Panel announced for Sugar & Spice Festival 2014

Publish Date: 17/02/2014

We are delighted to announce the line-up of inspiring women who will be taking part in the panel discussion at Sugar & Spice 8 – Make Love Not War. The panel discussion at Sugar & Spice has become one of the most popular parts of the event and we’re sure that this year’s panel will continue that tradition.

This year’s panellists are:

Stand-up comedian Bethany Black, who has been described as ‘Britain's only goth, lesbian, trans comedian’  

Paralympian Claire Harvey, captain of Team GB’s sitting volleyball team @harveysprout

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride and Head of Campaigns at the PCS Union @MsLadyPhyll

Freelance writer and bisexual activist, Sali Owen who volunteers for The LGF, helping to run a group for lesbian & bisexual women and writing for OutNorthWest @SaliWho

Claire Richter, local businesswoman and managing director of Serenity Security Solutions @SerenitySec

The panel discussion will round off the first day of Sugar & Spice, taking place from 5-6pm on Saturday 8th March.

The discussion will be on the theme of ‘Are our battles won?’, with the panellists exploring whether lesbian and bisexual women now have equality and whether the current economic situation has caused wider inequality for women.

Siân Lambert, Women’s Programme Coordinator for The LGF, said: “We are thrilled to have a really exciting line-up of inspirational lesbian and bisexual women coming to lead the discussion at Sugar & Spice. Manchester has such a vibrant community of lesbian and bisexual women and we’re sure that many of them will want to join us for the free Sugar & Spice festival.”

Sugar & Spice is Manchester’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day for lesbian and bisexual women and is now in its eighth year. This FREE event is open to anyone who self-identifies as a lesbian or bisexual woman. Last year’s Sugar & Spice was attended by over 180 women and this year’s event will be even bigger, taking place over two days for the first time.

For full details of what’s happening at this year’s festival on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March, please visit: