Piccadilly Pulse: Is Manchester the most gay-friendly city in the world?

By Amy Senior and Joe Dalton

Manchester was recently named the best gay-friendly destination in the world ahead of San Francisco, Sydney and Amsterdam by Spanish-based gay business and tourism fair Expogays.

Manchester is globally renowned for its dedicated gay village and a whole range of LGBT events held across the year.

Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said of the award: “Manchester has always been a tolerant city and this award confirms that. It’s great to recognise the sense of community that LGBT people bring to the area and we’re proud to say that Manchester is a destination where gay and lesbian tastes are catered for.”

And with Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend currently in full swing, MM’s reporters got in on the action and asked Pride-goers if they agree that Manchester is number one when it comes to being gay-friendly.

Do you think Manchester is the most gay-friendly city in the world?

Option Results
Yes 71%
No 29%




Helen, teacher:

“If someone bumps into you here they will say sorry, someone barged into me yesterday and picked me up and brushed me off straight away. There’s lots of consideration in these parts.”

Nick, artist:

“San Francisco Pride takes some beating, it was amazing, all the lesbians take their tops off.”
Simone, Pride stall owner:

“I think Northerners are generally friendlier all round but it’s probably Brighton for me.”

John, Computer consultant:

“Manchester all the way, I can’t mince around any other city with my leather braces on.” 
Jamie, children’s entertainer:

“It was incredible to see the amount of families who came to support the parade, it really was a great atmosphere free from any aggression.”


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