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We are Manchester Pride
One of the leading LGBTQ+ charities in the UK. Our work aims to fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Our grant giving supports, empowers and enriches LGBTQ+ community groups, and enables us to host annual events that give a platform to LGBTQ+ people of all ages.
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OUR WORK
We are committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond. We are part of a global pride movement that celebrates advancements in equality and challenges discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ people.
50+ years of growth
Manchester has played a huge part in the UK’s queer liberation movement.
200,000 people
attended the Gay Village Party over the past 5 years.
We’ve raised over £1.5M
for LGBTQ+ good causes across Greater Manchester since 2003.
Manchester Pride Community Fund
The Manchester Pride Community Fund raises essential funds to help LGBTQ+ communities. Every penny donated goes directly to supporting LGBTQ+ causes and projects in Greater Manchester.

This means none of the money you donate goes to the day-to-day operations of the Manchester Pride Charity.



You can help us in our fight towards LGBTQ+ equality - we welcome any donation, no matter how small.
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Community Grants
The Manchester Pride Community Fund and the Superbia Queer Arts Fund are open year round to award grants to initiatives that benefit LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester.

Click below to read more about the key issues we'll be supporting and to apply for a grant.
Annual review
Each year we conduct an annual review of our activities as a charity and publish our accounts online.
annual review
25+
Members and accredited businesses
All Equals Charter
Over a third of LGBTQ+ employees have hidden or disguised their LGBTQ+ status at work for fear of being discriminated against. All Equals Charter helps businesses and organisations to establish LGBTQ+ inclusivity in their workplace.

Supported by Manchester Pride’s Inclusivity Development Manager, Charter members have access to expert knowledge to develop and adapt everything from policies and procedures, to training and education offered to their workforce.

Accreditation allows businesses and organisations to indicate to employees, clients and suppliers that they meet a set of values and principles of intersectional inclusion.
Support us
Without the invaluable support of our incredible volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do for LGBTQ+ communities.



Volunteering is a rewarding experience and a great way to make new friends within the community. We’ve plenty of amazing perks for you in return, too.
Pride In Our Future
Your voices were heard. Following our in-depth community consultation, we’re actively striving towards building you a better Manchester Pride. Learn more about the changes we’re implementing.
Meet the team
Everyone at Manchester Pride is passionate about celebrating and improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond.
Heart Inclusive
He/Him
Mark Fletcher
Chief Executive Officer

Queer Manc man of colour. When I'm not glued to my desk writing strategies and reading proposals, I like to meet people who share my passion for pushing forward with positive social change. These days I’m more of a family man than a party boy. I choose kindness.
Ally
She/Her
Farhana Hemani
Head of Engagement 

In between engaging with communities, corporates and organisations to work towards creating a more equal world, I'm a brand new mum to baby Idris, I'm a tea enthusiast and will seek out a bookshop in every new place I go. I also make a pretty serious Dahl.
Bisexual
She/Her
Lizzy Holroyd
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager

I'm pretty good at spinning lots of plates, which is maybe why my specialist skill is creating tasty dishes from a fridge forage the day before a big shop. I’m happiest in my bubble, with my partner and our pet pug, Oscar. I love being outdoors and getting active; running, rock climbing and swimming in the sea.
Bisexual
She/they
Isobel Stainsbury
Senior Engagement Manager

Yet to meet a hat that doesn't suit me, which is a good job because I wear many of them. When I’m not connecting with LGBTQ+ communities across Manchester; I’m a jazz singer, worm farmer, plant parent, coffee addict, clothing designer.
Heart Inclusive
He/They
Christopher Owen
Inclusivity Development Manager

When not implementing a wide variety of queer liberation initiatives across Greater Manchester, I enjoy gentle walks along the canal with my boyfriend, and reading and writing children's fantasy and science fiction stories.
Heart Inclusive
He/Him
Naz Ali
Marketing Executive

I enjoy marketing at Manchester Pride because I’m always looking for a challenge and to try something new (it’s a Leo thing!). When I’ve not got my head deep in a design brief or communication strategy you’ll probably find me with my besties and my boyfriend thrifting, on the dance floor or in the Northern Quarter with an iced coffee in hand.
Ally
She/her
Abbie Venables
Festival Project Manager 

