UK: Liverpool Wraps Up Public Consultations on Improving Gay Quarter

Author: , May 22nd, 2011

Stanley Street, LiverpoolThe BBC reports that a consultation on how to turn Liverpool’s gay quarter into an international attraction has concluded.

Proposals for the Stanley Street area of the city centre include a central square with restaurants and cafes. People living, working and socialising in the area were asked their view on hour to develop it as part of a council funded #12,000 consultation. The report looked at how the area could be marketed to compete with other cities successful gay districts.

Director of Liverpool Pride Festival, James Davis, said Stanley Street catered for everyone, not just the LGBT community.

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UK: First Ever Gay Pride for East Lancashire?

Author: , March 30th, 2011

East Lancashire Gay PrideEast Lancashire’s first ever gay pride festival could be held in Burnley this summer. The event would consist of a day of colourful parades and activities and would be supported by local bars.

Already 158 people have joined the ‘Burnley Pride’ group and a number have shown an interest in helping plan the day. Organisers hope the event will be similar to popular gay pride festivals which take place in Manchester and Blackpool.

Jay Howarth, who at weekends performs as alter ego Zanadu Minnelli in Burnley’s Guys as Dolls bar, said there was a strong desire for a pride event in the town. He said: “Things are still at an early stage but there is definitely a will to make something happen.

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Gay Friendly Manchester, England Offers Many Attractions

Author: , December 15th, 2010

United Kingdom Gay TravelFilled with culture and development, Manchester is highly celebrated, particularly renowned for its music scene, as well as the gay community and acceptance. Despite the city not having the same appeal as larger cities, such as London, there are many things to see there, as well as a thriving economy and some beautiful landscapes.

It is these type of attractions that make Manchester an ideal location for company headquarters, as they give office workers something to do on their time off. In fact the following is a list of the key attractions, hand-selected by staff at

1. The Whitworth Art Gallery: Costing nothing to enter, this gallery has a collection of over 55,000 items, as well as often controversial exhibits. Just over a year ago, I had visited this gallery to view ‘Kinderzimmer’ by Gregor Schneider, which was a large room that was completely dark within, save for a poorly-lit small room at the other end, containing nothing but an old mattress that looked used. An interesting exhibit, though undeniably weird.

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