Speakers include Cheddar Gorgeous, Charlie Craggs, and Prof. Catherine Lee 


Manchester Pride is excited to announce the return of its Human Rights Forum on Friday 25 August. After its overwhelming success last year, the Forum will return as an ode to the roots of Pride itself: protest. To honour the 20 years since Section 28 – a series of laws across Britain that prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” by local authorities – this year’s theme is “Stop The Hate”. 

Taking place at Sackville Gardens on the Alan Turing Stage, the Forum this year will host speakers like drag icon Cheddar Gorgeous, trans activist Charlie Craggs, spoken word poet Mandla, and author Ben Pechey. Prof. Catherine Lee, whose diaries about teaching during Section 28 inspired the BAFTA-nominated film “Blue Jean”, will also be speaking. 

The event aims to inspire people to learn and reflect in order to make changes within their communities. Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said: “Manchester Pride is not merely a celebration; it is a decisive stand against hate and a persistent push for positive change. This year, more than ever, we urge everyone to participate, confront hate, and choose kindness.”

Manchester Pride is taking place on 25-28 August. 

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