Category Archives: LGBT


Staggering figures for reported violent and sexual crimes in Manchester’s gay village in Nov 2015

These are probably the highest ever since the police crime maps were introduced in December 2010. Where are the news stories? Where are the protests? Yet always plenty of finger pointing overseas… How many crimes aren’t reported or recorded by the police? What is being done? Nothing! See the crime maps here.


Why Manchester’s gay village must be consigned to history

We still need safe LGBT spaces. But the future lies in decentralising the LGBT community in Manchester. We must reduce the power of a controlling elite that has us by the throat. There may have been some good intentions behind the setting up of a “gay village” area more than 20 years ago, but now […]


Canal Street in the 1880s: Ginger Liz, Cockney Jim and Dirty Alf

In the 1880s the Manchester Evening News published a series of articles which were then gathered together in a book called “Criminal Manchester.” One chapter is “Canal Street: Ginger Liz and Cockney Alf.” You can download a PDF of the whole book here, courtesy of Chetham’s Library. And here’s Chapter X about Canal Street: CRIMINAL […]


Manchester Pride delays release of charity figure following protest (video)

Download: large (832×468/mp4) | small (320×180/mp4). Suitable for mobile or if you can’t view above. “Manchester Pride you’re a disgrace, come down here and show your face!” This was the chant on Monday lunchtime (11 Nov) on Portland Street. About 20 members of the LGBT community gathered to demand answers from Manchester Pride, whose offices […]


Police With Pride (audio)

My audio recording of the Police With Pride discussion event. It happened on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at Manchester Town Hall and the the subject was relations between police and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. On the panel were: * Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd * Paul Martin, chief executive, […]