Black History Month 2016


October is Black History Month in the UK, a month to learn about, highlight and celebrate Black history.

Black LGBT history, culture and people are often underrepresented within mainstream society and LGBT communities too, so at LGBT Foundation we want to spend this month celebrating Black LGBT culture and heritage, and raising awareness of the great Black LGBT heroes in our shared community history. 

As part of our celebrations for Black History Month, we will be organising a series of workshops around black LGBT identities. The confirmed details are below but please keep an eye on our website and social media for further updates, and email Claudia if you have any questions or want to get involved:

Recognising Racism and Creating Community: How To Be a Better Ally

Thursday 20th October, 7-9pm at The Proud Trust (49-51 Sidney St, Manchester M1 7HB)

This FREE workshop will be a relaxed, open and non-judgemental space to explore ideas around what makes a good ally; to understand and examine some of the ways LGBT communities and individuals can marginalise people within them and to reflect on how, as people within and outside of LGBT communities, we can best challenge oppressive structures and behaviour, to work towards creating more inclusive spaces for all LGBT people.

The workshop will be led by Chloe Cousins from Rainbow Noir - a LGBT group for people of colour based in Manchester and Youth Worker at The Proud Trust; Manchester's LGBT youth organisation.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any access requirements, including around travel to the venue, please email Claudia.

To book your place on this workshop, click here.

If you're interested in this topic, also check out The Proud Trust's Black History Month 2016 resource 'Challenging Prejudice and Uniting Communities':


What's your Story? Creating a black LGBT Canvas

Saturday 22nd October, 1:15-4:15pm at the Zion Centre (339 Stretford Rd, M15 4ZY)

This FREE workshop will be a creative space where you can come and contribute to a canvas with photos and stories that represent your black LGBT identities.

This space is for black LGBT people and their friends and families. 

Further details (TBC)

Refreshments will be provided. If you have any access requirements, including around travel to the venue, please email Claudia.

To book your place on this workshop, click here


There are also more fantastic events taking place across Manchester and the North West to mark Black History Month, including lots of LGBT content: check out the links below for more information. 

Black History Month Greater Manchester listings

Black History Month website listings…/north-west/manchester/

Race Relations Unit listings

Rainbow Noir: Social and peer support group for LGBTQI people of colour. Contact the group to find out more about their events and activities:

Black History Month Launch: Friday 30th September, 7:15pm @ Mancheser Cathedral.

Urban Heat Club Night: Fundraiser for Lesbian Immigration Support Group. Friday 30th September, 10pm @ TriBeca.

Jay Boogie Jay Boogie (rising star of the NYC LGBTQ rap scene) Q&A and performance. Tuesday 4th October, 6:30pm @ Texture

Black Trans Lives Matter: Performance and discussion with the amazing Travis Alabanza. Tuesday 4th October, 7:30-9:30pm @ Leeds University Student Union

Never Going Underground: Consultation event. Sunday 2nd October 2 - 4pm @ People's History Museum. 
An event to engage with BME LGBTQ people and communities in and around Manchester to hear thoughts and input to the Never Going Underground exhibition 2017 showcasing the UK's LGBT history. If you can't make the event but have objects or ideas of what you you would like to be in the exhibition, email Community Curator Kisrty Bradley with your ideas.

Strike A Pose: Film screening and performance, Friday 7th October @ Z-Arts

Mykki Blanko gig: Queer black pop/rapper. 8th October 7pm @ Soup Kitchen

Our Islam & LGBTQI Tour (Manchester workshop)
Saturday 29th October @ Manchester City Centre location


If we have missed any events please send details to and we'll add them!