New term.. new youth group?

Have you just gone back to school or college, or thinking about the next chapter in your life (maybe a job or university or you are just not sure?)

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!

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Feeling Proud!

Well done to all the young people who participated this year in our Manchester Pride festivities. Check out the Pride Album on our flickr stream to see all the fun that we had!

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Manchester Pride a-cometh

Come and join us for Manchester Pride this weekend! We will be in the parade this Saturday and afterwards will have roving youth workers throughout the gated Pride area, providing information and resources. If you want something a little different, then come down to the LGBT Centre, where from 3-7pm we will have the lovely Sidney St Cafe open provided a family-friendly alcohol-free Pride space, happy days!

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Alternative Space for Pride Weekend…

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Summer Sapphormation!

This Saturday 16th August 12-4pm at The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre in Manchester is Summer Sapphormation. A fab afternoon for women who love women with great food from Sidney St Cafe and an interactive arts workshop led by the brilliant Big Love Sista.

Ages 18+ only. Only £5.  There are limited places so don’t delay! Please share with others too.

Hope to see you on 16th! Book here:

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Lottery funding to reduce homophobic bullying and prejudice

A project to reduce bullying and prejudice towards young and vulnerable gay, lesbian and transgender people has received £473,123 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The Fund, which is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised by the National Lottery, made the award to LGBT Youth North West to run the project across the North West, focusing particularly on Manchester and Stockport.

LGBT Youth North West’s project will reach 22,000 people aged 13-25 to reduce homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through workshops at schools and youth clubs.

Read more…

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Sparkle was transfabulous!

two people in masculine dragThanks to all last weekend for a super Sparkle. We coordinated the youth and family space alongside Mermaids, and enjoyed the sun with a bouncy castle, smoothy-making bicycle, fancy dress, sexual health info, delivering a workshop, lovely food from Sidney St Cafe and more! Check out some of the picture highlights here

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Memories, theatre, peer support and skate boarding…

two people from the memory day, one young and one olderWhat a great week we have had, from our youth work and activism days at the weekend, to our theatre performance at the Cardiff Connecting Communities Conference, then Skateboarding in Manchester and the Launch of our Rochdale peer support project last night. Wowser! Check out the pics here

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Awarding LGBT inclusion in sport

We we very honoured to be shortlisted to the final four for the London 2012 Legacy – Diversity and Inclusion Award. Sam and H represented us with pride last night at the Beyond Sports panel discussion and ceremony.

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Pride Youth Games

people standing in a group in their ten years of pride games tee shirtsWell done to the 6 teams that took part in pride youth games, especially to the REd team who won, but also to all those who took part, with a smile on your faces, in spite of the rain. You did yourselves proud! Check out the rest of the photos here

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