The Campaign for Homosexual Equality was initially based in Manchester. As well as the national headquarters, there was at one time a Manchester CHE Group, as well as a separate Manchester Teenage Group, Manchester Youth Group, and Manchester Women's Group.
There is a thriving gay village centred around Canal Street, including a gay supermarket. It has been claimed that "The Gay Village probably represents the the biggest concentration of gay interests, services and businesses in Europe"
The book Gay Europe (1995) has listings for gay places in Manchester.
Manchester Pride has been held each August since 1991.
Local LGBT sports clubs include:
Manchester has its own LGBT radio station, Gaydio.
In 2005 the City Council inaugurated the Manchester LGBT Heritage Trail.
Nick Grimshaw was born in Manchester.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/manchesterarchiveplus/sets/72157625649694641/ Archive photos for Manchester LGBT History
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?categoryID=448&documentID=520 Manchester Libraries LGBT Source Guide