Wandsworth LGBTQ AGM

The Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum have hosted their 2022 AGM 

The meeting took place on June 9th in the Council Chamber of Wandsworth Town Hall. 

It was attended by members, community partners and newly elected Councillors from all political parties. 

At the meeting there was a constitutional change from the roles of Chair and Vice to Co-Chair. 

Of the 9 elected positions available, there was 6 applications and the results of the AGM are as follows 
Co- Chair: Julian Dineen & Giulia Tanasi Secretary: Mark Holliday Treasurer: VACANT Executive Commitee: Adalberto Lonardi, Suzanna Hopwood & Ian Townson 

The meeting was followed by a Pride reception hosted by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Jeremy Ambache to welcome the new committee and say a fond farewell to Richard Alridge, Graham Harris, Christina McAdams and David Robson who all stood down after many years of service. 

Suzanna Hopwood remains on the committee as the link between the former and new team.

Exiting Chair David Robson said “I’m absolutley made up to welcome the new committee to their roles. I’ve spent my final few months searching for the right people and ensuring we have a smooth handover. Each one of the 2022 committee all bring something skilled and unique; I know the Forum is in safe hands for the future with this team at the helm. 

I will of course miss many things about the role but am very excited about my new role as Lambeth Councillor in Clapham Town.

Giulia Tanasi “it was an absolute pleasure to see historical supporters of the forum as well as new faces during the AGM. It has been emotional to see David, Richard, Graham and Christina say their farewells but David’s confidence in the new committee gives us the right spring in our steps. I am looking forward to be the new co-chair for the forum along with Julian Dineen, and I know that we will be able to carry on the legacy of the amazing exiting committee”

You can contact the Forum Co Chairs on cochairs@wandsworthlgbtq.org

Or email the Forums regular account: WandsworthLGBT@hotmail.co.uk


Notice of the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum 2022 AGM

We hereby give notice of The Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum Annual General Meeting which will be held at 6pm on Thursday June 9th,  Wandsworth Town Hall in the Council Chamber. 

At this meeting we will be electing up to 9 new committee members. which will be made up of: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and 5 Executive Committee members. 

We have 7 wonderful people who are willing to step in and take things forward with the Forum but have 2 vacancies remaining.

If you wish to put yourself forward at the AGM, you must submit an interest (to this email) by Monday 30th May. Please note there will be a delay in replying due to the current Chair being on annual leave.

The meeting is open to all LGBTQ+ people (who live, work and socialise in the borough), community partners and our Ally’s. 

It would be great to see you there to welcome the new team and to say farewell to the current volunteers who are standing down after many years of service dedicated to the borough and LGBTQ+ community of Wandsworth.

We also hope to have a Pride Reception later in June (for networking purposes) but that is yet TBC and we hope to have more information at the AGM. 

Whilst you don’t need to RSVP, it would be good to have an idea of numbers by replying to this email saying if you plan on attending, with any names who are joining you. 

Please do forward on to those who may be interested and keep a look on our social media to help us spread the word. 

Thanks in advance, 
David RobsonChair Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum


Out at Clapham Screening of Cabaret (May 15th)

Out at Clapham – Cabaret (50th Anniversary Screening)

Clapham Picturehouse

May 15th

5pm

“Wilkommen, And bienvenue! Welcome!”

Out at Clapham returns in 2022 with a trip to the Cabaret, old chum!

Bob Fosse’s Oscar winning movie adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical ‘Cabaret’ turns fifty this year and we’re celebrating this masterpiece with an anniversary screening on May 15th at the Clapham Picturehouse.

An iconic, incredibly stylish study of the hedonism and sexual ambiguity of pre-war Berlin, Cabaret was a huge, multi Oscar-winning hit for choreographer and director Bob Fosse in 1972 and made Liza Minnelli (who won Best Actress) a star.

To this day a vibrant and singular musical, with its focus on the dark heart of 30s Berlin centred around a truly fabulous performance from Minnelli as Bowles, evincing both exuberance and vulnerability as she wields glamour against despair.

If you can’t get tickets to the West End revival, come and join us on May 15th (5pm start time) for some divine decadence.

They’ll be drinks in the bar from 4pm and a chance to come and meet other members of the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum.

Book your tickets in the Picturehouse website here 


LGBTQ+ Coffee Morning turns 5! 

This April, the Wandsworth 50+ LGBTQ+ Forum Coffee Morning celebrated their 5th Birthday back at the Furzedown Project.

