Older Lesbian and Bi women community event

Why did we start the inclusion work?

Last year, we consulted with the community and learnt that, in the Women's Programme, the lesbian and bisexual women who were accessing our services were mainly white, cisgender and/or young(<50). Our job is to make sure our work is relevant and representative of all the lesbian and bisexual women in Greater Manchester. Your expertise can help us create the best possible safe and inclusive space for you and women like you.

The aim of the project is to help our communities around Greater Manchester have a voice in the LGBT community through :

- Intersectional Community Events dedicated to women who share multiple minority identities

- Awareness raising workshops for professionals and organisations who work with women with multiple minority identities.

To make sure we are going in the right direction we regularly ask you your opinion via survey.

You can access the most recent one here.

Community event for older lesbian and bi women (including older women of colour and older trans women)

As promised, the Women’s Programme of LGBT Foundation is launching our very first community event targeted to older lesbian and bi women* (including of trans women).

This event is for lesbian and bi older** women, organised after a consultation of lesbian and bi older women (including older lesbian and bi trans women and older women of colour).

An afternoon for you, by you, to talk about you.

3:30-5:30pm –Workshop Xmas cards crafting
5:30-8:00pm – Xmas party (food, photobooth, cabaret show, and other fun activities included)

You can already book yourself a free seat here (limited place only).

Tuesday 19th December,
3:30-8pm at LGBT Foundation,
5 Richmond Street, M1 3HF.

We want to make sure this workshop is accessible for anyone who wants to attend, so if you have any access or diet requirements please get in touch with V (Virginie.assal@lgbt.foundation).

If you need support to come from the station to our office or if you need help to cover your travel cost, please get in touch as well.

*This event for women is for all women who identify as lesbian or bisexual, all or part of the time, including trans women, women of colour, older women, disabled/neurodivergent women, women of all faiths and backgrounds, non-binary/gender fluid people and transfeminine people. We try to make our services welcoming and accessible to all; if you have any specific access requirements, please let us know and we'll try to help.

** By older we mean 50+ but if you're younger than 50 and feel you could benefit from this space, don't hesitate to come :)

3:30-5:30: Xmas card-making workshop with Lauren Emily Star

I am a visual artist with 10 years experience working in mixed media, installation and print making. A lot of my work is about expressing my queer, mad and other identities. I have studio space with Pool Arts in Ardwick and am a member and trustee of Pool Arts charity. I run workshops in order to share my skills around creativity and exploring identity.

The workshop I am planning involves making cards using collage and possibly some mixed media if women want to experiment. I will bring materials to allow us to express queer and intersectional identities in our art making (or to make traditional cards if preferred!!).

I am a lesbian with other marginal identities. I am not an older woman (I am 38). However I hope to be in a few years and I am happy to discuss with and learn from workshop participants!

5:30-8pm: free Xmas party with Chrystine Moon!

Chrystine Moon – a queer, menopausal, feminist, revolutionary Singer-Songwriter, will bring you an entertaining set celebrating strong lesbians, rebellious bisexuals and powerful women and might even get a bit festive for the occasion! (show starts at 6pm)

Veggie/vegan buffet included

Volunteering & Sessional work

Our Women’s Programme is aiming to expand our services for lesbian and bisexual older women.

Wherever possible we want to cater the Women’s Programme Volunteer Role to the skills and passions of the volunteer undertaking it. Please find below the roles that we are currently recruiting for.

Older Women Outreach Sessional Worker: role profile here

Older Women, Women's Programme Volunteer: role profile here

Please contact Women's Programme Inclusion Officer Virginie Assal at virginie.assal@lgbt.foundation if you are interested.