We're building a better Manchester Pride through community collaboration and co-design
In February 2022 we announced details on the Charity’s future direction and Manchester Pride Festival following community consultation.
Manchester Pride should be something everyone feels proud of and can see a little bit of themselves reflected back in. Paul Wheeler, Chair of the Manchester Pride Trustees
The changes we're implementing follows a six-month review and consultation with the region’s LGBTQ+ communities after some indicated the focus of our grant-giving no longer reflected some of the key causes that mattered most to them.
The findings from the consultation addressed key areas surrounding its role in grant making for local groups and causes, as well as the format and delivery of the annual Manchester Pride celebration in August.
The stand-out themes which will be taken forward include:
- Manchester Pride will create more opportunities to consult with communities in order to co-design future Pride events
- Connecting Manchester Pride Charity’s grant-giving work with input from communities
- Ensuring all Manchester Pride events are accessible to all members of our communities we will:
- Clarify and publish the commitment to low income tickets by the end of March.
- Introduce quiet spaces at Pride events from this year.
- Work towards an aspirational level of accessibility accreditation and offer to partner with LGBTQ+ business in the Gay Village to help them be part of this
- Manchester Pride’s August celebrations will continue, the Charity will refocus its efforts back onto its activist roots
- As a result, Pride celebrations will be focused around the Gay Village Party and MCR Pride Live will not go ahead in 2022 – it was identified as less important by the communities in furthering their aims
- The Parade, The Candlelit Vigil, the Gay Village Party, Superbia Weekend, Youth Pride MCR, Family Pride MCR and Human Rights Forum will proceed – identified by the community as vital elements of Manchester Pride
- A fixed amount or percentage of each ticket purchased to Pride events, directly to the community fund.
- The Board of Trustees will be more visible and connected with communities, and commit to ensuring greater transparency on the charities actions.
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