Gay Village accused of racism

Several Black, Asian and Latinx LGBTQ+ people have said they have suffered racist abuse at venues in and around Manchester’s gay village. (Getty)

Manchester’s gay village is a hotbed of racism, according to a bombshell report released ahead of the city’s Pride celebrations.

Black, Asian and Latino LGBTQ+ people shared experiences of racism at some of the city’s best queer venues to Vice World News.

Allegations included staff and patrons hurling racial slurs, being turned away from venues for no good reason and, in one incident, being dragged from a venue by staff for challenging a racist comment and injured course of the process.

It is ahead of Manchester Pride, which is hosting a paid night out in the gay village over the weekend, starting Friday August 26. Thousands of people are expected to descend on the city for the event, with similar celebrations in the south see record participation rates These last months.

Performer Lucky Roy Singh says a security guard at Via, a bar in Manchester’s gay village, told them “get out p**i” on July 29.

Singh, who is the “mother of the house” for the LGBTQ+ collective House of Spice, said Vice that tensions built up during a group visit, with staff “giving us dirty looks all night, making us feel like we did something wrong just to exist and be there” before confronting a member for taking off her top, leaving her bra underneath.

One person claimed a security guard told them to ‘get the fuck out’ at an LGBTQ+ venue in Manchester’s Gay Village. Stock image. (Getty)

The situation escalated and ‘heated’ after another person in the group challenged the guard because ‘everyone’ had taken their tops off. Singh said they stepped in after being “stung” by the bouncer.

“They were getting in front and the security guard was really making a scene,” Singh said.

“The guard suddenly pushed me and said ‘get out, p**i’ – we were all so shocked. She pinched me too, on my chest. At that point, we got out right away.

Singh said he reported the incident to Greater Manchester Police as a race-based hate crime, but no arrests or changes have yet been made.

The police said Vice they are “investigating this individual incident thoroughly and will endeavor to work with the victim to seek justice.”

A Via spokesperson said PinkNews that he is investigating the allegations and that he will contact his contracted door team company “if further action needs to be taken”. The LGBTQ+ venue added that it has a “fully inclusive policy” and does not tolerate racism or discrimination in any form.

“We are also assisting the police in their investigation and have provided them with our CCTV footage,” the spokesperson said.

A man, Kesh Kumar, said that upon entering the New York bar in New York, a performer on stage called: “The taxi driver has arrived, who ordered a taxi?”

After contesting the comment, he says he was dragged away by security personnel and injured.

Others said they were turned away from sites apparently because of their race, were called the N-word by bettors and received sexually aggressive and racist comments from staff.

One man, Darren Pritchard, said he no longer visits the village unless he is paid to do so.

He said Vice“A lot of venues have a history of racist incidents, but for me the biggest problem is the bouncers. It’s time security and bar staff understand the powers they have. If anyone is racist, he should be kicked out, and if the staff is racist, he should go too.

The Rainbow Bunting is on display during Pride In Manchester 2021
Several people in the past have claimed to have suffered racial abuse and prejudice while celebrating Manchester Pride. (Getty)

After the last Manchester Pride in person, in 2019, a number of LGBTQ+ people of color have claimed to have experienced racism at the event.

One person said PinkNews they were racially profiled after being “isolated by a white security guard” at the event. They also said they were chased down the street in the early hours of the morning by a white man whom they refused to kiss.

Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said PinkNews that it was “odious” to hear members of the LGBTQ+ community facing racial prejudice.

“As a member of the QTPOC community, this is something that irritates me,” Fletcher said. “I have experienced this more frequently than you would imagine, perhaps for having played such a prolific role.”

Fletcher continued, “When I hear that, I feel it and it also triggers the experiences that I had.

“I’m committed to making sure I can influence as much positive change as possible, but I can’t do it all on my own.”

Fletcher stressed that racial prejudice against members of the LGBTQ+ community is “not confined to one area of ​​Manchester”, as it is an issue that cuts across all levels of society.

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