We believe that physical wellbeing should be accessible to everyone. Being active can mean different things to different people, and it’s really important that you find activities that you enjoy and feel comfortable doing.
We know that some activities and spaces don’t always feel accessible or accommodating, so we’re making September our ‘Trans Active month’ so you can try out new classes, sports and activities.
Contemporary dance classes
We’ll be offering free contemporary dance classes on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th September at LGBT Foundation 6-7:30pm. The classes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please join us for these fun, inclusive and energetic dance workshops. A great way to get in touch with your body, express yourself and learn a new style of movement, all levels are welcome.
To begin, we will focus on the foundations of contemporary dance technique to improve strength and coordination. Then using great music, we will master new skills and dance routines. There will be space to explore your individual movement style and also chance to create your own choreography. Each session will build from the previous, so clear your Friday evenings and come and dance with us each week.
Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in, and be aware that we will be dancing in our socks.
Trans-inclusivity in sports training
We know that some activities and spaces don’t always feel accessible or accommodating for some trans people. We'll be delivering a free 'trans inclusivity in sport workshop' to LGBT sport socieities on 24th August 6:30-8pm, so that clubs and groups feel knowledgeable to support trans people.
In this workshop we'll be covering:
- Trans 101 - breaking down terminology and gender identities
- Accessing facilities such as changing spaces
- UK athletics legislation and trans status
- Trans status monitoring - navigating registration forms
- Addressing transphobia
To book your place on thsi workshop, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trans-active-free-trans-inclusivity-workshop-for-lgbt-sports-groups-tickets-27023957384 Please note that places are limited to 2 people per society/group. You must register for the workshop in advance as we have limited space available.
If you would like any further information about the workshop please email email@example.com
Manchester trans-inclusive sports groups and societies
The following groups have made a pledge to become trans-inclusive, and have a special offer for September's Trans Active month.
Manchester Frontrunners (MFR) are part of International Frontrunners, a network of LGBT running clubs all over the world. Our club was formed in 2005, and has been growing ever since. We now have around 100 members, mostly from the LGBT community, but we are open to everyone.
We cater for all running abilities, whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned long distance runner. For the true beginner, we offer a Couch 2 5k course which begins in September and lasts for 8 weeks every Saturday morning in Chorlton.
All newcomers are buddied with someone to run with them their first time, at a pace and distance to suit them. Whether your limit is a 5km jog, or you can whizz around a 10km in under 40 minutes, everyone is very welcome.
We offer three runs a week, including a track session for more advanced runners on a Tuesday evening, with a choice of a Saturday morning run in Chorlton or our main run which is Thursday nights starting at The Sugden centre on Oxford Road in town.
We have just launched our new trans webpage to help encourage and support trans members and very much hope we can tempt some more people from our local community to come and join us. We will be supporting Trans Active month by offering FREE membership to trans people who start running with us in September. Any questions then please contact our Welfare Officer Sarah Rickard
Across Manchester Pride weekend we’ll be offering free massage and relaxation therapies to help you unwind. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis between 12-6pm across 27th-29th August.
*Trans is an umbrella and inclusive term used to describe people whose gender identity differs in some way from that which they were assigned at birth; including non-binary people, cross dressers and those who partially or incompletely identify with their sex assigned at birth