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Manchester Pride Presents…The Mancunian Gay magazine revisited

Hear the stories behind some of the magazine’s featured headlines;

“Anderton on the rampage”

“Poppers the price you pay”

“Gay sauna raid”

“Job security for lesbian and gay workers”

“New gay bar in Bolton”

Amateur yet unashamed, over its lifespan (1978- 1986) The Mancunian Gay magazine documented the evolution of the LGBT rights movement in the UK. Its front pages shed light on a dynamic and vibrant era for queer community activism during the 1980’s. An era equally defined by homophobia, police harassment and the AIDS crisis.

Manchester Pride in association with Archives+ at Manchester Central Library are delving into the past to uncover some of Manchester’s LGBT hidden histories.

Join us as we hear the fascinating story behind the birth of the magazine from one of the founding members of the Mancunian Gay collective, Paul Fairweather; including how a magazine produced in a kitchen in Greater Manchester gave dispersed and isolated queer people an outlet for participation and inclusion by offering a voice which resonated with many.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, Manchester Pride has commissioned a special anniversary edition of the The Mancunian Gay Magazine which attendees will be able to take as a momentum of this historic occasion.

Following an exploration of the magazine and its impact on queer culture in Manchester in the early 80s there will be a panel discussion around it’s lasting legacy and the chance for attendees to carry out a Q&A with the panel.

Tickets to the event are limited but free to all who wish to attend.

All guests will recieve a welcome drink and a copy of the special anniversary edition of the Mancunian Gay to take home with them.

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