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:

You can also read their 2020-21 Impact Report –

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 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.

Age Well LGBTQ Club

Katherine Low Settlement is pleased to announce the start of its new LGBTQ 50+ Club, part of the Age Well Programme. 

The Club aims to create a safe and open space for the older LGBTQ community of Battersea and bring together new and old friends to meet and talk freely about everything and anything. 

The Club meets fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon from 14:30 to 15:30. 

It welcomes anyone over the age of 50 who defines as LGBTQ+, including gay, lesbian,  bisexual, trans, non-binary, and queer members. 

We want to create a relaxed, warm and supportive LGBT 50+ community in Battersea, create  new friendships and connections between different age groups, understanding the common  grounds, challenges, and strengths of the LGBT community. 

Some of the events will be intergenerational, including different LGBTQ+ age groups. Others will include outdoor events, day trips, and public speakers. 

The service launches on Thursday, November 10th 2021 at 14:30 and will run every two weeks after.

To reserve your place and for more information:

Adalberto Lonardi  

Tel: 07983 993860 


Introducing Poppy’s

I’m Amy and I work for Poppy’s, a local, progressive funeral directors in Tooting. We’re based in Lambeth cemetery, with our own beautiful mortuary on site. It was great to meet and talk with some of you at a recent Forum event.

Let me explain a little about Poppy’s, why I’m so proud to work there and some of the resources that we have available with LGBTQ+ people in mind.

We believe that everyone should be able to have the funeral they want and need. Which means that every funeral will be different. In my three years at Poppy’s, I’ve planned some very traditional funerals, others which were full of personal touches and some which were utterly unique. It’s all about finding the right way to express the personality and values of the individual who has died and those who care about them.

Death can be a difficult subject to talk about. We might face it with fear or embarrassment. We might have had bad experiences at funerals in the past or be grieving someone we love. At Poppy’s, we recognise this is the case, and we believe that by talking openly about death and dying, we can dispel some of the fears and myths surrounding it.

Our Talking Death blog is one way of opening up the conversation. Each week, we post how-to guides, interviews or information related to death and dying.

These blogs include some with particular relevance to LGBTQ+ people, but we hope there’s something in each blog for everybody. For example, you might like to check out our guide to trans and LGBTQ+ funeral resources, our interviews with Ash Hayhurst, author of the Queer Funeral Guide, or with Jackie Engelberg from Switchboard’s Grief Encounters project. We’d also love your ideas for subjects to cover in future.

Do stay in touch. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, give us a call to find out more on 020 3589 4726.

Join the Forum for our November meeting!

The next Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum meeting will be held on Zoom on November 2nd at 4pm.

This meeting is open to our community partners and members.

Our monthly meetings are not just a chance to hear from us but it’s also a chance to hear what you’re up too. 

Be it as local resident, Local Organisation or Public Service.

We are also thrilled to have Anna Campbell from Stonewall as our Guest Speaker. Stonewall have been under the most vile of attacks recently for standing up Trans rights. As we approach Trans Awareness Week in November, what better time to show our support to both Stonewall and the Trans community.

To register for the link email David on

If you would like a spot on the agenda, please state that in the email as you register. 

We will send the Zoom link and agenda on the day of the meeting to those who have registered.

Hope to see you there!

Unveiling Event

Last Friday the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum and Studio Voltaire unveiled London’s 2nd Rainbow Plaque dedicated to the film, My Beautiful Laundrette. 

The plaque has been installed opposite at 11 Wilcox Road, Vauxhall SW8, the location of where Powders laundrette was based. 

Rainbow plaques are designed to make hidden moments in LGBTQ+ history visible. They can be to celebrate and remember a person, film, song or indeed a venue that has a significant meaning in the LGBTQ+ Community.
The latest plaque to be installed is the 4th in the U.K but the first of the Rainbow Plaques to incorporate the Progress Pride (2018) colours.

