The LGBT Foundation was established in 2000 to provide a wide range of support and services to LGBT people. The organisation’s core ethos is 'Ending Homophobia, Empowering People'.
The 30 Years of Safer Sex project has recorded the stories of the safer sex campaigners of Greater Manchester and those who have had same-sex relationships, since the inception of the Foundation’s condom and lube distribution scheme.
Over a year-long period, the project has highlighted the Foundation’s work to de-stigmatise same-sex relationships, highlight the importance of safer sex and challenge myths around HIV. Activities included story-sharing, oral history recording, a film and a travelling exhibition. The exhibition is being toured to a number of accessible locations across Greater Manchester, including a gay bar in Stalybridge.
The project created an inclusive and open environment to share memories which successfully broadened engagement with this under-explored, yet significant, part of LGBT heritage. In highlighting the struggle to counter negative stereotypes over the last 30 years, the Foundation is continuing to widen the conversation about LGBT rights.