12 YEARS OF MANCHESTER GAY SKINS
THE LONGEST RUNNING GAY SKINHEAD WEEKEND IN THE UK
This year we are keeping it simple. Just good times with good mates.
There will be charity boxes to collect that loose change in your bleachers to raise money for The Albert Kennedy Trust, and we will be selling raffle tickets over the weekend for the chance to win some prizes.
The draw will take place on the Saturday Night and the winners will be posted at Alert!, as well as here, and in the REM bar.
If you are not around to collect your prize, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will arrange to get the prize to you.
The start of the Manchester Skin Weekend! We are holding the welcome drinks once again at the REM Bar on Canal Street. Bearing in mind this is now July, we should be getting some nice weather, so there will be plenty of outdoor space for you to be able to drink and meet your mates, and make new ones. We will be handing out weekend guides to everyone, which will have a list of the events available, and some useful information, as well as some special offers hopefully!
Saturday afternoon is SKA day, so you can come down and chill with your mates and listen to some SKA music.
We hope to have an Oi-Manchester! photobooth as well, so you can get souvenir photo’s for your Recon & Grindr profiles, or just for your own personal pleasure!
Social gathering FLASH MOB of guys looking out and about and bloomin’ brilliant great in their BLEACHERS – with photo/video opportunity in Manchester City Centre for Boyd’s Bleachers.
Everyone welcome! – don’t forget to wear your bleachers.
Further details to be confirmed closer to the day.
**Discounted entry for anyone showing their Oi Membership Card**
The Main Event of the weekend! Alert! will be holding a Skinhead Special, with all the usual suspects from the other scenes as well. This long running club night has become the centre stage for not only Skinheads, but rubber, leather and just about anything else you want! And now at it’s new location at HML (formerly Bangkok Bar), it boasts not only a huge bar and lounge area, but a great dancefloor, and 2 sub-floors of hedonism!
£8.00 Members (you must show your ALERT! membership card as proof)
£10.00 Non-Members (includes one night’s temporary membership)
ALERT! Membership costs £10.00 and is NOT subject to annual renewal, so if you are likely to visit us more than five times, this works out cheaper than paying the extra £2.00 each time AND you benefit from our various Membership offers. You can buy a full membership card online (here) or at the Manchester RoB shop.
Details of how to become a member are available here.
Sunday afternoons will never be the same again in Manchester! Join us on Sunday afternoon for a chilled, fun party in The Cellar. Wear as much (or as little) as you want. Gear or not. The point is to enjoy yourself, relax and have a break from the stresses of the working week.
1pm – 6pm
Discount for Alert! Membership Card holders
Sunday afternoon cabaret at REM bar with Mandy Gap
A new addition to Sunday! For a bit of fun, Oscars Bar on Canal Street, the premier musical’s bar, will be hosting a Sunday evening with our very own Bootedlad Stu, who will be tickling the ivories in his skinhead gear. It’s not your normal skinhead event, but as there’s no such thing in my dictionary, so we’re gonna have a sing-a-long!
Prizes already donated from:
Bleachers & Co
and many more!
All the above hotels and accommodation have been stayed in by various members of MGS and have all been approved.
BARS & CLUBS
Delicatezze will be offering 25% off all food over the weekend on presentation of your Membership Card.
The Crisis around LGBT Youth Homeless
Despite 10 years of progressive LGB legislation which has enabled young LGBT people to feel more confident to come out at an early age – the reality is that when they do they are still greeted with the same level of homophobia & transphobia at home or school experienced 25 years ago when AKT was established in response to Albert Kennedy’s death.
Facts from AKT
Annually the Trust receives over 2,000 calls for support across three cities: London, Manchester and Newcastle
Over 6,000 nights off the street provided by AKT for young people in 2013 (excluding Purple Door)
Over 1,800 hours of mentoring provided by AKT for young people in 2013
Purple Door Project has already provided over 1790 nights accommodation for young LGBT people in need since opening in July
Estimated that 1 in 4 homeless youths may identify as LGB or T
85% of our young people have faced some level of rejection by their parents just for being brave enough to come out and be who they are.
