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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
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
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:
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 email@example.com
Maybe you are thinking about coming out to your friends or to family and not sure how its all going to be?
Or maybe you are out, but don’t have any friends who are LGBT who ‘get you’.
If you are young person living in Manchester, Greater Manchester or anywhere in the North West, then you can join your local LGBT youth group for FREE. There you can meet friends, have a good time, learn new things, and get support with any of life’s challenegs. We have a full list of groups here so you can find your local one. It might feel scary, but don’t worry, we have all been where you are now, and finding your local LGBT youth group can be the best thing ever!