Tom Daley 'still thinks twice' before discussing his sexuality 18 months after coming out as gay

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The Olympic diver said talking about having a boyfriend still feels ‘weird’

 

Tom Daley has admitted he still “thinks twice” before discussing his sexuality more than a year after he came out as gay.

The Olympic diver’s revelation in a YouTube video that he was dating a man in July 2013 sparked a media frenzy, with Daley suddenly propelled to the front pages of tabloids across the UK.

Subsequent news that his partner was Dustin Lance Black – the US script writer behind the Oscar-winning Harvey Milk biopicMilk – only served to intensify the furore surrounding his sexuality.

Daley said he still hesitates before talking about being gay eighteen months after coming out, telling Newsbeat it still feels “weird” .

“As the months have gone on I’ve felt more and more comfortable saying it and give me another year and I’ll probably feel at my most comfortable but it’s still weird,” he said.

Daley, who is now an ambassador for the LGBT helpline Switchboard, is preparing to compete in the Olympic Games in Rio next year. The 21 year-old said he has not experienced homophobia, despite many stories of discrimination emerging from various sports.

“I don’t think there should be any reason for there to be any discrimination or homophobia or anything like that in sport because sport is the one place where you’re judged on performance and nothing else,” he added.

“More and more, especially in diving, that’s the only sport I really have experience in, there’s no homophobia whatsoever.”

 

Channel 4 and Russian Olympics Video

 

Back in February Channel 4  released a music video called Gay Mountain in support of gay olympians heading to Russia, as well as turning their brand rainbow.
Gay Mountain - Channel 4

Gay Mountain – Channel 4

Channel 4 have been a long time supporter of equal rights and diversity so with all the current homophobia being presented in Russia currently  at the moment, and with its role as host to the Winter Olympics it seems an opportunity not to miss to send a message of love and support. The music video Gay Mountain was featured on Friday 7th February, but you can watch the full video now here

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The Campest Video You Will See In 2015

By The Gay UK, Jun 26 2015 04:33PM

Bravo bravo bravo, music collective Dildorado has managed to out gay the gayest with their PRIDE themed song: UNITED FRUIT.

(C) Dildorado

(C) Dildorado
With over 300lbs of bananas, United Fruit is the campest music video we’ve seen since Boy Is A Bottom – and that was pretty camp. I mean there’s even a god dam keychange.

Dildorado is a Swedish musical collective with Sailor boy, Captain, Horny & Misty in the crew.

Dildorado (C) YouTube

Dildorado (C) YouTube
Don’t pretend you’ve not done this before!
Their song, United Fruit is a tribute to Stonewall, speaking about the tribute the band said,
“Millions of LGBT-people know that modern Pride-festivals wouldn’t exist without the brave heroes of 1969. But many young people simply haven’t got a clue. Together with Stockholm Pride, we hope to fill the information gap with some ”serious fun”. United fruit has been selected the Community Song of the festival held later this summer and will be performed both live and on giant video screens.”

Supreme Court rules gay marriage law of the land

In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court extended gay marriage rights to couples in all 50 states.

Same sex marriage is now legal in every state in the United States after a historic Supreme Court ruling declared that the right to marriage equality is enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

In what marriage equality advocates have called the most important civil rights case in a generation, 5 out of 9 court justices ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. This means the remaining 14 states that did not recognize same-sex marriage, most of which are in the South and Midwest, will no longer be able to enforce bans on the marriages of gay couples.

The results of this historic case, known as Obergefell v. Hodges after an Ohio man who sued the state to get his name listed on his late husband’s death certificate, mark a long-sought victory for LGBT rights activists who have campaigned for decades in favor of marriage equality.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his closing opinion.

“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.”

Each of the four opposing justices issued separate dissenting opinions. “This court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us,” wrote Cheif Justice John Roberts.

“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision,” Roberts said, reading his opinion from the bench. “But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

The Obama administration supports same-sex marriage, and many high-profile politicians such asPresident Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took to their Twitter accounts to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision.

Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015

Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015

The ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side around 3 weeks to ask for the decision to be reconsidered.

