The Gay Village survey is now open and people are urged to be part of the conversation.
The survey can be found here: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158108723942
The survey will be live to Friday 6th March and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All data will be treated anonymously and in accordance with GDPR rules. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your views which will form a valuable contribution to the project.
Manchester City Council has commissioned a review of Manchester’s Gay Village to fully understand what the area means to local people, visitors and businesses, and to inform how the Gay Village can be protected and enhanced in the future.
As a celebrated and unique part of the city centre, this is a listening exercise to provide an updated understanding of the importance of the Gay Village as a safe space for the city’s LGBTQ+ community.
Hatch, an independent Manchester-based socio-economic consultancy, has been commissioned to consult and engage with local people, businesses and organisations in the coming months.
Listening and gathering views to understand what is important for the local community, how the local environment could be improved, and what opportunities there might be to enhance the area.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The historical importance of the Gay Village for the city’s LGBTQ+ community cannot be underestimated. The area is a beacon for tolerance across the UK, and its reputation internationally renowned. There is no question that the heritage of the neighbourhood - and its future - must be protected.
“We promised that we would undertake this review and it’s important that we do given the significance of the Gay Village to a huge amount of people. To be able to act as guardians, we need to speak to the people at the heart of the community, and listen to their views.
“There will be lots of ways for Manchester people to get involved and I would urge as many people as possible to do so. There is so much to celebrate about the Gay Village and we need you to tell us what it means to you.”