Manchester Pride Fringe Event: Loud & Clear

Publish Date: 20/08/2013

‘Loud & Clear’ will feature a panel of inspirational lesbian and bisexual women discussing the many different ways that we ‘come out’ and get our voices heard, both at Pride and in the wider world.

It will also mark the launch of ‘Can You Hear Me?’, an interactive art exhibition showcasing the stories of lesbian and bisexual women with experience of mental health problems.

The panel for ‘Loud & Clear’ will include local vicar and writer Rachel Mann; writer, producer, activist, teacher and founder of ‘Art With Heart’, Sarah Evans; Lisah Nabaggala, a refugee from Uganda who sought asylum in Britain following persecution in her home country; journalist and New Statesman columnist, Eleanor Margolis and the director of ‘Time To Change’, Sue Baker. Audience members will be encouraged to join in the discussion with the panel.

‘Loud & Clear’ is a free event and is open to anyone who self-identifies as a lesbian or bisexual woman. The event takes place at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number Five Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF on Tuesday 20th August. There will be free food and the official launch of the Can You Hear Me? exhibition from 5.30pm, with the Loud & Clear panel discussion at 6.30pm. Places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Can You Hear Me?’ is an exciting new art exhibition to highlight the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women with mental health problems, support them to share their stories with the public, to change attitudes and reduce stigma. 

The project is funded by Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief. The exhibition itself has been created by Visual Artist Charlotte Newson (creator of the ‘Women Like You’ Emmeline Pankhurst portrait) and Community Artist Emma Rothwell, in partnership with a group of local lesbian and bisexual women.

For further information about ‘Loud & Clear’ or to advise of access requirements please email women@lgf.org.uk or call 0845 3 30 30 30. This event may be busy and we have limited space so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

The free 'Can You Hear Me?' Exhibition runs from Tuesday 20 August to Sunday 25 August 2013 at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre and is open to all. For more information and exhibition times visit www.lgf.org.uk/canyouhearme