UK’s only purpose-built LGBT center gets financial boost to be rebuilt

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The Proud Trust has received a £450,000 donation from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to rebuild its LGBT+ center, which is the only purpose-built center of such kind in the country. The plans involve knocking down the existing building, the state of which is extremely dissatisfactory, to replace it with the new three-storey building. The center has been working for more than three decades already. The latest funding boost from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority means that The Proud Trust has £150,000 remaining left to raise to reach its £2.25 million goal. It comes after a £250,000 grant from Manchester City Council, alongside a £800,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Ali Hanbury, manager of The LGBT+ center revealed that the new building will make it possible to help 2.5 times more LGBT individuals than it can now. Hanbury added that the rebuilt LGBT+ centre will also provide a “gender-identity service” for those aged below 25, and increase the available support groups from 18 to 30. “The Proud Trust save and enhance the lives of thousands of LGBT+ people each year and the new building will help us to continue this vital work,” continued Hanbury.

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