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Pride House Manchester stage a series of events to support LGBT athletes

Putting equality into the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Pride House Manchester are hosting a series of events from 7 – 23 February to stand against the Russia’s anti-gay legislations and show solidarity with LGBT athletes across the world.

As part of the global Pride House International initiative, Manchester’s ‘festival hub’ is Taurus bar and restaurant, located on Canal Street in the heart of Manchester’s gay village.

The village venue will help to host the Pride House Manchester Opening from 7:30pm on February 7, featuring a Same Sex Hand Holding Initiative, where the organisation and its supporters will attempt to circle the gay village hand-in-hand to send an extremely poignant message to those in Sochi.

Additionally, an Alternative Olympic Ceremony with speeches, performers and a procession featuring local sports teams and It’s A Gay Winter Knockout – a ‘chillier themed’ rendition of Taurus’ notorious annual event that has featured competitive three-legged-high-heeled races and ‘the handbag toss’.

A range of other Manchester venues will also help play host to the diverse events programme for the sixteen day extravaganza. This includes ‘To Russia With Love’ (#TRWL) , a series of political plays taking place at the Contact Theatre as well as ‘A Question of (LGBT) Sport’, Russian tea parties, and the ‘Pride House Manchester Big Debate’.

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