About the project

Since March 2011 over 30 Gaydio volunteers have collected over 100 people's stories about being LGB&T in Greater Manchester.

But why?

There is documented history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans events and culture dating back to the 1800s in Greater Manchester and there are several recognised sources of this, such as the LGB&T history trail as well as press cuttings kept in the archives at Manchester Library. There are however very few sources that capture more recent history of the community, from the personal stories and sacrifice leading up to decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 to more recent successes such as the passing of civil partnership laws.

There's also something extremely powerful about hearing it from the people involved. People who have lived, loved, danced, shagged, mourned laughed and cried in this iconic city. People who have made Manchester the place it is today. Explore the stories for yourself here and then share your own.

If you're looking for a place to start I suggest listening to one of our documentaries - Your Story charts the history from the 60's to today, whilst Kath's Story is an intimate account of one woman's life in Manchester.

Copies of all the interviews are available at the North West Sound Archive so future generations can hear for themselves just what it was like being gay in Manchester.

We'd love to know what you think. Email us yourstory@gaydio.co.uk with your comments. A big thanks to all of our volunteers who made this project possible and the to the dozens of people who shared their fascinating lives with us.

Enjoy.

Chris Holliday
Projects Manager