The group have recently made a return to their weekly Thursday morning slot following the lifting of all COVID restrictions back in February. 

Like many organisations, the group faced many challenges due to the pandemic but have emerged stronger than ever. 

Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum Chair, David Robson said;

“The 5th birthday is not only a celebration of this wonderful group, but a chance to recognise that we got through the challenges of the last 2 years. 

But I’m so pleased the group is now able to be together again at the project and we can focus on rebuilding the group to where we were pre pandemic with our guest speaker program and London wide activities.”

Chair of the Furzedown Project Liz Sines said;

“It has been such a joy to welcome back the LGBT group to Furzedown Project, they are like a breath of fresh air after the misery of the last two years,  they are reenergising the project.”

The group was set up back in 2017 (with funding from Wandsworth CCG) as a joint project between the Furzedown Project and Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum in response to the lack of services for older LGBTQ+ in South West London. 

Since then the service has been supported by Wandsworth Oasis and most recently, the Wandsworth Council Community Grants Scheme. 

As the group continues to rebuild following the pandemic, there will be a change in the delivery of the service. At the start of the new project year in June the group will be taken in house by Furzedown. 

The new project director James Atkins said;

“Our LGBT group is one of our most popular and lively services we run at the Furzedown Project.  It is truly heart-warming to see what benefit and impact it has for our members, and ensures we are working towards becoming more inclusive for the local community. We are looking forward to celebrating many more milestones to come.”

One of the groups founding members, Vito Ward, said;

“I can’t express enough how important it is to include LGBT elders into all services and activities provided for older people. I strongly believe we have contributed a great value to the project merely by our presence here.”  

The coffee morning group inside the Furzedown Project
A photo of a cake with a 5 candle and the words LGBTQ+ Happy 5 years of Coffee Morning iced on top

Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum – New Volunteers Needed!

Join the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum Team

The Forum is currently seeking to recruit new members to take the Forum forward in its next stage of development. In particular we are seeking someone to take over as Chair from David Robson who is standing down after twelve successful years in the role.

Commenting on his decision to stand down David said:

“After 12 years it’s time to make way for a new generation to take the Forum forward. We have established a firm foundation of activity and support among LGBTQ+ people and allies in Wandsworth and across London which will enable the new team to take the Forum forward into its next stage of development”

In addition to David other longstanding members of the team (Richard Aldridge, Graham Harris, Christina McAdams and Jo Stafferton) will also be standing down. Suzanna Hopwood is staying on to support the new team.

Christina McAdams said: 

I have learnt so much as a member of the team. For example I am now developing ‘Iron Pride’ which is a forum I have set up for LGBTQ+ people who play Fighting Games and who want to chat with other LGBTQ+ people in the Games Community in a safe space.”

In addition to a new Chair we are also seeking to appoint a Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and up to six other committee Members

To serve on the committee, you must either work, live or socialise in the Borough of Wandsworth.

The Forum is a voluntary organisation but has been able to establish a number of individually funded projects in partnership with other groups and organisations. 

These include a “Pride in Care” Project in partnership with Opening Doors and Wandsworth Council and the Wandsworth CCG. The “Friday Night Club” (A Chemsex peer support project ) funded by Mo Mark, The “Furzedown LGBTQ+ Coffee Morning” support project (Funded by Wandsworth Oasis and Wandsworth Council). The “Pride in Practice Project” with the LGBT Foundation and local GP Practices. The “60 Falcon Road” LGBTQ+ Sexual Health Advocacy Project.

The Forum has also established a number of arts and culture initiatives such as ‘Out at Clapham’ (in partnership with Clapham Picturehouse) which is London’s longest running LGBTQ+ film club) and developed the Rainbow Plaque project with Studio Voltaire  

For more information on what these roles entail, please contact David Robson on WandsworthLGBT@hotmail.co.uk 


Out at Clapham – Flee Screening

Out at Clapham returns this month to celebrate LGBT History Month 2022 AND their 8th Birthday with a preview screening of ‘Flee’.


Flee had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and has received unanimous acclaim from film festivals and critics, with critical praise for animation, story, thematic content, and subject matter; winning numerous awards including one of the top documentaries at National Board of Review.


At 8 years in the running, Out at Clapham is London’s longest running LGBT film club.
It started with a one-off screening of the Oscar nominated ‘How to Survive a Plague’ on World AIDS Day 2013 but then quickly became a new joint venture between Clapham Picturehouse and the Wandsworth LGBTQ Forum.