I've got a huge passion for travel and my background is in International Events Management, but all that travel was getting in the way of me pursuing my theatre dreams, so I'm now happily settled in Manchester and proudly taking part in musicals with South Manchester AOS. I’m also a keen reader, Golden Retriever lover and pasta enthusiast!
Bisexual
She/Her
Amanda Emmerson
Sponsorships & Partnerships Manager

I roll into the office on my skateboard and spend my days working with vibrant brands and organisations who want to support the modern Pride movement. I also love to snowboard and surf (predictable, being from Los Angeles). I collect records that I love to look at and rarely play.
Bisexual
She/Her
Phoebe Woodall
Digital Content Producer

Neurodivergent Manchester creative and vegan junk food enthusiast. When I’m not creating content for Manchester Pride, I love printmaking, dancing and making music. I can often be found with my head buried in Mythology books, and buying pretty new books before I’ve read the ones I own.
Eye
He/Him
Tom Youngman
Assistant to the CEO

I'm a Welshman now channelling his inner Mancunian. Day-to-day I take care of our CEO and work closely with the whole team to keep the ship moving - usually with a baseball cap on my head and a diet coke in hand. Outside of work you can find me under a disco ball, the NewYork NewYork disco ball to be exact.
Trans
They/Them
Jaz Warzynska
Community Engagement Officer

Outside of working with a variety of queer communities in and out of Manchester I’m a keen potter, artist and birdwatcher. I can’t think of anything better than going to a Sunday market full of independent artists with my dog Mango on a sunny day.
Heart Inclusive
He/Him
Freddie Borgman
Operations Coordinator

When I'm not streamlining administrative processes and engaging with stakeholders, I’m building on my (already extensive) wealth of useless historical knowledge. At the weekend, you can typically find me in Manchester’s humble charity shops, seeking out something special to wear to the Gay Village that evening.
Meet the trustees

Manchester Pride trustees share ultimate responsibility in the governance and direction of the charity.

Heart Inclusive
He/Him
David McGovern
Chair

I am currently an Executive Director in the NHS following a number of years working in senior positions across sectors. I have been involved in my Local Community and various charities for most of my life and was previously the Chair of the LGBT Foundation for 10 years up to 2016. I live with my husband Darren and love going to the theatre and have a love of shlocky and camp old horror movies. I am a very proud Salfordian and will remind everyone of that every time I meet them.

Heart Inclusive
He/Him
Mick Lawlor
Vice Chair

In my day job, I'm a lawyer and work around the world. I'm also an aspiring writer, love to travel and I'm a proud dog dad. I decided to join the Board after attending several Prides and hope to help the Charity increase its impact.
Pansexual
She/Her
Victoria Empson
Trustee

I am a barrister based in Manchester, often found very out of breath going up a hill in the Peak District. Having loved attending Manchester Pride Festival for many years prior, I joined the Board in March 2020 to get more involved and support both the year-round charity and the Festival into the future. 

Bisexual
She/Her
Jenny Harrison
Trustee

By day I am a Finance Director for a telecoms business based in Salford. I live in South Manchester with my fiancée and our Border Terrier, Betty. I love travel, adventures, and I am proud to represent queer women in leadership on the Board of Trustees for Manchester Pride.
Rainbow Eye
He/Him
Rajesh Joshi
Trustee

I help connect people, build relationships and advocate for change, leveraging the power of digital technologies. I am passionate about equity and inclusivity. Since adopting Manchester as my home in 2008, I've been part of the Manchester Pride celebration and joined the Trustee Board in 2016. I’m also a cat person.

Equality
She/Her
Temi Adebayo
Trustee
Bisexual
He/Him
Max Emmerson
Trustee

I’m a Creative Producer based in Manchester. I specialise in the development of new writing, LGBTQ+ work, Arts Council England funding, artist development and experience in producing musicals, plays & dance for UK touring, Edinburgh Fringe and international touring. I have been on the Board since 2017.