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Human Rights Forum

Human Rights Forum


Following its launch in 2020 featuring internationally-renowned activists Munroe Bergdorf, Juno Dawson, Ben Hunte and Reeta Loi, we were thrilled to be bringing this vital event back for Manchester Pride Festival 2021!

The Human Rights Forum brought together prominent activists and thought-leaders to discuss the challenges that continue to face LGBTQ+ communities today, and what we as individuals can do to bring about political or social change. 

Greater Manchester has a legacy history of promoting equality and diversity across all equalities groups and was at the forefront of promoting the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the UK. The Human Rights Forum is part of our mission to amplify LGBTQ+ issues and campaigning for equality. We are committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond. 

Human Rights Forum 2021

2021's Human Rights Forum featured two separate panels:

▼ The Intersectional and International Power of Pride

Exploring the international landscape of LGBTQ+ equality and why Pride is still so important and relevant in fighting for freedom, not just in the UK but around the world.

▼ Queerness as Resistance

How LGBTQ+ identities and experiences have been steeped in resistance against the ‘norms’ set by society and how we can continue to break down barriers and boundaries to create a more equitable world. What is normal, and what does authenticity really mean?

Humanity Pledge

Before attending our Human Rights Forum events, we ask everyone to take our Humanity Pledge;

I believe that every individual is entitled to dignity, value and respect, without prejudice towards gender, sex, sexuality, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, creed, language, age, class, wealth, pregnancy, marital status or any other marginalised and protected characteristic, including intersectional identities.

I will treat all people with dignity, empathy and respect and uphold their rights even when I disagree with their opinions.

I will, through both my words and actions, show respect and empathy for others at all times during the Manchester Pride Human Rights Forum 2021.

I will endeavour to not make assumptions about the identities, beliefs or experiences of any other participants at the Manchester Pride Human Rights Forum 2021.

In the persuit of queer liberation, I have come to the Manchester Pride Human Rights Forum 2021 to learn more about LGBTQ+ issues and support those affected by them. I have not come to share derogatory, hateful or oppressive opinions or views.

I understand that if I, at any point, fail to comply with these pledges, I will be asked to leave the Manchester Pride Human Rights Forum.

2021's Panellists & Hosts


Reeta Loi: Host 
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Kay Ulanday Barrett
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Jason Jones
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Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah
Pronouns: She/her

Sen Raj
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Ben Pechey: Host
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Monica Pearl
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Marc Thompson
Pronouns: He/him

With thanks to our sponsors
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Coca Cola 2021
  • Gaydio
  • Hits Radio
  • CoOP
  • Pure Gym
  • Essential
  • Morning Glory
  • The Co-operative Bank
  • McColls