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A Summer Of Love (and Kisses!) As you’ll see on page 26 of this issue, Summer is well and truly upon us and with it a whole host of Pride and LGBT friendly events. The first one is very close to publication of this issue - the Manchester Day Parade on Sunday 2nd June. If you missed out on the Kiss Hate Goodbye flashmob The LGF hosted in Manchester City Centre in May (see page 6 for the pics!), this is your next opportunity to pucker up. We’re looking for people to join us on the parade, and you’ll find full details on how to take part on page 26. Whatever event you decide to attend this Summer, have a great time - and remember to save some of your energies for Manchester Pride in August, too!
who tragically committed suicide in 1998 due to prejudice within the game. No other footballer has come out since. Amal has been a passionate campaigner against homophobia on the football terraces and the changing rooms. I’d encourage you to read Amal’s heartfelt interview, starting on page 12. Believe it or not, the next issue of ONW is our bumper Manchester Pride edition! We’re proud to be an official media sponsor for Manchester Pride, and we’ll be pulling out the stops once again to give you exclusive access to interviews, listings, guides and the official site map. Look out for our next issue from Wednesday 7th August. Enjoy the Summer!
We’re very proud to carry an interview with Amal Fashanu in this issue of ONW. Amal is the niece of Justin Fashanu. Justin was this country’s only out professional footballer,
VOICE & CHOICE The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s LGB&T Voluntary and Community Sector Conference took place on Saturday 20th April 2013 at the LGF Community Resource Centre. The conference was a learning and sharing event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals, groups,organisations and those working on behalf of the LGB&T community. The focus of this year’s conference was ‘Voice & Choice’ and provided an opportunity for the LGB&T voluntary and community sector, the public sector and the wider community to share, learn, innovate and shout about the work that they do, demonstrating just how many inspiring projects are happening around the North West. Thanks to everyone who contributed. Look out for more events at: www.lgf.org. uk or sign up to our weekly eBulletin: www.lgf.org.uk/register
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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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INSIDE OUT REGULARS 06 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Pucker up, it’s time to Kiss Hate Goodbye! 08 NEWS & OPINION Be a Community Leader! Plus all the latests news from across the LGB North West! 16 VILLAGE PEOPLE We talk to Karen Richards. 18 UP YOUR WAY What’s going on in your region. 38 LISTINGS Every LGB&T service in the north west.
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12 AMAL FASHANU Amal talks to outnorthwest about her campaign to eradicate homophobia in football.
26 SUMMER OF LOVE 2013! Pride season is upon us, and there’s loads going across our region. Find out here!
20 HEAD TO HEAD The positive and negative opinion page. 24 BY THE BI How does HIV affect the bisexual community? Pete Davies investigates.
22 OUTSPOKEN! This issue: Rachel Mann. 34 GROUPWORK The LGF has a whole host of support and social groups for you to get involved with!
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30 IT STARTS WITH YOU! Brand new campaign launches! 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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PUCKER UP & KISS HATE GOODBYE! Huge thanks to everyone who came along to our Kiss Hate Goodbye Flashmob in Manchester City Centre on 18th May! Hereâ€™s just some of the pics!
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SAYS HATE CRIME VIGIL Manchester held it’s first Vigil against homophobia,biphobia and transphobia on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). On May 17th The LGF hosted the Vigil in Sackville Gardens to pay tribute and respect all those who have suffered intolerance and prejudice because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Speakers included: Prossy Kakooza (Lesbian Immigration Group), Jen Yockney (Biphoria), Darren Batey (AKT Outpost), Dawn Pomfret (Transforum), Rev. Hayley Matthews (Chaplian,Media City) and The LGF’s Rob Cookson. We’d like to thank everyone who came and supported the event and we plan that this will be an annual tribute to mark IDAHO. For more on IDAHO go to: www.dayagainsthomophobia.org
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Don’t worry if you missed out on your chance to Kiss Hate Goodbye at our Flashmob. There’s plenty more opportunities to get involved! Why not join our Parade entry for this year’s Manchester Day Parade? It all takes place on Sunday 2nd June, and it’s going to be a great afternoon - it’s one of the highlights of the Manchester calendar - and we’d love if you could join us on the parade! If you’re interested, drop an e-mail to Andrew at The LGF - email@example.com
Mental health - what comes to mind when you read those two words? The issue of mental health undeniably provokes a mixed reaction amongst people and unfortunately, even in 2013, it is still treated as a taboo subject. Mental health is no different to your physical health. Yet where we wouldn’t think twice about neglecting our physical health, many of us are guilty of ignoring the significance of positive wellbeing and just how fundamental it is to our being. Despite the change in attitudes and understanding, there is still a great deal of prejudice surrounding mental health and talking openly about it. Although keeping your wellbeing private is wholly respectable and not indicative of self-neglect, there is still a huge amount that needs to be done to encourage more people to talk openly about the issue. This is why Time to Change and their campaign is so important, as it aims to end mental health discrimination by encouraging more people to talk openly about their experiences. You can find out more about this fantastic campaign and the personal stories people from across the UK have shared via the campaign’s website, at www.time-tochange.org.uk The LGF and Creative Curve have received funding from Time to Change to deliver a project called ‘Can You Hear Me?’ The project aims to highlight the often over looked experiences of lesbian and bisexual women experiencing mental health problems. An exhibition will be created over the course of 12 workshops, where the women involved will create their own kitchen installations and record their personal experiences, which will be played aloud via a radio in each kitchen. The idea behind this is to encourage visitors to the exhibition
to explore each of the spaces, listen to the recordings and then sit down to speak to the participants about their experiences. So if you are inspired by Time to Change and its message I would really encourage you to come along and experience ‘Can You Hear Me?’ The exhibition previews on 26th-27th July, with the official launch taking place in the run up to Manchester Pride from 20th to 25th August, at the LGF’s Community Resource Centre. Also, keep an eye out for details of an additional Pride Fringe event The LGF will be hosting in conjunction with the project. Another engaging voice speaking openly about their experience is Eleanor Margolis, and her article for the New Statesman is an excellent account of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. In her article she openly discusses her personal experiences of depression and how sharing such experiences has often proved challenging. Yet despite facing prejudice Margolis rightly stands true to the importance of challenging such stigma: ‘I’ve come to realise that I can’t allow other people’s misconceptions about mental illness to silence me. I’d rather be labelled “another crazy lesbian” than treat my mental health as taboo.’ You can read Margolis’ article in full on www. newstatesman.com/lez-miserable. Last week I learnt of the sad news that someone I knew at University had taken their own life. Unfortunately, suicide isn’t uncommon. But as the Time to Change campaign and Eleanor Margolis’ article emphasise, there are numerous ways to access support and successfully manage positive mental health. My memories of Rachel were of a kind and genuine person, and I’d like to dedicate this column to her. In memory of Rachel Howell (1986 - 2013).
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IN DEPTH NEWS, COMMENT AND ANALYSIS
HEALTHWATCH GET INVOLVED! You don’t have to live in Greater Manchester to have your say in how health services are run either. You can help shape services where you live and improve awareness of the issues that matter to you by sharing your own stories, giving your evidence and making sure that your experience as a gay man, lesbian or bisexual man or woman helps to inform services for both you personally and other LGB people, wherever you live. You have a right to tell your healthcare providers what really matters to you and what you expect from NHS services and let them know what they are doing well and what they are getting wrong. There are independent Healthwatch networks in: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bury, Calderdale, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Cumbria, Knowsley, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Sefton, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan and Wirral. To find out more go to: www.healthwatch.co.uk
MANCHESTER PRIDE ANNOUNCE NEW ACTS
As we went to press, Manchester Pride announced more acts who’ll be performing at The Big Weekend (23-26 August). Highlights include Brit Award winner Kate Nash, electro-wizard Patrick Wolf, and The X Factor semifinalist, and local girl, Misha B. Local acts will be highlighted too, so look out for Manchester boy-band The Mend, and the wonderful and always popular Rowetta. Host of the Big Weekend launch night will be Amy Lame. The launch night features a performance from The Feeling. The next issue of ONW is our bumper Manchester Pride special, look out for it from 7th August. To keep up to date with Manchester Pride announcements, visit: www.manchesterpride.com
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LEADER! Brand new project gives you the opportunity to be a voice for our communities When it comes to health and social care why shouldn’t lesbian, gay and bisexual people be able to access the best services we can get? Whether we only need access to these services when we are sick or need support, or if we depend on regular health services to improve the quality of our lives and sometimes even save our lives, we can and should feel able to make a real difference to the way our health services are run. This is especially important if we think we haven’t been listened to, or our needs as lesbian, gay and bisexual people haven’t been taken into consideration in the past, or our voices are not currently being heard. That’s why The Lesbian & Gay Foundation has been funded for the next three years by The Department of Health to empower and support at least 40 LGB Community Leaders across Greater Manchester. These Community Leaders will work on behalf of our community to help to ensure that health and social care services are designed and
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commissioned around the real needs of LGB people. This new project is a fantastic opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual people from all parts of Greater Manchester to make sure an authentic LGB voice is heard to ensure that service providers have the information they need to better cater for the needs of LGB people. We aim to address health inequalities by ensuring that services are more relevant to our communities and that LGB people feel more able to access services when they need them, not leaving it too late when serious illness means that our health is compromised. LGB Community Leaders will be supported to champion all health inequalities experienced by LGB communities. There will be particular emphasis on issues such as: sexual health, drug and alcohol use, mental health, cancer and smoking. If you live in Greater Manchester and want to find out more about how you can be an LGB Community leader, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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FANNY CRADDOCK? Grab your oven gloves and your slef-raising flour, it’s time for The Great Village Bake-Off!
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The Village Bakers are inviting you to show off your baking prowess and enter their Great Village Bake Off. Simply enter one of the categories found on their events page, bring along your baked entry and await the results show. There will prizes to be won for each category and celebrity judges picking over the crumbs. So if you have the Best Rainbow Cake, Tartiest Tart, Firmest Buns or the Campest of Cupcakes, then join the Village Bakers on Sunday 18th August at The Molly House for the first annual Great Village Bake Off.
Full details will be available on Facebook.com/villagebakers or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FANTABULOSA! Your Polari Mission... should you chose to accept it!
A fantabulosa evening is in store... the Polari Mission is coming to The LGF! Artists Jez Dolan and Joseph Richardson want to save the Polari language from extinction and your mission, should choose to accept it, is to come along to this free interactive and
fun session to learn more about Polari as well as brush up your linguistic skills! Get to know yours orbs from your onk and sort the bona from the meese, this experience is not to be missed! Taking place on 28th June 6 – 8pm, free refreshments! More information at www.lgf.org,uk/history
BE YOUR OWN BOSS! A practical planning session for budding entrepreneurs Do you have a burning idea for a business? Perhaps you have specific skills that you want to use to make a bit of extra cash? Or you’re thinking of going freelance and wondering where to start?
of going it alone then this is the workshop for you. Join StartupOut for a practical session, enabling you to write an outline business plan. This workshop is FREE and is open to anyone. It will take place at The LGF on June 13th between 6-9pm. Places are limited so prebooking is essential.
If you fancy becoming your own boss and need someone to talk you through the basics
Email Alex or Lee at hello@startupout. org or call 0800 808 5688 to book.
Voting is now open for The LGF’s fabulous Homo Heroes awards 2013. We want YOU to tell us who your Homo Hero is, whether it’s Community Champion of the Year, Volunteer of the Year or Business of the Year. The Homo Heroes Awards give you the opportunity to say thank-you to the individuals, groups and businesses that have made a real difference to the community in the last 12 months. Get nominating and make sure your heroes are recognised! Visit
PRIDE GAMES 2013
Taking place throughout June Pride Games is an annual international LGBT sport festival for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their friends. With a range of sports held at various venues in Manchester, it’s the perfect opportunity to try a new sport, re-awaken old talents or brush up on current skills…have loads of fun and meet new people! More information at www.pridesports.org.uk
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ADRIAN PALMER is The LGF’s new Community Development Worker for Rochdale... Adrian has started at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation as the LGB&T Community Development Worker for Rochdale. Adrian will be supporting various organisations with their sexual orientation monitoring and encouraging members of the LGB&T community to be more involved in helping shape policies and procedures, to reflect the needs of the community. He will also be delivering drop-in sessions across the Borough (Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale) to talk about issues of concern and signposting individuals to further support. Why did you want to work for The LGF? The LGF is an organisation whose vision of a fair and equal society is something that I also personally believe in. There is a wealth of knowledge from all the staff and volunteers at the LGF who want to make a difference to the lives of LGB&T people. With their support, I want to be able to assist the LGB&T community of Rochdale to achieve their full potential and be recognised for the contribution they makes. What does a usual day entail? At present it’s about networking and identifying various agencies to look at ways in which we can work together for the benefit of the LGB&T community. There’s also a lot of reading and getting to understand the needs of the community.
and procedures that have to be followed but there seems to be far too many of them, I want to make a difference now.
What is the best part of your job? I really enjoy working in the communities and meeting new people. If I can assist someone, no matter in how small a way, that has a direct benefit for that person, then I feel I have achieved something.
What or who inspires you? I was very inspired after watching the Paralympics last year, so many athletes who, despite losing limbs or having some form of disability, still had the courage and conviction to want to represent their country and participate in sports. There is nothing that can’t be achieved if you have the will power and yes, support from others, if you truly want to make a difference.
