About Us

Manchester Pride is a registered charity that campaigns for equality and challenges discrimination; creates opportunity for engagement and participation and celebrates lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) life.

The charity fundraises for LGBT and HIV projects in the region through staging a number of events throughout the year including The award winning Manchester Pride Festival, The Manchester Pride Spring Benefit, events recognising International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), and our new annual programme of culture, Superbia.

Through these events, Manchester Pride raises funds for North West LGBT and HIV charities and community groups. Since 2003 we have raised and distributed over £1.2 million. In 2015, Manchester Pride funded 35 LGBT community groups in Greater Manchester including Sparkle, Lesbian & Gay Youth Manchester, Northern Wave Swimming Club, Oldham LGBT Consortium and Young Women’s Health Project.

A dedicated network of volunteers support the small team behind Manchester Pride and help us deliver our charitable and community objectives. This support is enhanced by a number of non-executive directors and trustees, who govern and lead the organisation on a voluntary basis.

Manchester Pride is represented around the globe by a number of patrons from the world of politics, film, television, music and literature. Patrons of Manchester Pride carry our important message for LGBT equality to the four corners of the world, championing Manchester Pride, the work we do, the achievements we’ve made and the journey we’ve yet to take.

It's been an incredible year with a number of exciting events and new initiatives for Manchester Pride. Check out this video and take a look back at some of the highlights from our flagship event "The Big Weekend".

Review From The CEO

2015 was another incredible year for Manchester Pride which saw increased community engagement and support from businesses, friends and allies.

Our fundraising efforts this year have exceeded our expectations. Commercially the organisation over performed on the majority of our income revenue stream targets and we are very pleased with the overall outcomes of the year. I’m an occasional fan of anticipation, where relevant, so please keep reading and scroll down to review the performance in detail. We hope you’ll be pleased by what you read.

The year started with a series of listening groups which provided the opportunity for members of our communities to make suggestions and pose questions to our Board of Trustees. There were some great topics discussed and I’m pleased to confirm that we were able to act on some of the suggestions. Examples include the introduction of Superbia; our calendar of cultural events and activities, in order to present activities and events to LGBT communities throughout the year.

We introduced contactless technology within the event site at The Big Weekend enabling our audience to pay for refreshments without the need to bring cash on site.

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“Well @ManchesterPride you were epic! Definitely staying longer next year! #ManchesterPride2015”

Community Engagement

Listening Groups

Listening Groups

Listening Groups provide a voice for members of the LGBT community to share ideas and help us shape the future of Manchester Pride. It’s where talk turns to action. From providing more events outside of The Big Weekend to offering alternative payment methods at our event bars and reintroducing fairground attractions – you spoke we listened! In 2015 we introduced our annual cultural programme, Superbia, providing you with more opportunities to engaging in events throughout the year. We introduced contactless payments at our event bars so that visitors didn’t have to carry cash with them, giving them peace of mind. And yes, we brought back fairground attractions for 2015!

Community Collective

Community Collective

Manchester Pride is proud to work in partnership with a number of community groups, charities and organisations in Greater Manchester. The Community Collective provides a soundboard for individuals representing community organisations and groups to share advice and best practice from policy-making, planning and implementation to event design and delivery.

Pride Stars

Pride Stars

Volunteers are at the very heart of Manchester Pride. Our Board of Trustees are all volunteers and we have over 200 people apply to volunteer each year for our various events and volunteer roles. Our volunteers, known as Pride Stars, help us fundraise to support vital services for local LGBT communities in Greater Manchester as well as partner HIV charities and organisations. They help us shout about Manchester Pride, helping us raise the profile of the organisation as a charity that delivers world class fundraising events, whilst helping us shape and improve the organisation for the future. Volunteers are essential to everything we do!


“The sense of pride I feel when I pull on my Manchester Pride volunteer T-shirt almost brings me to tears. I love being able to give back to my community and the team at Manchester Pride really value their volunteers, each and every one of us!”

