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Salford marks the start of LGBT History Month with jam-packed fundraising event

Jan 08, 2019

The University will be kick-starting LGBT History Month, an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, with a special fundraiser in partnership with Salford Pride. Every year the month-long observance provides role models, builds community and highlights the contributions of LGBT people.

On Friday 1 February 2019, 5.30pm until midnight, Atmosphere bar and Kitchen in University House will host the Big Pink Fundraiser, comprising of a special quiz with drag hosts Delilah and Venus and a big pink disco with student DJs Dillon James and Wreckitt.

Lee Bowditch, CEO of Salford Pride, said: “I am thrilled to have the University of Salford organising the fundraiser for the Pink Picnic, on behalf of Salford Pride. It is a great honour to work with the University and we’re looking forward to taking on the other quiz teams and have a celebratory jive afterwards.”

Graham Rimmer, DSAS Events, adds: “The DSAS Quiz Night is one of most popular events in the calendar and colleagues are always asking when the next one is and what surprises we will pull out of the bag. It is fair to say working with Salford Pride this will be the biggest, loudest and probably the pinkest event to day. We can’t wait to welcome staff, students people from the local community to the University to launch LGBT History Month and celebrate our diverse city, whilst raising money for The Pink Picnic.”

There’ll also be a ‘Walk in My Shoes’ exhibition throughout the day in University House in association with the Salford LGBT Multi-Agency Forum. Here people will be invited to hear stories from Salford LGBT people about what their journey has been like to be LGBT in Salford. 

“Salford City Council is delighted to be working jointly with partners in Salford LGBT+ Multiagency Forum on our Walk in My Shoes project for LGBT History Month, 2019,” said Magda Sachs, Principal Policy and Equalities Officer at Salford City Council. 

Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett adds: “Salford is proud to celebrate our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans residents and I welcome events celebrating LGBT+ history month in our city”.

Entry for the quiz is £5 per team (maximum 8 in each team). The winning team will take home a prize hamper worth over £100 thanks to kind donations from sponsors of Salford Pride, as well as a trophy hand-crafted by Tim Bailey from the School of Arts and Media (and of course winners’ bragging rights).

All money raised will go to The Pink Picnic, Salford’s annual LGBT celebration, due to take place in Peel Park on Saturday 22 June 2019.

For tickets, check out the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/131301937822673/

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