What is the hardest part of your job? Red tape. It sometimes seems that people and or organisations put barriers in the way of wanting to make a difference. I know that there are budget constraints and policies
What keeps you awake at night? Insomnia. I don’t sleep a great deal at night, it’s not because of things on my mind, usually it’s my partner’s snoring, but I’ve probably said too much there already!
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Your top tip for a work/life balance? Win the lottery and give up work! But if you can’t do that just make sure you spend as much time as possible with your loved ones. Life’s too short, make the most of the time you have together or whatever you passion is. Your plans for your role in the future? I would like to try and establish a LGB&T focus group that wants to make a difference to not just their own lives but for the wider community too, working in partnership to allow everyone the same life chances. Adrian will be based at CVS Rochdale, Partnership House, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale OL16 1QT. You can contact him via email; Adrian.email@example.com. uk or on 07739 756178
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On 17th May thousands of you flew the rainbow flag for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia), marking the date that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation. More images can be found at www.lgf.org.uk/flag
“My name’s Connie Lingus and I am going to be your personal own Clit Whisperer for the foreseeable future! Les-Bi honest now, we all love women and I personally love loving women, inside and out (if ya know what I mean). The folks at ONW have decided to let me in to beat the cobwebs off the bush of sex with women! I mean, c’mon, we all do it, so why not talk about it? I’m going to be no holds barred, covering everything from lube to lesbian bed death, from dildos to sex no-nos, even whips and chains if you so desire! Whatever you want, I will selflessly divulge, because I am that much of a saint.
I’ll also be covering topics such as first dates (and I have many awkward ones to recall!), how to broach the much loathed “what are we?” conversation and even the crappy side of relationships, such as cheating and dealing with your significant other’s friends (who you secretly hate with all of your lady-loving heart and only put up with because the sex is so good!) But this column is more about you, so if you have any questions or topics you want me to cover then please email me at Connie.Lingus@LGF.org.uk . Don’t worry gals, anonymity will be assured and no query is too big or too small for me to cover – if I don’t know the answer I’ll find someone who does! I’ll also be bigging up a tweeter of the month so drop me a tweet @lgfoundation #connielingus. I can’t promise hoards of beautiful women of all shapes and sizes following you, but you never know…!”
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AMAL FASHANU Amal is the daughter of football legend John Fashanu and Spanish model Marisol Acuna. Her uncle was Justin Fashanu, Britain’s first (and only) footballer to come out, who tragically committed suicide in 1998. Model, TV presenter and musician, Amal speaks out about how to tackle homophobia in sport and how she would like Justin’s legacy to be remembered. Why do you think homophobia in football in such an issue? Shockingly, homosexuality is the last taboo still left in football. There are 5,000 professional, British footballers but amazingly, there are still no openly gay players. Britain’s first and only footballer to come out, was my uncle Justin. But other people’s prejudice within the game led him to tragically commit suicide. And no other footballer has dared to come out, since. I interviewed a host of experts and premiership stars including my father for my documentary, Britain’s Gay Footballer’s, to discover why this was. There are numerous reasons, which we need to break down individually. For example, there is a pack mentality in the crowd which often focuses on what they know will upset a player the most, to disrupt his game. So they may heckle or bully a player for being
black, or for wearing glasses... or for being gay. It’s bullying on a massive scale. Despite the fact that most of the biggest players are metrosexual, like David Beckham and Ronaldo, being gay is still a step beyond some player’s acceptance, in an extremely macho sport which involves very physical and emotional bonding between players. Publicist Max Clifford told me he had been approached by gay and bisexual Premiership players, terrified that their sexuality would come out and petrified that this would mean the end of their careers. We need another brave footballer to follow my uncle’s footsteps and come out... to set an example and lead the way for others. I learned Justin was no angel, but he genuinely believed he was setting an example to other players. Sadly, it’s an example no other gay player has felt able to follow in nearly 25 years.
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What can be done to tackle it? We need to end the silence on the subject. That’s the first step. Matt Lucas is a comedian, avid Arsenal supporter and one of Britain’s best known gay football fans, and interestingly, he told me that we do still need to have an element of irreverence and humour, rather than eerie silence, in order to start combating it. We’re a country that created camp humour, so it’s perhaps not surprising that there are innuendos and silly jokes. We don’t want people to fear the subject, but there is a fine line between warm jokes and stinging attacks. The PFA and Kick it Out have done fantastic work to combat homophobia in football, tackling it at the grassroots level in schools and educating young people, because ignorance is at the heart of fear and prejudice. It is also important to involve the LGBT community in football at every level.
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Interview: Sarah McNally
Football needs to take more decisive action against homophobia in sport. There need to be more incentives to stop discrimination, incorporated into school programmes, employee orientations and also in sporting arenas. Prejudice creeps out from the terraces back to the school kids, who learn this behaviour from the adults. Communities that are affected by discrimination such as Kick It Out, the Gay Football Suporters’ Network, PrideSports, SchoolsOut, Show Racism the Red Card and the TUC have started to join forces to oppose prejudice, because together their voice is louder and can match even the most unpleasant voices in the football stands. They hold conferences and debates to make sure that the decision-makers and those who are most involved in the issue play a big part in the actions, partnerships and decisions which will gradually eradicate homophobia in the dressing rooms and out on the stands.
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The Football Association, the game’s main governing body and so often the target for criticism over its shortcomings and failings, are about to launch a four-year plan aimed at encouraging more gay players to participate at grassroots level. How would you like Justin and his legacy to be remembered? I’d like him to be remembered as a man who tackled two difficult challenges in a less understanding society, as Britain’s first million pound footballer and the first footballer to bravely and proudly come out as gay. I hope that it wasn’t done in vain and that he has opened up the door for other gay footballers to follow in his footsteps. In years to come, I’d like his legacy to be that of a man who put the wheels in motion for it to be totally acceptable to be gay AND a professional athlete. What’s next for you? I am preparing to launch Fash and U, which was inspired by Justin, who wanted to use fashion to spread the fight for equality. I’ve been campaigning on TV and in print to continue my uncle’s fight for equality and will now be using my fashion line to continue the fight, taking it to the catwalks and the highstreet. And I’ll be donating money from the collection to a selection of pro-equality charities to continue this fight. To find our more about The Justin Campaign, visit www.thejustincampaign.com. You can discover more about Amal and her Black Heart Label fashion line at www.amalfashanu.com
brand new creative project launches for women who’ve experience mental health problems. The LGF have recently launched a creative project for lesbian and bisexual women, who have experienced what it’s like, to live with a mental health problem. ‘Can You Hear Me?’ is funded by Time to Change and is being delivered in partnership with local arts company, Creative Curve. So far, we’ve had three of our 12 workshops and have around 20 women involved in speaking up and speaking out about their mental health. We’ve started to think about what words we do and don’t like, that are used to describe mental health or mental illness and have gotten stuck into some creative activities such as screen printing. Our Audio Technician has been working with some of the participants, to start recording their voices, talking and singing about their experiences, which will feature in our final exhibition. Our project is currently working towards an exciting ‘living exhibition’ which will be previewed on 26th and 27th July, ready for
our final launch and main exhibition taking place between 20th and 25th August at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. The exhibition will feature a series of reallife kitchen spaces, created and designed by the participants, where you can sit down and learn about their experiences of living with a mental health problem and the impact that stigma and discrimination has had on them. We’re hoping that giving people the opportunity to share experiences and learn about mental health, we’ll be making the world a much more accepting place for lesbian and bisexual women who experience distress. It’s not too late to get involved! If you identify as lesbian, bisexual or questioning and have experienced some form of distress, and would like to use this to challenge negative attitudes then get in touch.
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Each issue we want to dedicate this page to YOU, to the people who have used The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s services and want to share their story with the community. This time, we hear from Graham. Sarah and Tracey.
Graham, 40 has been a befriender since October 2012 and supports people who have mental health issues, are new to the area, have just come out of a relationship, or have just come out. The LGF’s Befriending Service plays a crucial role in guiding people through difficult times. “I’m a mature student nurse at the University of Manchester and one of the courses I take, the Manchester Leadership Programme, encourages students to get involved in volunteering. Shortly after starting on the course I spotted some LGF publicity for the befriending scheme and decided it was the ideal opportunity for me to give something back to a community that has been a big part of my life, so I applied to be a volunteer. The training opportunities you gain access to as a volunteer are excellent and are transferable to the world beyond the befriending scheme. It’s an opportunity to meet lots of new people outside your usual work or social circle, including volunteers, LGF staff and the befrienders themselves, and this gives you new perspectives on life. But
GRAHAM S STORY For more information about befriending visit www.lgf.org.uk/befrienders more importantly it is really rewarding helping somebody achieve their goals or at least move a step or two closer to them. What has come as a surprise to me has been the positive impact that volunteering with The LGF as a befriender has had on me personally. I’ve always considered myself as an “out” gay man, comfortable with my
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sexuality, but I had fallen into the trap of letting things ride when people made false assumptions about my sexuality or if I came across casual homophobia. Volunteering with the LGF has helped me to develop my confidence, self-esteem, and assertiveness and I feel empowered to challenge homophobia and unhelpful attitudes.”
Sarah & Tracey, from Preston and Blackpool, have been together 6 ½ years, and only came out to their families 3 years ago. This year they decided to celebrate and cement their relationship by hosting a civil partnership in Cumbria, with just close friends and family present. And when to have it? IDAHO of course! 17th May also marked Tracey’s 50th birthday and they celebrated in style marking the day with rainbow tea light favours, and a fabulous rainbow flag which featured in their wedding pictures, provided by The LGF. After the ceremony they jetted off to Tenerife on their honeymoon. Congratulations!
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PROJECT Marking homophobia by planting a pansy at the site of an attack, PAUL HARTFLEET talks to ONW about why it’s so important... Artist Paul Harfleet plants pansies at the site of homophobic abuse, finding the nearest soil to where the incident occurred and generally without civic permission plants an unmarked pansy. The flower is then photographed and posted on his website, the image is entitled after the abuse. Titles like “Let’s kill the Bati-Man!” and “Fucking Faggot!” reveal a frequent reality of gay experience which often goes unreported to authorities and by the media. Paul began by planting pansies to mark his own experience of homophobia on the streets of Manchester though he plants pansies for others both on an individual basis and as part of various festivals and events. Perhaps most poignantly The Pansy Project also marks locations where people have been killed as a result of homophobic attack, for example a pansy for Michael Causer who was murdered in Liverpool in 2008. What inspired you to set it up? A string of homophobic abuse on a warm summer’s day was the catalyst for this project. The day began with two builders shouting; “it’s about time we went gaybashing again isn’t it?”; continued with a gang of yobs throwing abuse and stones at my then boyfriend and me, and ended with a bizarre and unsettling confrontation with a man who called us ‘ladies’ under his breath. Over the years I have become accustomed to this kind of behaviour, but I came to realise it was a shocking concept to most of my friends and colleagues. It was in this context that I began to ponder the nature of these verbal attacks and their influence on my life. I realised that I felt differently about these experiences depending on my mental state so I decided to explore the way I was made to feel at the location where these incidents occur. What interested me was
the way that the locations later acted as a prompt for me to explore the memories associated with that place. I wanted in some way to manipulate these associations, In order to feel differently about the location and the memories it summoned. I became interested in the public nature of these incidents and the way one was forced into reacting publicly to a crime that often occurred during the day and in full view of passers by. Why is it important? My continued fascination with the work is my un-ending shock and awe that some people still are so threatened by the idea of homosexuality. It would be laughable if it’s impact was not so insidious. Despite my own work in this area I am still emotionally troubled by public attacks and find it impossible to understand. I hope The Pansy Project has made people
think about the frequency of such attacks and the constant reality of homophobia. Fundamentally though I am an artist, my aim is to make critically engaging and relevant work that I hope adds something to the world. What are your plans for the future? The future of the project is ever changing. The one key fact is that I’ll continue planting pansies until homophobia stops. So it looks like I’ll be doing this for a long time. I hope to formalise the project and source funding that will support my mission to plant pansies across the globe, countries where homophobia is illegal and culturally unacceptable is where the project should also really live.
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VILLAGE PEOPLE LOCAL BUSINESSES, CHARITIES AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER!
KAREN RICHARDS is a busy woman. She’s involved with Manchester Pride, LGB&T Rugby League team Canalsiders, and Manchester’s trans pride event, Sparkle... Karen Richards is a woman who loves a challenge. At the age of 16 years old Karen began working as a carpenter before moving on to become a Site Manager and running three business of her own. Today she works in the construction industry as a health and safety advisor and as a consultant on equality and diversity issues. Outside work, Karen volunteers for Manchester Pride, and is well known for her work with Manchester Concord and the national transgender celebration, Sparkle as well as being involved in Manchester’s LGBT Rugby League Club, Manchester Canalsiders. Earlier this year Karen joined Manchester Pride as a director of its trading subsidiary, Manchester Pride Events Ltd. Karen helps
Pride around health and safety issues, attends board meetings and likes to raise her opinions! She’s proud to be the first trans person to advise the Board of Manchester Pride and volunteered in 2012 to be night Site Manager for the whole festival to make sure that everything was safe and secure, “They gave me a AAA security pass,” she says, “but I was so busy the only people I got to see where the bin men who helped clear the site every morning!” Last year Karen was nominated along with Stuart Donnelly for Community Champion of the Year at The LGF’s Annual Homo Heroes Awards for their joint work on the annual transgender event Sparkle. “I was a bit surprised by that nomination because I generally like to stay in the background but I am incredibly proud of Sparkle which has become Europe’s premier trans event as it’s all about trans people interacting with other communities, not just our own.”
