Thanks, as always for picking up this mahoosive copy of Gaylife Manchester magazine! If you’re a regular reader, welcome back – and if you’re a Gaylife virgin, well hello there!
How’ve you been? I’ve had a great July, taking a bit of a break after the madness of Sparkle weekend, which Gaylife obviously had the honour of sponsoring. Over the 3 days the whole city was buzzing with energy, with the epicentre of things taking place right here at Sackville Gardens in the centre of our village. If you didn’t get a chance to soak any of it up, well there’s always next year! You can read Chair of Trustee’s, Beckie Fox’s take on the weekend from page 63 of this very magazine.
Another highlight came from The George House Trust who reached the grand old age of 30 last month. Standing in a room of people who have made it their life’s work to join the fight against HIV is a humbling experience indeed. In this month’s magazine we speak to GHT Chair, David Teasdale-Hughes about his time with the charity. We also speak with drag queen of the fabulous, Cheddar Gorgeous who helped to organise the now legendary Drag Ball. The whole thing starts from page 155.
So, to this month – and I’ve heard there’s something pretty big happening on Bank Holiday weekend? Yup, it’s of course our gay Christmas, Manchester Pride! We’ve been harping on and on about it for months, but it’s finally here. In this issue of Gaylife, we speak to some of the key players in this years event, from Pride CEO Mark Fletcher and members of the Greater Manchester Police, to main stage performer Sharleen Spiteri of indie-pop band Texas.
We’ve of course got our annual preview of the Big Weekend, where we’ve done our utmost to pick out some of the biggest and best main stage and community stage performances, along with details of the Parade and Vigil and of course not forgetting the best of what’s happening in venues around the village and beyond.
All of that – plus regular features from Misty Chance, who has a good old chin-wag with comedienne Pam Ann, social commentary from Lee Clatworthy, problem solving from Miss Thunderpussy, clubbing with Nik Denton, keeping in shape with MJ and movie watching with Matt J Blake.
Founder of Outrage! and anti-homophobia activist Peter Tatchell also writes exclusively for Gaylife this month – as does Professor Helge Hoel, an international expert of bullying, harassment and violence in the workplace.
So there you have it – absolutely loads of reading for you this time around – along with all the pictures of y’all having fun from last month. Be sure to put them on social media and tag us in, ‘cos we like that! Keep an eye out too for our photographer over the big weekend, and hassle him to take your picture for the next issue.
Finally, make sure you follow us on twitter @GaylifeManc to get all the very latest news over the big weekend. We’ll be giving you all the gossip and breaking news as and when it happens!
Have a great month folks and a safe and happy Pride Weekend. Catch you next time.