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.
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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 ‘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. 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.
Pride in Ageing 1st Birthday Celebration Event: ‘Sensible Footwear’ Q&A with Kate Charlesworth
Friday June 5th 12-1.30pm
A public event to celebrate one year of Pride in Ageing, Programme Manager Lawrie Roberts will be joined on Zoom (an online platform that lets us all see and hear each other over the web) by Edinburgh-based cartoonist Kate Charlesworth, who will be answering questions about her landmark LGBTQ memoir ‘Sensible Footwear’.
Described by The Guardian as “joyous…leaves no stone unturned…an instant classic” ‘Sensible Footwear’ is the first graphic history to document lesbian life in Britain from 1950 to the present and includes Kate’s recollections of visiting Canal Street whilst at art college in Manchester in the 1970s.
This event is being run in conjunction with LGBT Foundation’s Women’s Programme. Copies of 'Sensible Footwear' are available to order via the Myriad online store here with 25% off and free UK P&P using the code MYREADATHOME.
Free, limited spaces, please register for this event in advance here and you will recieve a link or phone number to call to join the event on the day.