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Part of Queer Contact Festival '18

In 1988, the UK government introduced Section 28, legislation that stated that councils should not ‘intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’ in its schools or other areas of their work.

Over 20,000 people marched in protest against the legislation on 20 February 1988 in Manchester: the city’s largest ever peaceful protest at that time.

Were you one of them?  If so, we want you to be part of a unique commemorative project.


Collaborating with renowned photographer and artist Manuel Vason, and Contact’s Young Programming and Producing Team, RE:CON, we’d like you to help us recreate the original striking images taken at the protest, for public display in 2018.

As well as those originally at the march, we welcome the involvement of anyone over the age of 18, and has an active interest and support of LGBTQ+ people’s rights to join us.


Please download the registration form here and return to us via

There are two workshops with the organisers to explore ideas for the images, and discuss connections to the march and the issues surrounding the struggle for LGBTQ+ people’s rights in the 30 years since the protests.

Sat 10th February 2018 (2pm-5pm, Longsight Library, 519 Stockport Road, M12 4NE)

Sat 17th February 2018 (2pm-5pm, Manchester International Festival, Blackfriars House, M3 2JA) 

If  you can’t attend these workshops, you can still take part on the day.

The public photoshoot of the images will take place in Manchester city centre on the 30th anniversary:

Tue 20 February 2018, 10.30am – 3pm

Please meet at The Richmond Tea Rooms, 15 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HZ

The photographs will then be presented at a public event in May 2018, alongside performances, poetry and music celebrating the protest and its legacy.

Please note: this opportunity is unpaid but we aim to provide food and refreshments at all the session days.


Temporary Monument, Permanent Protest is supported by Arts Council England, Manchester Pride, The Richmond Tea Rooms, and The Proud Trust.

Produced by RE:CON (Ali Wilson, Isaac Rose, Mandla Rae, and Nasima Begum, Contact’s Young Programming and Producing Team).

RE:CON is commissioned by Contact.

  • Dates
    20 February 2018
  • Venue

    City centre location

  • Key details

    A new photographic intervention commemorating the 30th anniversary of the protests against Section 28.