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Karen is also involved in the world’s first LGBT Amateur Rugby League Club Manchester Canalsiders. She explains the difference between rugby league as being “a game for gentlemen played by hooligans, as opposed to rugby union, which is the opposite”. Canalsiders has only been running a few months but already is fully inclusive of LGBT and straight people, attracting involvement in either the men’s or women’s full contact teams or mixed touch rugby for those who wish a more gentle initiation into the sport. “Team spirit is really important at Canalsiders and everyone has bonded so quickly considering we’ve only been playing for a few months. We were all out over The Great British Bear Bash on Canal Street and we realised that our teams really do reflect every aspect of the LGBT community”. Inclusion and diversity is hugely important to Karen “It’s so important that the whole community works together. We shouldn’t lose our sense
Thanks to Martin from Canalsiders for the pics!
“It’s so important that the whole community works together. We shouldn’t lose our sense of identity or purpose and we should all support one another whoever we are and whoever we represent.” of identity or purpose and we should all support one another whoever we are and whoever we represent”. 2013 looks like being just as busy for Karen as she is working with community groups and partnership sponsors. For Sparkle Karen is in charge of fundraising and liaising with local business and has had support from almost every venue in Manchester’s LGBT Village to prepare for the expected 4-5,000 visitors to the event between Thursday 11th Sunday 14th July. Karen really wanted to share some BIG announcements with us but had to keep them under wraps until they are signed off so make sure you look out for some major news about Manchester Pride, Sparkle and Manchester Canalsiders coming together really soon. www.manchesterpride.com www.sparkle.org.uk www.canalsiders.co.uk
A SUMMER OF PRIDES! Matt Adams, Gaydio’s Pride Co-ordinator. With the Pride season upon us Gaydio will be raising our flag at various Pride events across the North West and indeed the world. For our first Pride event of 2013 we sent Chris and Emma packing off to Brussels for Belgium Pride. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence, but it was the same weekend as Eurovision which added to the fun and excitement. We have an action packed Summer of Pride coverage working with the two biggest Pride events in the North West - Manchester and Liverpool, but not forgetting some of the smaller events such as Cumbria and Oldham Prides. You’ll also find members of our team in London, Brighton, Cardiff, Brighton, Sheffield and Dublin over the summer. Of course Pride events have a different meaning to each of us; some of us immerse ourselves in the fun and frivolities throughout the weekend - where as others participate in elements of it, be it the parade, some of the arts based activity or the club
nights. Covering so many Prides for Gaydio, we definitely get to see the best (and sometimes the worst) of some of the places we visit. A particular highlight for me last year was my first Liverpool Pride... yeah it rained a bit, but in true Liverpool style we weren’t going to let it ruin our day. The other thing is that every Pride is different, from the crowds to the activities on offer to the people that go. I would encourage everyone to check out a Pride event they haven’t been to before. We feel that covering Pride is important to us on Gaydio and we try to bring a flavour of the event to those around the region that may not be able to make some or all of the day. So if you’re still planning your calendar of Prides this year - pop us on and we’ll let you know what’s happening across Gay UK. See you there!
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UP YOUR WAY
Albert Kennedy Trust merge with Outpost Housing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) youth homeless charities the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) and Outpost Housing have merged to help meet rising demand and sustain vital services for young people.
Tim Sigsworth How will AKT Outpost continue to meet increased demand to provide services for young LGBT people? We recognise the need for more partnership working is key â€“ hence the merger. We are exploring how we can meet need beyond Greater Manchester, the North East and London through developing remote service provision or through replication of our work by developing strategic partnerships in other areas. Why is there such a marked increase in demand for AKT Outpost services? We have seen a 20-30% increase in young people accessing our services and a marked increase in those presenting as street homeless. Several factors have contributed to this including: the recession especially were youth services have been cut or de-commissioned; in an environment were LGBT people have more rights we are seeing a generation of young people feeling more confident to come out at home and in some cases at a much younger age unfortunately attitudes have not kept up with legislation, so many of our young people are experiencing rejection and abuse when they do come out; a third reason is the profile of our organisation has grown, making us more visible to young people â€“ hence over 60% of our contacts are self referrals by young people. What would you say to those who think that everything is much easier for young LGBT people these days? Today we are seeing more cases involving: mental health and wellbeing issues, sexual exploitation, honour based violence, forced marriage, debt, difficulties in securing employment or being able to meet tuition
Outnorthwest SPEAKS TO to Tim Sigsworth, CEO of AKT and founder Cath Hall ABOUT THE MERGER fees and also street homelessness. Alongside this the demographic of the people we support is getting younger. Imagine facing all this and coming to terms with your identity as an L, G, B or T person whilst facing the usual challenges of adolescence. I would say young people are actually facing a harder challenge today than previous generations.
CATH HALL How do you feel about the journey AKT have been on and the work there is still to do? When we started the AKT we were looking for solutions to the problems faced by homeless young LGBT people. They needed safe housing, good and strong role models and support to lay down foundations for the future. Over the years we have built the solutions into the support we can give to young people, it is ready and waiting for them, ready to swing into action when problems arise. I am extremely proud of the dynamic, positive and innovative people involved with AKT who have made this
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happen. Our young people deserve nothing less. What needs to change to help make sure that our young people get the help and support they need? I never envisaged that we would still be necessary nearly 25yrs later. Many young people these days are aware of the people who are good role models for them, through television, education and through activists who have pushed for reforms through government. However, there is always a lot more to do and until every young LGBT person can live without fear, at home, on the street and in school there will be a need for safe havens like the AKT How can outnorthwest readers help? Donate to the merger appeal at www. give15.org or ask your workplace if they can provide sponsorship or pro bono support to AKT.
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IN YOUR WORDS!
Recognition for Lancashire PC Lancashire Constabulary, the winners of the LGF ‘Homo Heroes’ Award in 2012 for Public Sector Partner of the Year, has rewarded one of their police officers who has strived to promote and support LGB and T issues within the police service, both locally and nationally.
the cruising community can contact Lancashire Constabulary and report incidents, hate crime and seek advice.
PC Ian Ashton who has been a police officer for 20 years is the Co-Chair of their LGB and T Staff Support network and works within their Diversity Team based at Police Headquarters. Over the past few years Ian has actively encouraged members of the LGB &T community to join the police service and he’s introduced a new Transgender and Gender Reassignment policy. Ian has hosted the first LGB & T National Police Conference for many years, which led towards the reestablishment of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) LGB & T Steering Group. He’s helped introduced new guidance on policing cruising sites, which involves Ian hosting an official profile on websites where members of
He has supported the Constabulary Force Major Investigation Team, on complex enquiries involving LGB and T issues, most recently the tragic story of Anthony Stubbs who recently lost his life, Ian is working with Anthony’s family to look at promoting the subject of homophobia and other forms of discrimination in schools.
Ian has also supported a Trans group in Blackburn called Cygnets2Swans. The group meet every month there and Ian appears on their website as their single point of contact.
Gay Farmers offer a confidential hotline for anyone who wants to call and talk to someone who understands what it’s like to be in the farming community and gay. So if you or someone you know is a gay farmer who feels isolated and needs help, advice or just someone to talk to then contact 07837 931894 or join the facebook group ‘farmers and friends’ or visit: www.gayfarmer.co.uk
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Ian is also involved in coordinating the Police Chaplaincy service and is currently involved in the planning of Police with Pride, the North West Police entry to the Manchester Pride parade. Ian.Ashton@lancashire.pnn.police.uk
The Isaac Hitchen Project Lancashire LGBT launched The Isaac Hitchen Project at Preston North End FC on May 17th, International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. This innovative community development project, which received funding for three years from the Big Lottery Fund, aims to strengthen Lancashire’s LGB&T community. The Isaac Hitchen Project will train and empower volunteers to develop LGB &T community activities and work to provide opportunities for LGB&T men and women throughout Lancashire. The Project will also train volunteer befrienders
Farmers and friends is a group for gay and lesbian farmers, or people involved in rural industry, who feel isolated or who are struggling with their sexuality.
to reach out and support isolated men and women across the region. ]If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans man or woman aged 18 or over living anywhere in Lancashire and you would like to get involved visit www.lancslgbt.org.uk You can also view the Facebook page ‘The Isaac Hitchen Project’ and follow the project on twitter @IsaacHitchenOrg. Tel. 01772 717461 or e-mail: email@example.com
Liverpool Queer Games and Adventure (LQGA) is a community group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people and their friends with any level of skill and / or with a disability to get involved with sports, games and adventure activities through social or charity events in the North West of England. The group currently have over 200 members and is open to all ages over 16 years old. Visit: www.lqga.org.uk
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HEAD TO HEAD A new two year long national HIV prevention campaign called ‘It Starts With Me’ aims to focus on testing, treatment and condoms to curb the spread of HIV. With this in mind:
“What can YOUR role be in preventing HIV?”
THE HIV POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE
PATRICK ITALO ETTENES
“Well with the arrival of this new campaign (‘It Starts With Me’), I’ll continue to write articles promoting safer sex and be more proactive within the community, and hopefully one day we’ll all achieve our objectives - less new infections and more people empowered to look after their own sexual health. I still believe more can be done, personally within ourselves, in our families, in our schools, and we can all take ownership of our lives in general. We shouldn’t need to be reminded about looking after our health only when a new campaign comes along. It’s something that should be on our minds all the time and talked about, told almost as a story to the younger generation with targeted lessons to students and reminders to the general public to take responsibility for our own sexual health and to know the risks involved with unsafe sex and not knowing your HIV status. As time changes so do our attitudes to sex, and sexually transmitted infections, but this comes with new risks. I personally believe that as a whole, all charities working in health issues should realise this. The NHS and private health care should also actively search for, and provide more information for men who have sex with men and make themselves aware of the needs of our communities, so we can understand why so many people are having unsafe sex and educate everyone to practice safer sex and get tested regularly. This is my message and always will be, so yes ‘It Starts With Me’!”
THE HIV NEGATIVE PERSPECTIVE
“We can all do our bit to help with HIV awareness and prevention, but the pivotal question that you need to ask yourself is ‘Do I know my HIV status?’ With 8 in 10 gay and bisexual men having acquired HIV by someone who isn’t aware of their status, knowing your own status will significantly reduce your risk of HIV transmission to other people and give you a better understanding of your own sexual health. Sex is fun. It’s intimate, and there are scientific studies to suggest that sex can regulate the serotonin levels in the brain to make you a happier person. There’s always a risk though, however small. Knowing how to keep yourself protected from that risk is the key, and there are many ways to do that. Carrying a condom at all times is a great way of ensuring you are prepared for anything! Condoms are still the most effective way of preventing the transmission of all STI’s including HIV. Having regular sexual health check ups is also another way to be aware of your own HIV status, however this can be factored by how many sexual partners you’ve had. If you consider yourself to be the ‘promiscuous’ type, then a regular full screening is recommended once every 3 months. If your sexual activity is confined to a monogamous relationship or your sexual partners are few and far between, then it is recommended that you get yourself tested once a year. You are in charge of your own sexual health and behaviour, you are the only one that can keep yourself protected, so taking the necessary precautions will significantly reduce your chances of contracting HIV and other STI’s. It Starts With Me... and you!”
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OUTSPOKEN WHO’S RAC HEL? Rachel Mann is a Church of England vicar and writer based in South Manchester. She is also trans and lesbian, and her bestselling autobiography Dazzling Darkness (Wild Goose 2012) has been described as ‘both a revelation and a celebration’. A regular broadcaster, she also writes about rock music and popular culture and is PoetIn-Residence at Manchester Cathedral. Sum yourself up in three words... Frabjous, Passionate, Infuriating What’s your guilty pleasure? Watching old (and sometimes not so old) Agatha Christie movies. Miss Marple is my hero! If we gave you £1million, what would you do with it? Probably stick it in a suitcase and give it right back, asking you to donate it to someone more deserving. If you insisted I have it, there are a number of charities I love. They’d get a fair whack. I’d love to treat my family and friends and to give my parents a bit of the luxury they deserve. Anything left would go on my underground super-villain hideout. What food could you not live without? Having aggressive Crohn’s Disease means I often can’t eat much, so can I have cocacola? It’s bad for me, but I can stick away gallons. And it has to be full-fat. I’m a Coke junkie! (That sounds bad doesn’t it?!?)
RACHEL MANN Do you have a favourite quote/ motto? ‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom’ – William Blake If you could change one thing about the world what would it be? Eek! Get rid of the lazy way we can all judge and dismiss others on the basis of gender, sexuality, culture, ethnicity, religion etc. Which animal you would most like to be and why? A sloth. You get to sleep lots, move at an easy pace, watch the world go by and hang out in trees. What’s not to love? If you were a biscuit, which one would you be? A Custard Cream – comforting, satisfying and not very grown up. If you were a superhero, what would be your super-power? To enable people to see the world through other people’s lives and experiences (in the
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hope they might be less judgmental and more understanding). Where is your favourite place in the world? Tempted to say ‘bed’, but probably standing on a clifftop on the north Cornish coast on a warm summer’s day, staring at the sea. Tell us a secret about yourself… I wrote a very bad and silly sub-Twilight vampire romance five years ago, centering on the life of a lesbian vampire vicar and her partner. It got very close to being published. I’m kind of glad it didn’t now! The best thing about being a woman is... Apart from having instant access to the deepest nature of the universe, I’d say it’s always being right. For more information on Rachel, visit www.rachelmann.co.uk
WE CHANGING THE WORLD!
