Leading Charity The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have been shortlisted for a Manchester Community Central ‘Spirit of Manchester Award’ for their Love Equal Marriage Campaign, which fought for equality and same sex marriage.
The Spirit of Manchester Awards, managed by Manchester Community Central (Macc), celebrate and highlight all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester by the Voluntary and Community Sector.
Supported by the Voluntary Sector Assembly, the awards will celebrate and highlight the excellent work being carried out in Greater Manchester and aim to provide recognition to the sector in these hard times, as well as encourage local giving and active citizenship.
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have been shortlisted for the ‘Most Successful Campaign’ award, for their work fighting for same-sex marriage equality and their innovative and far reaching campaign ‘Love Equal Marriage’.
Sarah McNally, Press & Social Media Officer comments “We are thrilled to be nominated for a Spirit of Manchester Award for our Love Equal Marriage campaign. There are so many fantastic organisations working hard throughout Greater Manchester fighting for positive change, so it’s great to be recognised in this way”.
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Love Equal Marriage campaign was launched in December 2012 and encouraged people to fight for equality and same sex marriage. It was supported by local celebrities including 2012 Great British Bake Off Winner John Whaite and Coronation Street Star Charlie Condou.
The charity encouraged people to lobby their MP and share their stories to help change public perception and ensure the law was changed to include same sex couples. The team even toured the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester speaking about the issue.
At the end of July The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill passed through the House of Lords and gained Royal Assent, and became the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. It is hoped couples will be able to get married as early as Spring 2014.
There are eight categories in total and the awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the end of September which will include short films of the shortlisted nominees made by the Manchester Community Reporters. There will be five judges including the Lord Mayor of Manchester who will be presenting awards on the night.
For more information on The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Love Equal Marriage Campaign visit www.lgf.org.uk/equal
For more about The Spirit of Manchester Awards visit http://www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/spirit-manchester-awards