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January 22, 2015

Proposed Manchester school would help support bullied and outcast LGBTIA kids

A campaign is being launched against plans to build the UK's first 'gay school' in Manchester.

LGBT Youth North West, based in the city centre, wish to take around 40 full time and 20 part-time LGBTI pupils and their allies.

It is hoped the school will help bullied and outcast kids that need additional support. It is currently in the 'consultation' stages of the planning.

January 16, 2015

Government grants funding for the Manchester academy

Plans have been unveiled for the UK's first school for LGBTI youth struggling in mainstream education.

The school will be located in the center of Manchester and initially take around 40 full-time pupils.

A feasibility study is underway after LGBT Youth North West, the group behind the initiative, was granted £63,000 in government funding to convert the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre into a school.

Amelia Lee, strategic director for the charity, said she hoped that the school would act as a 'trailblazer' for other areas to replicate.

January 16, 2015

Government grants funding for the Manchester academy

Plans have been unveiled for the UK's first school for LGBTI youth struggling in mainstream education.

The school will be located in the center of Manchester and initially take around 40 full-time pupils.

A feasibility study is underway after LGBT Youth North West, the group behind the initiative, was granted £63,000 in government funding to convert the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre into a school.

Amelia Lee, strategic director for the charity, said she hoped that the school would act as a 'trailblazer' for other areas to replicate.

January 12, 2015

London Collections: Men comes to an end and we bring you the highlights of the final day.

We’re feeling our oats, Coco Chanel style, as London Collections: Men, comes to an end.

This is an event that is, without doubt, a bit of a fashion marathon - there are a lot of presentations to attend, events to be at, and people to see (and hopefully be seen by).

January 12, 2015

Birmingham University professor Craig Jackson fears a serial killer may be on the loose after 61 bodies were found in Manchester’s canals in just six years

A leading British psychologist has aired his fears that a serial killer may be operating in and around Manchester’s gay district and using the city’s canals to conceal the evidence of his crimes.

Birmingham University psychology professor Craig Jackson told the tabloid newspaper Daily Star this week that he found it hard to fathom how 61 people’s bodies had been found in the city’s canals in the space of just six years without the involvement of a serial killer.

January 6, 2015

'Mixed couples only'

A couple has said they were refused entry from a Manchester Wetherspoons pub because they are gay.

Joshua Fox, 23, say him and his boyfriend were turned away from The Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate by doormen after they had been for a meal in the northern English city's centre.

'Mixed couples only', they were told when they tried to enter the venue for a quick drink.

On Twitter, Fox said: 'My 6 year love of Wetherspoons ended last night after being refused entry bc I wasn't in a 'mixed couple' I'll take my gay elsewhere thnx'

January 6, 2015

'Mixed couples only'

A couple has said they were refused entry from a Manchester Wetherspoons pub because they are gay.

Joshua Fox, 23, say him and his boyfriend were turned away from The Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate by doormen after they had been for a meal in the northern English city's centre.

'Mixed couples only', they were told when they tried to enter the venue for a quick drink.

On Twitter, Fox said: 'My 6 year love of Wetherspoons ended last night after being refused entry bc I wasn't in a 'mixed couple' I'll take my gay elsewhere thnx'

December 17, 2014

Father says her fears were 'misplaced'

A British girl who was found dead in September hung herself rather than come out as gay to her parents, an inquest has heard.

Elisabeth Lowe, known as Lizzie, was discovered in Fletcher Moss Park in Manchester at around 11.15pm on 10 September.

In the months before her death, she confided to friends that she thought she was a lesbian but was scared to tell her Christian parents.

Her friends told the coroner that Lizzie, 14, self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts, and was 'finding it hard to connect with God as she thought she was lying to him.'

December 15, 2014

Russell T Davies, who created Queer As Folk, is back in Manchester to celebrate gay life

More than a decade after Queer As Folk, the UK is set to air another huge gay drama.

And this time, there are three of them - Cucumber, Banana and Tofu.

Created by the creator of Queer As Folk, Russell T Davies, it will follow the loves and lives of the gay community in Manchester.

The video shows many of the characters and what we'll see them getting up in January 2015.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

December 1, 2014

Queer writer wins LGBTI literary award

Anneliese Mackintosh has been announced as the winner of the Green Carnation Prize 2014 – which celebrates LGBTI writing in any form.

The Manchester-based talent won the award for her book Any Other Mouth; a part-novel, part-memoir, part-short story collection.

Other nominees for the prize, sponsored by Foyles, included Laurie Penny for her manifesto Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution and Kerry Hudson's novel Thirst.

November 26, 2014

There have been 300 violent homophobic attacks in London alone from January to October this year alone

Recorded instances of violent homophobic crimes have risen in the UK this year, according to new figures.

Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police in 2014, including more than 300 in London alone.

Gay rights charities believe LGBTI people feel more encouraged to speak out if they have been victims of hate crime.

Some of the UK's biggest police forces reported the following to Press Association:

November 22, 2014

Mark Carter, former Mr Gay UK, has been suspended from duty in West Yorkshire after the attack on another gay man in the toilets of a popular bar in Manchester 

A former Mr Gay UK turned police officer has been suspended after being convicted of attacking a man in a gay club.

Mark Carter, a police constable for West Yorkshire Police, was convicted of assault by beating by Manchester Magistrates court.

Carter attacked another man in the toilets of The Thompsons Arms in Manchester’s gay village.

He was made the subject of a 12-month community order, told to do 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to his victim.

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

November 18, 2014

Watch a stunning rendition of Defying Gravity here

Commuters and other passersby have joined with a LGBT choir to sing against violence in Manchester after two young men were attacked for singing on a tram.

The Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus held the 'Safe to Sing' event on the city's trams in response to the 'vicious attack'.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 2, 2014

'It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again'

Two friends were the victims of anti-gay violence because they were singing a song from Wicked.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this weekend Jean Claude Manseau and Jake Heaton were passengers on the Metrolink from Bury to Manchester.

They were singing songs from Wicked, when an unnamed passenger heckled them with anti-gay epithets.

November 2, 2014

'It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again'

Two friends were the victims of anti-gay violence because they were singing a song from Wicked.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this weekend Jean Claude Manseau and Jake Heaton were passengers on the Metrolink from Bury to Manchester.

They were singing songs from Wicked, when an unnamed passenger heckled them with anti-gay epithets.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 22, 2014

The couple joined the ‘Poker Face’ singer on stage at last night’s Manchester’s performance of her ArtRave: Art Pop Ball. She told the audience that those uncomfortable with the proposal were on 'the wrong side of history'

Lady Gaga performed in Manchester, England, last night, and the evening was a particularly memorable one for two members of the audience

Midway during the show, Gaga invited boyfriends Jay and Sean to join her on stage. She described Jay as ‘family’: ‘an incredible man and incredible friend’.

She then lets the boys take the spotlight, and to Sean’s apparent surprise, Jay gets on his knees and proposes.

They couple then kissed, the crowd went wild and Gaga jumped with joy.

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.