LGBT School? Setting the record ‘straight’

Thank you to all those who have engaged with a lively debate over the past few days.

If you would like to know more about the picture for young LGBT people in the North today, click on the research tab above or watch some films from our young people via the YouTube button.

If you would like some free resources for your school please visit our resource page or see the online schools resources from School Out UK.

You may have read some things in the papers or online this week about LGBT Youth North West’s plans for an LGBT school.

Let’s separate the facts from the fiction here:


1. We have received £63,000 Feasibility funding to take on a lease from Manchester City Council to run the LGBT Centre in Manchester on behalf of the LGBT community.

2. This funding includes training, a building refurb consultation, website support and funding for us to ask the LGBT Community what they want from the building.

3. If young LGBT people tell us they want an LGBT Inclusive school we will explore this.


1. No public money or grant income has been spent on a trip to New York.

2. No school plans have been developed currently. We are at very early consultation stages.

3. If we explore setting up an alternative education provision, this provision will be open to all pupils, and we would expect many pupils to not be LGBT.

It will also be in addition to what we currently do now, which is train over 10,000 pupils and teachers in mainstream schools each year, so we can make all mainstream schools safer for all pupils.

We work with some super schools that are really helping remove homophobia, biphobia and transphobia from education and we are proud of all their hard work.

For our press release please go here

For more information please email info [at]

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Secret Diaries’ Spring Tour 2015 with LGBT Youth North West

person holding hand up to camera in shockInspired by a true story, SECRET DIARIES spans six key years in a young person’s life where the world is a place you often struggle to find a sense of belonging in. We see Hayley confronted with volatile friendships, sexuality, homophobia, loss of a parent and rejection. We follow her journey into today where as an adult, she is challenged by views on same sex marriage and adoption. The 2015 tour includes free teacher training that LGBT youth North West is delivering. So book now!

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Thurs 26th February: 2pm* & 7.45pm
Fri 27th February: 11am*

The Met, Bury
Wed 4th March: 11am*

Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate
Fri 6th March: 2pm* & 7.45pm

the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath
Thurs 12th March: 7pm*
Fri 13th March: 1pm* & 7pm*

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Wed 18th March: 7.45pm

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Fri 20th March: 1pm* & 7.30pm

Harrow Arts Centre, North London
Wed 25th March: 7.30pm

Cast, Doncaster
Thurs 26th March: 7.45pm

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Thurs 2nd April: 1pm* & 8pm

*Indicates a Youth Performance with Workshop

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Research Opportunity for Lesbian and Bisexual Young Women – Taster Session 03/01/15

Leaflet detailing peer research opportunity - email Sam at to find out more

Attend the taster session on 03/01/15 or email Sam to find out more:

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Wishing you a safe and good Christmas

We know that Christmas can be hard for young LGBT people, so some of our lovely peer supporters have put this helpful little guide together…

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Young Men’s Activity Day – Review by Alex B

three young men in harnesses getting ready to climb tress The Young Men’s Activity Day is amazing day that I was glad to take part in this year. The day at Delamere forest was incredibly fun as well as teaching lots of practical skills such as cycling, tree climbing and foraging for firewood. This was complimented well by workshops orientated around stepping out of your comfort zone, creative writing and mental health. Most importantly, it helped me to get to know other GBT men from LGYM in a totally different environment yet still in a safe place surrounded by supportive and understanding people. The staff’s familiar, friendly faces are always on hand to help out and provide support just as they usually are. To summarise, I would advise any young men to go on this day as you are guaranteed to get something out of the event; whether it’s to socialise with other GBT males, push yourself to your own limits or try something new, you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable day.

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Join us for our festive feast!

It’s not every day you get a gorgeous festive meal and a brilliant day out for a tenner, but what can we say, we are just good like that! Click here to book.

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#ownyourselfie event 22nd November

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Free listening skills course for young people

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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.
DATE: 1 and 2 November 2014

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

COST: Free

Sapphormation is a project of The Empowerment People

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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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