Launching regularly in February 2014 with a sell-out screening of another Oscar nominated picture, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ OAC has gone on to welcome an array of the industry’s finest LGBTQ+ screenings, directors, actors and performers.


Deputy General Manager of Clapham Picturehouse, Dan Hawkins said ‘After a few months off, I am delighted to be bringing Out at Clapham back in 2022 for LGBTQ+ History month. We are very lucky to be hosting a preview screening of the wonderful Flee – this intimate, powerful story is beautifully animated and is definitely one of the must-see films of the year!’


FleeDir. Jonas Poher RasmussenRunning Time – 90 Minutes.


Synopsis”Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built.”

Buy tickets from the Clapham Picturehouse website


Our February Meeting

Our next Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum Public Meeting will be on February 22nd (via Zoom) at 4pm. 
We will be having some wonderful guest speakers to celebrate LGBT History Month 2022 including: 

Co-founder of LGBT History Month (and all round legend) Sue Sanders: 
Local hero, Ian Townson to tell us about his ‘Queers Make History project. 
And finally, journalist/ founder of a radical new publication, Queer AF – Jamie Wareham. 
In addition to the speakers, we will also be giving updates about the big changes here at the Forum. 

To register your place, and access the Zoom link, simply email David on WandsworthLGBT@hotmail.co.uk


Free2B launches their Christmas appeal

Free2B is an essential local service that has been in Wandsworth for Free2B has been in Wandsworth for 6 years and their Gap LGBTQ+ youth club for 11. 


They support LGBTQ+ young people and their parents whilst also providing LGBTQ+ inclusivity training to organisations.


Lucie Brooke (Co-Director) of Free2B said


“As we head into the festive season we are launching our Christmas appeal with a target to raise £5000 to ensure we can continue running our weekly wellbeing activities and proving wellbeing resources which started in lockdown and are never more needed – Christmas is such a difficult time for LGBTQ+ young people who are not accepted by their families.


We’ve had an amazing offer from a private donor to match donations up to our target of £5000! So every penny donated will be DOUBLED!”


Group’s members said of Free 2B:


“I gained a new understanding of what it’s like to be in the community, everyone is so open and inclusive”.


“I have made a whole other family and it’s a brilliant place to make friends who truly support you in who you are”.


“I couldn’t be where I am today if I had never come to GAP and then rainbow power”.


“I feel more welcomed than I would at home with family so this is like a family to me.”


How to donate?  

  • Sign up with Easy Fundraising and raise money every time you shop…it doesn’t cost you anything as the donation comes from the stores!!        
  • Consider making a one-off donation
  • Go green and send eChristmas cards designed by members!
  • Take part in the Rainbow Lottery and be in with a chance to win £25000
  • Become a Regular Giver & receive our special edition ‘Friends of Free2B’ updates

To support the Free2B appeal please visit: https://free2b.lgbt/donate/

You can also read their 2020-21 Impact Report – https://bit.ly/3kTn0RI

Please do share this appeal far and wide with your friends, family and networks.  


Trans Day of Remembrance

To mark this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance , Wandsworth Council have flown the Trans flag above the town hall. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Whilst this is the first time the council have marked TDOR, it is said that it won’t be the last. 

Cllr John Locker, from the London Borough of Wandsworth said, 


“By flying the flag, we pay our respects to all the transgender people who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. There is no place for violence or hatred directed towards transgender people and today we join with the Trans community to remember.”


David Robson, Chair of the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum said


“Given the hostility and constant attacks towards the Trans community over recent times, don’t underestimate the positive impact that this public display of support will have.

Many other councils across London, from all parties, should follow suit and stand shoulder to shoulder with our Trans siblings” 


Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum – Christmas 2021 Party

Following on from our monthly Zoom meetings, we thought it would be nice to get together in person for a festive celebration at Studio Voltaire with some drinks, nibbles and good company.


Studio Voltaire (located just off Clapham High Street) are an amazing local arts charity that have been our partners in the Rainbow Plaque project.


They’ve recently completed a £2million pound redevelopment which has transformed the venue into a multi purpose venue with space for community groups like us.


To register, simply email David at Wandsworthlgbt@hotmaill.co.uk with your name and how many will be attending.


Please also indicate if you wish to join the private gallery tour or if you will just attend the drinks.

Hope to see you there for a much-needed festive tipple or two.