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A city to be proud in - Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride is one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities. Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice.We are committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond.


Kooth is an online mental health service for young people.

As part of Pride Month, we're offering our virtual LGBTQ+ & Wellbeing session to schools and local services in Greater Manchester. This is an hour-long virtual session that can be booked on a bespoke basis for anyone working with young people, entirely free of charge. The session covers the different terms under the LGBTQ+ umbrella and contains advice on how to better support the welfare of LGBTQ+ young people. It is available to deliver to young people aged 11-18, and it's suitable for classes in schools and for peer support/youth groups.

To discuss booking this session please contact



To mark Pride Month 2021, Ageing with Pride have gathered stories from a number of older LGBT+ people to share their perspectives on inequality, community and how attitudes towards LGBT+ people have changed. 


Pride in Practice Patient Survey 2021

LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice LGBT Patient Experience Survey is open until July 31st 2021. This annual survey is an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people to share their experiences of accessing GPs, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists. This survey will enable a better understanding or LGBT people’s experience of healthcare as well as identifying areas where things are going well, and how they can be improved.

Anyone completing the questionnaire can enter a prize draw for £200 in shopping vouchers. 

The survey can be completed at


Register Now! Education and Celebration: How to take pride in your LGBT+ Employees: Peran Kandola next webinar series and contribution to Pride Month 2021 takes an in-depth look into the ongoing movement towards equality for the LGBT+ community.

It is vital to balance this month’s celebrations of the huge strides towards LGBT+ equality with the recognition that there is still a long way to go. Starting on 21st June, they will cover a range of topics and offer practical steps individuals and organisations can take to support the LGBT+ community: Please feel free to invite your colleagues, networks, and anyone else you think may benefit from these sessions.

If you have any accessibility questions, please email


The LGBTQ+ in the Workplace Webinar - Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at 2.00pm

Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter

In Conjunction with Pride Month:

We will be discussing how employers can be better informed around LGBTQ+ and how they can address employability issues.

Good employers who recognise the diversity of experiences in the community, as well as the power dynamics that exist within it, have the best chance of developing a truly inclusive culture. We know that LGBTQ+ individuals haven't always reaped the rewards of inclusion

efforts, and we must all commit to reflecting on and supporting underrepresented members of our community.

Host & Speakers

  • Alexia Rhodes, Good Employment Adviser, Good Employment Charter Implementation Unit
  • Dr Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL, LGBTQ+ Advisor to the GM Mayor
  • Lucy Bradbury, Sustainability Manager at AECOM, Greater Manchester Co-Chair at Building Equality
  • Mark Crossfield, Technical Architect at Auto Trader, LGBT+ Network co-lead

 There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions that are relevant to your business needs.

To Register:
To find out more about the Good Employment Charter:


Understanding the health needs of LGBT+ people – webinar series throughout June & July 2021

Throughout Pride month, Public Health England Yorkshire and Humber Centre are hosting a series of webinars which will explore the disproportionately poorer health outcomes experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people across the life course.
These webinars, open to all regions, will provide an opportunity to showcase best practice and foster new ways of working to address and improve LGBT+ health inequalities throughout the region. These events are open to professionals from across the health, social care and VCSE sectors with a responsibility for addressing LGBT+ health inequalities, including Local Authorities, primary care services, policy makers, commissioners and NHS trusts.

Find out more:


Walk-high: Summer Hiking Programme for LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people

We’ve endured Lock-down. Pride Sports are now thrilled to announce Walk-high, a new series of hiking days / weekends based in the northern Lake District, in association with local mountain leader Lucy Burnett.

Walk-high will include four weekends of increasing difficulty, from two walks in June suitable for those who are new to hillwalking, to a final weekend in September intended for those who would love to give fellrunning a try. The aim is to offer something for everyone, the chance to progress, and most of all to provide opportunities to socialize with other LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people in the outdoors.

