Canal Street, Pride 2013

Posted on August 23, 2013

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This is the second in my series of blogs about Manchester’s streets and roads and will concern Canal Street. This weekend is Manchester Pride, an annual parade which takes a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), which serves to promote equal rights and to increase the visibility of their social group to the wider community. This is a good time to mention the history of Canal Street and what it stands for today.  This street is the heart of the LGBT community in Manchester and houses the Manchester Gay Village.

Canal Street, according to local history records, got its name on December 21st 1804.  It has grown over the years into a true symbol of equality.  Since the late 80’s the street has proudly advertised itself as ‘The Gay Village’.  The first pub in the area to openly welcome the gay community…

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