LGBT survey: A snapshot of visitors to Manchester’s Gay Village

By Mihaela Ivantcheva

Age, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity? Who is the average visitor to Manchester’s Gay Village? The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) takes a snapshot of the village’s guests.

For a second consecutive year, the LGF has drawn a picture of Manchester’s Gay Village visitors.

Volunteers at the LGF spent two weeks piecing together the typical village user by approaching 2,681 people.

The census takers asked questions about age, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity as well as whether the visitors used services similar to what LGF offers.

So what did the second annual census of Manchester’s Gay Village reveal? How does the typical village visitor look like?

The majority of the respondents were white British. One fifth of those questioned were between 26 and 30 ages old.

Not surprisingly, more than seven in ten respondents were lesbian, gay or bisexual.

Of the lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents, 71 per cent were men and 29 per cent were women, while three per cent identified as trans.

Two-fifth of the visitors came from central Manchester, while one-fifth came from outside the Greater Manchester area.

Some 56 per cent of the lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents from Greater Manchester said they use LGF services, including condom and lube packs, outnorthwest, helpline, website, counselling and groups.

Around 40 per cent of those questioned visited the place on a weekly basis.

The visitors described the Gay Village as ‘fun’, ‘good’ and ‘gay space’ using words like community, haven and home.

The LGF, based in Manchester, is a registered charity fighting for and supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

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