Pride In Ageing

Launched by Sir Ian McKellen in June 2019, Pride in Ageing has already made huge strides in helping to ensure that Greater Manchester becomes one of the best places for LGBT people to grow older. This programme was set up in response to concerns that too many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over the age of 50 are living in isolation and facing discrimination as a direct result of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Laws change but attitudes can be harder to shift.

The initiative is ensuring that the voices of LGBT people over the age of 50 are heard when it comes to ageing policy and activity in Greater Manchester, with an advisory group of 18 LGBT community members at the heart of the project. The views of LGBT people in mid and later life are now also directly informing the services and support delivered by our Community Resource Centre in Manchester’s Gay Village. Pride in Ageing is also set to launch a new quality assurance standard and social prescribing service, which will help adult social care services and housing providers to better support their LGBT residents and service users.

To see photos from our launch event, click here.

For more information, email

This programme of work is funded by Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, Manchester City Council, Age Friendly Manchester and Barclays Spectrum North West Gala, sponsored by Visa, and their corporate friends Eversheds Sutherland and Pinsent Masons.

Come OUT With Us

Pride in Ageing’s varied programme also celebrates being an LGBT person over 50 in Greater Manchester. Our ‘Come OUT with us’ campaign is tackling social isolation and exclusion by creating spaces where over-50s can come together, socialise, and learn new skills. In this way, the project is confident of building an active and empowered community. Read more about 'Come OUT with us' via Gay Times.

Our Come OUT with us! listings for February have now launched! Please note some events require booking, please click on the event titles to find out more.

TransMCR: Our Past**

Saturday 8th February


LGBT Foundation

Bi Programme: Our Past, Present and Future

Monday 10th February


LGBT Foundation

Round 2!

Tuesday 11th February


LGBT Foundation

Queering the Archive

Thursday 13th February


Manchester Central Library

Older and Bolder: Laughter Workshop***

Thursday 13th February


LGBT Foundation

OUT for Coffee!*

Friday 21st February


Foundation Coffee House, Whitworth Street

LGBT Then & Now: Short Films & Discussion for LGBT 50+ and Allies

Saturday 29th February


Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Coming in March 2020:

Drag Yourself Out***

A journey into drag for gay, bisexual and trans men who are over 50 and living in Greater Manchester, hosted by drag star Cheddar Gorgeous and featuring some surprise guests!

Over 6 weeks you will take part in workshops to develop a new drag persona, which reflects Greater Manchester’s older gay, bisexual and trans communities. You will explore how to take your character from page to stage with the help of local queens, who will call in to share their skills around performance, costume, makeup and using social media. Your group-created persona will help raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges for gay, bi and trans men, as they age.

Come prepared to step into the world of drag! Previous experience not required. Dressing up not required.

Dates: Every Monday at 12-2.30pm starting March 2nd 2020.

Venue: City centre locations. The venues will be fully accessible, please let us know if you have any access requirements.

Free spaces for Greater Manchester residents, booking required. Please contact Lawrie Roberts at or call 07541 977 854 to reserve a place.

Drag Yourself Out is a collaboration between Ambition for Ageing’s Community Navigators Programme for Men Over 65, led by Southway Housing Trust and Pride in Ageing at LGBT Foundation, and developed from discussions with a group of older men from gay, bisexual and trans communities who are living in Greater Manchester.

**This event is for anyone who self-identifies as trans or non-binary and their friends or family.

*This event is for women, inclusive of trans women, non-binary people and gender fluid people who identify as lesbian, bisexual or questioning their sexual orientation.

***This event is for men, inclusive of trans men, non-binary people and gender fluid people who identify as gay, bisexual or questioning their sexual orientation.

****This event is for self-identifying women of colour/BAME women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer or questioning, all or part of the time, including trans women, older women, disabled/neurodivergent women, women who are seeking asylum or have no recourse to public funds, women of all faiths and backgrounds, and non-binary/gender fluid people and transfeminine people who want to access a women-centred space.

***** This event is open to everyone who identifies as bi, pan or polysexual or another term that describes an attraction to more than one gender.

To see other groups for over-50s we recommend, click here. And if you run an inclusive social group or space in Greater Manchester and want to show your support please download and display our campaign posters here.