National Honour Our LGBT Elders Day … Quilter’s Guide to the Lesbian Archive … Let’s Get Musical


National Honour Our LGBT Elders Day

Celebrate an LGBT elder who made a difference in your life, and spread the word about the importance of LGBT older adults in your community on Sunday, 16 May – National Honour Our LGBT Elders Day.

Join in as we celebrate National Honour Our LGBT Elders Day virtually with videos and retrospectives on the event’s official Facebook page,

Visit the website to see videos honouring an LGBT elder who made a difference. You can also learn more about the history and purpose of National Honour Our LGBT Elders Day.

The LGBT Foundation advise that there are at least 7,650 older lesbian, gay and bisexual people living in Manchester today, and over the next 20 years, Manchester will see the number of over 65s increase by 45%.

In the United States there are an estimated 3 million LGBT adults over the age of 55.

“It’s important to celebrate elders every day,” said Sam McClure, executive director of the Centre for LGBTQ Health Equity, which inaugurated the national day of recognition in Baltimore in 2016. “Respect for those with more experience is an essential element of civility. In intergenerational dialogues, we discover we have differing opinions based on our experiences and perspectives. I love seeing elders and youth learning from each other.”

For more information visit

Sarah-Joy Ford: Archives and Amazons Exhibition

Monday 17 May 2021 – Sunday 11 July 2021 – Free, just drop in

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN

A Quilter’s Guide to The Lesbian Archive is a new exhibition as part of HOME’s reopening programme.

Sarah-Joy Ford presents a new body of work following several years of research in the Lesbian Archive Collection at Glasgow Women’s Library. Sarah-Joy Ford’s work takes pleasure in connecting with this lesbian heritage, acknowledging the complexities of archiving and stitching through to new legacies with this work.

This exhibition is an exercise in taking pleasure in identification, recognition and connection with the lesbian pasts represented in the archive. It provides material space to remember the stories of the dyke lands, lesbian history walks and lesbian spaces hidden in their vaults. Ford’s work examines what it means to look backward through a largely unknown history; acknowledging failed utopias, and stitching through the complex politics, feelings and affects of the Lesbian Archive, creating a new legacy for lesbian lives in every thread.

Using quilt as a methodology, Ford has responded to and re-visioned archival material. Each stitch is a mediation between the feelings, sensations, and pleasures of exploring lesbian pasts. This reflection indulges in the images, iconographies and symbols that have been used to invoke lesbian strength, power, and community throughout the 20th and 21st century. These iconographies are woven textile tales from Lesbos, the interlocking Venus, and the labrys to the Amazon woman.

Sarah-Joy Ford is an Artist and Researcher based in Manchester, where she is a member of Proximity Collective and co-director of The Queer Research Network Manchester. Her current PhD research examines quilting as a methodology for re-visioning lesbian archive material.

Want to know more about Sarah-Joy Ford?

This exhibition is in partnership with Glasgow Women’s Library

Let’s Get Musical

Sonder Radio is an online radio station working with residents of Manchester who are 50+ –

They have an exciting course coming up – a 2 week long online project “Let’s Get Musical” (plus online and taster sessions) – for 50+ residents of Manchester who are not currently in employment, in partnership with Manchester Adult Education Service. 

The programme includes an introduction to music, production and creative writing with a focus on confidence building and teamwork. The group will produce and present a radio show together on the last Friday to an invited audience. 

It’s completely free to attend and they will provide laptops and data if this is a barrier. If you have attended one of their face-to-face courses in the past, you are still very welcome to join them again to learn more.


Getting Online Sessions – 19 & 20 May (10.30am -1.30pm)

Taster Session – 27 May (1.00pm – 3.00pm)

Let’s Get Musical – 31 May – 4 June & 7 June – 11 June (10.30am – 3.30pm)

If you are interested in signing up, please fill in this form.

If you have any questions, they would be happy to speak to any potential participants about the programme. Please see the flyer for contact details.

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