The glitzy event raises money for the Manchester Pride charity, which delivers a programme of LGBTQ events each year and offers grants to LGBTQ community groups, organisations, events and initiatives throughout Greater Manchester.
This year’s theme was Parisian, transporting guests at The Midland Hotel to one of Paris’ most iconic venues, Le Moulin Rouge, as they were invited to discover “truth, beauty, freedom and love” joined by a chorus of courtesans and their can-can.
The night (16 May) also featured a performance by X Factor winner and certified hitmaker Louisa (Best Behaviour, So Good), and a DJ set by former Girls Aloud member and LGBTQ ally Nicola Roberts (Beat Of My Drum, Lucky Day).
Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said: “Every year I am honoured to see so many influential members and allies of our LGBT+ world here in Manchester join together to help us celebrate and raise money for the Manchester Pride Fund at our annual Spring Benefit. This year we transformed The Midland Hotel into the Moulin Rouge and had a seriously good party.
“But it’s not just about a party, as our charity video reminded us, we have a long way to go in the fight for equality. We want every single LGBT+ person in Greater Manchester to feel as free to be themselves as our guests did last night. I am proud that the money our guests donated will go a long way towards supporting us in creating the right environments around the ten boroughs to carry on our work to do just this.”