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Manchester Pride Conference 2021

Manchester Pride Conference 2021


Manchester Pride sees the return of its annual conference which will be held virtually, for the second year running, due to existing covid restrictions. 

The free conference is the charity’s day long event for companies, professionals, community groups and individuals to hear about important LGBTQ+ topics from some of the UK’s most successful LGBTQ+ figures in culture, business and activism. 

2020’s Conference provided a platform for, and drew focus to, those whose voices often go unheard. The event saw the LGBTQ+ charity 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 theme for 2021 is ‘Beyond the Rainbow: Driving Inclusion and Equality All Year Round.’ 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 (inc postage) with proceeds going to the charity’s vital work. 

The Conference will stream virtually on Hopin, with those who would like to attend being able to sign up here -

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.

Leading the conference will be host, BBC Weatherman, Owain Wyn Evans with Spotlight Presentations from theatre-maker, writer, performer, producer and HIV activist, most recently notable for his role in It’s A Sin, Nathaniel J Hall and 2021 Drag Race UK star, Ginny Lemon. 

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 from GMCA Fire and Rescue Jax Effiong and Manchester Pride’s Senior Engagement Manager Farhana Hemani
 for a panel discussion on Creating Inclusive Culture.

Amy Redmond, Co-Founder of Sink the Pink and Margate Pride will join Rainbow Noir’s Chloe Cousins for a panel discussion entitled Being Your Authentic Self, hosted by writer, speaker, content creator, LGBTQIA advocate Ben Pechey. 

Other panel sessions will include discussions on and The Power of Being an Ally LGBTQ+ and Mental Health.

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

The day will end with a round up from CEO for Manchester Pride, Mark Fletcher
 and an interview with the special guest; fashion designer and Queer Eye star, Tan France. 

Mark Fletcher, CEO for Manchester Pride, said; “For a second year we will be bringing the conference to our communities in Manchester virtually. It’s important to continue with the conference whether it’s in person or virtually, as it is an opportunity for us to connect with the various communities of Manchester and talk to them about the issues facing LGTBQ+ people in Greater Manchester. 

“The theme for the Conference 2021 is Beyond the Rainbow: Driving inclusion and equality all year round.  2020 saw a huge number of conversations about equality and inclusion across society and as an organisation it's vital that we empower the LGBTQ+ communities all year round.  With that in mind we are committed to achieving this, even in light of the current unpredictable situation we are experiencing. 

“Our virtual conference promises to cover a range of important topics that impact LGBTQ+ people every day through an impressive line-up of highly respected speakers and panels to create an engaging and information event.”

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Published: 26-Mar-2021 Top Stories

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