Our February event is a massive joint celebration as it marks our 13th birthday and we are hosting the major event as part of Manchester Gay Skinhead Weekend.
The MGS Social takes place on the Friday and then we will be joined by the Skinheads for the Saturday.
The skinhead movement started back in the 1960s, was generally non-political and drew elements from mod fashion and black music and black fashion. It was in fact born as a protest against the racism faced by immigrant workers from Jamaica. It was certainly not intended as a racist, anti-religious political movement. In the 1970s, the movement was diverted and became subverted by neo-Nazi, white-supremacists, leading to Margaret Thatcher’s government banning skinhead music from the shops, from the raidio and all media coverage. Today the movement has further evolved, moving away from the political, racist, right-wing values towards the original values.
We have welcomed skinheads at Alert! from the very beginning so we are happy to share our birthday event with the MGS group and indeed skinheads from around the country.