QC17: Queer Youth Gathering

QC17: Queer Youth Gathering


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£6 FULL // £3 CONC.


  • BSL interpreted
  • Discussion
  • Film
  • LGBT
  • Mates Rates
  • Queer Contact Festival 2017

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Hosted by Sarah Emmott (Art with Heart) and Rachel Morris (Cosmopolitan).

2017 is an important year in British LGBT history as it marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden Report that recommended that homosexual activity should no longer be a criminal offence. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. There have been incredible changes to the rights of LGBT people over the past 60 years, but what is the reality of being young and LGBT in the UK today?

The Queer Youth Gathering will feature discussions, performances, film screenings and visual art helping to raise awareness of the issues affecting LGBT young people. Young people from across Greater Manchester will get together with organisations, councillors, artists, broadcasters and academics to discuss the issues including health, politics, gender, sexuality and family.


12pm - 12:30pm Arrivals

Including a chance to walk around the Queer Youth In Focus exhibition.

12:35pm - 12:40pm Lord Mayor's Welcome

12:40pm - 2pm Panel 1: Health + Wellbeing / Politics / Rights of young people

A wide ranging panel focusing on health, politics and the rights of LGBT young people.
Includes screening of Queer Youth In Focus film created for the day.

Host: Sarah Emmott (Art with Heart).

Speakers: George Ikediashi (Le Gateau Chocolat), Maawan Rizwan (BBC Three How Gay Is Pakistan?), Cllr. Bev Craig (Manchester City Council), Chloe Cousins (Rainbow Noir), Dr. Monica Pearl (University of Manchester, formerly of ACT UP!, and Anis Rahman, (The Proud Trust).

2pm - 3pm Break

A chance to meet local organisations and find out about their services for the LGBT communities of Greater Manchester.

With organisations including Albert Kennedy Trust, George House Trust, LGBT Foundation, The Proud Trust, and Manchester Pride

Also another chance to walk around the Queer Youth In Focus exhibition.

3pm - 4:30pm Panel 2: Sexuality / Gender / Family

Exploring the impact of gender and sexuality on relationships. Includes film screening of Kate O’Donnell’s film Mum, about transition + family (12min).

Host: Rachel Morris, broadcaster/psychotherapist (Cosmopolitan).

Speakers: Annie Wallace (Hollyoaks), Kate O’Donnell (Trans Creative), Romario Wanliss (founder of PureGender), Elijah W Harris (artist), and Newton Orlando Sperring (The Proud Trust).

4:30pm - 5pm Closing remarks


  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Presented by Contact and The Proud Trust.
  • Supported by Big Lottery Fund and Superbia.
  • This event is supported by a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.

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