Over 2/3 of AKT young men have been offered sex or been forced to offer sex to get a bed for the night
Many of our young people will not use mainstream provision for fear of homophobia or transphobia from other service users or even the service itself.
AKT has developed some trailblazing partnerships with: Salford, Manchester & London Boroughs & Councils and Housing Trusts such as Knowsely,Trafford & Havering; who support our work to ensure mainstream services meet the needs of LGBT people.
AKT also provides bespoke training for housing, social care, support, fostering and adoption organisations. We are the experts in this field and once an organisation meets the standard required for supporting LGBT young people we reward them with the Albert Kennedy Trust Quality Mark. This mark shows you that the organisation that is caring for you knows how to in the best way possible.
About Manchester Gay Skins
Manchester Gay Skins is a non-political, non racist, not for profit group founded in 2005. After a lot of discussion Dave (aka Diggler) & Malc (aka Squaddie) and a few others, put a programme for the first weekend together. Sadly Malc, who was the driving force behind the weekend and other events like Barracks, passed away two months before the first weekend so Diggler roped in Terry (aka Gnasher) and the event continued in memory of Squaddie.
Since the first event we’ve welcomed Skins from across the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond. As the first event went well we continued and gradually developed the event. In 2007 started working with LGF and in 2008 switched from September to June in an attempt to avoid the Football and Conference Season when hotel rooms are hard to come by.
Despite what you might hear about Manchester weather it can be very hot in June & July – not just because loads of Skins descend on the city, in 2010 temperatures hit 32C on the Saturday which proved tough in Boots & MA1’s!
We also decided to have a photoshoot using local volunteers in 2008, which would give us our own pics to use on this site and more recently Facebook. However the first one was in February and the weather proved a bit of a challenge for the volunteers since it was only a degree or two above freezing!
The scene in Manchester has changed a lot since we first started and the weekend has evolved and grown to take this into account. In 2010 we visited the Eagle for the first time then again in the 2011 only this time we had the run of the Black Eagle for part of both nights. At the end of 2012 Legends closed it’s doors for the last time as the site had been sold to developers. Alert has now moved to a new home at HML (formerly Bangkok Bar).
As we like to try and keep things fresh a competition, Strictly Stomping, was organised by Steve of Promo729. More new things for 2011 included banners and the volunteers all had branded polo shirts which proved a big hit and we created a version for our mates as patches.
The logo and graphics originally used were designed by Dazz who also created mousemats and calanders too. We also had goody bags which included condoms in MGS packs created by the Armistead Centre.
Aside from getting Gay Skinheads together we’ve always been a not for profit group and since we started we’ve raised nearly £5000 for local charities LGF, George House Trust, BP North West (which closed in 2012) The Christie Hospital and donated gear to Cancer Research UK. To raise this we’ve polished Boots, had raffles, rattled buckets and sold fetish gear, T-Shirts, Patches and Badges.
Since 2015 Tekskin took over the reigns, and has rebranded and re-invented the weekend, bringing new events and new ideas. This year (2016) is looking to be better attended than ever, with interest from the USA, Europe, and even Australia! We have a new logo (licensed from Oi! Industries), and some new merchandise. We are also introducing membership cards which all members can have, which will also give them special offers and discounts in the future. Those who signed up in 2015 will be the first to receive the new cards.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved since we started the Manchester Gay Skins events including Taurus, Alert, Basement Sauna, H2O Sauna, MUD (now closed), RoB Manchester, The Eagle, The Rem Bar & Hotel, Company Bar, Mister Pig, The Hog Works, Hard-On and all our hard working and horny volunteers (Dazz, Gavin, Steve, Dec, Dan, Mark, Simon, Jim, Darren, Stuart, Graeme, Kevin, Darryl to mention a few).