Details of the routes are provided in the link below. While some indication as to the level of difficulty has been provided, it is your own responsibility to assess your ability to complete the walk. The hikes will be done at the speed of the slowest in the group, so you will never feel like you’re being left behind – these are social days out not races (and this applies to the fellrunning days as much as it does to the easy walks!)


Will you join PRiDE RiDE WEEK? #OurPrideRide

This is their second annual celebration of the #LGBTQIA community in cycling and they'd love you get involved, either by yourself or as part of a group, socially distanced of course.

On the week of 7-13 June, PRiDE OUT and their allies are coming together virtually to celebrate LGBTQ+ people who cycle, with a weekend of social-distanced riding with #OurPrideRide. Whether you are riding around the park, on a mountain biking trail or an epic route, you can make it an #OurPrideRide celebration by:

1. Wear or pose with something rainbow on your ride (for flags, glitter,  rainbow laces, rainbow armband, t-shirt etc) or even just something brightly coloured
2. Tag your rides and any photos from it using #OurPrideRide on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
They can't wait to see your colourful photos!
For more information you can email


Beyond the Binary: Acknowledging Gender Identities and Expressions in the Workplace 

16th June, 2-3pm  

In this session Jessica Aiston, Kore Garner and Giuseppe Zago will discuss projects developed by Lancaster University staff and researchers to help avoid discriminating against or excluding people based on their gender identities or expressions. Registration is available for free on Eventbrite


The Running Bee Foundation is proud to support our amazing NHS with the upcoming We Love Our NHS Manchester 10K,  hosted this year at Heaton Park on Sunday July 4th!

All profits from the event will be going to the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity to support their vital work in providing treatment, research, and invaluable care to patients during one of the most crucial times in NHS history.

To celebrate this fantastic cause, we’ve designed a unique, limited-edition commemorative medal for all participants to receive when they cross the finish line – alongside a We Love Our NHS Manchester 10K technical running t-shirt!  


Attitudes, stigma, and the LGBT+ community: It’s not the fish, it’s the water - Monday 21st June, 9:15 – 10:00 BST

This webinar, presented by Professor Binna Kandola OBE, examines how context and societal norms impact the stereotypes and attitudes towards the LGBT+ community. In particular, the webinar explores how people from this community came to be stigmatised by an examination of people’s attitudes through history.

Register Here:


Language matters: Deconstructing the LGBTQIA+ acronym -Tuesday 22nd June, 9:15 – 10:00 BST

From the way we address our colleagues to the way we market our services, the language we use matters. Language plays an important part in helping people feel seen by having their identities recognised; this is especially true for marginalised communities such as the LGBT+ community. In this webinar, Alexia Karageorghis explores how to navigate LGBT+ terminology.

Register Here:


Gender Pronouns: More than just email footers - Wednesday 23rd June, 9:15 – 10:00 BST

Misgendering a person can be extremely hurtful, which is why many organisations have taken steps to minimise this, including the sharing of gender pronouns on email footers. However, this initiative can also have some unintended negative consequences. In this webinar, Dr Ashley Williams discusses the importance of normalising conversation about pronouns, and the reasons why we need to consider steps beyond sharing pronouns on email footers.

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Sexuality and race: Identity, invisibility, and impact - Thursday 24th June, 9:15 – 10:00 BST

Up until the recent past, researchers have paid little attention to the intersections between race and sexuality – in many instances they have been treated as separate topics. This webinar examines this topic in more detail and looks at how race and sexuality have an impact on minorities and their identities. It also examines how organisations can take a more all-embracing approach, which is genuinely inclusive of all members of the LGBT+ community.

Register Here:


Allyship: Beyond Pride - Friday 25th June, 9:15 – 10:00 BST

Allies play a vital role in progressing LGBT+ equality. Although many people would consider themselves to be supportive allies, it can be difficult to know how to continually show support for the LGBT+ community. In this webinar, Dr Ashley Williams shares what it means to be an ally and offers some practical ways that you can support the LGBT+ community all year round.

