A new photography exhibition showcasing famous faces and their connections to the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community is launched for Manchester Pride Weekend.
As part of Manchester Pride weekend celebrities and well-known faces including; Faye Brookes, Antony Cotton and Graham Norton have been photographed as part of a unique exhibition, #JustLikeYou, revealing their connections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to raise awareness for the Manchester Pride charity.
Shot by celebrity and fashion photographer Rachel Joseph, the exhibition entitled #JustLikeYou blurs the barriers between the wider and LGBT communities and shows just how interconnected we all are. Each striking image, many exploring gay stereotypes, is accompanied with a message that reveals a personal connection to the LGBT community.
People visiting the exhibition in the atrium at Manchester Corn Exchange from Friday 26 August will be encouraged to put themselves in the frame and share their personal connection using #JustLikeYou and @ManchesterPride.
Other faces in the exhibition include; Shobna Gulati, Stephanie Hirst, Bruno Langley and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan.
Rachel Joseph said; “Manchester has always been proud of its diverse community and this project demonstrates how the city constantly thinks of ways to demonstrate and celebrate its creativity”.
The message accompanying award winning BBC radio and TV presenter Stephanie Hirst’s image reads; “So What, I Changed My Gender”. She said, “I was proud to be asked to take part, I’ve never been happier than I am today – it’s important that we celebrate a community that is so accepting of each other”.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Carl Austin-Behan’s message reads; “Proud To Be A Gay-Lord Mayor”. He Said; “I’m proud of who I am and equally proud to don the ceremonial robes and serve as Lord Mayor. I hope this project makes people feel equally as connected to Manchester.”
Coronation Street’s latest gay character Kate Connor is played by Faye Brookes, her message reads “Sometimes You Just Can’t Tell”. She said; “Coronation Street has led the way for gay characters in soaps and I’m honored to carry on the tradition, Kate is such a great character”.
Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said; “This is a great initiative from Rachel The Corn Exchange. It highlights the strong support for LGBT community that we have here in Manchester, with public figures such as Carl and Stephanie leading then way when it comes to raising awareness of the issues facing LGBT people. A must see over The Big Weekend.”
Mark Schofield, General Manager of Corn Exchange said: “Manchester Pride is such a great event, it touches all areas of the city, not just the Village area and we were delighted to be asked to host this great exhibition.”
Show your PRIDE this weekend and flash your wristband for special deals – Cabana are offering a free Caipirinha cocktail for all those that show their wristbands and Banyan Bar and Kitchen, are offering 20% off all food.
Additionally take a picture with the PRIDE boards in and around Corn Exchange and post it on social media for the chance to win a Vietnamese feast for four, including cocktails at Pho
The exhibition will run from 26th August to 09th September. Hosts in the scheme will be encouraging people to donate to Manchester Pride.