Tony Chen - Pride Star 2015

Facts About Manchester Pride


  • Ticketing

    Big Weekend Tickets, Platinum Passes


  • Trading Activity

    Markets, Expo, Parade, Sponsorship, Bars and Catering, Entertainment Stalls


  • Fundraising

    Direct Donations, Business Contributions, Fundraising Events


  • Grants


Festival Expenditure

  • Content

    Superbia, Artists, Dance Arena, Signers, Vigil, Fundraising, Events, Production, Parade


  • Safety

    Policing, Stewarding, Medical Provision


  • Operational

    Infrastructure, Accreditation, Personnel


  • Trading Areas

    Box Office, Expo, VIP, Ticketing Service


  • Site Fees

    Space Hire, Licenses, Land Leases


  • Marketing, PR, Merchandising

    Marketing, PR and communications, Site Signage, Site Branding, Merchandising


Charity Overheads

  • Staff Costs

    Salaries, PAYE, National Insurance, Pension Contributions


  • Irrecoverable VAT & Donations


  • Administration

    Office Space, Overheads & General Expenses, Utilities, Fixtures & Fittings


  • Professional Fees

    Audit Fees, Companies House, Legal, Accountancy & Consultancy Services


  • Please note these figures are based on unaudited accounts for y/e September 2015. Our full audited accounts will be available for review from January 2016

Total amount raised


Charity Partners

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation

Once again, the LGBT Foundation threw open their doors over The Big Weekend offering visitors a place to refresh, recharge and reconnect through a number of community activities and initiatives including a community cafe, a buddying up service as well as health and wellbeing sessions and an LGBT tea dance.

In addition to promoting the great services provided by the LGBT foundation, Manchester Pride is proud to support the free safer sex packs for gay and bisexual men and transgender communities distributed by LGBT Foundation, and will pledge 1/4 of all funds raised by Manchester Pride in 2015 to this initiative.

George House Trust

George House Trust

Manchester Pride worked closely with George House Trust in the presentation of the Candlelit Vigil at the close of The Big Weekend 2015. Sackville Gardens was once again transformed into a scene of floating candles as visitors took time to remember those lost to and living with HIV to show solidarity and commitment to combating stigma and the spread of the epidemic.

Manchester Pride continues to support the George House Trust HIV Welfare Fund and will pledge 1/4 of all funds raised by Manchester Pride in 2015 to this cause.

Our Team

The Board

Our Patrons and Ambassadors

“The reminders of our past, the celebration of our achievements and the hope for our future all wrapped up in 1 event. All you have to do is look around at how everyone interacts and how the businesses operate and you get such a sense of community in the air. I've been to many different prides over the last 10 years or so including some of those in Europe and I would gladly place Manchester Pride up there amongst the best.”

Scott Sammons, The Gay UK

A Special Thank You

2015 has been an exciting year for Manchester Pride as we continue to extend our programme of events throughout the year. The launch of the Superbia programme of events will, I hope, be a welcome addition to Manchester’s cultural calendar and I hope you all find something to enjoy from it.

This year, Manchester Pride, the Charity, has seen an increase in fundraising activity for 2015 ranging from the Manchester Pride Spring Benefit to The Big Weekend and the support we have received has been tremendous.

I would therefore, like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you who has helped support Manchester Pride this year by attending one of our events, purchasing a Pledge Band, dropping a few coins into a bucket or taking on a challenge and fundraising for us. Your continued support directly contributes and makes a positive impact on Greater Manchester’s LGBT community.

I extend my personal thanks to the businesses in The Village who contribute to making The Big Weekend a huge success – and who demonstrate their commitment by proudly flying the flag in support of The Big Weekend and Manchester Pride.

I would like to personally acknowledge the huge support and dedication that our Community Trustee, Tracey Walsh at New York New York and our Community Patron, Tony Cooper at VIA - offer us by fundraising for Manchester Pride throughout the year. Thank you.

And finally, I would like to thank all our dedicated volunteers who give their time freely throughout the year, whether assisting in the office or welcoming visitors to our events. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff, I salute you!

See you in 2016.


Vicken Couligian
Chair of Manchester Pride