World HIV Day Online Vigil … In Equal Parts … Superbia Spotlights … Focus Group


World HIV Day Online Vigil

Join us for a very special online World AIDS Day Vigil as we remember people lost to HIV, show our solidarity with people living with HIV around the world and commit ourselves to challenging HIV stigma and discrimination.

The Vigil will be broadcast at at 7.00pm on Tuesday, 1 December.

The Vigil is organised by the Passionate about Sexual Health (PaSH) Partnership, a collaboration between BHA for Equality, George House Trust and LGBT Foundation.

In Equal Parts: World AIDS Day 2020

Straight after the vigil, at 8.00pm, join the GHT Positive Speakers from George House Trust along with HIV+ artists Jordan Roberts and Nathaniel Hall for this stigma-smashing event. Hear their remarkable stories and ask all the questions you always wanted (but were too scared) to ask about HIV.

A digital event hosted by Contact and presented in association with George House Trust and Superbia. The event is part of Manchester-based Dibby Theatre’s community-led creative outreach project tackling HIV stigma and shame.

The event is free and is online via zoom. You will need to book so find out more here.

In the second half of this event, there will be the premiere of a brand new film by Jordan Roberts: To Whom It May Concern … explores HIV past, present and future through music, drag, vogue-dance and textiles. It is funded by Superbia and GMCA.

Confirmed artists:

Singer – Adam O’Shea

Drag Artiste – Ana Phylactic

Vogue Dancer – Tyrone John

Textiles Artist – India Chetta-Roberts

Vogue House Mother – Darren Pritchard

The event will contain frank discussion of HIV, diagnosis, treatment and the impacts of stigma. There will be signposting support during the event for anyone who feels affected by the topics raised.


Superbia Spotlights

Superbia is Manchester Pride’s year-round programme of arts and culture, designed to support, curate, fund and promote LGBTQ+ events throughout Greater Manchester.

Superbia supports LGBTQ+ artists by promoting events through its events page and social media, funds LGBTQ+ events with Superbia Grants and by curating original events through collaboration with partners, venues, groups, curators, community members, artists and creatives.

Superbia Spotlights is their new partnership with Manchester’s Finest ( ). Throughout 2020, they have shone a light on some of the incredible Superbia-supported arts and culture talent across Greater Manchester.

The Superbia Spotlights programme is a growing list of artwork, articles and interviews with LGBTQ artists in Manchester.

They have made a handy list here which links to each of the different pieces.

Day With(out) Art – World AIDS Day 2020

Each year on World AIDS Day (1 December) Superbia brings the creative tradition of Day With(out) Art to Manchester, harnessing the power of artists to divert people’s attention to HIV and AIDS.

They do so in tribute to the many people lost to illness, in a reaffirmation of the fight for access to treatment, and against stigma and discrimination, and to honour those who are living with HIV.

This year the programme of work will all take place online but the messages are as loud and clear as ever: HIV and AIDS are not over. Art matters. U equals U. Get tested. Fight stigma!

Check out the full programme of work for 2020 that Superbia is proud to curate, promote, fund or support.


Are you over 50, from Greater Manchester and living with HIV?

Would you like to take part in a focus group to shape the exciting development of the UK’s first LGBT Extra Care Scheme?

To give a bit of background to the project, in 2017, after discussions with LGBT Foundation, Manchester City Council announced their intention to develop the UK’s first purpose-built LGBT-affirmative Extra Care Scheme in the city and identified the site in Whalley Range the following year.

An extra care scheme is a type of ‘housing with care’ which means you retain independence while you’re assisted with tasks such as washing, dressing, going to the toilet or taking medication.

LGBT Foundation has set up a Community Steering Group to advise the development of the Extra Care Scheme and the group has recognised that we need to hear more from groups across our communities. The first group we want to learn from are people over 50 who are living with HIV. Your contribution will help to ensure that the Extra Care Scheme can best meet the needs of everyone in our communities.

The focus group will take place online via zoom, with an option to telephone in, at 4.00pm on Monday, 7 December 2020 and you will receive a £25 voucher as a thank you for your time.

If you would like to attend the focus group please email who will send you further details about the focus group.

If you would like to share your views but cannot make the focus group, then please email Bob to arrange an individual interview.

All comments made in the focus group and interviews will be anonymous.

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