Tea and Cake Afternoon (March 13, 2018)

Catherine Lamb from University of Sunderland recently ran a fundraiser for us during LGBT History Month. Despite the snow folks rallied round and turned up, raising £35. Thank you to all involved. Find out how you can support us here.

Book Review (March 13, 2018)

Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists, by L.M. Brown. 

Our very own Ali Hanbury recently read and reviewed this thought-provoking book for the journal Women’s Studies International. In the review she speaks about how the book gives some great examples of women’s activism in the USA; promotes a call for collectivism, and challenges the idea of ‘exceptional girls’ and ‘individual leadership’. Access it here.

KIC-out is a group for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people or those exploring their gender or sexuality who have experience of being in care. It’s a safe space to meet new people and to gain additional support.

The next KIC-out meeting has been arranged for Saturday 14th April, 1pm – 3pm. Food will be provided!
Click here to download more information.
LGBTQ+ Board Games (March 13, 2018)

Are you 18-25 years old? Join us for an informal night of board games with other like-minded LGBTQ+ people. Meeting the fourth Thursdayof each month at the LGBT centre, M1 7HB . Details and booking here.

Feed Your Head (March 13, 2018)

Feed Your Head is an intergenerational discussion group for women to come together, meet other women and discuss issues that matter.

Come and join us on 15th March 2018, where the theme will be: Working Class Women in Politics.

Also joining us will be local Councillor Sarah Judge, to discuss her personal journey into politics as a working class woman, the input of working class women in the fight to get the vote, and the general lack of women representation in politics today.
Click here for tickets.

Art Activist (March 13, 2018)

Art Activist is a creative project that promotes Artivism – using art and performance as a means of raising awareness of a particular issue, and as a vehicle to evoke change.

This can mean:

  • Visual art (painting, sculpture, drawing, photographs, film)
  • Creative writing (including poetry, fiction and non-fiction)
  • Performance (e.g. acting, singing, dancing, spoken word)

Art Activist acts as a bridge between two significant events in the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, plus other related identities) calendar:

  • LGBT History Month is an annual celebration that takes place in February (in the UK). It recognises the struggles and triumphs of LGBT+ people and encourages people to be open and inclusive of LGBT+ people in all communities.
  • International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is held on May 17 each year, as this is the date in 1990, that the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental illness. Sometimes it is called IDAHOBIT, in recognition of biphobia and transphobia.

Responding to the theme set for LGBT History Month, Art Activist encourages young people to become Artivists, creating art works and performance, to showcase at our annual event on or near IDAHOBIT.

In 2018 the Art Activist showcase event will take place on Saturday 12th May from 12.00pm until 4.00pm at Sugden Sports Centre, M1 7HL.

LGBT+ youth projects are warmly invited to take part, with a prize of £100 for the winning group. Entry form here.

This event is a combination of showcase of art works and our annual Being Proud Awards – the deadline for nominations is 16th April 2018!

The Greater Manchester Combined Youth Authority (GMCYA) is a scheme to ensure that young people in the area the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence GMCA policy and decision making. The Proud Trust have been successful in securing two places on the GMCYA, which will help ensure that LGBT+ young people’s needs are  being highlighted and decisions informed.

Managed by Youth Focus North West, the GMCYA is accountable to Andy Burnham, the elected Mayor of Greater Manchester.
The UK Youth Parliament poll has over recent years prioritised the needs of LGBT+ young people and we are pleased to be able to inform action on these in Greater Manchester.
Rainbow Playground (March 13, 2018)

Rainbow Playground is a Pride festival for LGBT+ young people. The idea has come directly from young people who want a safe and fun space to celebrate their identities with other LGBT+ young people. A young people’s planning group will start to meet from April, alongside the interagency planning board.

The event is free and will take place on Thursday 23rd August in Manchester, with 250 places available for young people. We are grateful to receive funding from Manchester Pride and Greater Sports towards the event, and in kind support from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Contact for further information. Publicity and booking forms will be available soon.

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