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Preview: Lets Talk About Sex: 30 years of community activism in Greater Manchester

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By Grace Atkinson


We have come a long way since the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, yet sexual health remains an integral part of the Manchester community. The stigma attached to sexual health means that not enough people talk about it, or have the right information to ensure safe sex.

On Thursday 19th October, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University’s RAH! programme, the LGBT Foundation will present Lets Talk About Sex: 30 Years of Community Activism in Greater Manchester, an interactive event that will bring forward the history and personal testimonies around sexual health in Manchester.

With guest speakers such as Gerard Gudgion, co-founder of Healthy Gay Manchester, and Paul Martin from the LGBT Foundation, Lets Talk About Sex will be a powerful discussion and exhibit of the activism around sexual health.

Project Co-ordinator Mike Upton said: “Expect an interactive timeline of events that showcases some of the different perspectives on, and experiences of, this important part of Manchester’s heritage.”

The night is part of a series that includes a special screening of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, a film by Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman, and introduced by ACT UP activist Monica Pearl.

This film will document the efforts of the activist group since their forming in 1987, consisting of the personal histories of its members, and rare archival footage.


Let’s Talk About Sex: 30 Years of Community Activism in Greater Manchester will take place on Thursday 19th October at Number 70 Oxford Street. The event is free, but booking is highly advised.

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP film screening will take place on Wednesday 1st November at Number 70 Oxford Street. The event is free, but booking is highly advised.

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