Queer Youth In Focus

As part of Queer Contact Festival 2017 we were commissioned by Contact to work with LGBTQ+ young people across Greater Manchester to identify the important issues affecting them today


Being young and LGBT in the UK today

In collaboration with The Proud Trust, Contact and Manchester City Council we delivered 10 workshops with LGBTQ+ youth groups across Greater Manchester to explore debating and the importance of being heard. The workshops produced provocations for the festival’s Queer Youth Gathering, an afternoon of discussion, performance, films and visual art.

2017 is an important year in British LGBT history as it marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden Report that recommended that homosexual activity should no longer be a criminal offence. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. There have been incredible changes to the rights of LGBT people over the past 60 years, we were tasked with asking what is the reality of being young and LGBT in the UK today?

Andrew Anderson created a short film from footage of the workshops and photography collective Beyond Beyond created 18 new photographic portraits of participants.

Creative credits

Photography by Beyond Beyond  

Video works by Andrew Anderson

Workshop facilitation by Art with Heart

Project management by Sam Malik and Barry Priest

Youth groups

The Proud Trust, Afternoon Tea,  B YOU Wigan, Fusion, LGYM, Rainbow Noir, Stockport Wednesdays, and Youth Out in Oldham.

With thanks to

Commissioned by Contact. Supported by Awards For All and Superbia. Produced in partnership with The Proud Trust.

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