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​LGBT Foundation and George House Trust to support nine new community action projects

Published: 21 October 2021 Tags: By LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation and George House Trust are thrilled to announce that nine Greater Manchester-based organisations will be supported to run community action projects for the benefit of LGBTQ+ communities.

The Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund is a joint initiative between two of the region’s leading community-led charities. The projects receiving funds showcase the ingenuity of community groups in the region and their dedication to making long-lasting positive change.

Each group will receive a share of £20,000 to run activities that tackle widespread LGBTQ+ issues including transphobia and violence against trans and non-binary people, chronic social isolation of older people following lockdown, parenting, LGBTQ+ activism and campaigning, alongside artistic interventions that raise awareness around HIV stigma and homophobia.

Highlights from the programme include:

Dibby Theatre

This award-winning theatre company will use the funds to support outreach and engagement activity for a new show, Toxic.

Based on the experience of theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall (Channel 4’s It’s a Sin), artists and gay male community participants in Greater Manchester who have experienced homophobia and HIV stigma will explore what impact growing up gay in a straight world has had on their sense of self-worth, through a series of live and digital workshops and conversations.

Out In The City

A social support group for members of the LGBT+ communities over 50 years of age, Out In The City will run regular meetings and peer groups and activities to help people form strong social bonds within their communities.

Proud 2b Parents

An inclusive organisation for all routes to parenthood, the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community fund will support additional training that looks at education settings and promote awareness and understanding of the LGBT+ parent and carer community.

Rainbow Noir

A volunteer-led, social, peer support and community action group for LGBTQIA people of colour (POC) in Greater Manchester. The funds will provide Rainbow Noir with access to campaign training, empowering them to plan and organise campaigns that push for genuine change.

Salford Pride

Delivering projects and events aimed at LGBTQ+ people and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across the city, Salford Pride will use the funding to hold a special event for Trans Day of Remembrance, commemorating and honouring trans and non-binary lives lost because of transphobia and violence.

Tony Openshaw, on behalf of Out In The City, said: “Thank you for the grant. This will enable us to continue to provide a safe meeting space and activities for older LGBT+ people. Due to our sexuality some of us have been ostracised by family, do not have contact with our children or have never had the courage to come out. The meetings break down isolation and improve the social well-being of older LGBT+ people."

Lois Fitzpatrick, on behalf of Manchester Parents Group, said: We are absolutely delighted to have been granted funding for our group. The funding will enable us to develop our literature - booklets, leaflets etc - to encompass those of the community who have, so far, been disenfranchised.

We hope to work in an intersectional capacity, with parents of LGBT+ within the BAME community, as well as parents who are members of the LGBT+ community who have concerns about their own children coming out as LGBT+

We also hope to cement a future for Manchester Parents Group, as a group with a wealth of knowledge and experience. And to continue our “Hug a Mum” program throughout the coming years as well as working in partnership with organisations such as the LGBT Foundation and George House Trust on future initiatives.

Vanessa Jackson, Trustee for George House Trust: said “As a Trustee for George House Trust, and on the panel for the inaugural LGBT Foundation & George House Trust Grant Fund, I was blown away by the calibre & diverse range of applications, and the impact within grassroots LGBTQ+ communities such a Fund could reach. The creativity within the community is incredible, and it was a pleasure to award such funds; knowing that George House Trust is playing a small but vital role in directly supporting and championing our community.”

The Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund supports new creative projects, events and activities by organisations and community groups based in the region that improve the experience of LGBTQ+ groups and spotlights the issues that affect their lives.

An open call for the second round of applications will take place in early 2022.

For information about George House Trust visit: ght.org.uk

For more information about the work of LGBT Foundation visit lgbt.foundation



Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community Fund - Round One - Full programme:

Dibby Theatre

An award-winning touring theatre company from Greater Manchester (GM) with 25-years of collective experience producing theatre will use the funds to support the outreach and engagement project attached to a new show, Toxic. Based on the experience of theatre-maker Nathaniel Hal, artists and gay male community participants in Greater Manchester who have experienced homophobia and HIV stigma will explore what impact growing up gay in a straight world has had on their sense of self-worth through a series of live and digital workshops/conversations.

Gay Gordons Manchester

A group of Scottish Country Dance enthusiasts will undertake a recruitment drive to bring LGBTQ+ people together within their community following extended periods of isolation caused by COVID-19, through dance classes, social events and community support.

Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus

As one of Manchester’s leading LGBTQ+ Community groups, Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus will undertake a rebrand, showing that Manchester Lesbian and Gay chorus is an inclusive organisation and that everyone is welcome.

Manchester Parents Group QAVS

An established parents group that provides a confidential monthly city centre meeting offering advice and support to parents, carers and families whose children (of all ages) have come out as LGBT+ in Manchester; who’ll be funded to continue its programme of work including outreach work at Pride events throughout Greater Manchester, its telephone helpline and website and cover staffing costs.

Out In The City

A social / support group for members of the LGBT+ communities over 50 years of age that will deliver a body of meetings and peer support groups and activities to help form strong social bonds within their communities.

Proud 2b Parents

An inclusive organisation for all routes to parenthood that run and deliver services for LGBT+ parents/ carers to be, LGBT+ parents/carers and their children living in Greater Manchester. The Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Community fund will support the Proud 2b Parents to develop additional training that specifically looks at education settings, raising awareness and understanding of the LGBT + parent/ carer community. The funding will allow for community consultation and feedback about their lived experiences, training development including participates post-training handbook, training evaluation and lived experience video which will capture the experiences from the community.

Rainbow Noir

A volunteer-led, social, peer support and community action group for LGBTQIA people of colour (POC) in Greater Manchester. The funds will provide Rainbow Noir with access to campaign training that will empower them to plan and organise powerful campaigns and to make a real difference.

Salford Pride

As an organisation that delivers projects and events that are aimed at LGBTQ+ people and promote equality, diversity and inclusion across the city, Salford Pride will hold a special event for Trans Day of Remembrance, commemorating and honouring trans and non-binary lives that have been lost due to transphobia and violence.

With one more organisation and project to be confirmed.