRaL PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
DV8 @ The Picture House 46 Conway Street, Birkenhead, 0151 647 8883, Wed 8pm till late, email@example.com Tallulah’s Late Lounge Rowson St/ Victoria Rd, New Brighton, 0774 7561587, Wed nights till late, firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Bar Ibiza 43 Darwen St, 01254 695379 C’est La Vie 11-15 Market St Stagedoor 23 Mincing Lane, 01254 51691
agENciEs & CLINICS bsure 0845 602 0894, Chlamydia screening for under 25’s, email@example.com b-sure.org.uk
Lifeline Project 68-70 Darwen St, 01254 677493, supporting young people up to the age of 25, with substance and alcohol misuse issues, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Health Clinic Blackburn Royal Infirmary, Bolton Road, 01254 687 304 SHOUT 01254 300126, young sexual health team up to 25 email@example.com
Blackburn LGB Youth Group Brook Advisory Centre, 54-56 Darwen St, BB2 2BL. 07809 847541, firstname.lastname@example.org Out Youth LGBT Group East Lancs The Hub, Accrington & Rossendale College, 07895 794850, 14-19 yr olds, 6-8pm 1st & 3rd Tues. Cygnets2Swans Jarman Centre, 53 James St, supports those who are or considering going through gender reassignment, both Trans Women and Trans Men, 4th Tuesday of the month 6.30pm-8.30pm, cygnets2swans.org.uk WORK IT OUT Brook Blackburn, Darwen St, LGBT Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm
BACKSTAGE BAR 135 St James St, 01282 414895
Terrence Higgins Trust 5 Bridge Street, Birkenhead, 0151 666 9890, Sexual health info& LGBT affirmative counselling, email@example.com tht.org.uk
Freedom Trans Youth Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org freedom.btik.com Gay Wirral 0151 666 9890, Terrence Higgins Trust, 5 Bridge St, for all Wirral’s LGBT Community, contact for details, email@example.com OUTRITE WIDNES 01270 653156, outrite.org Tea Time Special 0151 666 9890, Terrence Higgins Trust, 5 Bridge St, Fri 4.30-6.30pm, safe space for LGBT, firstname.lastname@example.org TransWirral 90-92 Chester St, 07833 385126, for TS/Intersex, transwirral.btik.com WIRRAL DIVAS 0151 666 9890, weekly lesbian and bisexual women’s group. WIRRAL TRANSISTERs 07759045117, support/social group for TV/CD/TS, 2nd Tues of the month, email@example.com WORK IT OUT Wirral Brook, 14 Whetstone Ln, Birkenhead, 0151 670 0177, group for 14-18 year olds, firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
POUT! 0800 7831524, youth group and helpline, every Wed. firstname.lastname@example.org yps.lancashire.gov.uk/pout-lesbian-gaybisexual-trans-youth-group
RENNAISSANCE @ drugline lancashire 2 Union Court, 01772 253840, Also has services for those living with & affected by HIV. enquiries@ druglinelancs.co.uk
Sexual Health Clinic Arrowe Park Road, 0151 604 7339 Dolphin Sauna 129 Mount Road, New Brighton, 0151 630 1516, dolphinsauna.co.uk
breakout LGBT community radio group, c.o Chorley FM, email@example.com breakoutshow.co.uk
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Garden Bar 133-135 St James St. TOWN MOUSE gay friendly bar/b&b, 2 Royal Road, Burnley, 01282 458 006
bsure 0845 602 0894, Chlamydia screening for under 25’s, firstname.lastname@example.org b-sure.org.uk
WORK IT OUT LGBT Monday 4pm-6pm, call Jackie on 07889 057520
LanCAStEr DANCING DIVA For more information, email@example.com
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
THE DUKE OF LANCASTER 75 Church Street, 01524 842843, firstname.lastname@example.org Gregson Café/Bar Gregson Community and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, 01524 849959, gregson.co.uk The New Albert 84 King Street, 7 days a week, serving food and entertainment, thenewalbert.com
Out in the Bay 07960 462 921, one to one friendship service, support group 3rd Thurs of month in Lancaster Library 7-9pm. Coffee afternoons Fri 2-4 at Sulyard St, Lancaster. email@example.com PYRO (Proud Youth Are Out) 07717 301821, 13-25 years, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lancaster GUM Clinic Ashton Community Care Centre, 08450590015, apps only (in the next 48 hrs)
POUT! 0800 7831524, youth group and helpline, every Wed. email@example.com yps.lancashire.gov.uk/pout-lesbian-gaybisexual-trans-youth-group
MorEcAmBe PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Sexual Health Clinic St. Peter’s Centre tel 01282 644300
oscar’s bar 25 Victoria St, 07543 900678, gay friendly/mixed, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Health Services for the Under 25’s condomcollective.com