Register Here:


Pride Activity Across Greater Manchester: SAVE THE DATE  

Greater Manchester Digital Pride Event:

Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Communities come together for the first GM Digital Pride Event taking place on Saturday 25th September 2021 from 12pm – 12pm via StreamGM, with a mix of Drag Queens, Spoken Word, Poetry, Discussion, Sport, Music and so much more.

Carl Austin-Behan the LGBTQ+ Advisor to The Mayor has been working with all 10 Boroughs across Greater Manchester and has set up the GM Pride Network Partnership where the organisers of the community pride events are working in collaboration to share expertise, knowledge, support and best practice.

“Due to the current uncertainty of LIVE events being able to take place – We wanted to make sure that all our LGBTQ+ Community could still engage with their respected communities in a meaningful way and via GM Digital Pride we hope to achieve this.”

The event will be streamed via StreamGM and there will be content from various acts / artists from all the boroughs split throughout the event so it doesn’t matter if you’re from Wigan, Bolton, Salford, Trafford, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Bury, Tameside or Manchester there will be something for you to keep you entertained.

This will be a free to watch event, however you will be able to donate and the money raised will be split 10 ways between the various LGBTQ+ Community Pride organisations to support them and local charities going forward.


Manchester Pride Update: Volunteers

Their volunteer applications are now open! They've got a range of exciting ways for you to get involved with the Festival this year, and you can find out all about them here on the website. 

You can also attend their next virtual Volunteer Meet and Greet on the 17th June to find out more about the roles on offer, or complete an application straight away. 


Rochdale in Rainbows  28th June  to 4th July

Will be back with hopefully a mix of LIVE & Digital events across the borough, celebrating their annual Pride event, bringing together many organisations and charities working together promoting and celebrating LGBTQ+ Communities & Ally’s  – More details to follow: check out @RochdaleCouncil on twitter.


Tameside Pride –  17th July (Online event)



Oldham Pride –  19th  to  25th July

Although they won’t have a procession or open-air stage this year – they are planning a variety of LGBTQI+ events open to all. These include:

  • Weds 21/7 - Riot Act (one man show on the stonewall riots) @ Coliseum (ticketed event). 
  • Friday 23/7 - Cabaret at the Coliseum (Ticketed event) hosted by Terri Fox - with raffle. 
  • Saturday 24/7 - All day entertainment and DJs at The George Tavern +  ‘Shade’ open air dance performance (free) in Parliament Square & George Square. 
  • Sunday 25/7 - picnic in the park + 6.30pm ecumenical Pride Service in Oldham Parish Church. 

For up-to-date details visit their Facebook page for more details as they emerge.


Stockport Pride – 25th July (Provisionally booked)


Silver Pride – Friday 30th July – Sunday 1st August with an 8pm Vigil Thunderclap

Now in its second year, Silver Pride is a unique online event designed to forge connections between older LGBT+ people and encourage intergenerational communication in the gay communities.

Silver Pride is also a network of support groups whose work in creating community is made possible by the money raised by this special weekend.


Manchester Village People Weekend –  Saturday 31st July


Salford Pride’s THE PINK PICNIC Pride Event - Saturday 7th August

Salford Pride are excited to officially announce that Salford’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Non-binary, plus (LGBT+) pride event ‘The Pink Picnic’ is confirmed to return to Peel Park on Saturday 7th August 2021! Taking place between 1-8pm in Peel Park, Salford the event will host live music, dance and drag performances, children’s activities, a dog show, a beer tent, and even a private ‘PinkPLUS’ area for that little extra.


Levenshulme Pride –  13th  to 15th August


Wigan Pride –  Sunday 22nd August (Online Event)


Manchester Pride Weekend –  27th  to 30th August


Didsbury Pride –  Saturday 4th September


Hebden Bridge: Happy Valley Pride    8th to 12th September


Bolton Pride – 17th  to 19th Sept


Bury Pride: The Rainbow Train  Sunday 26th September

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