Updated: Thursday, 13th August 2020 @ 11:08am

Lesbian and Gay Foundation to honour women’s contribution to gay pride during Manchester festival

Lesbian and Gay Foundation to honour women’s contribution to gay pride during Manchester festival

By Hannah Hulme

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation will honour the contribution of women to the gay pride movement in a special festival in Manchester next week.

Women’s Pride will take place next Tuesday and will feature film clips and panel discussion on the topic of 100 years of gay pride.

The event, part of Manchester’s Pride Fringe Festival, runs from 12 to 23 August leading up to the ‘big weekend’.

Women’s Pride is a free event and features archive footage highlighting the efforts made by influential women for LGBT rights.

A question and answer session, with representatives from local organisations, will also aim to inspire women to continue their contributions to the community.

Annie Emery, from LGF, said: “Women’s Pride showcases and celebrates women’s involvement in the gay rights movement.

“Pride can be seen by some to be predominately for gay men, so it’s important that women’s contributions are visible, celebrated and recognised.”

A recent addition to the panel is Claire Summerskill, a stand-up, writer, actress and singer songwriter who performs an ‘original cocktail of stand-up and comedy songs’.

Summerskill has been described by Radio 4 Woman’s Hour as ‘A lesbian Victoria Wood!’ and by What’s On Magazine as ‘One of the funniest women in the country’.

Ms Emery added: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for lesbian and bisexual women to reflect on our history, celebrate who we are, and look forward to our futures.”

Other members of the panel will include Jackie Crozier, Ex-Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, Dr Monica Pearl, lecturer at The University of Manchester whose research includes cultural representations of AIDS and Christine Burns, Equality and Diversity Programme Manager at NHS North West.

Women’s Pride will take place at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Community Resource Centre on Richmond Street, Manchester.

For more information, visit www.lgf.org.uk/womenspride.