Our website, different devices and screen sizes


You'll see a link at the top left of the front page and at the very bottom of every page. This lets you choose "desktop always". Or, having clicked that, you'll see a link for "best fit" instead.

These days a large percentage of people look at websites on a mobile phone or a tablet. While some visitors continue to use the traditional PC or laptop. All of these devices have a different shape and screen size.

Our website has a "responsive" design which reformats accordingly. This will give you the best experience we hope.

Responsive website design

In the image above on the left you can see how one particular page looks on a laptop and on the right how it reformats for a mobile phone.

If you're on a mobile phone or tablet but would like to browse the desktop version of the site, and you're willing to zoom in and out to read the text, you can click "desktop always". This sets a cookie which remembers your choice for a while.

To switch back to the responsive version, click "best fit".

Whichever you choose, the actual content of the site is the same. Only the layout of it changes.


Useful reading

The ruling by the Local Government Ombudsman in April 2015 (PDF). The Ombudsman decided that Manchester City Council had exceeded its powers by mentioning wristbands in a traffic order and that it was unlawful to restrict access to premises (businesses and homes).


Minutes of a meeting at Marketing Manchester in November 2002 (PDF). These show that those present were told they couldn't charge people to enter public streets. However they went ahead and did so from 2003 onwards for a decade. It was unlawful all along and they knew it.

At the meeting were: Manchester City Council, GHT, the LGF (now known as the LGBT Foundation), Marketing Manchester, the organisers of Europride 2003. The advice seems to have come from the police. Yet the police apparently then turned a blind eye...

This document was unearthed at the Library Archives quite recently by a FactsMCR campaigner.


Our factsheet for 2019 (PDF). As well as information about your right to walk on the streets, read about why Greater Manchester Police has questions to answer. And how the Manchester Pride staff have enjoyed an earnings increase of 56.27% per head since 2014.

And here it is as four images (handy for sharing on social media): page 1 | page 2 | page 3 | page 4

The factsheet for the previous year, 2018, is here (PDF).


Since the ruling by the Local Government Ombudsman in 2015 the media — both LGBT and mainstream — have stayed silent about the decade-long wristband scam and about your rights. So some people continue to pay unnecessarily.

All your favourites know: GayStarNews, Pink News, Manchester Evening News, The Guardian, BBC and many more. Believe it or not, in a letter, the BBC actually defended its right not to report this. Yes, the same BBC which used to speak up about scams and the rights of consumers.

These organisations don't need to lie. They simply ignore an issue completely. Or, they report some of the facts; perhaps popping in just one or two bits they don't like to add a fake impression of balance. That's how they manipulate opinion in the direction they think it should go.

The veteran ITV reporter John Pilger has said that "not reporting" is the most powerful form of censorship.

What else aren't they telling us?


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