Many groups, organisations and individuals hire the centre for regular sessions and one-off events. Here we list the regular user groups and the services they offer.
We encourage groups, organisations and individuals to be open, inclusive and respectful of all potential users of the centre. However, please note that all hirers are autonomous of the LGBT Centre and do not necessarily represent the values and aims of the centre’s management organisation.
LGYM – Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester:
Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) project based in the city centre for young people aged 14 to 25 which runs on Tuesdays 7.30 – 10pm and Saturdays 3 – 7pm.
LGYM is a safe space where you can meet other young people and feel at ease. There are loads of different activities you can take part in which include outdoor activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, cycling and walking. Arts and craft based work, for example banner making, environmental art, painting, pod casting, film making and drama. Discussions and debates.
Young people also have a big say in activities that go on during group time so if you have an idea then let us know!
Trans Youth – Afternoon TEA (Trans Education and Action):
Afternoon TEA meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at the LGBT Centre and is for anyone aged 14 – 25 who identifies under the trans umbrella or is questioning their gender identity.
The group is confidential and is a trans only space.
Young Women’s Group:
The Young Women’s Group run monthly ‘Summits’. We are run by and for young lesbian and bisexual women aged 14 – 25. We work to improve young lesbian and bisexual women’s health by promoting activities designed around six areas of wellness which are: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and social/community.
As well as our monthly summits we run trips, residentials and have an allotment where we grow fruit and veg.
We are based in Manchester, and aim to support lesbian and bisexual SM-ers through meetings and play parties. We welcome all women who live full-time as women, and FTM, genderqueer and intersexed persons who feel that they still have links to the women’s community.
SM Dykes Manchester meets in the LGBT Centre on the first Sunday of each month.
Edward Carpenter Community:
We are the Edward Carpenter Community (ECC), a UK and international group of gay men who believe we have something special, and that we offer something important to gay men of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
We are open to all men who identify as gay and we particularly encourage disabled, black, older and younger men to come along to our events, and to become a part of our community. Something magical often happens when we get together and take time out of daily routine to play, connect, challenge and share. Come with an open heart, a sense of playfulness and a willingness to contribute yourself, your gifts and passions.
Rainbow Noir is a group established for and by queer people of colour in Manchester. The group is a space for socialising, discussions, activism, community organising and ensuring a presence so that queer people of colour’s voices are heard in Manchester. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7pm till 9pm.
A self help group for those struggling with drug use. A group run by recovering addicts who meet regularly to help others stay clean. There are two weekly slots; Wednesday night’s literature group from 7:30-9pm and a late night Saturday group from 9:30-11pm.
A self help group for those struggling with alcohol use. A group run by recovering addicts who meet regularly to help others stay clean. There are two weekly slots; Monday night from 7:30-9pm and Friday night from 7:30-9pm
Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG)
The Lesbian Immigration Support Group is a Manchester, UK based group of lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum seeking women and their supporters. They offer practical and social support. LISG have an administration office at the LGBT centre and also run variousvolunteer-led drop-in sessions each week.
Manchester Merpeople – Parents of Trans children
This group meets once a month on a Thursday alternating between an evening session and a lunch time session. It is a self-help group for parents and carers of children with gender identity issues or of young people who identify as trans