Although we’re not able to physically connect with you this Pride month, there’s still plenty of fantastic queer programming across the city this June being run by our amazing friends and allies.
Have a gander at the various events you can take part in and we’ll be adding to this throughout the month, so please check back for updates.
Virtual Pride Ride, 13 June
On 13 June, PRiDE OUT are gathering everyone together virtually to celebrate LGBTQ+ people who cycle, with a weekend of social-distanced riding with #OurPrideRide.
This is the first in what is hoped will be an annual celebration of the #LGBTQ community in cycling, with a chance to virtually hear from LGBTQ+ cyclists and understand what we can all do to make cycling more diverse and inclusive at every level. Visit the Pride Ride Facebook page here.
Trans Vegas, 19 – 21 June
The Trans revolution will be televised! The first ever online trans festival in Manchester (and possibly the world) Trans Vegas will be a cornucopia of trans artistry. The trailer doesn’t give too much away, but there are some well known faces in it, so expect great things.
Salford Pride, 20 June
Headined by one of our favourite kweens, Divina De Campo, (yeah, take THAT The Vivienne) Salford Pride starts at 4pm with a takeover by Salford City Radio.
The digital Pink Picnic at 6pm features Rowetta, Divina De Campo, Ronan Parke and Charlotte Awbery, followed by a digital drag bonanza with appearances from Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic, HP Loveshaft and Saki Yew, amongst others.
There’s a Zoom after party from 10pm – midnight, hosted by Gisele and Sapphire Ruin. Tickets cost £3.
Roma Havers: Bolted, 27 March – 27 June
Back in 2019 Roma Havers’s solo show ‘Bolted’ debuted with UK Young Artists City Takeover.
Bolted tells the story of a woman apparently trapped in her ever-transforming home, which begins to imitate her interior thoughts. Some days the clocks begin to droop, or the windows disappear, or a room appears that she knows not to enter.
The piece is a powerful exploration of the effects of agoraphobia and a woman who truly believes ‘her mother had made her up as a cautionary tale’. Bolted features live music from classically trained multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Schwarz (Bonnie&Co).
By request, Roma has released Bolted for £3 online, with the full video and script, in the hope it will offer some comfort and hope, and to compensate for loss of freelance gigs. It’s available until 27 June, so get downloading!