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13 June 2019, 08:58 | Updated: 13 June 2019, 09:02
For the first time Manchester Pride's going to open up to the younger LGBT community
Youth Pride MCR - is free and aimed at people aged 14 up. It will run alongside the main event over the August Bank holiday weekend.
It has been developed with young people from across Greater Manchester.
It will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August at one of Manchester's rising star venues, YES just 320m from the Gay Village and minutes from the parade route, Youth Pride MCR will be take place across both the venue's pink room and basement area.
It will be made up of two different elements over the course of two days.
Saturday's being called Free Yourself, it will start with everyone at Youth Pride MCR walking the parade together for the first time. Then all will be led to YES for an afternoon of fun with DJs, Vogue workshops, post parade partying and special guests. there'll also be a quiet zone which includes a sensory area and mental health discussion.
Sunday's theme for Youth Pride MCR is Know Yourself. The day consists of author talks, acting workshops, and a drag how-to workshop.
Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride said "We're thrilled to be holding the first ever Youth Pride MCR this year as part of the Manchester Pride Festival celebrations. The event has been developed through engagement with young people from across Greater Manchester. Over recent months, we've been in talks with those who want to be involved in shaping these new and exciting events, and a separate youth event was what our audience asked for and what we felt they needed. We're committed to constantly innovating Manchester Pride Festival in order to remain relevant and in tune with what LGBT+ people in Greater Manchester tell us they want from their celebration."