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30 years Queer

30 years Queer

Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre is about to embark on an exciting, yearlong, programme of events and activities to celebrate its 30th anniversary year in 2018, called 30 Years Queer.

Managed by The Proud Trust, the LGBT+ Centre - just off Oxford Road - is the UK’s only purpose-built LGBT+ centre still standing and operating with its original purpose. The yearlong series of events and activities will highlight the importance of the work undertaken both today and over the last three decades, and also celebrate and recognise the achievements of LGBT+ people in the city of Manchester.

The Centre is also hoping to raise £30,000 over the year of celebrations to ensure that it has a secure and sustainable future, in order to continue supporting young people across Manchester for years to come.

Dr Ali Hanbury, Centre Manager, said:

“We are so excited to have reached this milestone and are currently enlisting the support of the wider community, volunteers, and celebrity friends to make the coming 12 months something really special.

“30 years serving the LGBT+ community is something that we are exceptionally proud of, but we are well aware that even though we’ve just celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality here in the UK, there is still such a huge demand for support from young people for the services that we provide - we continue to run the LGBT+ Centre so that every young person can be proud of their identity, without fear or shame.”

The launch event for 30 Years Queer will take place at the Centre on 30th November 2017, and it has already gained the support of a number of LGBT+ high-fliers and personalities such as former Lord Mayor Carl Austin-Behan, and TV star Alicya Eyo.

Individuals, organisations or businesses who would like to find out more about the work that The Proud Trust undertakes are warmly invited to come along to the 30 Years Queer launch night - tickets are free and available through the Eventbrite website (bit.ly/30YearsQueer), or by emailing events@theproudtrust.org.

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Published: 20-Oct-2017

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