Young Men’s Activity Day – Review by Alex B

three young men in harnesses getting ready to climb tress The Young Men’s Activity Day is amazing day that I was glad to take part in this year. The day at Delamere forest was incredibly fun as well as teaching lots of practical skills such as cycling, tree climbing and foraging for firewood. This was complimented well by workshops orientated around stepping out of your comfort zone, creative writing and mental health. Most importantly, it helped me to get to know other GBT men from LGYM in a totally different environment yet still in a safe place surrounded by supportive and understanding people. The staff’s familiar, friendly faces are always on hand to help out and provide support just as they usually are. To summarise, I would advise any young men to go on this day as you are guaranteed to get something out of the event; whether it’s to socialise with other GBT males, push yourself to your own limits or try something new, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable day.

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Join us for our festive feast!

It’s not every day you get a gorgeous festive meal and a brilliant day out for a tenner, but what can we say, we are just good like that! Click here to book.

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#ownyourselfie event 22nd November

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Free listening skills course for young people

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Sapphormation: A two-day festival in Manchester for women who love women

Sapphormation Festival is back this November (1st and 2nd) with two days of free workshops, films, discussions and art for all and any women who love women.

This year’s theme is ‘breaking the mould’ and there are more than 30 activities taking place over Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November. Examples of what will be on offer include: workshops on why lesbian, bisexual and trans* women of colour invisible in the LGBT community and wider society; an opportunity to learn stone-masonry skills; a workshop on sexual pleasure, and a panel discussion on why women who love women are often portrayed as ‘mad, bad or dangerous’ in the media.
The majority of the Sapphormation Festival takes place at the The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre in the heart of Manchester, and its Sidney Street Cafe will be serving vegan food and winter warmer mocktails all weekend. On Saturday evening the focus moves to Bangkok Bar for Rapture Club Night, and then on Sunday, Sapphormation switches to sports, for a fun afternoon of taster sessions for fencing, softball, basketball and tchoukball.
“The purpose of Sapphormation is to create a fun, inspiring and welcoming place for lesbian and bisexual women,” says Myrtle Finley from The Empowerment People, who are organising Sapphormation.
“The gay scene is still male-dominated, ‘body beautiful’, anti-intellectual and commercially driven. We wanted to create a space for women to connect with their community, share ideas, learn from one another and make new friends. This weekend will be a welcoming and eclectic space to try out new things and explore key issues and ideas relevant to women today.”
Sapphormation takes place on November 1st and 2nd 2014. It is free, and open to all women who love women (including trans women who identify as women who love women). All ages are welcome, and children are welcome to the entertainment events in the day provided they are supervised by a responsible adult.
DATE: 1 and 2 November 2014

LOCATION: The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB

COST: Free

Sapphormation is a project of The Empowerment People

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Proud to announce… The LGBT Histories Conference 2015

In February there is the First LGBT Histories Festival …and it is going to be hosted in Manchester. We will be supporting it in a number of ways, and there is something for everyone (LGBT, cis, straight, parents, families, young people, academics, general public). For more information about it check out the History Festival Poster

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Laugh Out Loud

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Wythenshawe success!

Thanks to everyone who came to the showcase last night. We are proud to announce that Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has secured funding for the Wythenshawe ‘WynotLGBTQ’ youth group for another 3 years! Here is Claire Lloyd-Davies from the Housing Group cutting the cake with D, a member of the group:

cutting of the celebration cake

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Wythenshawe showcase tomorrow night- and you are invited!

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Oldham youth group starts up again!

Thank you to First Choice Homes, Voluntary Action Oldham’s Coop Fund and ROCA for helping fund the partnership new LGBT youth group we are supporting in Oldham. We have just set up a new mixed group with local Shaw resident Claire Harrop, who said, ‘This is something I really care about. The group is much needed and will give young LGBT people somewhere local to go to in Oldham’. For more details about the group see the flier below or email

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