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Monday 23 August 2010

Queeruption 2010 — launch

It would be quite wrong of me to slate Manchester Pride for all kinds of things but then give ‘alternative’ events some kind of immunity from any honest criticism. I’ll write more about this issue in the future, but for the moment I’ll give you my ‘brickbats and bouquets’ account of the first day of Queeruption.

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Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:27 pm
Wednesday 18 August 2010

Alternatives to Manchester Pride happening this month

Reclaim the Scene aims to build on last year, which was its first event, with another post-Pride-parade picnic and (Out of the) Village Fete. This year we’re promised it will be ‘bigger and better than ever, with free food, performers, live art, stalls, music, and kids’ entertainment!’

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Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 5:24 am
Wednesday 24 March 2010

Accounting mistake costs Manchester Council Tax payers £421,000 and it won’t be repaid

Manchester Liberal Democrats have asked the District Auditor to investigate the loss of £421,000 of City Council funds due to a basic accounting error.

The sum was part of funding that went to Marketing Manchester (the tourist board).

Manchester City Council was supposed to pay 35% of Marketing Manchester’s costs and another nine Councils would be responsible for the other 65% between them. But, since 2004 and due to a mistake, Manchester has paid around 56% and the other Councils just 44%.

At the last meeting of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) Deputy Council Leader Jim Battle (who attended as Manchester’s representative) ‘kindly agreed to waive the overpayment’. How generous!

Here are extracts from the minutes of the meetings:

Minutes of the AGMA meeting

Minutes of the AGMA meeting

The Manchester Green Party has backed calls for the District Auditor to be brought in.

Marketing Manchester doesn’t seem to have benefited from the mistake or been responsible for it. But regular readers of my site will be only too familiar with this organisation as the one that has ramped up Manchester Pride into the high cost tourist event that it is today.

One individual is now Chief Executive of Marketing Manchester, Chair of Manchester Pride and Chair of the (gay) Village Business Association. An unhealthy concentration of power in my opinion. What is good for tourism and businesses isn’t necessarily in the best interests of our Pride celebration and community.

Update (July 2010):

In an article published in May 2010, The Mule newspaper has information about other payments made by Manchester City Council to Marketing Manchester.


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 10:58 pm
Monday 9 November 2009

Cruising crackdown prompts call for a ‘tolerance zone’

The police and Manchester City Council have announced the latest ‘crackdown’ on cruising in the city’s canal area. The Lesbian and Gay Foundation has promoted this in an article on its website, listing the various jail sentences that cruisers might incur (supposedly). (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 2:10 pm
Friday 6 November 2009

LGF receives award from hardship fund / Manchester Pride announces 2009 community fund

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation has been awarded £121,165 from a hardship fund that is run by the Community Development Foundation. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 7:08 am
Saturday 24 October 2009

Latest figures show a 63% increase in homophobic crimes in Manchester

More4 News asks ‘are gay hate crimes taken seriously?’

As far as Manchester is concerned, based on my personal experience over the past year or so and the sheer volume of other incidents that people are discussing, I reject the suggestion that this increase in figures is due to more people being willing to report incidents to the police.


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 1:17 pm
Friday 23 October 2009

The Independent newspaper premieres Alan Turing radio drama

This weekend The Independent will premiere a new radio play about scientist Alan Turing on its website. More details can be found in this LGF news article.


Filed under: Gay,History,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 1:18 am
 
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