UPCOMING WOMEN’S EVENTS AT THE LGF
Do you want to have fun, meet new people AND learn a new skill? If so, and you identify as a lesbian or bisexual woman, The LGF’s women’s workshops are the place for you!
Are you ready to take on the world? We can help you! One of the missions of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation is ‘empowering people’, and with the new Active Citizens part of our women’s programme we are aiming to do exactly that: empowering lesbian and bisexual women to make their voices heard. Over the next few months we’ll be running fun workshops which enable lesbian and bisexual women to get vocal about the issues that matter to them – whether that’s related to their sexual orientation or not. We’ll be offering suggestions of how you can get involved in changing your local community…or in changing the world!
The next ‘Active Citizens’ workshop will take place on Saturday 13th July from 2pm and is a writing workshop with the fabulous For Books’ Sake. The workshop takes place the day before Emmeline Pankhurst Day, which marks the birth of one of Manchester’s most inspirational daughters, who led the fight for votes for women. The workshop will encourage you to write about inspirational women in your community and look at how we can celebrate and widen awareness of such women. To find out more about the ‘Women in Your Community’ workshop, or to book a place, email email@example.com or call 0845 3 30 30 30.
These fun and friendly sessions take place once a month, usually on the third Saturday, and are completely free to attend but places are limited so must be booked in advance. To find out more go to www.lgf.org.uk/women, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 3 30 30 30.
Saturday 15th June, 2-5pm Be sassy, safe and confident – self-defence and confidence building
Saturday 20th July, 2-5pm Snap happy! – pratical photography workshop
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S R E T SIS G N SPORtI WOMEN
We all know that we’re meant to be getting regular exercise but it’s not always easy to motivate yourself to get off the sofa! It’s always easier to exercise with others to encourage you and we’re really lucky in the North West to have lots of local LGB&T sports groups offering coaching, inspiration and a friendly welcome to all abilities. However, getting active can still seem a little intimidating, especially if you’re worried you’ll be the only woman in a group full of muscled men! So we asked some female members of local LGB&T sports groups to tell us about their experiences… Susan Guy joined Manchester Frontrunners in September 2011: “I’d never joined a sports club before and I was worried that my running wasn’t up to speed. I was anxious about holding people back, but this wasn’t the case at all. With over 30 members that turned up that Thursday night, I found a few people who ran at my pace. Frontrunners is warm, fun and gay-friendly, with a passion for running and a growing social calendar. With races organised in other countries, there’s travel, meals out, weekend walks with a pub at the end and of course making shapes on the dance floor somewhere - it is so much more than a running club! The club offers beginners courses towards running your first 5k as well as offering training for those working towards a half marathon or even a full marathon, and there’s cross country running if you like muddy good fun. With the encouragement of Frontrunners, I ran my first Marathon this year and that did warrant a celebratory drink or two! Come and join us.” To find out more about Manchester Frontrunners go to www.manchesterfrontrunners.org Elizabeth Henshaw is a member of Northern Wave swimming club: “Northern Wave changed my life. There’s no other way to put it. This time last year I was unemployed, living in the middle of nowhere
with my retired parents. Not ideal for anyone in their 30’s. I went to stay with a friend in Manchester and she asked if I wanted to come to Northern Wave’s women’s swimming session with her. I said yes and I cannot say how glad I am I did. I was overwhelmed with how comfortable I felt, as a person talking to strangers (something I am not good at) but also about my body and fitness level. Then and there, surrounded by the nicest group of women I’d ever met, I decided to move to Manchester. Eight months later I have an amazing new job (largely through the moral support of the Northern Wavers!), I’m living in the greatest city in the world and have signed up for my first half marathon! I didn’t think such a simple thing as swimming could make such a difference in my life, but it truly has. I would encourage anyone to get involved; you never know where it might lead you…at the very least to great new friends!” To find out more about Northern Wave go to www.northernwave.org Sol Taylor and Kayleigh Riley both play basketball with Slam Dunkin’ Divas: Sol: “When I joined the Divas in February I hadn’t done any sport since a serious accident 5 years ago, despite having previously been very active. Since joining and taking part in their ball again sessions everything has changed for me. I have become fitter, stronger and healthier. It hasn’t all been about basketball either. I have made a great set of new friends. The girls are really welcoming and very encouraging. There are a lot of different skill levels from beginners to
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SOL very experienced players and we all support each other. It’s a real team that works hard for each everyone else. I spent the last 5 years hiding from the world under my duvet. Now I’m finally starting to enjoy life again. Joining the Divas was definitely one of the best things I have ever done.” Kayleigh: “I joined the Divas at the end of November 2012 after searching for an interesting LGBT team to join. I’d never really played basketball before but the chair (Georgia) was more than happy to respond to my request for more information and invited me along to the training session in Chorlton. Being a Bolton girl I wasn’t sure if the travel would be worth it, however after meeting the team and getting involved in the training I knew I was hooked. The friendly atmosphere and encouragement from the team and coaches has greatly improved my confidence as I didn’t have any real connections to the gay community before this.” To find out more about Slam Dunkin’ Divas go to www.sites.google.com/ site/slamdunkindivas/
Why not run for The LGF? Turn to page 36 of this issue for more details! To find out more about Manchester’s many LGBT sports groups, go to www.lgf.org.uk/directory Pride Games, Manchester’s annual LGBT sports festival, takes place from 2nd-9th June, find out more at www. pridesports.org.uk
INTERVIEW Joe Lycett was nominated as Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2012 and he’s already made multiple TV appearances. He’s also one of the few comedians who are happy to talk about their bisexuality on stage. SALI OWEN asked the questions.
Joe Lycett BEING BI What’s the most common misconception you get when you tell people you’re bisexual? “They think it’s a transitionary phase,” he says. They think I’m on the road to gay. I get that more from gay people. Although there are also gay comics who say, ‘Why don’t you just come out as straight?’” “I saw you trying out new jokes about how you had sex with a woman,” I say. “I have had sex with a woman before!” he laughs. “But I was like, oh right, I am capable of this! Maybe not very well at this point, but you know. It’s like riding a bike. Until recently I considered myself as having a preference for males.” Has becoming more attracted to women changed things? Joe nods. “I had a future vision of me with a man who’s an architect and two adopted babies, and we’d all read ‘The Guardian’ and wear grey glasses. Now being with a woman could be a realistic life for me.” Does that scare you? He considers this. “Even though I said I was bisexual, the reality hadn’t occurred
to me. This seems dreadful, but the idea of settling down with a woman seems boring. Why go back and do what everyone else does? It feels quite scary.” Has being bi caused problems with partners? He shrugs. “I’ve had partners who’ve said, ‘You want what I can’t give you.’ That’s a debate about monogamy not bisexuality. When anyone gets into a relationship they’re not going to stop being attracted to people. You think, I would have sex with them but the greater good is that I don’t.” He pauses. “Also they probably wouldn’t.” Do people assume you’re equally attracted to men and women? “Yes, or that I’m attracted to everyone,” he replies. “I use that as a joke in my stand-up – I’m bisexual so you’re all at risk!” What makes you happy about being bisexual? “My world is open,” he replies. “I’ve got a group of straight lad mates and I can relate to them but I can also relate to girls. I’d like to think that in the future I won’t have to address my sexuality as much because it won’t be that big a deal. And it isn’t that big a deal.” 23 www.lgf.org.uk OUTNORTHWEST 25
Prides, parades, events and festivals taking place across the North West and beyond this summer! it’s not an exhaustive list, but this little lot should keep you busy...
Manchester Day Parade SUNDAY 2 June The Lesbian & Gay Foundation will be asking people to ‘Kiss Hate Goodbye’ at The Manchester Day Parade. The holiday-inspired theme for the day is ‘Wish You Were Here’, so join in the fun and celebrate all things Manchester! We promise there will even be an opportunity to ‘Kiss Me Quick’! To register your interest e-mail: email@example.com. uk or for more information visit www.themanchesterdayparade.co.uk
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BLACKPOOL PRIDE Sat 8/SUN 9 JUNE
2013 sees this family-friendly free event move to the Winter Gardens as a two-day indoor festival. On Saturday 12 – 5pm The Queen’s Variety Show sees Gareth Gates take to the stage in The Pavilion and on Sunday 1 – 5pm is the Festival Finale Show starring Black Lace and Diva Fever! For more information visit www.blackpoolpridefest.com or follow @bpoolpridefest on Twitter.
L FEST STAFFORDSHIRE 9-22 JULY
L Fest is a unique weekend celebration of lesbian culture and community. It includes music, cinema, books and visual art; games and sport; dating and dancing. It’s packed with fun, socialising and creativity. This year it’s taking place at Uttoxeter Race Course in Staffordshire. For more information and tickets visit www.lfest.co.uk
OLDHAM PRIDE SATURDAY 27 JULY
One World, One Heart, One Pride! As usual Oldham Pride promises to be an activity packed, fun-filled event! There will be a parade from Oldham Town Centre (assemble 11.45am) to Gallery Oldham. The main event, hosted by the fantastic Rosie Lugosi and Claire Mooney will take place from 12.30 - 4pm. The headline is X-Factor’s amazing Kitty alongside favourites ABBAfusion and Cavali Jay. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page.
PEEL PARK PICNIC SALFORD SUNDAY 28 JULY A family friendly event in the centre of Peel Park for Salford’s LGBT community. This year there will be a main stage for performers, a beer tent, marquees for partner organisations and activities throughout the day. For more information visit www.peelparkpinkpicnic.org.uk or follow @ PeelParkPinkPic on Twitter.
SPARKLE MANCHESTER 12-14 JULY
The National Transgender Celebration will take place in Manchester’s LGB&T Village and is open to everyone who sees themselves as Trans and their friends and families. See page 16 of this issue for even more information. More at www.sparkle.org.uk
LIVERPOOL PRIDE SATURDAY 3 AUGUST
Liverpool Pride is expecting thousands to join this year’s March, with the theme of ‘Superheroes’. The marvel of caped crusaders will take flight at St Georges Plateau at 12pm, with participants asked to gather from 11am. The parade will finish in front of the main stage at the Pier Head, where the afternoon’s entertainment will begin. More information at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/volunteer
SAVE THE DATE!
Cumbria Pride, Saturday 5th October. Acts still to be announced. For more information visit www.cumbriapride.org or follow @CumbriaPride on Twitter. Warrington Pride, Saturday 7th September Last year saw Warrington’s first ever Pride event. For more information and the latest news and updates visit www.lgbtwarrington.co.uk
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In a new series of articles especially for young people, weâ€™re going to take you through the A-z of mental health and wellbeing.
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Anxiety is a really common problem, with around 5% of the population experiencing it at some point in their lifetime. This figure is significantly higher for people who are LGB or T.
Mysterious Pain With her head hung low and nowhere to go She can’t explain this mysterious pain It comes on so fast How long will it last Her heart is just pounding, her head starts to spin Please go away, she does not want you in She tries to explain This mysterious pain Poem by Peggy Stewart
You might recognise some of the feelings described in this poem; it’s all about anxiety.
Notice your heart racing
Have a dry mouth
Sweat more – sometimes you might notice this on the palms of your hands
Anxiety can be similar to stress, we all have some levels of it and it can help us to get things done, but for some of us, it can become much more problematic and start to interfere with everyday life. For many of us, our first experience of anxiety might be during a particularly stressful time, such as coming out, taking exams or after the breakdown of a relationship. Here are some of the common things you might think and feel if you’re anxious: • • • • • • • • •
Sweating Heart racing and palpitations Dry mouth Nausea and sickness Irritability Thinking the worst might happen Inability to concentrate or relax Feeling on edge Panic attacks
Anxiety is a really common problem, with around 5% of the population experiencing it at some point in their lifetime; this figure is significantly higher for people who are LGB or T. We tend to feel anxious when we’re in a situation where there is some sort of threat or danger. This causes the body to release chemicals which can lead to you: •
Breathe faster (you might feel short of breath or find it hard to breathe)
This is because of something called ‘fight or flight’ which is a natural response to threats or danger. Usually, when the threat eases, the symptoms start to disappear. So if anxiety is something you think you might be struggling with, you can read more about it in our new Mental Health & Wellbeing Guide, which is also available at www.lgf.org.uk. Here are some other useful websites: MIND www.mind.org.uk Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk If you wanted to speak to someone about anxiety and where to get help, you can call us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or drop in and see us Monday – Friday between 10am and 8pm at Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. We have a range of free services for young people which can really help you to cope with things such as anxiety and any other issues you might be worried about.
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GAY MEN’S HEALTH A NEW NATIONAL HIV PREVENTION CAMPAIGN HAS LAUNCHED. IT STARTS WITH ME IS ALL ABOUT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY...
JOIN THE ME
GENERATION! It’s all about you. YOU are the key to stopping HIV in your own life and in your community!