According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, which tracks the demographics of gay and lesbian Americans, there are an estimated 390,000 married same-sex couples in the United States.  Another 70,000 couples living in states that do not currently permit them to get married are expected to hear to the alter over the the next three years, the institute says.  Roughly 1 million same-sex couples, married and unmarried, live together in the United States.

Northern Ireland gay marriage ban faces judicial review

 


Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Friday 26 June 2015 12.39 BST Last modified on Saturday 27 June 2015 00.01 BST

Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles

Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles became the first gay couple in the UK to enter a civil partnership at Belfast city hall in 2005. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

First couples in UK to enter civil partnerships delighted with result of legal battle, saying religious views should not affect public policy

The first two couples to become civil partners in the UK have won the right to have the same-sex marriage ban in Northern Ireland subjected to judicial review.

A Belfast high court judge ruled on Friday that Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles, and Charles and Henry Flanagan-Kane, should be granted the review, which is set for the autumn.

Both couples’ civil partnership ceremonies were held at Belfast city hall, just a short distance from the high court, 10 years ago.

The review is likely to be held in November, alongside several other legal challenges taken by gay couples in the region, and who are backed by the Rainbow Project, an LGBT rights organisation.

Neither couple was in court for Friday’s ruling but their barrister and senior counsel representing the Northern Ireland regional government were present to hear Mr Justice Treacy say that he had read the case papers and had already satisfied himself that the matter should proceed to judicial review. “The applicant has an arguable case,” he said.

Members of the Rainbow Project and Amnesty International were also in court. Others supporting the legal challenge included the former CEO of the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast Dawn Purvis and the actor Nuala McKeever.

Outside court, solicitor Mark O’Connor issued a statement on behalf of both couples: “We are delighted that we have been able to get over the first hurdle in relation to the judicial process and that the judge today has granted leave for us to bring this judicial review.

“We are thankful that the judge has made that decision today. We believe that religious policy and religious views shouldn’t be affecting public policy. Thankfully today the judge appears to have accepted that there is an arguable case to answer … and hopefully we will have success in the future in relation to this matter.”

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Prior to the hearing Grainne Close had said: “This is not a religious issue, it is a human rights issue. That is why we are going to court.”

Close said she and her US partner had been inspired by Ireland’s overwhelming vote in favour of gay marriage last month and the joyous scenes that greeted the result of the referendum at Dublin castle.

The Rainbow Project’s director, John O’Doherty, welcomed Treacy’s ruling. “We are pleased that this case is progressing and that it will likely be heard alongside our client’s case challenging the failure of the Northern Ireland government to recognise their lawful marriage.

“The current illogical patchwork of marriage laws created by the Westminster government is placing LGBT people in Northern Ireland at an inexcusable disadvantage and we hope that the courts will agree and find that there must be a harmonisation of marriage laws across the UK.”

A Sinn Féin motion on marriage equality was defeated in April, with 47 Northern Ireland assembly members voting in support, but 49 unionists against. Even if there had been a small majority in favour, the Democratic Unionist party would have exercised a special veto drawn up under devolution.

The petition of concern rule allows any party to veto legislation if it can argue the law would not have sufficient cross-community or Protestant/Catholic support.

Earlier this month, 20,000 trade unionists staged a rally in Belfast city centre to support gay marriage in Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK where LGBT couples cannot be married.

Amnesty International said the ban has turned Northern Ireland into a “discriminatory backwater for the gay and lesbian community”.

Being arrested: your rights

Being arrested: your rights

  1. When you’re arrested

  2. How long you can be held in custody

  3. Giving fingerprints, photographs and samples

  1. Legal advice at the police station

  2. Complaining about your treatment by the police

  3. When you’re arrested

If you’re arrested, you’ll usually be taken to a police station, held in custody in a cell and then questioned.

After you’ve been taken to a police station, you may be released or charged with a crime.

Your rights in custody

The custody officer at the police station must explain your rights. You have the right to:

  • get free legal advice
  • tell someone where you are
  • have medical help if you’re feeling ill
  • see the rules the police must follow (‘Codes of Practice’)
  • see a written notice telling you about your rights, eg regular breaks for food and to use the toilet (you can ask for a notice in your language) or an interpreter to explain the notice

1.   You’ll be searched and your possessions will be kept by the police custody officer while you’re in the cell.

Young people under 18 and vulnerable adults

The police must try to contact your parent, guardian or carer if you’re under 18 or a vulnerable adult.

