Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016


Colleagues from Bolton Dramatic Action Group have a message for us … password is ‘dramatic’

A message from Greater Manchester Police …..

Today marks the start of Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week, raising awareness for victims and support groups. We work with partners and stakeholders to engage with and support victims of hate crime, helping them to rebuild their lives after an incident.

We’re kicking off the week with a launch event at Manchester Art Gallery. This event is alongside Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioners Office with support from Adrian Derbyshire, a former international wheelchair fencer who has represented his country.

We’ve also got events across the region throughout the week with the launch of two new reporting centres in Oldham, engagement events for our communities across the region and a brand new transgender hate crime report being published to help shape our services in the years to come.

Here in Manchester we take action against six types of hate crime – race, religion, transgender identity, sexuality, disability and alternative subculture. We will simply not tolerate any kind of discrimination or prejudice on the streets of Greater Manchester.

Together, let’s end hate crime.

LGBT History Month Social 2016


For those of us willing to try out what is left of our grey matter why not attend the LGBT History Month Quiz hosted by our retiring Chair Amy Rose Bredbury who will be entertaining us during the evening

Your host and quiz-mistress for the evening is our very own Reverend Phoebe Grace

It will take place here at The Creation Cafe from 7pm on Thursday 25th February 2016

Do try and come along … there will beood, drink, quiz, live entertainment and guest speakers … not to be missed




Tell Us Your Story …. Children & Young People Emotional Well Being Event



Hi all,

Healthwatch Salford is running a project to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people (up to 25) in Salford.

They are really keen to get to know what some of the issues are in within the LGBT+ community.


Are you a child or young person living in Salford?

Healthwatch Salford wants to find out what makes you happy, stressed or unhappy.

We will use what you tell us to work with schools and health services for children and young people in Salford to see what they can do to make things better.

We already had nearly 600 reponses but the more you tell us the more we will know about how to help!

Please help us by filling in a survey telling us more about you:http://www.healthwatchsalford.co.uk/children-young-people-e…

If you need a paper copy or help to fill it in contact us on 0330 355 0300 or at feedback@healthwatchsalford.co.uk

The Salford Health Exchange


Ths broacasng sklls course is now over with the culmination of a two hour Gaydio broadcast on Monday 26th October from 8pm till 10pm …  BUT don’t worry if you missed it just click the play icon on the photo below to listen to your hearts content

THE SALFORD HEALTH EXCHANGE by Emmagoswell on Mixcloud

The content of the broadcast was decided on by the group, all the interviews and vox pop sound bites were recorded by the course members. Some coiurse members were actually interviewed, two of them from Out IN Salford

6 members of the course belonged to Out IN Salford so it was good to work with new and old friends alike. Special thanks has to go to the Emma Goswell from Gaydio for her sterling work at mentoring and training us into buddying radio presenters over the last two months

Here are some images of the course during the recording



A Sad Announcement

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This announcement comes from Marcus Peers on behalf of the Peel Park Pink Picnic Committee 

It is with regret that due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be no Peel Park Pink Picnic this year (2016).

Salford City Council informed us last year that the park would be out of use due to redevelopments taking place in the park, but we could make use of the adjoining meadow.

However, we have now been informed that due to the building work on a new housing estate adjacent to the meadow, vehicle access for setting up the marquees, stage, emergency services access etc is not going to be available as this area is currently and will be in use by the contractor as their compound. This access point would also have been access for pedestrians as well.

We will be back in 2017, in the meantime we are going to organise fundraising events throughout the year to raise funds for the 2017 Peel Park Pink Picnic.

Our apologies once again

Peel Park Pink Picnic Committee

Official Peel Park Picnic Photo 2014


National Festival LGBT History 2016 Conference

National Festival LGBT History 2016 Conference




February 26, 2016 – February 28, 2016 all-day
Manchester University & Manchester Metropolitan University
Oxford Rd
Manchester, Manchester
£25 to £60
National Festival LGBT History 2016 Conference @ Manchester University & Manchester Metropolitan University | Manchester | United Kingdom





Friday, 26 Feb 2016
2pm – 4pm
Masterclass: Historicising Trans: Prof. Susan Stryker, University of Arizona**
A unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading scholars in this emerging field of historical research.
6pm – 7.30pm
Festival Civic Launch & the 2nd Alan Horsfall Lecture by Prof. Susan Stryker**
7.40pm – 9pm
A Magistrate’s Tale Conference Theatre, a play based on the mass arrest of cross-dressed men at the Hulme Fancy Dress Ball in Manchester, September 1880.
Saturday 27 Feb 2016
9am – 5pm
What is & How to Do LGBT History – Keynote events, Plenary & Breakout Sessions
Sunday 28 Feb 2016
9.30am – 4.30pm
What is & How to Do LGBT History – Keynote events, Plenary & Breakout Sessions