Not only that but you can be part of something that changes HIV history. At the end of April a brand new Englandwide campaign was launched by HIV Prevention England (HPE) and for the next two years will be running a campaign, ‘It Starts With Me’, that will speak directly to gay and bisexual men, chiefly about testing and condoms. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) is proud to be a key partner in delivering the messages of this campaign across
Greater Manchester. Throughout the year we will be promoting ‘It Starts With Me’ by tying the campaign into our services and promotion around HIV Testing, Sexual Health Screening, and our Free Condom & Lube Distribution Scheme.
TESTING Testing at least once a year makes real sense. Test negative and end worries and doubt. Test positive and you can enjoy a long, healthy life - by testing early and starting treatment in time.
As with any campaign we can’t do it alone and this campaign really does start with all of us empowering the men in our lives to take on board and help deliver the messages of campaign.
TREATMENT HIV treatment can stop the virus making you seriously ill. It can also make someone with HIV much less infectious. Treatment is free for everyone!
We know that the combination of regular testing, HIV treatment and condom use is the key to success in bringing down the number of new HIV infections and recognising late diagnosis in those unaware that they have HIV.
CONDOMS Thousands of people have HIV without knowing. There are also people who know they have HIV but aren’t yet on treatment. That’s why condoms are still the best barrier against HIV.
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The service has been running for almost 20 years and covers Greater Manchester. The LGF scheme distributes packs which contain two condoms and two sachets of water-based lube and also provides condoms and lube to saunas. For further information about venues which host our condoms and lube visit: www.lgf.org.uk or email: email@example.com
DID YOU KNOW? • Your life could be 10 years shorter if you delay testing for HIV
• 8 in 10 gay men get HIV from
a man who doesn’t know he has it. • Most gay men test positive for HIV between 26-29 years of age.
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GAY MEN’S HEALTH BAREBACKING
Text: Martin Cooper
BAREFACTS Photo: Ian Wallis (www.ianwallisphotography.co.uk)
We’ve been asking for your opinions on the ‘trend’ for unprotected sex.
A recent study by the Health Protection Agency has shown that gay and bisexual men are using condoms less in the sex that they’re having. We have been asking you why this seems to be the case. In what circumstances would men not use a condom and do they always understand the risks they are exposed to when engaging in unprotected sex? Throughout April, we asked 100 people what some of the reasons could be why men who have sex with men (MSM) don’t wear condoms during anal intercourse. The answers we received were quite varied but it is worth pointing out that we found the vast majority of MSM are making a conscious effort to protect themselves when they are having sex.
There does seem to be, however, a definite trend of ‘bareback’ sex (sex without condoms) around at the moment with many people saying that they had seen people advertising bareback sex on social networking sites or on dating sites, in chatrooms or on forums. When asked why they thought people would prefer bareback sex, respondents identified that some people preferred the sensation of not using condoms, some people enjoyed the thrill of taking the risks and some people thought that the need for sex outweighed the need to stay safe and that perhaps they felt more confident in securing a sexual encounter if they were prepared to go ‘bareback’ than if they insisted on using protection. The concept of the ‘need for sex’ is certainly an interesting one. Why would someone have a ‘need for sex’? Often people who have low confidence or self esteem issues find that the attention received during a sexual encounter is incomparable in its ability
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to defuse these insecurities and can be a powerful and most addictive experience. Many men feel that regardless of who they are with at the time, they are (at least for the short term) wanted, needed or even loved. Then there’s the more obvious conclusion that people enjoy sex! Gay and bisexual men’s sexual behaviour has long been associated (often by the heterosexual community looking in from the outside) with a certain level of promiscuity, but we certainly can’t tar an entire community with one brush. Other questions identified the complacency of some people, with the younger generation being highlighted as the major factor here, and how adopting an attitude of ‘it won’t happen to me’ can lead to all sorts of issues down the line. But before you youngsters get out your red pens to right the wrongs, the older generation seem not to be innocent either with respondents citing a lack of practice in safer sex (possibly because they have been in long term relationships in
FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET TESTED BY VISITING www.lgf.org.uk/testing the past and not needed to use condoms) as being a reason why they don’t use them with new partners. Issues around a lack of education in schools about the risks involved in not using condoms (especially in same sex encounters), religious beliefs, the lack of promotion of condoms in pornography, the embarrassment of carrying condoms or the inability to bring up the conversation of condom use were all other possible reasons given as to why MSM wouldn’t play safe. It is easy to assume that all gay or bisexual men go out on the scene and can grab as many Safer Sex Packs as they like, but there are many men who live in rural communities who don’t have that option, some may be married or in long term relationships who simply don’t have access to condoms. Some men identified that they find it difficult to perform when wearing a condom and the only way they can go all the way is to do it ‘au naturale’ and many of our respondents immediately blurted out the word ‘DRUGS!’ before analysing their response further. It is true that an excessive use of drugs or alcohol can lower judgement barriers and the need to stay safe may not be as apparent while under the influence. But through all these reasons, there was a common consensus that this ‘trend’ for bareback sex, and the desire to have it, is still very much one that exists in the minority. Some trends have the power to influence the behaviour of other more easily influenced members of a community. How many of us started smoking in our teens because our friends were doing it, even though we knew the health implications? Why should the same logic not be applied to condom use? The most important message to remember is that using condoms are still the most effective way to prevent the contraction of sexually transmitted infections and diseases. YOU have the ability to practice condom usage and YOU have the right to say no to bareback sex. Some trends are not worth following as the effects they can have on your long term health can be severely detrimental. If you need advice on condom and lube use, the risks involved in bareback sex, STI’s or testing services, you can drop in to our brand new service ‘Something for the Weekend, Sir?’ every Thursday from 4pm – 8pm at the LGF’s community resource centre, visit www.lgf.org.uk/testing or call our helpline on 08453 30 30 30.
OPINION JAKEB ARTURIO BRADEN
PRICE TAG With recent news stories of porn suicides, drug overdoses and rises in the numbers of gay men testing HIV positive, I’ve been thinking that now more than ever we need to be there for each other. As individuals what can we do? Well, we can look at how we value ourselves. What does this mean? What’s your price tag? What price are you willing to pay for a horny shag? A good night out? Acceptance from other gay men? Having fun in whatever form it takes is good, however not if the price is too high. Are you not able to function at work, or are you phoning in sick as you’ve over done it the night before? Have you got so wasted that you forget what you’ve done, who you have had sex with and what you did? Maybe you had the sex you didn’t want because you may not have had the chance of sex if you didn’t? So what is a healthy price tag? For me, it’s valuing your physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual health over anything else, and having clear boundaries on what you will or won’t do. It’s about being able to claim these as much as you can, and get support when you feel you can’t. Do you drop your standards in order to feel sexy or attractive? Often when people feel low they may do things and take risks (especially sexual ones) that they wouldn’t normally, and this is increased further if drugs and/or alcohol are involved. Even when you’re in a good space and you’ve overdone the alcohol or the drugs, you can go too far and put yourself at risk. As gay and bisexual men it can seem we’re not really supported within our own communities to talk about these issues and often anyone seen as having a difficult time emotionally is seen as having “baggage” or “damaged goods”.
“Often when people feel low they may do things and take risks (especially sexual ones) that they wouldn’t normally, and this is increased further if drugs and/or alcohol are involved.” Well I’ve got news for you - at some time we’ve all had to wrestle with these issues and with better support from each other then maybe incidents of suicide, self harm, drug overdoses will start to come down. Talking to someone is key here, to get the support you deserve to raise your price tag and develop a healthier sense of self and self esteem. In addition to this is the issue of regular testing for STI’s and HIV. If you have an existing STI (and don’t forget, some carry no symptoms) you’re more at risk of HIV if you fuck without condoms. Recent research has indicated 8/10 new HIV infections are through men who didn’t know their HIV status, so regular testing is also key to setting a healthy price tag on yourself, as well as asking for help and support when you need rather than engaging in risky behaviour. Don’t forget, you can call The LGF Helpline anytime you feel you need help. Just call 0845 3 30 30 30, visit the website at www.lgf.org.uk/men, or drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org You can find me here: www.youtube.com/user/NorthernFella www.theauthenticgayblog.wordpress.com/ Love and best wishes
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LGF SERVICES , Ending Homophobia ple
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THANK YOU FOR BEING
A FRIEND! A GROUP FOR YOU?
Does this sound like a group you’d be interested in being a part of? Email email@example.com for more information!
Last year, our servic es made a difference to thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual pe ople. We need your help to carry on. To donate text 70070 with the code ONWD13 followed by the amount you wa nt to donate, for examp le, ONWD13 £3.
No, this is not an article about The Golden Girls (although that would be nice), it’s an article about our amazing befriending service, which has gone from strength to strength over the past THE LGF BEFRIENDERS SERVICE GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH two years. Aiming to increase the confidence and self esteem of our bisexual, lesbian and gay communities, the befriending service has helped individuals on their way to becoming the person they want to be, whether that’s by building friendships and social networks, or learning a new skill. Here are some facts to prove just how amazing the service is:
Befriending has matched over 30 people in the last year to a volunteer befriender Provided over 600 hours of support (that’s a lot!) Recruited and trained over 30 individuals to become befrienders, providing
opportunities for people to develop their skills and support others Helped individuals with a wide range of issues, such as; joining groups and building friendships, improving confidence and assertiveness, bereavement support, mental health support, applying for jobs and college courses, provided information about volunteering opportunities, anxiety, relationship breakdowns, sexual health and gaining independence All who accessed the service agreed that their wellbeing was improved, as well as their confidence and self esteem
Through funding from both Manchester City Council and The Rayne Foundation, the service has grown significantly. And we were also able to purchase much needed
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mobile phones for the befrienders, as well as offer our volunteers training to help them with their role. Our Befrienders’ Day which we held in April, was also a success – providing volunteers and service users opportunities to meet, socialise, take part in fun workshops (including African Drumming!), create and also gain confidence in social situations. Everyone at The LGF would like to thank the funders for their much needed support, as well as our FANTASTIC team of volunteers, whose dedication to supporting people never ceases to amaze us!Let’s hope the success continues!
If you would like to be befriended, and are over 25, please contact 0845 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
FIND OUT MORE BY VISITING www.lgf.org.uk
www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.1070904
NEW OLDER WOMENS’ GROUP WANTED!
GROUPWORK VOLUNTEERS! The LGF’s support and social groups provide safe, non judgemental and positive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning people to meet, talk, share, interact and socialise.
Each group has a specific unique aim, and, through structured and well planned facilitation from volunteers, group members gain the support and encouragement they need to be confident and feel less isolated. All groups provide an opportunity to meet others and build friendships, as well as support networks beyond the group. With this in mind, we are now looking for a small team of volunteers to help plan and facilitate our groups. Working with existing volunteers, you will ideally have experience in group facilitation, as well as having a good understanding of the barriers that LGB people may experience. You will be
working in a small team dedicated to one group, and will be taking part in planning, as well as facilitating group sessions and ensuring appropriate monitoring is taking place. All groups happen twice a month in the evening, and you will also be expected to attend planning meetings with fellow volunteers as well as supervision meetings bi monthly. Being a groupwork volunteer is a rewarding and fun role, and you will have the unique opportunity to support a wide range of people, and provide them with a positive environment, for which to improve their wellbeing, as well as being part of a team of enthusiastic volunteers. Full training is given, and we also provide expenses too.
For more information, details of specific groups and an application form, please email kate.hardy@lgf. org.uk or phone 0845 3 30 30 30
The LGF are pleased to announce a new group for bisexual and lesbian women who are older (50 plus). Being older can be an isolating experience, and we believe that there is little out there for older LB women to meet, cha t, explore and create, this is why we are launching this new and exciting group! The group will be a social suppor t group, which means there will be discussions that are relevant to the group, as well as fun stuff such as games, quizzes, crafts and also workshops. The group will be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1pm to 3pm, but the start date is yet to be confirmed. We’re really keen to ask people what they want from the group, so if you are interested in talking par t and have some ideas, we want to hear from you! We are also looking for volunteers to plan and facilitate the group. For information and suggestions, please email email@example.com www.lgf.org.uk OUTNORTHWEST 35
GIVING SOMETHING BACK
! ED V L O V N GET I Ending Homophobia,
www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.1070904
The LGF’s Challengers Take on 10k!
Wow! 24 people Ran Against Homophobia in the BUPA Great Manchester 10k run on Sunday 26th May. They were all cheered on by a ver y enthusiastic squad, and a much-needed buffet was enjoyed by all of the runners afterwards in Taurus Bar, Canal Street. Thanks to you all for taking on this challenge in the name of The LGF, check out the next edition for photos of the big day!
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Juliet Oldfield, Fran Oldfield and Ali Travers all ran against homophobia in the Virgin London Marathon 2013. Between them, they raised over £3,500 – money which will be spent on supporting the many LGB people who experience homophobia and biphobia. Time Juliet, actress in Bronson, Borrowed most the of one had “I us told and The Knot my amazing days of my life, running with ort from supp The ity. char lous fabu a for r siste of this the crowd and fellow runners was out
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to a world. I got round the 26.2 miles due outlook tive posi e, ranc endu ing, mixture of train ted a and most importantly each time I spot family and smiley face from supportive friends in the crowed it spurred me on!” run in We have just two places available to ular -pop ever and ive petit com mely the extre London Marathon in 2014.