They must also find an ‘appropriate adult’ to come to the station to help you and be present during questioning and searching. An appropriate adult can be:

  • your parent, guardian or carer
  • a social worker
  • another family member or friend aged 18 or over
  • a volunteer aged 18 or over

The National Appropriate Adult Network provides appropriate adult services in England and Wales.

Your rights when being questioned

The police may question you about the crime you’re suspected of – this will be recorded. You don’t have to answer the questions but there could be consequences if you don’t. The police must explain this to you by reading you the police caution:

“You do not have to say anything. But, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

  1. How long you can be held in custody

The police can hold you for up to 24 hours before they have to charge you with a crime or release you.

They can apply to hold you for up to 36 or 96 hours if you’re suspected of a serious crime, eg murder.

You can be held without charge for up to 14 days If you’re arrested under the Terrorism Act.

When you can be released on bail

The police can release you on police bail if there’s not enough evidence to charge you. You don’t have to pay to be released on police bail, but you’ll have to return to the station for further questioning when asked.

You can be released on conditional bail if the police charge you and think that you may:

  • commit another offence
  • fail to turn up at court
  • intimidate other witnesses
  • obstruct the course of justice

This means your freedom will be restricted in some way, eg they can impose a curfew on you if your offence was committed at night

  1. Giving fingerprints, photographs and samples

The police have the right to take photographs of you. They can also take fingerprints and a DNA sample (eg from a mouth swab or head hair root) from you as well as swab the skin surface of your hands and arms. They don’t need your permission to do this.

The police need both your permission and the authority of a senior police officer to take samples like blood or urine, or to take dental impressions.

This doesn’t apply when they take a blood or urine sample in connection with drink or drug driving.

Information from fingerprints and samples is stored in a police database.

You can find out if your information is stored on the police database bygetting a copy of your police records from your local police station.

You have to write to your local police (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or local police (Scotland) to have your personal information removed from the police database.

They’ll only do this if an offence no longer exists or if anything in the police process (eg how you were arrested or detained) was unlawful.

  1. Legal advice at the police station

Your right to free legal advice

You have the right to free legal advice (legal aid) if you’re questioned at a police station. You can change your mind later if you turn it down.

How you can get free legal advice

You must be told about your right to free legal advice after you’re arrested and before you’re questioned at a police station. You can:

  • ask for the police station’s ‘duty solicitor’ – they’re available 24 hours a day and independent of the police
  • tell the police you would like legal advice – the police will contact the Defence Solicitor Call Centre (DSCC)
  • ask the police to contact a solicitor, eg your own one

You may be offered legal advice over the phone instead of a duty solicitor if you’ve committed a less serious offence, eg being disorderly. The advice is free and independent of the police.

Being questioned without legal advice

Once you’ve asked for legal advice, the police can’t question you until you’ve got it – with some exceptions.

The police can make you wait for legal advice in serious cases, but only if a senior officer agrees.

The longest you can be made to wait before getting legal advice is 36 hours after arriving at the police station (or 48 hours for suspected terrorism).

You have the right to free legal advice if you are questioned by the police.

  1. Complaining about your treatment by the police

Contact the police force you want to complain about if you’re unhappy about how the police have treated you.

Police forces must refer certain types of complaints to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC.)

 

https://www.gov.uk/arrested-your-rights

 

 

Britain's Got Totally starkers: Winners strip naked for racy gay magazine shoot

BRITAIN’S Got Talent winners Collabro discuss their body hang-ups as they bare all for Attitude magazine.

WARNING ADULT IMAGES

The five singers shot to fame when they emerged triumphant on the ITV talent show in 2014 and were immediately signed by Simon Cowell’s Syco label.Since then, Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgrave have had two hit albums and are touring the world.

But stripping to their birthday suits for an outrageous shoot has got to be their boldest move yet.

The pop-opera superstars have stripped off and let it all hang out for the cameras.

“We’re five normal young lads. We all go to the gym but we’re not obsessed with having a beautiful body. We just try to stay healthy,” said Jamie.

