Manchester City Council

Have your voice heard at Manchester's LGBT Question Time

An open event at Manchester Town Hall will give attendees the opportunity to become involved in a Question Time style debate on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues.

The event will provide members of the LGBT community the chance to discuss vital issues and help to influence the future plans of organisations represented on the invited panel.

The debate, in the Banqueting Room of Manchester Town Hall from 12-2pm on Sunday 7 February, is being held to mark LGBT History month which runs throughout February.

Now in its fourth year, the annual LGBT Question Time is to be chaired by Chris Holliday, a presenter on Gaydio.

Included on the panel are:

  • Councillor Bev Craig, Manchester City Council lead member for LGBT Women’s issues
  • Rob Cookson, Deputy Chief Executive- The LGBT Foundation
  • Jo Harvey-Barringer, Chief Executive- Broken Rainbow
  • Professor Stephen Whittle, OBE,  Professor of Equalities Law- MMU and Co-founder of Press for Change
  • Inspector Jacqui Prest, Greater Manchester Police 

Topics discussed will be set by questions submitted in advance, and by the audience. Last year’s discussions included, homophobic bullying and health issues facing the LGBT community.

Councillor Bev Craig, Lead Member for LGBT Women's Issues, Manchester City Council said: "LGBT Question Time has become an important feature on the Council’s equality calendar. It ensures that we listen to the diverse voices in the LGBT community to help understand all needs and priorities.

"We look forward to a lively discussion exploring vital issues. This will enable us to take account of critical needs and improve what we do.”

LGBT Question Time is being hosted by Manchester City Council in partnership with the LGBT Foundation.

The event is open to all. If you would like to submit a question to the panel in advance or register interest please email:

Twitter: #MCCQT2016

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