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Tuesday 12 January 2016

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

Reported violent and sexual crimes in Manchester's gay village in November 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.


Filed under: Crime,Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 3:26 pm
Tuesday 10 June 2014

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 it’s time for all of us to acknowledge what a horrible and perverse thing it’s become.

It’s time to dismantle the gay village and spread our businesses, organisations, ourselves and our pink pounds across the city once again. The way things were quarter of a century ago…

Unfortunately, idealistic ideas about having our own area were exploited by marketeers, politicians, unscrupulous business types, events organisers and even charities. Now it’s time to show them who’s the boss: the consumer. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:26 am
Wednesday 5 February 2014

Video and photo content from Get Bent! and other events is safe and sound

DVD of Get Bent video footageSomeone is spreading the rumour that I maliciously “deleted all records of any materials” I had in my possession from the events Get Bent!, Queeruption and Reclaim the Scene. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Net & technology,Video-making — GS @ 12:29 am
Friday 15 November 2013

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

EXPERIENCES OF A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Reprinted from the Manchester Evening News

CHAPTER X.

CANAL-STREET : GINGER LIZ AND COCKNEY JIM.

I have described the life that hides itself in Charter-street, Deansgate, and Gaythorn, and in this, my concluding article, I shall cover the remaining ground that can properly be dealt with, though it is scarcely so prolific as the districts that have already been under notice.

Its area is much wider, however, though its special criminality is decidedly of an inferior order, and is so scattered that it loses much of the dangerous character which is developed when its component parts are comprehensively grouped together. It has many features peculiarly its own, and as it consists of three detached localities, these features are pretty distinctly marked in each. The districts are Canal-street, Ancoats, and London-road. (more…)


Filed under: Bygone Manc,Crime,Gay,History,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 6:06 am
Wednesday 13 November 2013

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 are on the ninth floor of the Manchester One tower.

Despite a range of longstanding campaign issues about fences, exclusion and ticket prices, the most pressing concern on this occasion was the money raised from last summer’s Manchester Pride. The organisation is a registered charity

Tony Cooper, the Manager of Via and a former Deputy Chair of the Village Business Association is one of the business people who expected a fundraising total to be announced last Friday, but it never came.

He wasn’t at the protest, but blasted Pride in a public statement last week, writing “I love Manchester Pride and have attended every one but what I am hearing and seeing now is beyond worrying.”

Over the weekend rumours swirled that, despite the usual near £1 million income, the charity money had hit rock bottom. Somewhere in the region of £20,000 to £29,000. The lowest amount since the event was a jumble sale on the cobbles of Canal Street more than 20 years ago, if true. And protest plans were drawn up.

While local radio reporters conducted interviews among the protesters, village stalwart Julia Grant ‘phoned the Pride office. But the staff weren’t answering and she was directed straight to voicemail. She left a message and later said she was “disgusted.”

“At the end of the day they’re working for the community running Pride. We’ve asked how much was raised. They’re just making it more and more awkward for themselves.”

After an hour, the protesters walked the short distance to the town hall. Finding Albert Square fenced off as the Christmas market was put in place, they decided to occupy the reception area.

One banner that was waved carried the message “our Pride charity is not your tourist cash cow.” A reference to claims published by Manchester Council that Pride generates up to £22 million of economic benefit for the city each year.

The Council’s grant to Pride has been cut to just over £11,000 — about one third of what it used to be. Inevitably campaigners point to the £425,000 that the Council paid towards a brief Alicia Keys concert in 2012.

Later, Manchester Pride announced that the charity amount now won’t be made public until December. But will the gay community be willing be wait that long?

Thanks to photographer Paul Jones for the black and white photo included in the video. You can see more of his work on Flickr.

Sign the petition

Board of Manchester Pride, Manchester City Council & Manchester Police: We the undersigned demand a public meeting over the conduct and future of Manchester Pride

Technical: Panasonic HDC-SD80 camcorder, edited with Sony Vegas Pro 10, encoded with XMediaRecode and MetaDataMover.


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 10:10 am
Wednesday 28 August 2013

Fireworks at the HIV Candlelight Vigil 2013, Manchester (video)


Fireworks at the end of the HIV Candlelight Vigil in Sackville ParkThe HIV Candlelight Vigil ended with fireworks on Monday 26 August 2013. Filmed from a tall building to the south of the city centre. A larger sized version of this wil be put up on the website in due course.

Technical: Canon 600D DSLR, Zoom H2 audio recorder, edited with Sony Vegas Pro 10, encoded with XMediaRecode and MetaDataMover.


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,With video — GS @ 8:07 pm
Thursday 22 August 2013

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.

Police With pride discussion at Manchester Town Hall, 21 August 2013
Police With pride discussion at Manchester Town Hall, 21 August 2013

On the panel were:

* Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd
* Paul Martin, chief executive, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
* Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader, Manchester City Council
* Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, Greater Manchester Police
* Inspector Emma Taylor, Greater Manchester Police

The discussion was chaired by Smyth Harper, Head of Press and Media at Manchester City Council.

It’s in three parts. Total running time: 1 hour 48 mins. This was recorded with my (high quality) portable recorder at the side of the room. However Gaydio intends to broadcast its own recording of the event at some date in the future and no doubt that will be better quality. So listen now or wait: your choice.

Part one

Part two

Part three


Filed under: Crime,Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 2:44 am
 
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