Red Triangle Café St James St, 01282832319
E.A.G.L.E. - EQUALITY FOR ALL GAYS & LESBIANS EVERYWHERE 07972 507679, meets Tues 12-2pm at Burnely Town Hall, informal LGBT drop in, e.a.g.l.e_support@ hotmail.com Quaker L&G Fellowship 16 Newfield Drive, Nelson, 01282 605724 Rossendale LGBT Youth Group 07817 541242, LGBT youth from Rossendale, Accrington and Burnley, email@example.com WORK IT OUT LGBT Wednesday 4pm-6pm, call Jackie 07889057520
Morecambe GUM Clinic Queen Victoria Centre, Thornton Rd, 08450590015, apps only (in the next 48 hrs) Under 19 Young Person’s GUM & Contraception Drop In The Information Shop, Mon & Thurs 3:30 -5:30
Out in the Bay 07960 462 921, one to one friendship service, support group meets 6-8 on the last Thursday of the Month at Morecambe Library. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Health Clinic Ormskirk General Hospital, Wigan Road, 01695 571043
edgehill university LGBT society search on facebook
PrEstOn PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Blowing Wild Club Grimshaw Street, open Thurs, Fri, Sat, 07752 512232 Oblivion 12-14 Grimshaw St, 01772 252876 Hangout Harry Reloaded Fridays 11pm-4am 134 Church Street. PR1 3BT. Search Hangout Harry on Facebook
Sexual Health Clinic Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, 01772 522814
RENNAISSANCE @ drugline lancashire 2 Union Court, 01772 253840, Also has services for those living with & affected by HIV. email@example.com Preston HIV Support Team Helpline: 01772 468170, PO Box 515, Preston, PR1 8XP, firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTRAL LANCASHIRE HIV ADVICE 01772 825 684, Helpline: 01772 253 840, Drugline Lancashire Ltd, 2 Union Court. OLDER & OUT informal, friendly services for older LGB&T people, including, health promotion, anti-stigma activities, befriending and service user participation and older LGBT awareness training to service providers. Call 01772 552897 or email email@example.com, www.olderandout.org.uk OLDER & OUT - ToTo Twice monthly social group for 50+ LGB&T people on the first Thursday and third Thursday of every month @ Disability Equality North West, 103 - 104, Church Street, Preston. PR1 3BS and ‘straight allies’. Call 01772 552897 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.toto-olderandout.org.uk lancashire county council lgbt network email@example.com Lancashire LGBT Centre Last Tues of the month at The Urban Exchange, Mount Street, Preston between 6pm-8pm. lancashirelgbt.co.uk Lesbian Connection lesbian social group meeting monthly firstname.lastname@example.org The Rainbow house project LGBT community group based in Lancashire, therainbowhouseproject.org.uk UCLAN LGBT Society Every Thurs at 8.30pm email@example.com, uclansulgbt.weebly.com uclan lgbt employee network firstname.lastname@example.org VIBE c/o Young Peoples Service, 07814 493750, LGBT youth group meets Thurs evenings. yps.lancashire.gov.uk/get-vibe
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Cheshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Isle of Man & North West
Just4lesbians.com a friendship site for singles and couples all over the world. just4lesbians.com
j4ldating.com a lesbian dating site. j4ldating.com
Sexual Health Clinic Leighton Hospital, Middlewich Rd, 01270 612255 BP Cheshire & North Wales PO Box 321, 01270 653 150 outrite 01270 653 156, social and support groups, counselling, condoms and lube by post, outrite.org
men’s Group 01270 653 156, outrite.org
UTOPIA 01270 253633, LGB youth group Weds evenings, utopialgb.org.uk
CheStER PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS Bar 6T9 01244 313 608
Liverpool Arms Northgate Street, 01244 314 807
Sexual Health Clinic Macclesfield District General Hospital, Victoria Road, 01625 264116 OUTRITE groups 01270 653156, support and social groups, outrite.org
Northwich Sauna Winnington Lane, 01606 784881, sauna-sauna.info
Sexual Health Halton General Hospital, 01928 753217
The Canalside Bar & Restaurant 01928 580 669, 45-47 Canal Street.
Halton LGBT Group meets at: Halton Voluntary Action, Public Hall St, twice a month on a Wed 7pm-9pm, haltonlgbt.co.uk
OUTRITE RUNCORN 01270653156, outrite.org
Sexual Health Clinic Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, 01244 363 091 LGBT Health Promotion 01244 650534 or 07747 631021, West Cheshire - help & support including LGBT health issues.
