Coming soon to a library near you!

We’ve got lots going on in our libraries celebrating LGBTQ History Month this February… so grab yourself the pleasure of popping into your local library for a bit of fun…think Drag Queen Bingo, great books & check out wonderful films and an Author visit that highlight trans lives or get your craft on with the kids during half term!!

Embracing the T

We’ve got a great selection of film shorts donated by My Genderation, Trans Creative & Taylor Le Fin that explore life as a trans person in the UK. They’ll be on show throughout February in the following libraries, phone to find out times:

Avenue Library, Viewing Pods at Central Library Archives+, Chorlton Library, Forum, Library, Gorton Library, Longsight LibraryNewton Heath Library,  North City Library

The Business & Intellectual Property Centre (Seminar Studio) at Central Library will show the films on a loop on the following evenings:

Thursday 14 & 21 February, 5-7.30pm

Word Central Open Mic

Central Library: Thursday 7 February, 6-8pm:

A semaphore-exploding mind flow open mic poetry & spoken word hosted by Tony Curry with special guest poet Ciarán Hodgers. Ciarán is a multi-award-winning spoken word poet from Drogheda, currently touring his debut collection Cosmocartography. He is the Sean Dunne National Young Writer 2010, an International Pangaea Poetry Slam Champion 2015 and the Word War 3 Slam Champion. You can book your open mic spot for February via
NB Open mic slots are 3 minutes maximum and allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. If the open mic slots are already filled you will be offered a space on the reserve list.

Christine Burns MBE. Trans Britain: Our Journey From The Shadows.

Beswick Library: Monday 11 February, 2-4pm.

Central Library: Monday 18 February, 2-4pm. (Hosted by Carl Austin-Behan)

Arcadia Library: Wednesday 27 February, 7 – 8pm

Trans people have been on a long journey for recognition and respect. Former campaigner Christine Burns has a lifetime’s experience of that journey and uses it to enable untold stories to be heard. These are stories with strong Manchester roots, just like the history of early gay rights.

There will also be an opportunity to view some items from the Central Library collections.

LGBT Foundation: 25 Years of Gay & Lesbian Switchboard.

Central Library: Thursday 14 February, 11am – 1pm

Join LGBT Foundation for a handling session at the Oculus with newly acquired trans material & Gay & Lesbian Switchboard.

Drag Queen Bingo with Angel Delight

Central Library: Friday 15 February, 8 – 10.30pm

Welcome to our first Drag Queen Bingo Night at Central Library.
We are proud to present the fabulous Angel Delight for a practically perfect evening of comedy, fun and frolics. Angel will be your gorgeous host for the evening, that will also feature Mary Poppins as you’ve never seen her before…
We’ll also be having the odd game of bingo, but not as you know it!
BIG Bingo Prizes to be won on the night.
Doors open at 7.30pm. Bar will be open all evening.
Over 18’s only.

Quick book your ticket!


Line Dance Party

Central Library, Saturday 23 February, 8-10pm

Calling all Cowboys and Cowgirls.
It’s time to dust off your boots and head down to Central Library for our Line Dance Party!
If you don’t know your Sailor Steps from your Rolling Grapevine, now’s your chance to join the fabulous Prairie Dogs LGBT Line Dance Club for a toe-tapping beginners masterclass!
The Watering Hole bar is open all evening!
Get your tickets now!

Made In Manchester: Carl Austen Behan

Central Library, Monday 25 February, 6.30 – 7.30pm

Join us for this special Made In Manchester event as Carl talks about his journey, from the RAF to Mr Gay UK and now Greater Manchester’s LGBT Advisor, as well as being an entrepreneur and co-founder of Manchester business VA Clean.

Book a ticket on eventbrite.

Schools Out

LGBT History Month Half Term Family Fun & Crafts

  • Monday 18 February:
  • Newton Heath Library, 2-3pm
  • Longsight Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm (with Artist Mandy Cleveland)
  • Tuesday 19 February:
  • Barlow Moor Library, 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Chorlton Library, 2 – 3pm
  • City Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Forum Library, 2 – 3pm
  • North City Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Withington Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Gorton Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm ( with Artist Mandy Cleveland)
  • Wednesday 20 February:
  • City Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Hulme High Street Library,2.30 – 3.30pm (with Artist Mandy Cleveland)
  • Abraham Moss Library, 2.30 – 4pm
  • New Moston Library, 2.30 – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 21 February:
  • Avenue Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Beswick Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm
  • Burnage Library, 11.30 – 12.30pm
  • Didsbury Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Fallowfield Library, 2-3pm
  • Miles Platting Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Powerhouse Library, 3.30 – 4.30pm
  • Withington Library, 2 – 3pm
  • Friday 22 February:
  • Arcadia Library, 2.30 – 3.30pm