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Manchester Pride Conference 2021

Manchester Pride Conference 2021


The third annual Manchester Pride Conference returns on Tuesday April 20th 2021 with a full day of digital content that promises to engage and educate delegates on a range of topics that will inspire change. We're delighted to announce that this year's theme is Beyond the Rainbow: Driving Inclusivity and Equality all Year Round. The day will end with an interview with our special guest, fashion designer and Queer Eye star, Tan France. Delegates can also pick up a Limited Edition Manchester Pride Conference ‘Swag Bag’ featuring branded tote bags, notebooks, pens and post-its for £15.00 (incl. postage) with proceeds going to support our charity work.

The Conference features some of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ voices. Hosting this year is BBC Weatherman, Owain Wyn Evans. Theatre-maker, writer, performer, producer and HIV activist, most recently notable for his role in It’s A Sin, Nathaniel J Hall and Drag Race UK breakout star, Ginny Lemon will deliver Spotlight Presentations on their chosen key topics.

Also joining the panel discussions are Mancunian Drag legend Dr Cheddar Gorgeous, 2021 Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine, writer, speaker and LGBTQIA+ advocate Ben Pechey, Chloe Cousins from Rainbow Noir and Amy Redmond, founder of Sink the Pink and Mighty Hoopla.

Workshops during the event will focus on Labels and Language and How To Set Up Your Own LGBTQ+ Network with Amy Stanning.

In depth conversation sessions will include the topic of Living With A Disability from makeup artist, writer, model and public speaker, Umber Ghauri
 and C4 Muslim Drag Queen and British LGBT Awards Top 10 Influencer, Asifa Lahore.

Autotrader’s, Head of People and Culture, Christos Tsaprounis, 
EDI Manager, GMCA Fire and Rescue, Jax Effiong and Manchester Pride’s Senior Engagement Manager Farhana Hemani
 for a panel discussion on Creating Inclusive Culture.

The Power of Being an Ally panel will be hosted transgender performer, activist and theatre maker Kate O'Donnell with speakers Sadie Sinner, curator of The Cocoa Butter Club and captain of Cue Tease Burlesque, and Jill Nalder. Jill has been an actress for many years and childhood friend of writer Russell T Davies. His recent success It's A Sin features a character Jill Baxter who is based on Jill herself. 

This year’s Conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to expand their knowledge on a range of issues affecting LGBTQ+ communities, while providing practical tools and resources to drive change within organisations and as individuals, all year round. The day will be broken down to invite virtual delegates to be part of many important conversations, panels, workshops, speeches and discussions aiming to educate and inspire change.

At a glance...

LGBTQ+ and Mental Health

Being Your Authentic Self 

Labels and Language

Living with Disability

Setting up an LGBTQ+ Network

Creating Inclusive Culture

The timetable for the day is as follows: 

Manchester Pride is one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities. 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.

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