CHESTER lgbt BOOK GROUP 07818 021 947, 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm at the Bear & Billet pub, Lower Bridge Street, firstname.lastname@example.org Dinin’ Divas womens dining group email@example.com Encompass 07790904718, 07833114752, 01745337144, LGBT social & info group for Chester & N. Wales, encompass.btik.com
Gay Outdoor Group - Ability Group Outdoor activities for people with all types of abilities/disabilities and their friends and family, firstname.lastname@example.org LGBT Youth Northwest PO BOX 153, Manchester. M60 1LP, 0753 106 1777, Support & fun projects for LGBT Young people 14-25; support & training for practitioners working with young people, email@example.com
Trans Resource Empowerment Centre (TREC) 07513 880647, Trans activities and info, meets 2nd Sat at the LGF, firstname.lastname@example.org transcentre.org.uk trans youth support (north west) 07530 352079, Supporting Trans young people & those questioning their gender identity, aged under 25, through email, phone & up coming Trans Youth Events, email@example.com
SHOPS & Services D.C.H.A. Services Dean Cooper: 07534 509108, Help for and training around the needs of disabled people, dchaservices.co.uk
Staffordshire PUBS, CLUBS & BarS
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Fierce 3 Goodson St, Hanley.
LGBT Network 01782 266998, charity providing support, advice for all LGBT & social groups, gaystoke.com
White Hart Sankey Street, 01925 241994
The Pink Lounge Piccadilly, Hanley, pinkloungebarandclub.com
Exposed Showbar, 15/17 Friars Gate, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Factory 67 Bryan St, Stoke, thefactorystoke.co.uk
The Polari Lounge 52 Piccadilly, Hanley, 01782 212200, gaystoke.com
Sexual Health Clinic Lovely Lane, 01925 662476
1806 Group 11 Palmyra Square South, 01925 241994, initiative for sexual health. Gay Healthy Alliance Project PO Box 539, 01925 631101
Sole Sisters Penny: 07917 533104 or Sandra: 07921 222101, womens walking group.
UTOPIA (chester) 0151 348 5621, LGB youth group meets every Weds 7.30-9pm, email@example.com
Gay North West Camping & Caravanning Club Free club for LGBT people who enjoy camping and caravanning, gnccc.co.uk
Queer Youth Network firstname.lastname@example.org, queeryouth.net
Mersey & Dee Women Social group, email@example.com
unique tg support group N. Wales & West Cheshire meets 3rd Tues of the Month, 8pm, firstname.lastname@example.org uniquetg.org.uk
Please note all listings information is provided by third parties. The LGF can accept no responsibility for the quality of the services/groups listed
Panthers LGBT Badminton/Squash 01782 266998, meeting weekly in Stoke South Staffs MES MEN Project 01543 411413, PO Box 3919, Lichfield, Married Men’s group, TV/TS group and social groups.
Inferno 14 Garth St, Hanley, heatsauna.com/stoke-on-trent
SPACE 01543 419002, LGBT Youth Group (16-21), email@example.com
CLINIC & agENCIES
Staffordshire Buddies PO Box 474, Stoke on Trent, 01782 201251
Gaylife North Staffordshire 0300 1230970
Chester Uni Warrington Campus LGBT Society search facebook
Gay & Lesbian Youth Support Services (GLYSS) 07747 473 829, every Wed/Thurs 6.30-9.30pm and alternate Sat. firstname.lastname@example.org freewebs.com/glyss FLUID (Freedon to Love Ur IDentity) 07747 473 829 LGBT Warrington lgbtwarrington.co.uk
Yorkshire OLGA an all inclusive community group for Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans. Meet weekly. 07929465044
HUDdERsFiEld PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS THE GREYHOUND Manchester Road, 01484 420 742
The New Union 3 Union Bank Yard, New Street, 01484 535435
HUGG Social group for gay & bi men, 18+,every Tuesday from 8pm. hugg.org.uk
HeBDEn BrIdgE PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Inn on the Bridge Gay Owned & Run 1-5 Market St, 01422 844 229, email@example.com NELSONS WINE BAR Crown St, 01422 844 782
Isle of Man HOTELS
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
DEVONIAN HOTEL Gay Friendly 4 Sherwood Terrace, Douglas, 01624 674676, thedevonian.co.uk
Guys & Dolls Showbar Gay Friendly Peverill Sq, Douglas,
Reg. Charity No. 1070904