Manchester Pride – Campaign, Celebrate, Engage

Pride parade

Manchester Pride – Campaign, Celebrate, Engage – 25 August 2018

The Manchester Pride Parade is one of the most highly anticipated events, with thousands of people marching proudly together through the streets.

I did see three members of the group marching in the parade, which took more than two hours to pass by, but I was just watching. The crowds were so big that it was difficult to find a good place to stand and get good photos (… so apologies now for the poor quality). On a personal note I enjoyed the entries by Manchester Lesbians Stand By Your Trans, George House Trust and the leather and rubber men, but the NHS and the fire brigade got the biggest cheers.

Later, I went to Superbia, a free of charge, diverse, accessible, intelligent and welcoming programme of new queer art including ‘Not Going Shopping’, a brand new sound installation from Abigail Ward; Conor Collins’ HIV+ blood portrait of Princess Diana; new MMU graduate art, new film and more. There was a packed out interactive talk, by Superbia Project Manager Greg Thorpe, who took us on a history tour of Pride, from the 1969 Stonewall rebellion in New York, to Europe and beyond, to Pride around the world today, using imagery, video, activist profiles and memoirs to remind us why we still march today.

Happy Valley Pride

Pride parade

Happy Valley Pride at Hebden Bridge – 16 August 2018

Two members of the group made it to Hebden Bridge to join in with the Happy Valley Pride. Lynn joined a “Cabaret & Drag” workshop and Sandra bought a fab dress for £1 and two rings.

Contact was made with “Over the Rainbow” – an independent social group for LGBTI+ aged 50+ who meet once a month on the second Saturday of each month from 1.00pm to 3.00pm in Todmorden Library. There are discussions on a wide range of topics in an accessible venue. They also arrange meals out, visits to the theatre and local places of interest and plan quarterly Queer related free films at the Library which are open to the general public.

They have a Facebook page “Older LGBTs – Calderdale” and can be contacted by telephone 07901 854 823 (answerphone) or email: otradmin@todgreen.uk

Us oldies need to stick together, so I am sure that we will link up with this group in the future.

Oldham Pride

Pride parade

Trips & Adventures – 28 July 2018

Oldham Pride is a annual celebration of the borough’s LGBT community and has been going for 15 years.

The Rainbow Parade left Tommyfield at 12.15pm, making it’s way through the town centre for an afternoon of fun in Parliament Square.

Five of us from Out In The City joined the celebrations led by a brass band and featuring Out & About (Oldham’s Older LGBT group) as well as the Gay Gordon’s (see video).