Proud Trust

In 2018, we awarded £100,000 towards the rebuilding of Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre on the existing site.


The Proud Trust’s vision is to end stigma and fear of stigma through working directly with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) young people as well as influencing wider society, so that all LGBT+ people will be proud of who they are, and integrated across communities where they live, learn, work, play and pray.

Centrally based at Manchester’s LGBT+ Centre, Proud Trust operates across the Northwest, delivering 22 youth groups and peer support for more than 1,100 young people every year. It also provides space at the Centre for up to 25 volunteer-led adult support groups such as Rainbow Noir for Black and Asian LGBT+ people. In addition, the Centre provides a base to deliver two Proud Trust national initiatives: The Rainbow Flag Award (an LGBT+ inclusion programme working with 277 schools, funded by the Department for Education), and the National Trans Youth Network (which includes 37 member organisations)

building Reconstruction Project

The LGBT+ Centre, the first publicly funded LGBT+ centre in Europe, is iconic for Manchester’s LGBT+ community. However, having served the charity well for a number of years, it was creaking at the seams as demand outstripped the size of the space, and the high usage has taken its toll on the fabric of the building.

The rebuild will consist of a new three story building on the existing site with a café and roof garden. The Proud Trust is aiming to triple the number of LGBT+ groups and people supported at the new centre. At the time of application £882,500 had been raised towards the £1.6 million project. A grant of £100,000 was awarded.

“I get to work with people that I care about and who care about me.”

Max, Proud Trust group member

“If we had no LGBT+ youth groups, I don’t know where I would be. I finally felt like I could go somewhere to be myself and be accepted. It has helped me come out to my family and friends, and it has made me a much more open person. I felt like I was hiding before, and now I’m not.”

Hanna, Proud Trust youth group