OutdoorLads, an outdoor pursuits’ group and charity fundraiser, has recently been named as a Community Partner for Manchester Pride – the city’s annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) festival.
As a Community Partner they will work closely with Pride to help deliver elements of the festival and its charitable aims. OutdoorLads organise a wide range of adventures and activities: including camping, hostelling, hill walking and indoor climbing for gay and bi-sexual men.
Their charitable aim is to promote equality and diversity, and to eliminate discrimination by raising awareness of issues affecting members of the LGBT community.
Chris Knight, office manager at OutdoorLads, said: “This is a great opportunity for OutdoorLads to take the Pride message right across the country. Homophobia still unfortunately exists in the world today and OutdoorLads is another way in which we actively demonstrate that gay people are just regular people, like everyone else.”
“As partner’s of Manchester Pride we can show the world that gay people can achieve anything they want to and that we don’t have to conform to stereotypes.”
Jackie Crozier, festival director of Manchester Pride, said: “I’m delighted to welcome OutdoorLads on board as one of our Community Partners. They’re a wonderful charity and the range of activities they provide is just fantastic. I’m very much looking forward to working with them closely on some Manchester Pride Fringe events.”
Other Manchester Pride Community Partners include: Gaydio, Canal-Street.co.uk and Pride Sports.