2017 is an important year in British LGBT history as its marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden Report that recommended that homosexual activity should no longer be a criminal offence. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Against this backdrop of historical significance, and the growing impact of worldwide politics on the rights of LGBT people, Contact’s Queer Contact Festival returns for its ninth year, celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender arts and culture in Greater Manchester as part of LGBT History Month.
Expect a packed programme of theatre, music, cabaret, comedy, clubbing, dance, debate, spoken word and visual art examining gender, sexuality, health, religion, politics and more, at venues across Greater Manchester including Contact, the Whitworth, Manchester Central Library, Band on the Wall, and Deaf Institute.
Here are our picks