Manchester’s first openly gay Lord Mayor has officially taken up office, ahead of the Mayoral Civic Service at Manchester Cathedral.
Councillor Carl Austin-Behan, a former Mr Gay UK and RAF firefighter, took up the chains of office on 18 May after serving the Burnage ward since 2011.
The new Lord Mayor is known for his history of charity which has seen him raise £125,000 for several causes, and he has promised to champion diversity.
Cllr Austin-Behan, said: “As Manchester’s first openly gay Lord Mayor, it will be an honour to represent the entire city.
“The wide range of diverse backgrounds, identities and sexual orientations of people living in our city deserves to be celebrated more and I look forward to engaging and connecting with people from communities across Manchester as well as visitors from all corners of the globe”.
Additionally, the Lord Mayor’s husband, Simon Austin-Behan, will take up the role of Consort during his year in office.
Sunday’s Civic Service event attracted locals and celebrities alike, including talk-show host Graham Norton who posted a photo of himself with Cllr Austin-Behan on Twitter.
He tweeted: “Huge congratulations to @CarlAustinBehan and @Si_AustinBehan I know a Lord Mayor!”