Sapphormation: A two-day festival in Manchester for women who love women

Sapphormation Festival is back this November (1st and 2nd) with two days of free workshops, films, discussions and art for all and any women who love women.

This year’s theme is ‘breaking the mould’ and there are more than 30 activities taking place over Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November. Examples of what will be on offer include: workshops on why lesbian, bisexual and trans* women of colour invisible in the LGBT community and wider society; an opportunity to learn stone-masonry skills; a workshop on sexual pleasure, and a panel discussion on why women who love women are often portrayed as ‘mad, bad or dangerous’ in the media.
The majority of the Sapphormation Festival takes place at the The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre in the heart of Manchester, and its Sidney Street Cafe will be serving vegan food and winter warmer mocktails all weekend. On Saturday evening the focus moves to Bangkok Bar for Rapture Club Night, and then on Sunday, Sapphormation switches to sports, for a fun afternoon of taster sessions for fencing, softball, basketball and tchoukball.
“The purpose of Sapphormation is to create a fun, inspiring and welcoming place for lesbian and bisexual women,” says Myrtle Finley from The Empowerment People, who are organising Sapphormation.
“The gay scene is still male-dominated, ‘body beautiful’, anti-intellectual and commercially driven. We wanted to create a space for women to connect with their community, share ideas, learn from one another and make new friends. This weekend will be a welcoming and eclectic space to try out new things and explore key issues and ideas relevant to women today.”
Sapphormation takes place on November 1st and 2nd 2014. It is free, and open to all women who love women (including trans women who identify as women who love women). All ages are welcome, and children are welcome to the entertainment events in the day provided they are supervised by a responsible adult.
Sapphormation
DATE: 1 and 2 November 2014

LOCATION: The Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB

COST: Free

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.sapphormation.com
Sapphormation is a project of The Empowerment People http://empowermentpeople.org.uk

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Proud to announce… The LGBT Histories Conference 2015

In February there is the First LGBT Histories Festival …and it is going to be hosted in Manchester. We will be supporting it in a number of ways, and there is something for everyone (LGBT, cis, straight, parents, families, young people, academics, general public). For more information about it check out the History Festival Poster

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Laugh Out Loud

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Wythenshawe success!

Thanks to everyone who came to the showcase last night. We are proud to announce that Wythenshawe Community Housing Group has secured funding for the Wythenshawe ‘WynotLGBTQ’ youth group for another 3 years! Here is Claire Lloyd-Davies from the Housing Group cutting the cake with D, a member of the group:

cutting of the celebration cake

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Wythenshawe showcase tomorrow night- and you are invited!

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Oldham youth group starts up again!

Thank you to First Choice Homes, Voluntary Action Oldham’s Coop Fund and ROCA for helping fund the partnership new LGBT youth group we are supporting in Oldham. We have just set up a new mixed group with local Shaw resident Claire Harrop, who said, ‘This is something I really care about. The group is much needed and will give young LGBT people somewhere local to go to in Oldham’. For more details about the group see the flier below or email claire.harrop@lgbtynw.org.uk

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New term.. new youth group?

Have you just gone back to school or college, or thinking about the next chapter in your life (maybe a job or university or you are just not sure?)

Maybe you are thinking about coming out to your friends or to family and not sure how its all going to be?

Or maybe you are out, but don’t have any friends who are LGBT who ‘get you’.

If you are young person living in Manchester, Greater Manchester or anywhere in the North West, then you can join your local LGBT youth group for FREE. There you can meet friends, have a good time, learn new things, and get support with any of life’s challenegs. We have a full list of groups here so you can find your local one. It might feel scary, but don’t worry, we have all been where you are now, and finding your local LGBT youth group can be the best thing ever!

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Feeling Proud!

Well done to all the young people who participated this year in our Manchester Pride festivities. Check out the Pride Album on our flickr stream to see all the fun that we had!

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Manchester Pride a-cometh

Come and join us for Manchester Pride this weekend! We will be in the parade this Saturday and afterwards will have roving youth workers throughout the gated Pride area, providing information and resources. If you want something a little different, then come down to the LGBT Centre, where from 3-7pm we will have the lovely Sidney St Cafe open provided a family-friendly alcohol-free Pride space, happy days!

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Alternative Space for Pride Weekend…

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