Like the bad fairy at a christening, I shall be making a couple of appearances at Manchester’s famous Queer Up North festival.
Cue boos and hisses.
Manchester. So much to answer for. Home of Coronation Street, Take That, Queer As Folk, Man U Football Club and Shameless.
Oh, and that band called The Smiths.
Not to mention that camp Lancashire accent used by their football hooligans. Has any city done more to queer the world?
I’m on a panel for ‘Queer Question Time’ on Saturday, May 10 at 4.30pm. I’d like to ask a queer question of my own: what on earth do they put in the water round there? Poppers?
And, assuming I don’t say anything too unpleasant, a couple of weeks later I’m back again for the ‘final weekend’ on Saturday May 24 at 2pm – this time proposing the motion ‘Queer Culture is Obsolete’.
To quote Manchester’s Biggest Mouth, will I know how Joan of Arc felt?