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02/19/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/19/2018 08:05

Have your voice heard at Manchester LGBT Question Time

On 20 February 1988 tens of thousands of people came together in Manchester to march on Albert Square against the introduction of Section 28 of the Local Government Act.

Section 28 of the Local Government Act stated councils should not 'intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality' in any of their work.

To mark the 30 anniversary of this monumental action members of the public will have the chance to put questions to a panel of representatives from some of Manchester's most influential organisations for LGBT rights and issues.

LGBT Question Time 2018 is set to take place at the People's History Museum, Manchester city centre, on Sunday 25 February. The annual event is now in its sixth year.

Panel members will include: Councillor Bev Craig, Manchester City Council Lead Member for LGBT Women; Paul Martin OBE, LGBT campaigner and Chief Executive of the LGBT Foundation; Annie Wallace, award winning actress and activist; Chloe Cousins, LGBT youth worker and Rainbow Noir activist and; Paul Wheeler, Chair of the Board for Manchester Pride.

Questions for the panel can be submitted in advance via the Facebook event or by using #MCCQT2018 on Twitter. Questions will also be taken from the audience and Twitter during the event - that will be hosted by Gaydio presenter Martin Cooper.

Following the enactment of the 1988 Local Government Act Manchester City Council appointed four officers to influence related policy and oversee its implementation.

Their work involved briefing Education and Social Services teams and providing information to staff about how they could continue to support LGBT people in Manchester despite the new legislation.

In 2003, after 15 years of campaigning, Section 28 was repealed.

Councillor Bev Craig, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing and the Council's Lead Member for LGBT Women said:

'Manchester City Council is exceptionally proud of our history and track record of fighting for LGBT rights and supporting our LGBT communities, and will continue to do this in the future. Join us on 25th February to talk about the issues that matter to you, and the priorities for the next 30 years.'

Councillor Peter Cookson, Manchester City Council's Lead Member for Gay Men's Issue, said: 'As a proud Mancunian, I am delighted that Manchester City Council has such an excellent record over many years in promoting LGBT rights and, of course Manchester City Council will continue to do so. Please come along to LGBT Question Time on 25th February to have your say'

You can follow the conversation on Twitter and submit your questions by using the hashtag: #MCCQT2018

To watch a Facebook Live stream of the event visit: www.facebook.com/mancitycouncil