Clearly none of the lads are ashamed of their bodies, but despite being chart-topping pop stars with thousand of adoring fans, some of the boys reveal that they have suffered from serious body image issues.

Collabro naked photo shoot LOVES HIMSELF: Collabro naked photo shoot [ATTITUDE]
Richard said: “When I was at school I was teased about being heavy and I have to admit it did upset me.“Then I realised I had a body built for rugby so did that.

“When my rugby career was over, I lost a lot of weight dropping from 18st to 15st.

“Then in Collabro I put the weight back on and when we did the Royal Variety performance people said, ‘Oh he’s gotten fatter since BGT’.

“I made a conscious effort to get healthy again.

“Not for vain reasons, if you’re on stage every night, you just don’t want to eat crap, otherwise you’ll end up getting run down.

“If you are confident in yourself, and you accept what you were born with, then that makes you sexy.”

Collabro naked photo shootFROM FAT TO FIT: Richard from Collabro opens up [ATTITUDE]
The raunchy shoot is for the first national British gay magazine Attitude, and openly gay band member Jamie reveals that he didn’t even feel confident enough in his own body to start dating when he started university.He said: “I have to admit I had body dysmorphia when I was at uni.

“I was big as a teenager and I would look in the mirror and not see what was looking back at me. I felt very alone and was very self-conscious and my self-esteem collapsed.

“All I would eat was lettuce and runner beans. I ate just enough to live off but it wasn’t healthy.

Collabro naked photo shootCOMFORTABLE: The boys are clearly at ease with eachother’s bodys [ATTITUDE]
“At one point I weighed 10st which — bearing in mind I’m over 6 foot — is tiny. I can’t pinpoint why it happened, but I was never happy with the way I looked and I suffered from anxiety.”It was only when I changed universities that things seemed to get better. My diet improved and my self-esteem got better.

“I joined lots of LGBT societies and began to meet more gay people and even felt comfortable enough in myself to start a relationship.”

The group’s debut album Stars hit the top spot and the follow-up, Act Two hit No.2.

Collabro have been shot for the Attitude Awards issue available to download now and in shops on Wednesday, June 24

Beckenham playwright Chris Woodley's Next Lesson tackles Thatcher's controversial Section 28 anti-gay law

News Shopperby Jim Palmer, leisure editor Last updated 13:04 Wednesday 24 June 2015

 


News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by Jim Palmer, leisure editor
A Beckenham dramatist has won rave reviews for his play about controversial legislation which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

Chris Woodley’s Next Lesson looks at the affects of Thatcher’s notorious Section 28, which came into force in 1988 and was not repealed until 2003.

It is a portrait of a south London secondary school and focuses on Michael, a gay student, from his first day in 1988 through to becoming a teacher at the school.

When it debuted at The Pleasance Theatre in April, Gay Times gave Next Lesson a five star review.
The topic was an important one for Chris to write about.

The 33-year-old said: “Section 28 has had a huge effect on many LGBT young people at that time who simply couldn’t talk about who they were and what they felt in school. It’s heart breaking.

“The repeal of Section 28 came incredibly late and I feel it left a really confused feeling in our education system about what could and could not be discussed in schools.

“Even today the way in which we deliver Sex and Relationship Education in this country needs to be addressed; without open and honest conversations about SRE we are at risk of failing LGBT young people.”

The play’s subject is one that Chris knows well: before he turned to theatre full time hewas a drama teacher for six years.

He said: “When I was teenager I was very badly bullied during the time this legislation was in power.

“So as an adult in my twenties it was quite a moment to return to Bromley as an out gay teacher and see what had and hadn’t changed in the education system.”

He added: “People often think that the central figure in the play Michael is based on me, when in fact the smaller stories around Michael’s journey are loosely based on personal events.

“Nearly every scene has a character or a plot line that is taken from my life as a student or teacher.

“Aspects of the story have to be changed to protect the innocent. The scene that’s most personal is the scene in particular where a Head of Drama is challenged by a parent about directing a play with gay characters in it.”

Chris grew up in Beckenham and attended Marian Vian Primary School then Langley Park School for Boys.

