Today marks International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia. This year’s theme is ‘Breaking the Silence’. We recognise so many of you are living in silence, perhaps now more than ever as we live through lockdown and isolation.
Our Vision is a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice, and Our Mission is to work with LGBTQ+ people helping them to live free from discrimination and to feel safe in their own environment. We want educate people on how to recognise, understand and prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
A quarter of homeless people in the UK identify as LGBTQ+. 77% of these say coming out to their parents was the reason for them being made homeless. Almost half of trans people have attempted suicide at least once. Bisexual people experience alarming rates of invisibility societal rejection, and violence. Intersex people are often subject to prejudice and discrimination because their bodies may not conform to society’s expectations of sex and gender. Today and every day we want you to know that you matter. Your voice is important and we are here to listen. We are working hard to improve life for LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond, but we need your help.
We believe everybody has a contribution to make regardless of any differences and in respect of their identity. Everybody should be supported to live the way they want. We believe that great things can be achieved through working with individuals, organisations and communities. We understand many of you were affected by the news this week that Manchester Pride Festival has been postponed until 2021. We want all of you to know that our community outreach and our celebration of LGBTQ+ communities in Greater Manchester will continue.
We are working hard to ensure your voices are not just heard, but listened to. Our team wants to ensure we’re doing everything we can to achieve our vision and support the LGBTQ+ community for the rest of this year with campaigns, events and opportunities. Our wonderful communities will be at the heart of everything we do, and we want you to know that your voices are so important to us.
If you are feeling alone today or want to learn more about LGBTQ+ issues, the Manchester Pride 2020 Conference
is available to view online. The theme, A Voice For All, gave a platform to subjects and voices that often go unheard. If you feel you are silenced and like you don’t get to have a say in our community, we want you to know your voice matters.
If you feel you are silenced and like you don’t get to have a say in our community, we want you to know your voice matters and that we are listening. Our Online Consultation
is a short survey that will help us better represent, support and celebrate you.
If you have more to say, we are hosting a range of Listening Groups
for communities Greater Manchester that we feel may be marginalised in an effort to understand how we can better support. Your voice is vital to us & we are here to listen.
With your voices and support, we can continue to challenge homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia. None of these have a place in our society. Today we want you to know that you matter, you are important, and we care about what you have to say. Together we can break the silence.