LGBTQ+ Manchester

Manchester has a thriving LGBTQ+ scene, centred around the world famous Canal Street – home of “The Village”. A beacon of celebration in the city, the Gay Village is a must for any visitor to Manchester.

Located just south of Chinatown, the village is not only a thriving hub for nightlife, but living proof that Manchester is one of the world’s leading gay-friendly cities.

With a combination of bars, clubs, restaurants and green spaces set alongside a long stretch of the Rochdale Canal, Manchester’s Gay Village has something to suit all tastes. The Village is also famous for hosting a number of regular annual events and special community activities – perhaps most prominent is Manchester Pride. Standing as one of the biggest Pride events in the UK, Manchester Pride attracts a huge number of visitors to the city each year.

Manchester also proudly hosts Sparkle, the national transgender celebration weekend in July, whilst the Great British Bear Bash sees the gay village taken over by the larger, bearded, hairier chap over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Gay culture has flourished into a village-like community with a combination of bars, clubs, restaurants and green spaces set alongside a long stretch of the Rochdale Canal, making it the perfect setting for alfresco drinking and dining.

Essential LGBTQ+ Manchester


Proud is an audio-visual exhibition, created by Heard Storytelling, to celebrate Manchester’s…

LGBTQ+ Events

Superbia 16 Aug 2024


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SLOW 17 Aug 2024


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TOPS 17 Aug 2024


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Female Trouble 18 Aug 2024

Female Trouble

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LGBTQ+ Manchester Blogs

Alternative LGBTQ+ Manchester

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Manchester’s LGBTQ+ History on Screen

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6 LGBTQ+ Artists from Greater Manchester You Should Know About

1. Lovescene Lovescene are one of the newest groups at the centre of Manchester’s emerging soul scene, but making big waves regardless. Lead by Pops Roberts, the six-piece soul band homes in on heartbreak and the subsequent self-discovery. With influences ranging from the retro-soul sounds of Sade…

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LGBT-friendly cafes and restaurants in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester homes several vibrant and inclusive spaces for everyone, whether you’re looking for restaurants, cafés, book shops, tea rooms and everything in between. If you’re looking for LGBT-friendly spaces, we’ve put together just a few of the city’s favourites. As well as a thriving…

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Top Things to do in Manchester Gay Village

Canal Street is the beacon that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. With vibrant nightclubs, restaurants, bars and pubs, the village welcomes all LGBTQ members within and outside of Manchester. 1. The Molly House The Molly House is a cosy bar and tapas restaurant nestled behind Canal Street and is…

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