Manchester is famous around the LGBT world as arguably the best place to go out on the gay scene in Britain.
But whenever we are there – which is as often as possible – the one thing that really sticks out, besides the cute guys and girls, is the strength and unity of the LGBT community.
And we can’t help thinking that’s one of the reasons why the gay area of Canal Street and it’s immediate surrounds is so welcoming, friendly and fun. Well, that and the cheap beer.
So we were delighted to see some of the people behind that thriving community honored at the Homo Heroes Awards on Thursday (20 September).
It was all run by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, north-west England’s leading LGBT organization, which does so much to bring the community together itself.
Those honored were:
Manchester City Council also made two special awards, one named after gay World War II codebreaker and father of computing, Alan Turing.
The Alan Turing memorial award went to police officer Julie Barnes Frank for championing diversity in the local police force, long before it was fashionable or easy.
And activist Kath Hall, who founded the Albert Kennedy Trust for homeless gay kids was honored with this year’s outstanding achievement award.
The event, held at Manchester’s stylish and gay-friendly Radisson Blu Hotel, was sponsored by Barclays bank, local gay mag OutNorthWest and LGBT radio station Gaydio.