The Proud Trust can trace its roots back to the 1970’s and the Gay Youth Group that met in Manchester at Waterloo Place, then Bloom Street and from 1988, Sidney street purpose built Gay Centre.
The Organisation became a Company Limited by Guarantee in 2005 after extensive consultation with LGBT young people and youth workers across the North West. LGBT Youth North West, as it was known then, set about addressing these main aims:
- Creating a better support network for LGBT youth groups and young people.
- Keeping young LGBT people on other people’s agendas so that schools, colleges, governments and other organisations considered and addressed LGBT needs.
- Providing opportunities to bring young people together in regional events such as; Pride Youth Games, Peer educator training and conferences.
Between 2008 and 2011 the organisation took on Manchester’s LGBT services following council cuts.
In 2012 the organisation’s founder, Sally Carr received her MBE for services to LGBT Young people.
In 2015 the organisation changed its name to The Proud Trust to reflect our aspiration that every young person can be proud of their identity, without fear or shame.