Conference incl. reception: £25 Unwaged\ Student, £35 Voluntary sector\ Individual, £60 Institution\ Academic
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN at http://whatislgbthistory.blogspot.co.uk/p/registration11.html



Transgender Equality – First Report of Session – House of Commons


12439062_10153139144291991_8923904434097728034_nThere is still a long way to go to ensure equality for transgender people, despite welcome 

progress, says a report published today by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

The report of this new committee’s first inquiry makes over 30 recommendations in a wide range of policy areas. It calls on the Government to take action to ensure full equality for trans people, emphasising the need to update existing legislation; provide better services, especially in the NHS; and improve confidence in the criminal justice system.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Lest we forget what happened 71 years ago …. here is a reminder from Gemma Rice 

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Since 2001, 27 January has marked Holocaust Memorial Day in the United Kingdom.

The date was chosen because it was on this day in 1945 that the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated.

Each year there is a national theme which provides a focus to events. The theme for 2016 is ‘Don’t Stand By.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust co-ordinates the national programme and develops the general theme.

The Trust exists to promote the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today. For more information see visit the Holocaust Memorial Day website.

Don’t Stand By

The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root. Whilst some actively supported or facilitated state policies of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently – at best, afraid to speak out; at worst, indifferent. Bystanders enabled the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides. They tolerated cultures where increasingly punitive and oppressive discrimination and hostile policies could separate populations and ultimately lead to ethnic cleansing, destruction and attempted annihilation of communities.

Those who did not ‘stand by’ whilst persecution took place were not only bravely acting as resisters and rescuers of individuals, they were also taking action against prevailing views and beliefs that saw some people’s lives as worth less than others’.

People who did not ‘stand by’ in the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides were able to assist in many ways. Some brave people saved lives, giving a home or shelter to individuals and families who tried to escape. Others organised rescue efforts, arranged safe passages or accompanied children to safety. Salford City Council is proud to support events across the city to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. We promote a wide range of activities being organised by partners such as the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Jewish Museum. Details of their events can be found in the document available to download below.

The main civic commemorative event will take place on Thursday 28 January, between 6.00pm and 8.30pm at the Albion Academy, London Street, Salford, M6 6QT. All Salford residents are invited to attend this event which will feature:

  • Opening address from City Director of Salford, Jim Taylor
  • Representation of the Roma and Sinti Porrajmos, an account by Orsolya Orsos
  • A speech from Tania Nelson, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor
  • Poetry composed by Robin Graham
  • Musical Performance by BBC Philharmonic

The evening will end with a formal act of commemoration with eight candles lit and eight stones laid in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust and all subsequent genocides. The event is open to everyone and parking is free and available.

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It was typically moving this year. Here are some photos …

Here are a couple of videos of the music interludes



Buille Hill Park Bon Fire Night Social


Try and attend this great firework display if you can

Traditional and popular bonfire and firework event includes full funfair and range of food outlets.

Funfair from 6.00pm
Bonfire lit at 7.00pm
Fabulous firework display at 7.30pm

Please do not bring your own fireworks to this display. No public parking at this venue.

Directions to the site here

Great Night was had by all who went here are some photos and videos of the fireworks on the night

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Trans* Day of Remembrance in Salford



I am very proud and pleased to announce, on behalf of our Secretary Reverend Phoebe Grace in her role as Chair of the TDOR Committee, the very first Salford Trans* Day of Remembrance Celebrations alongside partners Salford University. Here is the full line up, a fitting way to remember all our Trans” brothers and sisters who are sadly no longer with us.


Trans* means this


The very first inaugral Trans Day of Remembrance for Salford was a fgreat success, special thanks must go to our Secretary the Reverend Phoebe Grace, in her role as Chair of the Trans Day of Remembrance Planning Committee, The weather played havoc with her plans for the day but she rallied her troops and amendments were made. At one point the gazebo went for a short flight across Salford but was rescued. Further thanks must go to Aaron Pile and all the welcomiong and hard working staff at Salford University without which the event simply woujld not have happened. One final note of thanks must go to Sparkle for alowing us to help us during this project. Becks, their Chair, came along to last night first memorial service to say a few words and to help plane a sappling plum tree in the grounds of the University. It was a great privilidge to work with such a great team of people.

The Whole Team

Here are some images of the day. Enjoy ….