The Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Equality Panel is one of seven panels established by Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to tackle inequality and injustice in the region. Its aim is to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people across the city region by championing LGBTQ+ inclusion, and ensuring that the interests of our diverse LGBTQ+ communities drive all aspects of running and planning for the future of Greater Manchester. The panel is made up of LGBTQ+ volunteers from across Greater Manchester, all of whom represent the rich diversity of the city-regions LGBTQ+ community.

LGBT Foundation is proud to be facilitating the GMCA LGBTQ+ Equality Panel, re-establishing it on the ethos of community ownership and coproduction.

The work of the Panel aims to centre the lived experiences of marginalised communities across Greater Manchester. As such, the Panel is always keen to hear from members of Greater Manchester's LGBTQ+ community, particularly those who are affected by multiple forms of intersecting marginalisation such as disabled LGBTQ+ people and Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC).

Apply to become a Panel member

We are looking for passionate individuals with links to Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ communities to join the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Equality Panel!

The panel is made up of individuals representing Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ communities across its 10 districts. We are actively looking to recruit panel members from Trafford, Tameside, Stockport, and Wigan as these boroughs are not represented in the panel’s current membership.

We particularly encourage applications from LGBTQ+ people of colour (PoC) to ensure that the panel is as representative of the full diversity of our communities as possible.

As a member of the Panel, you will:

  • Be able to work collaboratively with people from different backgrounds and different levels of knowledge.
  • Be committed to intersectionality, solidarity, and uplifting those who are most marginalised.
  • Be committed to accountability, transparency, and speaking up for the needs of LGBTQ+ people.
  • Commit a minimum of 9 half days to the work of the Panel annually, including attending monthly meetings.

This is a voluntary role, but you will be reimbursed for travel and other reasonable expenses. We are also keen to develop the skills or Panel members, so we will provide free access to training and other development opportunities.

To avoid conflict of interest, substantive members of staff at LGBT Foundation are not eligible to be panel members. However, trustees, volunteers and sessional workers of LGBT Foundation are all very welcome to apply.

Thinking of applying?

Please read the role description below carefully to think about how you are suitable for the role. In your Application Form, please answer 3 questions based upon your knowledge, understanding, and experience so we can get a good understanding of how you would best fit with the Panel. You can choose to answer these in written, video, OR audio format (nothing fancy, just using your phone is fine).

Once completed please send your Application Form, the media recordings, and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to [email protected] with “GM LGBTQ+ Equality Panel – Your Name” as the email subject.

Candidates successful at this stage will be invited to an informal interview in the week commencing 6th March.

If you would like more information about the Panel or have any questions about the role, please email [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd February 2023.

Key documents

Application form (WORD)

Guidance Document (PDF)

If you have any questions about the Panel or would like to share your thoughts on what can be done to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester please follow this link:

Or emails us at:

[email protected]

For more information on the GMCA and its relationship with the LGBTQ+ Equality Panel please follow this link: