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Big Purple Weekender Continues

Saturday saw The Albert Kennedy Trust’s fundraising weekend finally get underway right across the community. Months in the making – the weekend’s organisers hope to raise in excess of £20-£25K.

Earlier this week we spoke to AKT’s Volunteer & Events Co-ordinator, Darren Batey who told us “To have such amazing support from the Manchester community – ending LGBT homelessness is at the heart of our mission and with a 179% in service users since 2010, the vital funds raised over the Big Purple Weekender will play a huge part in this mission. Please dig deep and enjoy yourselves

Many of the village’s venues and recognisable faces took part in Saturdays ‘Its a Knockout’ tournament and Sunday’s ‘Drag Race’, whilst a number of venues put on their own fundraising events. Highlights included Cruz 101’s Annual Beach Party which closes Sunday evening – complete with cocktails, umbrellas and bendy straws. Eagle Bar maintained their sadistic streak and gunged one of their staff, whilst ICON launched their new night ‘Camp Academy’ with DJ Paul McAvoy on the decks. Pictures from the entire weekend will be appearing on our gallery shortly.

The Albert Kennedy Trust reaches its 20th year this year. It aids, supports and assists young LGBT people to feel more confident about coming out at an early age, and helps them against the homophobia & transphobia they often encounter at home or school. Their mission is to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes, by providing a range of services to meet the individual needs of those who would otherwise be homeless or living in a hostile environment.

You can contact the Manchester side of AKT on 0161 2283308, or via their website at

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