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Thursday 3 September 2009

Pride security try to prevent filming in a public place / Candlelit Vigil (video)

For the last three years we have filmed at the gates on the night of the Manchester Pride HIV/AIDS Candlelit Vigil. Entry to the Vigil is supposed to be free and the community was promised it would always remain so when tickets and fences were introduced (first for for Mardi Gras 1999 and then again from 2003 onwards).

However, in recent years we have gathered hard evidence on camera that sometimes people who only want to go to the Vigil are told they must buy an expensive Pride ticket or are made to queue for a prolonged period.

This year the security people tried to prevent us filming, even though we were on a public street. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics,With video — GS @ 1:25 pm
Monday 31 August 2009

Manchester Pride 2009: Queer Youth Network & Pride Is A Protest (video)

Queer Youth Network and Pride Is A Protest in the Manchester Pride parade on Saturday. (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,With video — GS @ 4:08 pm
Saturday 29 August 2009

Andrew Stokes at Manchester Pride 2009

Imagine the scene… You’re the Chair of Manchester Pride. It’s one of your busiest days of the year — the Saturday Pride parade — and the entrants are getting ready to move off. Usually you eat healthy stuff but you think, just this once, you’ll sneak into the nearby takeaway and have nasty pie and chips.

Who is the last person you want to bump into, holding a camera, on your way out? (more…)


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 7:15 pm
Friday 28 August 2009

Free Manchester Pride alternative on Saturday afternoon

Manchester will ‘reclaim the scene’ with a free picnic after the Saturday Pride parade.

There will be free food, activities and performers from 16.00 onwards. It’s all happening outside UMIST on the grass area at the junction of Sackville Street and Granby Row. Near the Retro Bar and the Spar shop on Sackville Street.


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It’s non-profit and any money raised goes to help LGBT people in Iraq.

This looks like being fun and quite a big event. We hope to have some video coverage here from Sunday.

LIBERATION 2009 MARCH

On Monday, the closing night of Manchester Pride, there will be a Liberation 2009 march from All Saints Park to the gay village. It starts at 18.30.

Liberation 2009 march


Filed under: Fun,Gay,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 7:52 pm
Sunday 10 May 2009

Snouts in the trough at Manchester Pride: the Tourist Board

Manchester Pride and Marketing Manchester: two doors of the same sty

Much has been written about the extra income that Manchester Pride brings in for the local economy.

In 2008, Andrew Stokes, who is chairman of Manchester Pride and chief executive of Marketing Manchester (the tourist board) told the press that Pride was worth more than £17.5m per year to Manchester’s businesses. Other estimates have been as much as £22m.

With Pride bringing in so much much cash for businesses you might think that Marketing Manchester would owe us? After all, Pride is funded mainly by the public, through ticket sales. In 2008, we coughed up about £600,000 — two-thirds of the total Pride income — to run this giant tourist bonanza for the city and its businesses.

Manchester Pride's accounts 2007/2008

But no… Take a look at page 21 of the 2007/08 Manchester Pride accounts (PDF) and you’ll see that Pride paid £6,040 to Marketing Manchester for ‘normal commercial services’. Whereas Pride invoiced Marketing Manchester just £92.

I can reveal that the £6,040 charge was because Marketing Manchester does the business accounts for Manchester Pride!

Update (March 2010): it has emerged that an accounting mistake led to Manchester City Council accidentally paying Marketing Manchester £421,000. It has been written off, so council tax payers will foot the bill.

Update (April 2010): Andrew Stokes is now Chair of the [gay] Village Business Association, Chair of Manchester Pride, Chair of Queer Up North, Chief Executive of Marketing Manchester…

Update (January 2013): according to press releases from the time, it seems that Andrew Stokes resigned as Chair of Manchester Pride in December 2010. However the published Pride accounts for year ending 30 September 2011 state that he resigned a year later, on 14 December 2011. While according to his personal LinkedIn profile he left in Manchester Pride 2009. If you take the December 2010 date as the correct one, he was Chair of both the VBA and Pride for a period of some 8 months from April to December 2010.

Snouts in the trough

Vintage pig photos from the Library of Congress.


Filed under: Gay,LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 5:55 pm
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
 
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