Our November Alert! will take place on the first FRIDAY of the month, rather than in our usual first Saturday slot due to a pre-existing booking at Alter Ego. We will be back to Saturdays from December though. We had been promised New Year’s Eve but it seems there was a mix-up with the diary so we will run as per our usual pattern on Saturday December 3rd and Saturday January 7th
What are we trying to do?
We hope to take over a venue in or close to Manchester’s Gay Village, a Mecca for not only the LGBT community but tourists, foodies and people seeking a fun, safe night out. But not everyone wants their night over-run by hen parties, or indeed wants to be gawped at by tourists. So we want to provide a space that caters for those of us who feel we don’t fit in the bars on the street.
We want to take over a suitable venue and turn it into a community space including retail outlets, a café, nightclub and some private rooms available for hire to individuals, community groups etc
What do we need?
Initially we need investment to get this plan off the ground. We have a sound business plan, which shows that this can be a profitable exercise, plus great interest from the community. We have a number of businesses already interested in coming on board including Alert! (Manchester’s premier gay fetish night), Underground retail, Club Lash and a number of event brands from elsewhere in the country).
Why are we doing this?
We believe passionately that Manchester’s Gay Village is unique, special and something to be cherished. It has, however, become somewhat gentrified and commercialised, with big brewery chains seeking to make money from whoever they can. This has dilutes what The Village stands for and who feels comfortable there. Many of the more ‘fringe’ events are being pushed out and the community spirit is disappearing. But we believe it isn’t too late to get back that community feel. Our plans would allow for a huge community space which would cater for the mainstream audience but also provide a home for those events, prompters and customers who currently do not feel welcome in and around Canal Street.
Why should you get involved?
If you believe that a community should include everyone, not just the mainstream then this is a way to show not only Manchester but also the world. If you believe that, whilst there is a need for big chain brewery bars, there is an equal requirement for a venue that caters for the left of centre, then this is an opportunity to make that happen. If you have ever been in one of those minority groups, ostracised, made to feel unwelcome among your peer groups then this is a way to fight back. Or maybe you just want to see a great space, used by great people in an awesome city?
How can you help?
For now, just sign up to our mailing list here and join the conversation. Whilst we will send out periodic updates to tell you how we are progressing, we promise to not inundate you with loads of emails. We know how annoying that can be! You can, of course unsubscribe at any time. Then, when we are ready to launch our crowd funding campaign we will let you know.
In order to secure a venue of our own we need to be able to demonstrate that we have funds to carry out any work needed to modify/theme/kit-out the venue and need to show we have the money to run it for the first three months. That is where you will be able to help. We will launch the crowd-funding campaign when we have a better idea of the figures.
September 3rd Alert! LITE
Join us as part of Manchester Leathermen’s weekend celebrations of all things leather.
MLM is a growing community and enjoying a resurgence in popularity so why not come along in leather to help celebrate? Of course, if you don’t have leather then our full dress code will be in operation, so rubber, sportskit etc are all fine too.
But for one weekend, don’t hide the hide!
You will also see we have and extra weekend scheduled for Pride this year so the diary so far looks like this:
Pre- and post-Alert! parties
Remember that The Eagle, Company Bar and the Rem are great places forl pre- and post-Alert! drinks. They are open until late and are still within very easy walking distance of Alert! And of course there is The Eagle’s remounted Sunday Service which brings some great acts and entertainment to the city so why not come to Sunday Cellar and then head to The Eagle?
Phones and Photos
Please respect the privacy of others and keep your mobile phone in your bag or pocket. Nobody wants to hear your conversation and there may be people there who don’t want to appear in your selfie. If you need to take a call please do so in Reception or outside the building. Thanks
Safer sex packs, condoms and lube are available at the venue and for you to take home. These are kindly provided to us by the LGBT Foundation, who also offer support and advice to gay people. They run special rapid HIV testing clinics and can provide counselling, advice and support to anyone with a positive diagnosis or who may be worried or have questions about safer sex. LGBT Foundation contact details are available here.
Representatives from LGBT Foundation will be at various Alert! events to offer special information sessions and to introduce you to their new Play Packs, developed specially for men who have sex with men who are either hosting or engaging in group sex activities or chemsex. The packs include lube, condoms, antibacterial wipes, gloves and so on. You can find out more at their Play packs website or of course at the March Alert!
We’ve added some new photos from Alert! in our gallery section. This batch is from Manchester Rubbermen Weekend in April 2016.