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GET INVOLVED! Set realistic and measurable targets. Ideally you should measure progress every twothree months. This allows times to make considerable changes in body composition Get advice from a qualified Fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer. Not only will a personalised workout help you to achieve your goals faster, it will also reduce the risk of injury. Eat regular and balanced meals. Quality of food is very important so be sure to avoid convenience and processed foods. www.purebodytraining.com
Last year, nearly £3,000 was raised collectively for The LGF by people taking on their own challenges.
month, These ranged from going ‘dry’ for a ys Qua rd to doing a zip wire over Salfo to walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Without people fundraising for us, we you can’t continue our work. The money an for ng endi befri for pay raise could help on, pers LGB ly lone and rable vulne isolated, for ions sess g sellin coun face to or face Each someone experiencing depression. to able g bein day, people tell us “Without s, crise onal pers turn to The LGF in times of the e com over to able I wouldn’t have been rtant problems I was facing”, It is vitally impo us. need le peop n whe here that we are this If you’re taking on a challenge ey mon year, please consider raising . tion nda for The Lesbian & Gay Fou
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Listings LGB&T North West Listings Including:
Venues, Clinics, Charities & Community Groups
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Free Safer Sex Packs available at most venues
1 Alter Ego 105-107 Princess St, 0161 236 9266, home to Poptastic every Tuesday and Saturday night, clubalterego.co.uk 2
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
Bull’s Head Gay Friendly 84 London Rd, 0161 236 1724.
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
company bar 28 Richmond St, 0161 237 9329, companybarmanchester.co.uk 7
8 Coyotes 14 Chorlton Street, 0161 236 4007, pleasant two floor bar, coyotesbar.co.uk
Crunch 10 Canal Street, 0161 236 0446, crunchbar.co.uk 9
Cruz 101 101 Princess St, 0161 950 0101, one of Manchester’s most popular nightclubs, cruz101.com 10
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 18 The Molly House 26 Richmond St, 0161 237 9329, bar over three floors, themollyhouse.com
Monroes 38 London Rd, 0161 236 1788 16
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5 All information provided by venues. Please check before arrival 35 Bloom St, 0161 236 8800, welcomes all LGB&T customers, napoleons.co.uk 20
The New Union HOTEL
111 Princess St, 0161 228 1492 newunionhotel.com 21 New York New York 94 Bloom St, 0161 236 6556, busy fun pub, popular with lesbians and gays of all ages. 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,
Eclypse Lifeline 73 Ardwick Green North, Ardwick, 0161 273 6686, young persons drug & alcohol support service, MonFri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, email@example.com
Taurus 1 Canal St, 0161 236 4593, taurus-bar.co.uk
Kath Locke Centre 123 Moss Lane East, Hulme, 0161 455 0211, traditional & complimentary medicine.
29 Thompsons Arms 23 Sackville Street, 0161 237 5919.
Manchester Pride 5 Oak Street, manchesterpride.com
Tribeca Gay Friendly 50 Sackville Street, 0161 236 8300, New York style lounge, tribeca-bar.co.uk
MANCHESTER MIND Mental Health services, manchestermind.org
32 Vanilla 39-41 Richmond Street, 0161 657 8890, vanillagirls.co.uk
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS LGBT Friendly group meets every Sat @ Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, Sidney Street. Call 0300 999 1122
Velvet 2 Canal St, 0161 236 9003, food served daily, velvetmanchester.com
Self Help Services Zion Community Resource Centre Stretford Rd, 0161 226 3871, mental health services, selfhelpservices.org.uk
Via 28-30 Canal St, 0161 236 6523, viamanchester.com
Survivors Manchester 07919 246 2671, Confidential support for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, survivorsmanchester.org.uk
36 View 40 Canal St, 0161 236 9033, viewbar.co.uk
Club Nights 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 3rd Friday of the month at Club Alter Ego. Club HD Arch 66, Whitworth St West, gay/mixed bar/club Friu & Sat nights, hdclubbing.com
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. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) Number 5, Richmond Street, 0845 3 30 30 30, for all your LGB information and services, lgf.org.uk 37
Trans Resource Empowerment Cantre (TREC) Trans activities & info, transcentre.org.uk
Eateries BRASSERIE Gay Friendly Albert Square, 0161 834 7633
CLub lash Fetish at Legends, mixed fetish /SM night every 2nd Sat clublash.com
CROMA Pizza and Pasta 1 Clarance St, 0161 237 9799, croma.biz
Countdown to the 80’s at Eagle, 0161 228 6669, every Wednesday
CROMA Pizza and Pasta 30 Longfield Centre, Prestwich, 0161 798 7666, croma.biz
Deviant Fetish at Eagle, 0161 228 6669, last Sat of the month
38 DRIP COFFEE Fourways House, 57 Hilton Street, 0161 235 5100, relaxed and friendly coffee bar.
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 hrs Sat.
Eighth Day Vegan 111 Oxford Road, 0161 273 1850 Lava Café Bar Castle Quay, 0161 833 2444, lavacafebar.co.uk LIVEBAIT Gay Friendly 22 Lloyd Street, 0161 817 4110, santeonline.co.uk 27 Richmond Tea Rooms Richmond Street, 0161 237 9667, richmondtearooms.com 52 Sanctuary 46 Sackville Street, 0161 237 5551, sanctuarymanchester.co.uk
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPPORO Teppanyaki 91-93 Liverpool Road, 0161 831 9888
Organic at Spirit, after hours every Sat.
Sparkles Cafe Gay Friendly 66 Tib Street
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
SIDNEY STREET CAFE The Joyce Layland Centre, 49-51 Sidney Street, 11am-5pm
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 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 HANA 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 Inked Tattoo Studio 37 Bloom Street, 0161 237 1032 43
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
Olive Deli 36-38 Whitworth St, 0161 236 2360 46
PAMELA UNSWORTH PERSONAL TRAINER Home, gym or outdoor bootcamp training, call 07710572283 Pants 3rd Floor, Aflecks Palace, 07816276925, men’s designer underwear store, pants.uk.com 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
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
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: email@example.com www.lesbiandiners.co.uk
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, firstname.lastname@example.org clydemount.co.uk 20 The New Union HOTEL 111 Princess St, 0161 228 1492 newunionhotel.com 52 LeVille Hotel 38-42 Canal Street, 0161 937 1400 levillehotel.com 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 CENTRAL MANCHESTER WOMEN’S AID confidential accomodation & support services to lesbians experiencing same-sex partner abuse. Call 0161 273 4366, info@ cmwomensaid.org.uk Community Alcohol Team 0161 230 6382, manchestercat.org Community Arts North West 46-50 Oldham St, 0161 234 2975 can.uk.com
UPPERCUTS BARBERS The Arndale Market, 07784 156 693 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS LGBT Friendly group meets every Fri @ Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, Sidney Street. Call 0845 769 7555 Please note all listings information is provided by third parties. The LGF can accept no responsibility for the quality of the services/groups listed
Greater Manchester Agencies Continued 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 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 THE COUNSELLING PARTNERSHIP family, couples and individual therapy, the counsellingpartnership.com ThE Manchester Foyer 61 Booth St West, Hulme, 0161 276 1000, supported accomodation for young people 16-25’s, svha.co.uk The Village Citizen Advice Bureau 25a Hankinson Way, Salford Precinct, 0161 834 2005, employment services for LGB&T people thevillage.org.uk
Clinics South Manchester Sexual Health Clinic Withington Hospital, 0161 217 4939 North Manchester GUM Delaunays Rd, Crumpsall, 0161 720 2681 North Manchester Hospital Same day HIV test clinic, 0161 720 2845 Rusholme Health Centre Walmer Street, 0161 225 6699 outreach Clinic @ the LGF and 4 other locations, Tuesdays, no appointment needed, if presenting symptoms, please go straight to a GUM clinic, 0845 3 30 30 30, lgf.org.uk/testing Rapid HIV Testing @ the LGF Weds 122pm, no appointment needed (last test 1.30pm) results in 30 mins, if presenting symptoms, please go straight to a GUM clinic, 0845 3 30 30 30, lgf.org.uk/testing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Gay in the uk Refugee Action, 23-37 Edge Street, 07824 473 479, LGBT social group for refugees & asylum seekers, 1st Tue of the month 6pm, email@example.com 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 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.
Manchester Parents Group 01565 733891, meets at the LGF, support for parents of LGB children, manpg.co.uk Manchester Rubbermen social group for gay men into rubber/latex fetish, manchesterrubber.co.uk
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
Mango Men’s dining club 07866 909677, 1st Thursday of the month, firstname.lastname@example.org
UMSU LGBT Society student group, for social events, campagins, drop-ins and support email@example.com
Metropolitan Community Church United Reformed Church, Wilbraham Rd, 0161 881 6050, LGB&T led christian church mccmanchester.co.uk
MMU LGBT firstname.lastname@example.org MORF Manchester Lesbian & Gay Centre, 45-51 Sydney St, 0794 824 3289, soial & support for transguys 4th Monday of the month, email@example.com morf.org.uk New Family Social Meeting monthly in South manchester. For more info go to newfamilysocial.org.uk
Icebreakers gay & bi men's support group meets 8pm every Wednesday at the LGF, 0845 3 30 30 30, icebreakersmanchester.org.uk
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+, firstname.lastname@example.org
Imaan @ The LGF, 0845 3 30 30 30, For LGBT Muslim’s 1st Friday/mnth 7.309.30pm, imaan.org.uk
Out In The City Social group for over 50’s LGBT. Drop in Weds at Mount St, activities every Thurs. outinthecity05.webs.com
Inner Enigma 0845 838 1264, trans and intersex support and advice, email@example.com
out to the theatre 01457 877 161, gay men’s social group, firstname.lastname@example.org
KESHET Advocacy, education and support service for jewish LGB&Ts, 07906700114, email@example.com
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
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
Proud 2 b Parents 0161 226 0162 or 07506 515932, for LGB&T parents and their children every 4th Saturday, m.taylor_ 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
queer skinhead brotherhood email@example.com
Let’s Do Lunch 07813 083242, lesbian diners every other month, firstname.lastname@example.org lesbiandiners.co.uk LGBT Meetup Group email@example.com
Rachelm.firstname.lastname@example.org for info
Queer Youth Manchester 07092 031 086, email@example.com Rainbow Families peer support & monthly social for current & prospective lesbian parents and their children, firstname.lastname@example.org
Absolutely DANCING Trinity High School every Weds 8pm-10pm latin and ballroom lessons for the LGB&T community. email@example.com CANALSIDERS UK LGBT Amateur Rugby League club. For more information or to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org Crown Green Bowling in the Manchester area, for lGBT people, email@example.com Gay gordons manchester Scottish Country and Ceilidh Dancing and classes gay-gordons-manchester.co.uk GAY OUTDOOR GROUP transpennine walking group, 07855 197607 goc.org.uk Ghap badminton ghapbadminton.org.uk MANCHESTER BADMINTON CLUB 07939 477026, Badminton club for the less experienced player. 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 Manchester jessies Lesbian & bisexual women’s walking group, meets twice monthly 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
LIK:T 07813 981 338, 49-51 Sydney St, run by and for young lesbian & bisexual women. Meets alternate Tue of the month, likt_info@ yahoo.co.uk
RAINBOW NOIR LGBTQ black & minority ethnic social/activist group. Meets fortnightly Thu at The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, 49-51 Sidney street. Call 07561356450
Manchester gay Christians manchestergaychristians.org
Rapture play day For LGBT parents and kids, 3.30-5.30, search facebook
Marlin Levenshulme Swimming Pool, Barlow Rd, trans swimming group, firstname.lastname@example.org
Manchester Concord transgender Social group every Wed 7pm upstairs bar, New York New York, Bloom St (changing room 5-11pm). email@example.com
salford youth service lgbt youth group at The Base, 0161 778 0702, firstname.lastname@example.org
NETBALL 07939 477 026, women only group with weekly coaching, training every Monday, 8-10pm.
