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 ‘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 January have now launched, with this month’s activity based around spaces to socialise and meet others to kick off 2020! A notable event to highlight is a drop-in coffee morning programmed by women over 50 for women over 50 called OUT for Coffee! which launches on 17th January at Foundation Coffee House on Whitworth Street.

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

Older and Bolder: Let’s Talk About Trans***

Thursday 9th January

7.45-9.15pm

LGBT Foundation

TransMCR: Our Beginnings Saturday 11th January 12-5pm LGBT Foundation

WoC Shine: Empowered Project****

Thursday 16th January

6-8pm

LGBT Foundation

OUT for Coffee!*

Friday 17th January

10.30am-12pm

Foundation Coffee House, Whitworth Street

WoC Shine: Coffee and Crafting****

Tuesday 21st January

10am-12pm

Chapter One Coffee Shop

Bloomers: Board Game Afternoon*

Tuesday 21st January

1-3pm

LGBT Foundation

Older and Bolder: From Polari to Pop Culture***

Thursday 23rd January

7.45-9.15pm

LGBT Foundation

**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-bianry 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.

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.