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WATCH: TWO cheers for our Manchester Pride 2017 float!

26 Jul 2017

University sets up two cheering points to support our parade stars – and get a free T-shirt

Manchester Pride 2017

Our LGBT Staff Network Group ALLOUT, plus ALLIES, supported by members of the senior management team, joined together yesterday to officially launch our participation in Manchester Pride 2017.

This will be the sixth time the University has participated in Manchester Pride (we have previously taken part in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).

The theme of ‘The Class of 2017: Graduation’ suits us perfectly and we’ll have a suitably themed entry featuring gowns, mortar boards and lots of colour! 

For 2017 we have a new addition to our participation – cheering points!

Two cheering points will be strategically placed along the route (one near the Town Hall and one near the Sackville Street Building) so people can keep the entry going with enthusiastic cheers and giveaways for the crowds! 

Everyone is welcome to participate in either the entry or cheer points on Saturday, 26 August – staff, students, friends and family. All entrants will get a free T-shirt! BUT there are limited spaces. To register, send an email indicating your preferences for T-shirt size and walking entry or cheer point to: 

Karen Heaton, Director of HR and LGBT Champion, said: “This is a great opportunity for all staff and students to be involved in an important event for the University and the city of Manchester. Being a part of our walking entry demonstrates inclusivity and support for LGBT colleagues, students and future recruits.”

Further information

For more details about our entry and past successes visit:

If you can’t make the parade, but want to support our LGBT Staff, then why not become an Ally?

Allies are defined as ‘individuals who do not identify as LGBT and who believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should experience full equality in the workplace. 

For more information and how to sign up, visit: