Location: LGBT Youth Centre aka Manchester LGBT Centre
Designer: Kirsty Mabbott, theology student
Location Notes: Tucked away just off Oxford Rd, this organisation provides valued support for the whole LGBT community, as the LGBT Youth Centre is home to more than just youth groups. Its official name is Manchester LGBT Centre and it hosts a plethora of activities for the whole LGBT Community including information sessions, tea and toast as well as various activities and groups. The centre were one of the first locations to offer the project space for a shrine, for which we’re very grateful.
Shrine Notes: The shrine contains a book and pen and poses the question “What does Advent and Christmas mean to you?”. Take time to consider this question and write your response, sharing your honest opinions, thoughts and feelings about this special time of year.
Designer Notes: As a gay woman training for Community Development Ministry with the United Reformed Church I wanted to take the opportunity of using my shrine to explore what Advent and Christmas mean to the communities in which I live, work and play. I wanted my shrine to be fully inclusive to the LGBT community which is why the flag inside is designed to incorporate the Bi Pride, Gay Pride and the Trans Pride flags. I then researched online articles and writings both by LGBT and Heterosexual people of many and no faith regarding this time of year to see what was already “out there” which is the influence for the words scattered around the box.
Feel free to write about your thoughts and experiences with this shrine, or how you've seen people using it, as a comment (see below) or tweet @sanctus1mcr.