SM Dykes 49-51 Sidney Street, 07952 237 526, email@example.com smdykes.org.uk
NORTHERN ACES TENNIS GROUP Social tennis club for all abilities, including beginners hour and women’s hour taster sessions northernacestennis.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 Deaf Triangle Club group for deaf LGBs, email@example.com manchestertriangleclub.co.uk Manchester gay skinheads oi-skinhead.com Manchester Feminist Network Women only group, meets 2nd Sat of the month 2-4pm at Friends Meeting House Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus 07944 056047, mlgc.org.uk
STEPPING STONES 0845 3 30 30 30, A support group for lesbian and bisexual women meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday 7.30-9pm. Transforum Ninian’s Church, Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton, 07500 741 955, TransGender discussion & mutual support group, meets 4th Sat of the month 3.30pm, firstname.lastname@example.org VADA LGBT community theatre group drama workshops & performances, all welcome, email@example.com VILLAGE BAKERS LGBT Baking Social group. Meets every 2nd Sun of the month at 1pm. details can be found at Facebook.com/villagebakers and Twitter @ villagebakers WOMEN’S CORNERHOUSE FILM GROUP Informal social group for l&b women. Meets 6pm on 1st Sat of month at Cornerhouse.
manchester walking women firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHERN FLIGHT BADMINTON CLUB For experienced players, northernflight.org.uk northern jump 07783 297965, volleyball group, G/L/T/TV meets weekly. All ages & abilities welcome, northernjump.webs.com NORTHERN Rebound LGBT squash club for all abilities. At the National Squash centre Wed & Fri & hold regular tournaments. 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,
South Bury - email@example.com
OPEN ATHLETICS Trains on Weds, 5K every 1st Sun. 07709 000 436, openathletics.org
Bury GUM Services Townside Primary Care Centre, 0161 762 1588
OUTDOORLADS 0161 420 0001,outdoor pursuits org aimed at gay and bi lads. Climbing, hiking, camping, caving and more, all abilities welcome, outdoorlads.com
YPAS Bury Townside Primary Care Centre, 0161 762 1588
Out on Sunday 07775 671691, walking group, outonsunday.co.uk Out to Dance LGB&T Latin Dance group, check website for details, out2dance.org.uk PEAK RUFTIES peakrufties.webs.com, Lesbian walking group, holds longer walks in the Peak District
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
THE BRIDGE SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC Baillie Street, 0161 627 8753
0161 483 8555, oneillpatient.co.uk
Out in stockport Stepping Hill, 0161 483 4784 outinstockport.wordpress.com
church group 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
People Like Us (PLUS) LGBT Social support group, 2nd Wed of the month at The Arden Arms, 7.30pm, stockportplus.org PLUS Exercise Group (PEG) 07880 746 079, arranges monthly walks in the Stockport area PLUS Reading Group 07880 746079
bury Council lgbt employee group 0161 253 6625, email@example.com
Brook Advisory 3 Derby Road, Weaste, 0161 622 9848
Slam Dunkin’ Divas 07769691360, basketball group for lesbian/ bi/trans women, tue eve, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
eccles gateway Church Street, 0161 212 5717, thurs 6-8.30pm, drop in.
The feathers Show Bar 138 Stamford St Central, Ashton-under-Lyne, 0161 308 3586.
Touch Rugby Call on Paul 07775 022797 email@example.com
higher broughton health centre Bevendon Square, 0161 212 4500, Wed 6-8.30, Fri 9.30-11.30 drop in.
Queen Inn 37 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne, gay friendly.
irlam medical centre MacDonald Rd, 0161 212 4500, Wed. 6-8.30pm drop in.
Sexual Health Clinic Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, 0161 342 7101
Village Manchester FC gay men’s football club for every level, vmfc.co.uk
NERO’S ROMAN SPA Whitelegge street, Toddington Road, 0161 729 7590, nerosonline.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. WOMEN TRI SPORTS Range of sports every Sat 12-1:30pm @ Our Lady’s Sport Centre, bLACKLEY. cALL aMELIA ON 07813981338
Timeless Funeral Services 265 - 267 Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, 0161 959 0108
pubs, clubs & bars
THE NIP & TIPPLE 197 Upper Chorlton Road, 0161 860 7330 Rapture Club Nights The Chorlton Irish Club, 17 High Lane. Women centred but all invited - 7.15 until LATE, search facebook
pubs, clubs & bars
CROMA Pizza and Pasta 498-500 Wilbraham Road, 0161 881 1117, croma.biz
The Star 11 Bow St, 01204 361113
The Lead Station 99 Beech Road, 0161 881 5559
Carbon Bar Gay friendly, 01204 776325
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Loud & Proud LGBT Youth 07824 541211 or 07918 913937, Meets Wednesdays 5.30 - 8. For 13-19 yr olds, email@example.com
Nice n Naughty rear of 72 Newport St, 01204 396 944, nicennaughty.co.uk DEE SELECTA 20 Cawdor Street, deeselecta.co.uk
bUrY aGENCIES & CLINICs Connexions 13-15 Broad St, 0161 253 7165, safe environment for young LGBTQ people to meet. 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 LGB&T police liaison officers North Bury - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pad Gift Shop 105 Manchester Road, 0161 881 0088, pad-chorlton.co.uk
OlDhAm 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
OLHAM LGBT EVENTS LGBT Events groups that helps run Oldham Pride. to get involved email oldhamlgbtevents@hotmail. co.uk pink triangle theatre St Cuthberts House, Tanners Fold, 07932 928134 pinktriangletheatre.co.uk
ROcHdAlE pubs, clubs & bars
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
Please email any new or updated listing to: email@example.com
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. 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 starting Out Project Neil 07766 550264 0161 607 1620, Salford City Council’s young LGBT tenancy support service. firstname.lastname@example.org swinton clinic 139 Partington Lane, 0161 212 5100, Mon 2-4.30pm, Tue 6-8.30pm, Fri 2-4.30pm drop in.
pubs, clubs & bars
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.
WALKDEN gateway 2 Smith Street, 0161 212 5717, Mon 6-8.30pm, Tue 2-4.30pm drop in.
Officers Club Gay Friendly Barrack Sq.
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
pubs, clubs & bars CLINICs
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
O’Neill Patient Solicitors Chester House, 2 Chester Rd, Hazel Grove,
Please note all listings information is provided by third parties. The LGF can accept no responsibility for the quality of the services/groups listed
Blackpool & Cumbria
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Cookson Street 24
High Street 28
Blackpool Coronation St.
Promemade North Pier
88 Hotel Indicator 88 Venue Indicator
Train Station Tram Stop
Hotels Blackpool Accommodation for Gays (BAGs) 56 High Street, 07762938783, bagsblackpool.com 1 Anchorage 18 Withnell Road, 01253 341771
Ash Lea Hotel 76 Lord Street, 01253 628161, ashleahotel.com 2
Astor Hotel 83-85 Lord Street, 01253 290669 3
Athol 3 Mount St 01253 624918
BENTLEYS OF BLACKPOOL 55-57 Banks Street, 01253 622 814 5 Belvedere 77 Dickson Road, 01253 624733, firstname.lastname@example.org belvederehotel.biz
BLENHEIM HOTEL 75 Lord Street, 01253 623204, blenheimhotel.org.uk 6
bracondale Guest House 14 Warley Road, 01253 351650, nosmokingblackpool.co.uk 64
61 bradbury HOTEL 25/27 Banks St, 01253 624972, email@example.com bradburyhotel.co.uk 7
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
Cash Machine Blackpool Tower
62 Granby lodge 15-17 Lord St, 01253 627842, granbylodge.com 19
Guyz 16 Lord Street, 01253 622488
20 Heatherdale Lodge 2 Pleasant Street, 1253 626268
Homecliffe Hotel 5-6 Wilton Parade, 01253 625147 homecliffehotel.com 21 HOTEL Bacchus 326 Queens Promenade, 01253 350387, hotelbacchus.co.uk
HOTEL NEVADA 23 Lord Street, 01253 290700, gaybeds.co.uk 22
Park House 81 Lord St, 01253 314571
PHOENIX 12 Cocker Street, 01253 299130, phoenixblackpool.com 39
Pier View 16 Banks St, 01253 624555
41 PRIDE LODGE 12 High Street, 01253 314752, pridelodge.com 42 Rubens Hotel 39 Lord Street, 01253 622920 43 Sandylands 47 Banks St, 01253 294670
Legends Hotel 45 Lord Street, 01253 620300 Lenbrook 69 Lord St, 01253 626737
25 Bay liberty's on the square Hotel Cocker Square, 01253 291155 bayhotels.co.uk
Lonsdale Hotel 25 Cocker Street, 01253 621628 26
Lyndale Court Hotel 01253 354033 27
Lynmar 74 High St, 01253 290046
31 Merecliff Hotel 24 Holmfield Road, 01253 356858
MOUNT PLEASANT 75 Dickson Road, 01253 620362, mountpleasanthotel.com 32
New Bond 72 Lord St, 01253 628123
34 New Hertford 18 Lord Street, 01253 621831
North Central Hoilday Flats 29 Lord Street, 01253 621831
18 Grampian House 4 Pleasant Street, 01253 291648, email@example.com
36 NORTHERN LIGHTS HOTEL 26 Springfield Road, 01253 317016
Woodleigh 11 Yates St, 01253 624997
Worcester House 22 Cocker Street, 01253 620007 60
Pubs, Bars & Clubs 1
Buzz 5 Dickson Road, 01253 649153,
46 Sunnyside 16 Charles Street, 01253 622983
2 Funny Girls Gay Friendly 5 Dickson Rd, 01253 649154, funnygirlsonline.co.uk
47 SUSSEX HOTEL 14-16 Pleasant Street, 01253 627824
3 KAOS Mixed 38-42 Queen St, 01253 318798, kaosbar.co.uk
THE Berkeley 6 Queens Promenade, 01253 351244 selfcatering.tv
8 Lucy’s at TABOO Mixed 69-71 Talbot Road, 01253 622573, lucysattobago.co.uk
48 THE GYNWAY HOTEL 205 Dickson Rd, 01253 314747, gynwayblackpool.com
5 Mardi Gras Mixed 114 Talbot Road, 01253 296262, mardigrasblackpool.com
Thorncliffe 63 Dickson Road, 01253 622508
30 McHALL’S HOTEL 5-7 Lord Street, 01253 625661
58 Windsor House 47-49 Dickson Road, 01253 206 206, windsorhouse.info
Taboo Bar 23 Dickson Rd, 07946 528153
Mardi Gras 2 9-11 Lord Street, 01253 628073, mardigras2.co.uk Manhattan 27 Cocker St, 01253 290070, manhattanblackpool.co.uk
57 WILLOWFIELD GUESTHOUSE 51 Banks Street, 01253 623406, willowfield-guesthouse.co.uk
THE Seacroft 27 Lord Street, 01253 628304
49 The Wilcot Hotel 80 Lord Street, 01253 621101
WESTBOURNE HOUSE HOTEL 21 Vance Road, 01253 624734, westbourneblackpool.co.uk
29 Mardi Gras 41 Lord St, 01253 751087, mardigrashotel.co.uk
Gabrielle’s Women Only 77 Lord Street, 01253 295565 17
63 north grange hotel 238 Queens Promenade, 01253 351409, northgrangehotel.com
51 Trades Men Only 51 Lord Street, 01253 626401
VALENTINE HOTEL 35 Dickson Road, 01253 622775, valentinehotelblackpool.co.uk 52
VIDELLA HOTEL 78-82 Dickson Road, 01253 621201, videllahotel.com 53
Village Hotel 14 Springfield Road, 01253 290840 54
55 warwick Holiday flats 39 Bank Street, 01253 623787, warwickflats. co.uk
Waves Hotel 12 Wilshaw Rd, 01253 593312, firstname.lastname@example.org Westfield House 78 Lord Street, 01253 621992, westfieldhouse.co.uk 56
New Road Inn Gay Friendly 244 Talbot Road, 01253 422691 7 ROXY’S Gay Friendly 23 Queen Street, 01253 622573, roxysonline.co.uk 9 The Alabama Showboat Mixed 1 Cocker Sq, 01253 291155, thealabama.co.uk
THE DUKE OF YORK Dickson Road, 01253 625218, traditional pub and live entertainment. 10 The Flamingo NIGHTCLUB Mixed 44 Queen St, 01253 649151, flamingoonline.co.uk 11 The Flying Handbag Mixed 44 Queen Street, 01253 649155, flyinghandbagonline.co.uk
Eateries 12 AJ’s Bistro Gay Friendly 65 Topping Street, 01253 626111 14
Buddies Chippy 28 Dickson Street
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53 Cascades Restaurant Gay Owned 82 Dickson Road, 01253 62120, cascadesrestaurant.co.uk
Don Antonio 91 Redbank Rd, 01253 352440
34 Perfect Fit Alterations 42 Topping Street, 01253 290156
Slick Gardens 0796 8329464, Gay run gardening business, facebook.com/slickgardens
Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant Gay Friendly 27 Clifton Street, 01253 622687
SMILE SPA AT HELIO FITNESS Newton Drive, 01253 393909
cumbria police hate crime reporting line 0845 33 00 247 cumbria.police.uk
Nite Bites Gay Friendly 50a Dickson Road, 01253 627976
THE GARDEN PLACE Gay Owned Cropper Road, 01253 699987
SLICES SANDWICH HOUSE Gay Owned 10 King Street, 01253 751441
Waxing Specialist & Male Grooming Cleveleys, 07950 944460 email@example.com
Chapel House Kirkstone Road, 01539 433 143, chapelhouse-ambleside.co.uk
The Buttery 1 Cheapside, 01253 296667 19
Truffles Steak House Gay Friendly 51-53 Topping Street, 01253 294804 20
21 West Coast Rock Cafe Gay Friendly 5-7 Abingdon Street, 01253 751283
Anton’s Cafe-bar Gay Owned 9 Park Rd, Lytham St Annes FY8 1QX 01253 724721
Saunas 22 ACQUA SAUNA CLUB 25-26 Springfield Road, 01253 294610, acquasaunas.com
blackpool connections 97-107 Egerton Road, 01253 752211 honeycombe.net 23
WET WET WET SAUNA 1-3 Charles Street, 01253 751 199, wetwetwetsauna.co.uk 24
LIQUID SAUNA 22-24 General Street, www.liquidsauna.co.uk
Clinics & Agencies 25 Body Positive BLACKPOOL 23 South King Street, 01253 292803, firstname.lastname@example.org
City Learning Centre Bathhurst St, 01253 478 309, clcbusiness.com Connect 01253 751047, connectyoungpeople.co.uk also runs a counselling service, by appointment only Tue 11:30am-13:15pm call 01253 655 858 26
Connexions 2-8 Market Street, 01253 754840, connexions-direct.com 27
HIV Nursing Team 150/158 Whitegate Health Centre, 01253 657171 NHS Walk-In Centre Whitegate Health Centre, 150 Whitegate Dr, 01253 953953
Groups 25/55 Icebreakers 07875 355 390, gay and bi men 22-25. Meets last Tues of the month, 7-9pm. 55+ older men’s Luncheon Club 07875 355 390, meets Thurs 12.30pm for light lunch and chat. 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’email@example.com Freedom 07875 355 390, Transgender support group 11-2pm. meets at Renaissance Dickson Rd. Call for more info. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org LGBT PACT (Police & Community together) 07940979610, police and community meetings 1st Thurs of the month. Liberty Church North Shore Methodist, Dickson Rd, 07955 597771, libertychurchblackpool.org.uk LGB&T EMOTIONAL WELLNESS/ WELLBEING DROP-IN 16-25 year olds experiencing emotional distress. By appointment only call 01253 655 858
richmond fellowshiP/NEXUS 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, email@example.com
Ok2be 07827983392, support service for young people up to 19 years of age, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Health Clinic 150/158 Whitegate Health Centre, 01253 657171
Sugar Lounge 07875 355390, gay & bi women’s group meet 7-9pm 1st Tues of the month
30 SHIVER (Sexual Health HIV Education & Responses Drugline Lancashire Ltd) The Corner House, 102 Dickson Road, 01253 311 431
Solicitors Atkinson, Cave & Stuart 45 Springfield Road, 01253 293151 31
Shops & Services Daran Hairdressing Gay Owned 10 Edward St, 01253 441000 darans.co.uk 32
Evolution Hair Studio Gay Owned 255 Dickson Road 33 Paul’s 5 General St, 01253 290928 unisex hairdresser.
