It's Manchester Pride weekend!
We're looking forward to taking part in the Pride Parade tomorrow from 1pm. For the fifth year running our group and supporters are marching with Freedom from Torture a UK human rights organisation devoted to helping rebuild the lives of survivors of torture. This year's parade theme is 'devotion' & our parade entry is called:
***Saturday Parade - Devoted to justice for LGBT asylum seekers***Both LISG and Freedom From Torture are devoted to: justice, sanctuary & safety for LGBT asylum seekers; & freedom to love.
|Our members come from countries where homosexuality is illegal &
many have experienced horrific abuse from community & family. Marching in
Pride means a lot to us, as one member put it "seeing people cheering
you on you feel like people are on your side, like life is worth living
again". In the UK we can go to LGBT events without fear, but in our countries of origin we would face imprisonment and abuse.
***Sunday - Political Pride***
On Sunday we are taking part in Political Pride.
We have a stall in All Saints Park, do pop down and say hello :-).
Then at 3pm we are holding a workshop at MMU Business School (just by All Saints Park) highlighting issues faced by lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers - all welcome.
Political Pride offers a weekend of alternative events to take Pride back to its roots. It starts immediately after the Manchester Pride parade and carries on all through Sunday. Pop down to the LGBT Centre on Sidney Street, All Saints Park and the MMU Business School for workshops, discussions, performances and free family friendly fun.
The programme aims to provide a platform for participants to explore the politics of Pride, and to identify and explore some of the most important issues for the LGBT+ community today.