Love is an open door…

Or so they say!

In the early hours of this morning (9/04/15) someone broke into the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre. No one was hurt and while we are fairly sure nothing valuable was taken, both our outside and inner doors to the Centre were kicked in. We have reported it to the police as a Hate Crime.

Later this morning we set up a localgiving page to raise £1000, enough for three new doors and new sets of keys for user groups. As a result of all your help, support, donating and tweeting we have reached our target in just 3 hours! We are now above and beyond our target and all the funds we have raised today will go straight back into the centre to help us continue our vital work and also help us to cover some of the additional staffing cost.

From everyone at LGBT Youth North West we would like to extend our thanks for your continued love and support during this incident

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Save the Date! Pink Box Competition 2015

Click on the poster to access the links within:

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Stockport making waves for equality!

Check out our new film from the young LGBT people of Stockport! Stockport Wednesdays LGBT group

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You are invited to our book launch this Saturday!

Invite flier for details email or call 07813981338

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Outings – the world’s first show based on true-life coming-out stories!

The Lowry, Tuesday 24 Feb, 8pm

With special guest stars former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh & Banana and Cucumber’s Andrew Hayden-Smith!

Following its Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 premiere, the world’s first show based on coming-out stories tours the UK this spring ahead of international dates.

Andrew Hayden-Smith, current star of Russell T. Davies’ Channel 4 and E4 series Banana and Cucumber,joins previously announced Julie Hesmondhalgh for Salford show on 24 February at The Lowry.

Few comings-out attract millions of YouTube views like Tom Daley’s did. But for whoever’s saying ‘I’m gay’, it’s a life-changing moment. This new show, which premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe explores true-life stories with a cast of star actors and comedians. Inspired by recent high-profile ‘comings out’, from Tom Daley and Ellen Page to Ricky Martin and NBA star Jason Collins, the show is based on stories from gay men and women from around the world, exploring how they came out and what effect it has had on their lives.

Seabright Productions Ltd are proud to be supporting LGBT Youth North West as a local community partner when the show comes to The Lowry on Tuesday 24 February.

Outings will be in Salford for one night only so please join us for this “life-affirming” show. For exclusive £15.00 tickets, please visit and use discount code LGBT15!

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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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