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.
Morf is a group for local trans men.
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 Sharks (water polo)
- Manchester Village Spartans (rugby union)
- Northern Rebound (squash)
- Northern Wave Swimming Club
Manchester has its own LGBT radio station, Gaydio.
Manchester City Libraries have an online guide to local LGBT archives.
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
- Manchester Teenage Group was registered with the Greater Manchester Youth Association in 1977, making it probably the first gay teenage group to achieve such a recognition. HCA archives in LSE HCA/Albany Trust16/51 minutes of Sexual Awareness in Youth Services (SAYS) meeting 10 Feb 1977