Glitter, Drag Queens, Jamie Windust and Jack and the Beanstalk make Pride an experience for all of the family.
LGBTQ+ charity Manchester Pride has further developed its free offering for families and young people for Manchester Pride Festival. Youth Pride MCR and Family Pride are back this year with programmes designed for families with young children and 14+ young people.
Manchester Pride launched Youth Pride MCR in 2019 and it was the first event of its kind in the UK. In 2021, it will once again provide a safe, supportive, fun and inclusive space for young LGBTQ+ people to express themselves, connect with others and find community.
Youth Pride MCR will take place on Sunday 29 August from 12.30pm till 7.30 pm at The Pink Room and Basement, YES Manchester. The totally free event will be held in a fully accessible space just for 14+ young people (no adults will be allowed).
The Pink Room, which will be very much a party space, will feature a glitter station, accessory rhinestoning and the Youth Pride MCR Wardrobe of Wonders. The day’s programme will include getting to know each other icebreakers with the Youth Pride youth workers followed by a ‘Being your authentic self’ talking circle, led by Jamie Windust (they/them pronouns).
There will also be a variety show planned and performed by the Youth Pride MCR workshop group who have been meeting monthly in online and in-person workshops since the first lockdown in 2020.
At a time of maximum social isolation, when LGBTQ+ people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, the group of 14 to 18 year olds found a safe space to express themselves and explore their identity. They have formed a tight group of young people interested in arts, music, and more that have met over Zoom once a month throughout the pandemic.