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A Voice for All


The theme for 2020 is 'A Voice For All', giving a platform and drawing focus to those whose voices often go unheard. This free event will see Manchester Pride shine a spotlight on a number of important topics and issues that do not receive the coverage and attention they deserve, both within and outside of LGBTQ+ & non-LGBTQ+ communities and spaces, in mainstream media and beyond. The day will be broken down to invite delegates to be part of many important conversations, panels, workshops, speeches and discussions aiming to educate and inspire change.


Gina Battye
Gina Battye is a world-renowned LGBT+ Inclusion, Psychological Safety and Intersectionality Consultant and Trainer for Multinational Corporations, Fortune 500s, TV, Film and the Global Press. She has been featured in: Sky News, BBC Radio, Forbes, Psychologies, Cosmopolitan, to name a few well known publications.


Travis Alabanza
Travis Alabanza is a writer, theatre maker and performer who for the last four years has been creating performance, writing to archive the existence and experiences of gender non conforming people of colour.  Noted as one of the most prominent emerging queer voices, Alabanza visibility an artistic practice has placed them as one of the more public trans political voices in the UK, being awarded the Gay times Future Fighter Award, and listed in the Evening Standard as one of the most influential under 25 year olds in the UK. Their recent show Burgerz, which documents the experience of transphobic harrassment, is currently touring across the country to critical acclaim. 


Susie Green

Following becoming involved with the charity over 20 years ago, since starting as CEO of Mermaids in January 2016, Susie has expanded our capacity and funding, and working with the trustee board, has succesfully grown and developed our services, and aims to continue this success into the future. Her passion is to ensure that families and young people can access the support they need to empower them to achieve the best outcomes possible in often difficult times, and to continue to campaign for better provision of services, and respectful media representation of trans children and young people, and their families.

Sharan Dhaliwal
Sharan founded, developed and now runs the UK’s leading South Asian lifestyle magazine Burnt Roti. It is a platform for young creatives to showcase their talent, find safe spaces and destigmatise topics around mental health and sexuality, amongst others. Her particular interests focus on discussing the representations of young womxn, South Asian womxn and queer womxn. She is the Director of Middlesex Pride and creator of Oh Queer Cupid, a queer speed dating and comedy night. She has had bylines in i-D, HuffPost, the Guardian and was on the list of global influential women for the BBC 100 Women 2019.

Cheddar Gorgeous
The ‘drag daddy’ of the Family Gorgeous, Cheddar is one of the stars of Channel 4’s hit show Drag SOS. Out of drag, Cheddar is known as Michael Atkins. Dr. Atkins has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Manchester. His research explores sex work, public sex, fluid identities, and gay villages.

Rev'd Steve Hilton
The Rev'd Steven Hilton is Cathedral Curate at Manchester Cathedral. He's Civil Partnered and joint owner of a rascal pug. He says 'We are all complex, multi-faceted beings and no one should feel like they have to leave their faith behind just because they are LGBT+. We have come a long way in the Church and we have a long way to go until full inclusion and respectful diversity is achieved.'

Carl Austin-Behan OBE DL
In 2015, after marrying his long-term partner Simon, Carl became the first openly gay Lord Mayor of Manchester.
In 2018 Carl broke new ground yet again, not only was he given an honouree Doctorate from the University of Bolton for services to the community, he was made LGBT Advisor to the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, where to this day he spends a lot of time and energy visiting schools, youth groups, workplaces (both public and private sector) to promote diversity, equality, inclusion and respect. In December 2019 Carl was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of The County of Greater Manchester. 


Problems of Pinkwashing
Host: Claire Turner
Panellists: Amy Stanning, Tony Openshaw, Katy Jalili and Dwayne Clarke

BAME and LGBTQ+ Issues
Host: Mark Fletcher
Panellists: Darren Pritchard, Sharan Dhaliwal, Ben Hunte, Chloe Cousins

LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness
Host: Greg Thorpe
Panellists: Lou Engfield, Luke Geoffrey, Danny McKeown-Henshall

Stop Bi-Erasure
Host: Lev Alexander
Panellists: Jackie Hagan, Pierrette Squires, Jonathan Andrews, Vaneet Mehta, Max Emmerson

Gender Inclusivity 
Host: Adyn Quinn-Davies
Panellists: Jennifer Fraser, Jamie Windust, Kate O'Donnell, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Sabah Choudrey

All Equals Charter
Host: Farhana Hemani
Panellists will include representatives from: Auto Trader UK, Manchester Metropolitan University, GMCA Fire and Rescue Service, Tameside Council and Tameside & Glossop CCG

There will also be a session for delegates to learn more about the progress of the All Equals Charter hearing from some of the businesses that have already signed up and have taken part in the beta testing to ensure a robust and usable process.

We have limited capacity and we would like as many organisations as possible to attend and share the experience. Therefore, please limit to two people attending from your organisation.

With thanks to our sponsors