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The 13th to the 19th of November marks Transgender Awareness Week for 2023. The week’s purpose is to celebrate transgender joy and all members of the trans community, whilst also highlighting the struggles the community faces and elevating the voices of gender non-conforming people. The 20th of November this year marks Trans Remembrance Day, dedicated to memorialising transgender people who lost their lives to transphobic violence. In the past year, transphobic hate crimes have risen by 11% across the UK, showing the vitality of Transgender Awareness Week more than ever, and also the need for greater visibility of transgender people and their stories.

To bring in the occasion, we have collated a list of events taking place across Manchester for the queer and transgender community to enjoy, alongside ones allies can attend to seek education, appreciate the transgender community, whilst joining the celebrations.

Queer In Tech: Inclusive Tech Meetup

14th November 2023, 5.30-8.30PM

Nimble Approach, 1 Silk Street, Manchester

At this event you can expect talks from queer community members across a range of topics including tech, leadership and barriers into employment and career development. This is the perfect opportunity to network with like minded community members and hear from experienced speakers.

Transgender Animation Event: Divert, Delight, Defy

14th November 2023

HOME MCR, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester

This animation screening is part of Manchester Animation Festival 2023. It explores transgender identities through animation, whilst showcasing a vibrant spectrum of gender identities, highlighting the necessity of community and found family, and the urgent need for trans voices to be heard. Sparkle have a number of fully funded tickets available for the event – sign up via the link above.

Queer Co-Work Babes

14th November 2023, 10AM-4PM

The Proud Trust, 49-51 Sidney Street, Manchester

15th November 2023, 9AM-5PM

Feel Good Club, 26-28 Hilton St, Manchester

If you identify as queer or LGBTQIA+ and are looking to get some work done you are most welcome to come along and join in with the Queer Hive co-working sessions in some relaxed and friendly environments across Manchester.

Lived Experience Q&A Panel

15th November 2023, 7-9PM

Central Manchester Location TBC – Check for updates

As part of Trans Awareness Week, Sparkle is proud to present a lived-experience Q&A panel. Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK’s Banksie will be leading the conversation between some wonderful panelists: Logan Brown, Yvy DeLuca (AKA Bolly Witch), HUSK, Vil, and a collection of trustees and key volunteers from Sparkle – the national transgender charity. They will be discussing all things trans, non-binary, self-care, coming out, and much more.

Queer and Trans Yoga

16th November 2023, 8.45-9.45AM

St Peter’s House, Oxford Road, Manchester

This class is an energising morning vinyasa flow class exclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. It is a dynamic class with an emphasis on connecting body movement with the breath; the perfect way to wake up the mind and body in the morning for the day ahead. Tamsin Cole’s teaching style aims to be inclusive to all people whilst adopting a trauma-informed, body acceptance approach. She believes in the healing power of connecting to nature through yoga and how this should be accessible to everyone.

Transgender Speaker Panel

16th November 2023, 3-4PM

The Union – Conference Suite, Manchester Metropolitan University

The Union is bringing in a group of speakers to talk about their personal experiences with transitioning and the ups and downs they’ve faced along the way. Whether you’re a member of the trans community or an ally, pre-book your free ticket above and celebrate this special week.

Stories of Queer Icons

16th November 2023, 7-10.30PM

Feel Good Club, 26-28 Hilton St, Manchester

Join members of the Untold Orchestra, led by the vocals of Dom Lawson, in an intimate but interactive night celebrating the stories and lives of some of music’s queer icons. You will also have the chance to share stories of some of your favourite icons, their songs and join Dom, the band and all the Feel Good Club staff on the dance floor.

Trans Awareness Week: Manchester & Beyond

17th November 2023, 11AM-1PM

Manchester Central Library, Manchester

Drop in to Manchester Central Library during Transgender Awareness Week, to engage with some of the rich history and experiences of trans and non-binary community members, activism and community organising in Manchester and beyond. You’ll be able to see items specially selected from the LGBT Foundation Archive. If you’re inspired by the items in the archive and wish to get involved in community organising yourself, there will be a chance to chat to Nico, Community Organising Coordinator, and hear about ways you can get involved.

Sparkle and Manchester Queer Art Market

18th November 2023, 12-5PM

GRUB MCR, Manchester, M4 4HF

Head along to GRUB for a pop up event centred around trans joy, with Sparkle and Manchester Queer Art Market. The event invites LGBTQIA+ creatives to showcase and sell their work. If you are an LGBTQ+ creative, you can apply to have a stall by emailing Entry to the market is free so pop along to support the community and their creativity.

If you have any recommendations for events to attend during Transgender Awareness Week, or are holding your own event, please send them over to for us to shout about them on our social media.

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