Relaxation group 01253 311431 at SHIVER
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 Mixed LGB&T meets every Monday Stanley Park cafe @ 2pm. For more details call Darren 0787 656 8260
hotEls & B&B’s
Chestnut Villa Keswick Road, Grassmere 01539 435 218, gay run B&B, chestnutvilla.com
BarRow iN FuRNESs CliNICS
sexual health clinic Furness General Hospital, Dalton Lane, phone appts only, 01229 404 464
outreach cumbria lgbt project 07896 250662, email@example.com
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.
Sexual Health Clinic Westmoorland General Hospital, Burton Rd, 01539 716 706
Advice services, delivered by Inspira 237-241 Dalton Road, 01229 824052
pro active young gays and lesbians (paygal) Wendy Phizacklea, 01229 836 426, 07742 353 520, firstname.lastname@example.org
south lakes lesbians for lesbian & bi women meeting monthly in Kendal for socials etc & walking groups, email@example.com
Freinds & Supporters of Furness LGBT Community52 Paradise Street, 07833 447604, 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
Please note all listings information is provided by third parties. The LGF can accept no responsibility for the quality of the services/groups listed. Please email any new or updated listing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
advice services, delivered by inspira 124 Highgate, 01539 730045
Cumbria LesbIans Network 01539 741 285, 1st Saturday of the month, email@example.com
Maryport 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 08453303030 www.lgf.org.uk
Reg. Charity No. 1070904
Merseyside & Lancashire
Liverpool Stanley Street Quarter 21
nice 'n' naughty 16 Colquitt Street
Bar Wicked 25 Stanley Street
13 Superstar Boudoir 22-24 Stanley St, 0151 236 6633 14 The Lisbon Mixed
35 Victoria Street, 0151 231 6831 15 The Masquerade Mixed 10 Cumberland St, 0151 236 7786, masqueradebar.com
Club Nights BROKEN BISCUITS Monthly at Jupiters Bar FEDERATION LIVERPOOL Monthly gay night, clubfederation.com
Agencies & Clinics
AIDS Helpline 0151 709 9000
Liverpool Pride liverpoolpride.co.uk
Sahir House 2nd Floor, 151 Dale St, 0151 237 3989, providing free & confidential services to people & families living with or affected HIV on Merseyside, email@example.com Sexual Health Clinic Royal Liverpool Hospital, Prescot St, 0151 706 2620
Back Berry Stre
Piccadilly Train Station
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
21 Splash Sauna 5 Fazakerley St, 0151
OUR STORY LIVERPOOL 0151 709 4988, LGBT History community project. firstname.lastname@example.org ourstoryliverpool.co.uk
Parents & Carers Group 0870 9908996
Being Out with Learning Difficulties (BOLD) c/o Armistead Centre, 0870 9908996, meets every other Monday.
Queer Notions 0151 227 9977, provides information and support at the Armistead Project email@example.com
Gay Youth ‘r’ OUT (GYRO) 36 Bolton St, 0151 203 0824, LGB Tyouth 13-25, gyro.org.uk
QUEST LGBT CATHOLICS 07983 021 589, 2nd Saturday of month, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liverpool Hope LGBT Liverpool Hope Student Union, Hope Park, 0151 291 3651, email@example.com
SPIRIT LEVEL 0151 227 1893, Transgender support group.
236 1001, splashsauna.com
Liverpool Guild LGBT Society 160 Mount Pleasant, 0151 794 4165, firstname.lastname@example.org lgos.org/lgbt LIVERPOOL GAY MEN’S DATING meets quarterly. for more information, email igdc@ talk21.com liverpool lgbt Choir For all abilities, meets Sun 6-8.30pm at St Stephens Church, email@example.com liverpool lgbt community network LCVS, 151 Dale St, 0151 227 5177.
17 The Armistead Project 1 Stanley St,
Liverpool Students Union LGBT Society 0151 231 4947
Please email any new or updated listing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liverpool Women’s Book Group Meets last Tues of the month, liverpoolbookgroup.moonfruit.com
0870 9908996, armisteadcentre.co.uk
Poste House 23 Cumberland Street
TRAVEL INN METRO Vernon St, 0870 238 3325
2 CAFE TABAC Gay Owned 126 Bold Street, 0151 709 3735
The Feathers 119-125 Mount Pleasant St, 0151 709 9655, feathers.uk.com
nice 'n' naughty 85 Seel Street
OSQA’S Oldham Square, 0151 709 6611, osqa-restaurant.co.uk
Back Culquitt Stre
Navy bar 27-29 Stanley Street
SHIVA LIVERPOOL 27-29 Stanley Street, findshiva.com 9
Modo Gay Friendly Concert Square
18 NEWS FROM NOWHERE Bookshop
16 THE MONRO Gastropub 92-94 Duke St, 0151 707 9933, themonro.com
Jupiters 10 Hackins Hey, off Dale Street, 0151 227 5265 7
Shops 96 Bold Street, 0151 708 7270, newsfromnowhere.org.uk
ESPRESSO PLUS COFFEE Bar & Bistro 173 Rose Lane, Mossley Hill, 0151 724 6161
Motor City Secrets, Stanley Street, monthly alt night 1st Fri of the month.
Puschka Gay Owned 16 Rodney St, 0151 708 8698 puschka.co.uk
Gen-e-sis Vinyl Vasement Bar, Lark Lane, Women’s night last Sunday of the month.
6 G Bar Mixed Eberle Street, 0151 258 1230, g-bar.com
5 Garlands Mixed 8-10 Eberle Street, 0151 709 9586, garlandsonline.co.uk
Sir Thomas Street
3 Curzon Club Mixed Temple Lane, 0151 236 5160, curzonliverpool.co.uk
Reg. Charity No. 1070904
Baby D Temple Street
CAFE TABAC Gay Owned 126 Bold Street, 0151 709 3735
0151 236 4832
3345 Mixed 33-45 Parr St, 0151 708 6345, 3345parrst.com 1
Pubs, Clubs & Bars
North John Street
Train Station Parking Cash Machine Pedestrianised
88 Listing Indicator
Exchange Street East
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 LIVERPOOL QUEER GAMES AND ADVENTURE (LQGA) mixed sports group, lgqa.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
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Liverpool Gay Quarter liverpoolgayquarter.com
Bar Ibiza 43 Darwen St, 01254 695379
Stagedoor 23 Mincing Lane, 01254 51691
agENciEs & CLINICS
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
C’est La Vie 11-15 Market St
bsure 0845 602 0894, Chlamydia screening for under 25’s, email@example.com b-sure.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
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
Sexual Health Clinic Blackburn Royal Infirmary, Bolton Road, 01254 687 304
WORK IT OUT LGBT Monday 4pm-6pm, call Jackie on 07889 057520
LanCAStEr DANCING DIVA For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
THE DUKE OF LANCASTER 75 Church Street, 01524 842843, email@example.com
PrEstOn 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
Gregson Café/Bar Gregson Community and Arts Centre, 33 Moorgate, 01524 849959, gregson.co.uk
RENNAISSANCE @ drugline lancashire 2 Union Court, 01772 253840, Also has services for those living with & affected by HIV. enquiries@ druglinelancs.co.uk
The New Albert 84 King Street, 7 days a week, serving food and entertainment, thenewalbert.com
Preston HIV Support Team Helpline: 01772 468170, PO Box 515, Preston, PR1 8XP, 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
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
edgehill university LGBT society search on facebook
Lifeline Project 68-70 Darwen St, 01254 677493, supporting young people up to the age of 25, with substance and alcohol misuse issues, email@example.com
Terrence Higgins Trust 5 Bridge Street, Birkenhead, 0151 666 9890, Sexual health info& LGBT affirmative counselling, firstname.lastname@example.org tht.org.uk
POUT! 0800 7831524, youth group and helpline, every Wed. email@example.com yps.lancashire.gov.uk/pout-lesbian-gaybisexual-trans-youth-group
WORK IT OUT Brook Blackburn, Darwen St, LGBT Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm
Sexual Health Clinic Ormskirk General Hospital, Wigan Road, 01695 571043
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, firstname.lastname@example.org breakoutshow.co.uk
WYRE & LANCASTER DISTERICT HATE CRIME PROJECT support and advice for victims of hate crime, 07791318772, wldhatecrime.net LUNNETES social group for lesbians in Lancaster & South Lakes area, lunettes@ btinternet.com
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
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
Garden Bar 133-135 St James St.
PYRO (Proud Youth Are Out) 07717 301821, 13-25 years, firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKSTAGE BAR 135 St James St, 01282 414895
TOWN MOUSE gay friendly bar/b&b, 2 Royal Road, Burnley, 01282 458 006
bsure 0845 602 0894, Chlamydia screening for under 25’s, email@example.com b-sure.org.uk Sexual Health Clinic St. Peter’s Centre tel 01282 644300 Sexual Health Services for the Under 25’s condomcollective.com
Lancaster GUM Clinic Ashton Community Care Centre, 08450590015, apps only (in the next 48 hrs)
POUT! 0800 7831524, youth group and helpline, every Wed. firstname.lastname@example.org yps.lancashire.gov.uk/pout-lesbian-gaybisexual-trans-youth-group
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 The Rainbow house project LGBT community group based in Lancashire, therainbowhouseproject.org.uk
Red Triangle Café St James St, 01282832319
PUBS, CLUBS & BaRS
UCLAN LGBT Society Every Thurs at 8.30pm firstname.lastname@example.org, uclansulgbt.weebly.com
uclan lgbt employee network email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org WORK IT OUT LGBT Wednesday 4pm-6pm, call Jackie 07889057520
oscar’s bar 25 Victoria St, 07543 900678, gay friendly/mixed, email@example.com 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
VIBE c/o Young Peoples Service, 07814 493750, LGBT youth group meets Thurs evenings. yps.lancashire.gov.uk/get-vibe
Please note all listings information is provided by third parties. The LGF can accept no responsibility for the quality of the services/groups listed
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 GENDER BENDER @ ROSIES 12-16 Northgate street, 01244 327 141
Sexual Health Clinic Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, 01244 363 091
LGBT Health Promotion01244 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 St, email@example.com Dinin’ Divas womens dining group firstname.lastname@example.org Encompass 07790904718, 07833114752, 01745337144, LGBT social & info group for Chester & N. Wales, encompass.btik.com Mersey & Dee Women Social group, email@example.com Sole Sisters Penny: 07917 533104 or Sandra: 07921 222101, womens walking group.
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
Groups Gay North West Camping & Caravanning Club Free club for LGBT people who enjoy camping and caravanning, gnccc.co.uk 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
Please note all listings information is provided by third parties. The LGF can accept no responsibility for the quality of the services/groups listed Queer Youth Network firstname.lastname@example.org, queeryouth.net Trans Resource Empowerment Centre (TREC) 07513 880647, Trans activities and info, meets 2nd Sat at the LGF, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOPS & Services D.C.H.A. Services Dean Cooper: 07534 509108, Help for and training around the needs of disabled people, dchaservices.co.uk
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, email@example.com
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
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), firstname.lastname@example.org
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
unique tg support group N. Wales & West Cheshire meets 3rd Tues of the Month, 8pm, email@example.com uniquetg.org.uk
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
UTOPIA (chester) 0151 348 5621, LGB youth group meets every Weds 7.30-9pm, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
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We're very pleased to present issue 116 of outnorthwest. As you’ll see on page 26 of this issue, Summer is well and truly upon us and with i...
Published on Aug 8, 2013
We're very pleased to present issue 116 of outnorthwest. As you’ll see on page 26 of this issue, Summer is well and truly upon us and with i...