the LGBTQ+ equality panel are seen meeting in a meeting room

The Greater Manchester
LGBTQ+ Equality Panel

Established in 2022, the panel aims to represent LGBTQ+ people across Greater Manchester by championing equality, community-driven efforts and intersectionality within the work of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

What is the GM LGBTQ+ equality panel?

Made up of volunteers from diverse LGBTQ+ communities across Greater Manchester, the panel centres the lived experiences of marginalised individuals and works towards ensuring LGBTQ+ interests are central in all aspects of running and planning for the future of Greater Manchester. 

The Panel delivers this work through regular meetings, projects of work to support GMCA inclusion activites, and by acting as LGBTQ+ representatives across Authority workgroups. Panelists also regularly liaise with Authority members, including the Leader of Manchester City Council, and the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

If you’re interested in joining the panel, or want to contribute your experiences to the panel’s work, please get in touch below.

Community-Driven Advisory Panel

The Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Equality Panel is one of seven panels established by GMCA to address inequality throughout Greater Manchester. You can find more information about the Equality Panels here

The LGBTQ+ Equality Panel is facilitated by LGBT Foundation, and brings together LGBTQ+ volunteers from across Greater Manchester, to speak to their lived experience and contribute diverse perspectives to GMCA’s work.

As a community-driven initiative, the LGBTQ+ Equality Panel centres the experiences of marginalised communities, including disabled LGBTQ+ people and Queer, Transgender and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC). 

Intersectional Approaches to Equality 

The LGBTQ+ Equality Panel recognises the importance of intersectionality and strives to address multiple forms of oppression experienced by LGBTQ+ people across the GM region.

With this community-driven approach, the Panel advocates for policies and practices that promote equality and inclusivity for all LGBTQ+ people.

Some of these initiatives have included desigining the Greater Manchester Pledge to End Conversion Therapy, creating safer, LGBTQ+ accredited spaces across GM, providing guidance to organisations on intersectional approaches to equality, and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities.

Updates from the Equality Panel

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