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Gay Manchester & Lesbian Services

Manchester has a large, lively and energetic Gay and Lesbian community, and their needs are catered for in an area which has come to be known as the Gay Village in Manchester. In recent years it has brought a new dynamism and vitality to a hitherto rather rundown area of the city, and its pavement cafés and bars have helped create in summertime a cosmopolitan and continental ambience, which attracts many people to its nightlife - Gay, Lesbian and Heteros! The Gay Village probably represents the the biggest concentration of gay interests, services and businesses in Europe

The Location of Manchester's Gay Village

The Gay Village is centred around Chorlton Street and Canal Street, just a few minutes walk from Piccadilly Gardens, as far as Dale Street, and includes Sackville Street, Whitworth Street and Princess Street.

Rochdale Canal in the Gay Village The Clone Zone Manto Bar Spitir Bar

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Long Yang Club
A social group for gay Asians and Westerners, meets regularly at Via bar, Canal Street, Manchester every Friday after 9.00pm. Telephone Ken on 01744 736812 (evenings and weekends).
Email: Website:

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation
4th Floor, Princess House, 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD.
Tel: 0161-235 8035. Email:
Fax: 0161-235 8036. Helpline: 0845 3 30 30 30.

The Gay Centre
The Gay Community Centre, Sidney Street. Telephone 0161-274 3814.
Open for all to visit, it has a coffee bar, a meeting room and phone lines available.

Charity Carnival
The Village Carnival is held every August Bank Holiday weekend and raises money in aid of HIV treatment and research in the North West. For information Tel: 0161-237 3131.

Bolton Lesbian Line Social Group
Monthly social group which meets on the last Thursday of each month from 7.00pm-10.00pm.
Tel: 01204-394610 for more information.

Queer Up North
IQUN Limited, 5 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JD.
Tel: 0161-833 2288. Fax/Minicom: 0161-833 2299.
Email: Website:
QueerUpNorth is the largest and most significant producer and presenter of gay arts in Europe and the only organisation of its kind in the UK. Established in 1992, "Queer Up North" was the country's first gay arts festival and took form as a sense of excitement was emerging around queer culture in Manchester in the early nineties. Brings outstanding UK and international artists to Manchester every May/June - from Contemporary Dance and Theatre to Music, Comedy, Cabaret and more.

Clone Zone
36-38 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3WA. Tel: 0161-236 1398.
Email: Website:
Stocking a wide range of toys, clothing, DVDs and gifts, also available online and by mail order catalogue. You need to be over 18 to access the website.

House of Pleasure
39 Bloom Street, Manchester M1 3LY. Tel: 0161-228 0020.
Email: Website:
Just around the corner from Clone Zone, a licensed shop stocked with leatherwear, rubberwear, toys, undies, dress-ups, etc.

The Funky Crop Shop
37 Bloom Street, Manchester M1. Tel: 0161-237 1032.
Men's and Women's barber, open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Rubber Plantation
Unit 24, Affleck's Palace Arcade, Manchester M1. Tel: 0161-839 5920.
Condom shop which offers specialist items for Lesbians and Gays.

Penn Street Sauna
1 Penn Street, Rochdale. Tel: 01706-527786.
Gay sauna, steam room, rest room, sunbed, showers, gymnasium. Open 7 days.

Manchester's own lesbian and gay talk show on BBC Greater Manchester Radio (GMR) (95.1FM). News, views, gossip, and live interviews from 7.30pm-8.00pm.

The Breakfast Club
Manto Caf� Bar, Canal Street, Manchester 1.
Apr�s-Club venue for those who don't want to go home yet. 2.00am-6.00am.
For more information Tel: 0161-236 2667.

Church Worship
The Metropolitan Community Church, meets in Wilbraham St Ninian's United Reformed Church on Wilbraham Road / Egerton Road South in Chorlton on Sundays at 4.30pm. It is rooted in and reaching beyond the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. More details via the website at: or call The Rev Andy Braunston, Tel: 0161-881 6050

Body Positive NW
Lawrence House, City Road, Hulme, Manchester M16. Tel: 0161-873 8100.
Self help organisation run by and for people infected with HIV. Gym, therapy, meals, advice, help and care.

Dorothy's Drop In
Bolton. Tel: 017818-046656.
Informal friendly meeting place for lesbian and bisexual women. Free crèche available by request.

Gay & Lesbian Services & Support around Greater Manchester

Lesbian Community Project
PO Box 153, Manchester M60 1LP.
Information and referral service for lesbians on groups, events, services, support, training, etc.
Website: Email:

Albert Kennedy Trust
The City Centre Project, 52 Oldham Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161-228 3308 and 3309.
Supported accommodation and befriending service for homeless lesbian, gay and bisexual people aged 21 and under. Initial support via phone.

42nd Street
Swan Buildings, Swan Street, Manchester.
Confidential Tel: 0161-832 0170 (Mon-Fri 2.00pm-5.00pm). Email:
For 14-25 year olds under stress. One to one group support for gay men.

George House Trust
75 Ardwick Green North, Manchester. Tel: 0161-839 4340. Web:
Support for people with HIV in the Northwest - advice, care and information.

Lesbian & Gay Youth Manchester
Tel: 0161-2774 4664. Email:
Social support for gays and lesbians aged 14-25 - social and leisure activities.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation
4th Floor, Princess House, 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD.
Tel: 0161-235 8035. Email:
Fax: 0161-235 8036. Helpline: 0845 3 30 30 30.

Lesbians Project
Tel: 0161-445 0212. Network and connections project offering support to lesbians.

MIND Group
Rochdale. Tel: 01706-345264. Social support for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered people.

Manchester Concord
A "democratic offshoot" of Northern Concord – meets every Wednesday in Rembrandt’s and is the only support group for trans people in the Manchester’s Gay Village. Website:
Email Mary at for further details.

Peer Support Project
PO Box 153, Manchester M60 1LP. Tel: 0161-274 4664.
Web: Email:
Information and support services for lesbians and gays up to 25 years of age.

B You
Wigan. Tel: 01942-705396.
Safe meeting place for lesbians and gays for confidentiality, information and support.

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This page last updated 9 Feb 12.