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Friday 1 May 2009

Lesbian and Gay Foundation: the beginning of the end?

* Employment tribunal reaches decision

* Funding crisis: Outnorthwest magazine slashed

* An NHS-funded registered charity that engages in politics

* 62% of the annual income goes to pay 23 employees
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Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 4:50 am
Sunday 15 March 2009

How a fake descendent of the Russian Tsar fooled gay Manchester in 1991 (video)

An exclusive video clip that has never been published before.

It’s the evening of Monday 26th August 1991 and Manchester’s second ‘Carnival of Fun’ weekend is coming to a close. Of course, this is the forerunner of the current Manchester Pride.

In those days before the ‘no-money-left-for-charity’ scandal of 1999, the event attracted the support of some big names. Princess Diana sent a telegram wishing every success in 1991 and there was a buzz that someone important might make a surprise appearance on the final night. (more…)


Filed under: History,LGBT,Manchester,Strange,With video — GS @ 2:29 am
Friday 6 March 2009

LGF Annual Report and Financial Statements: year ending 31 March 2008

Here’s a PDF copy of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation’s Annual Report and Financial Statements, for the year ending 2008.

More than a quarter of the LGF’s income comes from one primary care trust (North Manchester) and about another 50% from other primary care trusts and health bodies. Which are exactly the kind of things that are going to be cut back in bankrupt Britain in the next couple of years if you ask me.

The LGF blows £75,000 a year on rent for its Princess Street offices. Time to move somewhere cheaper? A portacabin on the Bloom Street car-park perhaps?

Staff wages cost £592,901 in 2008. With another £58,572 spent on National Insurance and £43,423 on pensions.

There was a cost of £61,589 to generate voluntary income of £100,736.

It’s interesting reading. Take a look…


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 11:14 am
Saturday 7 February 2009

LGBT History Month: the 1960s BBC TV series Robinson Crusoe, Lee Payant and Gordon Heath

It’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month.

If you grew up in Britain in the 1960s or 1970s then you probably remember the 13-part series Robinson Crusoe on BBC Television. This French production was shown many times between 1965 and the early 1980s, often during school holidays.

Featuring handsome Robert Hoffman, people remember the programme for the music, which was composed by Robert Mellin and Gian-Pero Reverberi, and for the distinctive dubbed English language narration. However most would be hard-pressed to name the actor who spoke those words and even fewer know of the love story behind the screen credit.

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Filed under: History,LGBT,TV & film — GS @ 6:14 am
Thursday 5 February 2009

Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation faces accusations from more than ten past employees

At an employment tribunal, to begin next Monday, two former employees of Manchester’s LGF will claim that they were victimised.

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Filed under: LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 11:33 pm
Sunday 18 January 2009

Manchester Pride offers £7,000 fund for community events

Manchester Pride is offering grants of up to £500 to individuals and organisations. The aim is to help ‘raise the quality and diversity of events’ that take place during Pride 2009 this summer.

The total pot of money available is £7,000. Further details and the application form can be found here. The deadline for applications is 2 March.

This would seem to be a response to the protests that happened last year and we look forward to seeing who and what is chosen to receive the cash. However, getting into bed with the current organisers of Manchester Pride (eek) could be a step too far for some.


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 1:33 pm

Liverpool’s Homotopia festival and Police misled into publishing false Manchester Pride parade figure

Last summer, Trading Standards told the organisers of Manchester Pride to cease publishing material that claimed crowd figures of 200,000 or 250,000 people at the Saturday Pride parade. (more…)


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 12:59 pm
 
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