He said: “Langley wasn’t the best place for a gay teenager growing up in the nineties so I left Langley after my GCSEs and went to The BRIT School.

“The BRIT School was and still is the most outstanding school for anyone that wants to get into a creative industry.

“It brought me back to life after quite a tough time at school. On the opening night of the show my first drama teacher from Marian Vian attended and the Principal of BRIT School, it was lovely to have such incredible support.”

Perhaps it’s unsurprising given his strong links to the area, but Chris made sure Next Lesson was firmly rooted in the borough.

He said: “I really wanted the play to have a strong geographical identity so Next Lesson has lots of references to Bromley.

“There are references that include Beckenham War Memorial, The Churchill Theatre even News Shopper gets a mention.”

Hyphen Theatre Company present Next Lesson written by Chris Woodley on at The Pleasance Islington in October 2015. Go to hyphentheatre.com

Allah Made Me Muslim; Allah Made Me Queer

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Co-founder of ‘Coming Out Muslim’

 

 

PATRICK MULCAHY PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Co-authored by Terna and Andrew Stehlik

“I didn’t know there was such a thing as a queer Muslim.”

Even among the most progressive, well-educated and best-intentioned individuals, this is a comment which is heard far too often. People who have no trouble understanding that lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people have existed throughout history, in every nation, culture, religion and ethnicity, still have trouble accepting someone can be both queer and a faithful believer in Islam.

Admittedly, some confusion is understandable, as the Muslim record for tolerance is not commendable. On the contrary, Sharia, which is the most orthodox form of Islamic law, can be evoked to issue a death penalty for practicing homosexuals in Muslim countries such as Iran, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. And, in 2011, when the Human Rights Council of the United Nations passed its first-ever resolution recognizing LGBTQ rights, it gained full support from the Americas and Europe, but was almost unanimously voted against by countries with a Muslim majority.

Nonetheless, there are queer Muslims, and they are making themselves known in growing numbers. The annual celebration of Ramadan (which began on June 17) coincides with Gay Pride Month this year, providing a unique opportunity to consider the current state of LGBTQ Muslims, as well as their likely future.

Why is this? Because Ramadan, which according to Islamic tradition, honors the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, is not only commemorated through fasting from dawn to sunset, but is also a time known for great acts of kindness towards the neediest. Charity is very important to Islam year-round, but it is believed that good deeds performed during Ramadan are looked upon by Allah (God) with special favor.

While it takes discipline to keep one’s mouth shut and forgo all food and drink for many hours a day, it also requires bravery to open one’s mouth wide and speak up with compassion and charity for the rights of all human beings to be whole. This is what we’re attempting to do with “Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love,” a storytelling performance which has been shared on stages across the United States, and will appear at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York City on Wednesday, June 24.

The show’s title is deliberately ambiguous. It suggests both the self-revelation which occurs in publicly declaring one’s queer sexuality, as well as the challenges of being open about one’s faith in Islam in a post-9/11 America, where fears and suspicions linger that all Muslims are terrorists. As recently reported in The New Yorker magazine, statistics from the F.B.I. show that hate crimes against Muslims are five times as common as they were before 2001. Given this environment, it is exponentially more dangerous to proclaim, “Allah made me Muslim; Allah made me queer.”

In making such a courageous assertion, LGBTQ Muslims are becoming more visible at the intersection of faith and sexuality, joining conversations which have been underway for quite some time within Christianity and Judaism. What these three faiths have in common, of course, is not only an Abrahamic tradition, but a homophobia based in large part on a single scriptural story, that of Sodom and Gomorrah.

More modern Muslim scholars, along with freer-thinking Jewish and Christian theologians, advocate interpretations indicating that the true offense shown in the story of Lot is a threat of male rape, and a violent failure to show hospitality to strangers. New attention is being paid as well to verses in the Quran which non-judgmentally describe the existence of men who have no desire for women. And, some historians now point out that in earlier Islamic societies, same-sex relationships were celebrated in love poems written by Persian, Urdu and Sufi poets.

As for those contemporary Muslims who now choose to find a rationale for the death penalty against homosexuality in the hadith, or non-Quranic stories that are attributed to Prophet Muhammad, it must be remembered there is also a hadith where the Prophet says, if anything you have heard about me makes you turn away from me, it is not from me. Violence against sexual and gender minorities is not aligned with the Prophet’s example of love and tolerance in community.

