The Manchester Debating Union collaborated with University of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Society to host a public debate on the motion: This House, as the LGBTQ+ Movement, regrets the decline of gay areas, e.g. Soho in London and Chelsea in New York. In proposition was: Sam Cresswell, a trans youth worker with The Proud Trust, a local LGBTQ+ charity, and a Masters student in Religious Studies at the University of Manchester, as well as Dan Klein, a competitive debater from the University of Sheffield and the chair of the North and Midlands Debating Alliance. In opposition was: Lucía Arce, also from the University of Sheffield, and president of the Sheffield Debating Union as well as 8th best speaker in Europe in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Category. Speaking with her was Jacklin Kwan, the training officer of the MDU and a second-year Physics student at the University of Manchester.
Speakers were given their position before the debate, and the floor was opened up to audience questions after the main speeches were finished. The entire debate was chaired by our Inclusions Officer: Neil Roy.