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 lawrence.roberts@lgbt.foundation

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.

Pride in Ageing’s varied programme also celebrates being an LGBT person over 50 in Greater Manchester. Our new campaign ‘Come OUT with us’ will be 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. The campaign launches with a month of free events throughout October (listed below).*

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.

Bloomers

Tuesday 1st October

1-3pm

Chapter One

Oral Histories Skills for LGBT over 50s Workshop

Wednesday 2nd October

1-4pm

LGBT Foundation

Round 2!

Tuesday 8th October

5-7pm

Blackwell’s (University Green)

Older and Bolder

Thursday 10th October

7.30-9pm

LGBT Foundation

Trans MCR

Saturday 12th October

12-6pm

LGBT Foundation

Bloomers: Knit and Natter

Tuesday 15th October

1-3pm

LGBT Foundation

"Telling our Story" LGBT over 50s Open-Mic

Monday 21st October

5-7pm

Fundamentum Bakery (Piccadilly Place)

Older and Bolder

Thursday 24th October

7.30-9pm

LGBT Foundation

* Please note some events require booking, please click on the event titles to find out more.