Most Americans, many Muslims, and a lot of LGBTQ people do not know that Islam has room for all of us. And, there may be quite a few who, even after hearing so, will respond, “Well, all this is unique to queer Muslims, what does this have to do with me?”

Our answer is, a lot. Because we believe that the more specific a story is, the more universal.

“Coming Out Muslim” speaks to the universal wish to be recognized as multi-layered individuals, who are parts of families and communities, who struggle and strive for wholeness. Time and time again, people come up to us after performances — men, women, heterosexuals, gays and lesbians, Christians and atheists — and tell us exactly this.

Coming out, then, is really about letting the world know who you are. So, yes, there are queer Muslims!

By taking pride in this, change can occur and love can grow.

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Terna, photographed by Patrick Mulcahy Photography

Manchester's LGBT history to be celebrated on new digital platform OUT!

BY BETH ASHTON

OUT! will bring together the heritage trail and digital histories to provide a central place for all of Manchester’s rich LGBT history

Manchester Pride has been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a digital platform that will explore the history of LGBT life in Manchester.

OUT! will bring together the heritage trail and digital histories to provide a central place for all of Manchester’s LGBT past.

Visitors to the website will also be able to create their own personalised trails based on where they are in Manchester, a theme or a time period, giving them the ability to discover and explore without the need of a tour guide.

The trails will use the rainbow tiles, which mark historic occurrences around the city centre, that were installed as part of Europride and OUT! will bring together a variety of projects championed by organisations including Gaydio, LGBT Foundation, Archives+ and the LGBT Youth North West.


The platform will also allow users to contribute to the research, with opportunities for crowdsourcing and digital games that enable the public to engage with and contribute to the ever-growing resource.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride comments; “Two of the main aims of Manchester Pride are to celebrate LGBT life in our city and to create opportunities for engagement. With ‘Out!’ we aim to commemorate and unite the rich and vibrant past by providing a factual and insightful legacy resource in one single location.”

“Our vision is to enable communities, historians and researchers, tourists and locals to learn about these histories and encourage them to contribute to the content and engage more fully with and to understand this important part of Manchester’s past.”


Manchester Pride is currently recruiting a number of volunteer research pioneers for this project who will collate information from both the LGBT community and other sources. The funding will provide training for the research pioneers who will visit community groups, researchers and local history societies to introduce the digital tool, ’OUT!’, and gather content including videos, photography and stories.

Daniel Jessop, Project Manager on the OUT! Digital Histories project said, “It’s great to join the team and make sure that stories in the LGBT community are shared. The Heritage Lottery funded project will empower volunteers through training, collecting oral histories and encouraging people to question the past and find out more. ‘OUT!’ celebrates LGBT heritage and if anyone is interested in being part of this please do get in touch.”

Alongside the creation of the digital platform, ‘OUT!’, the funding will also provide:

The training of 40 volunteers to visit community groups, researchers, local history societies etc to introduce ‘OUT!’.
Training of local historians to investigate archives to examine them for LGBT content.
A stand at the Expo Stand at the Big Weekend 2015 to explain the project and demonstrate the digital tool.
A panel discussion during Manchester Histories Festival 2016 to help the wider community to understand the heritage of the LGBT Community in Greater Manchester.
32 individuals will be trainees in oral histories and interviewing skills throughout the life of the project. 18 will initially be trained at the start of the project (12 community volunteers, 6 Gaydio interns) to conduct interviews for the theatre piece, digital booths and during the Big Weekend from the Expo Stand. A further 14 will be trained as a part of LGBT History Month in January 2016 in order to collect stories to add to the resource.
A digital exhibition at Archives + during the Manchester Pride Festival 2015 creating a new strand to their “Radical Histories” unit.
A live performance based piece in conjunction with Hope Theatre in the Gay Village that utilises oral histories and heritage on the digital tool.
A digital game run through Twitter and based around the digital tool to encourage engagement and usage.
To get involved in the project or find out more email Daniel Jessop on daniel@manchesterpride.com .