Manchester Gay Village

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 VillageThe Clone ZoneManto BarSpitir Bar

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
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

37 Bloom Street, Manchester M1. Tel: 0161-237 1032.
Men’s and Women’s barber, open Monday to Saturday from 10.00am to

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

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

The Breakfast

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

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

Dorothy’s Drop

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

Albert Kennedy

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

George House

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

Lesbian &
Gay Youth Manchester

Tel: 0161-2774 4664. Email:
Social support for gays and lesbians aged 14-25 – social and leisure

The Lesbian
& Gay Foundation

4th Floor, Princess House, 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester M1
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.


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

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.