Like the previous Oscar Wilde campaign in 2019, this plaque was able to be installed following a successful crowdfunding campaign – which included a special screening of the film at Clapham Picturehouse followed by a Q&A with the film’s cast and crew – in which the £2500 needed was raised in just 6 days. This paid for the design and production of the plaque, as well as some of the costs attached to the official unveiling event. 

The plaque was unveiled by the films, screenwriter – Hanif Kuershi, director – Stephen Frears and lead actor, Gordon Warnecke. They were reunited on Wilcox Road with other members of the of the talented production team, many of whom have not been back to the site since filming was complete. 

Hanif (who was nominated for his screenplay at the 1986 Oscars ) said
“What a privilege and honour it is to see ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ being recognised with a Rainbow Plaque.
I’m really touched to see that the film still has such resonance within the LGBTQ+ community after all these years.
To everyone involved in making this plaque happen, on behalf of all the cast and crew, a huge heartfelt thank you.”

Also in attendance were the project partners and the generous donors who helped make the plaque happen along with local residents and businesses. 

Wandsworth Oasis were also in attendance and played a key role in the day by awarding a grant (to the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum) to help with the unveiling event costs. 

Also in attendance were the project partners and the generous donors who helped make the plaque happen along with local residents and businesses. 

Local HIV charity Wandsworth Oasis played a key role in the day by awarding a grant (to the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum) to help with the unveiling event costs. 

Christine Ansell (Wandsworth Oasis CEO) said.

 “It was a delight to be at the unveiling of London’s 2nd Rainbow Plaque, and see so many come out to support this great cause. Wandsworth is coming back to life after our long time in lockdown and it has never been so important for us all to work together to support each other and the groups in our area who deliver a much needed service especially to our LGBTQ+ community, as many of these groups such as the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, do not receive regular funding from the authorities.

Wandsworth Oasis was proud to help fund this event and we continue to be active in and for our local community. We support Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum and work in partnership with them on their much-needed projects.”

David Robson (Chair Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum) said

“This was a really special event for all involved and a day I will remember for a long time to come.
In the absence of Pride (for a 2nd year) it was wonderful to be connected to community again and see all the hard work be received so well. 

It’s took over 4 and a half years to get this in the ground but well worth all the delays and challenges. Especially to see the cast and crew, stood on Wilcox Road again, shoulder to shoulder with the community, in celebration of this iconic piece of work.”

The plaque is available to visit now.

More Pictures on our Facebook page 

My Beautiful Laundrette – Out at Clapham

On July 24th, Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum in partnership with Studio Voltaire, Clapham Picturehouse and supported by Lambeth Council, will present a very special screening of an all-time British cinema classic, My Beautiful Laundrette.

Not only is the event the official launch of the Rainbow Plaque campaign but the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s cast and crew: Stephen Frears (Director) Hanif Kureishi (Writer) and Gordon Warnecke (Actor), hosted by David Robson (Out at Clapham).

£2 from each ticket will go towards the launch event for the installation of Rainbow Plaque on Wilcox Road, the site of Powders, which is hoped to happen in early September.

The campaign to install the plaque was launched on June 28th, to mark the end of Pride Month, and went on to reach it’s target in a record breaking 6 days. 

Tickets for the screening are on sale now 

Hanif Kurieshi (My Beautiful Launderette – Screenwriter) said “Everyone who worked on My Beautiful Launderette is thrilled and delighted to be associated with the Rainbow Plaque, which not only celebrates us but the whole of the LBGTQ community and their continuing work for freedom in these difficult times”

Out at Clapham is thought to be London’s longest running LGBTQ+ film club.

Dan Hawkins (Manager – Clapham Picturehouse), David Robson (Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum & Out at Clapham Host) and Agnieszka Szara, established the club in 2013 with a screening of ‘How to Survive A Plaque’ on World AIDS Day as a partnership project between the Clapham Picturehouse Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum. 

Since then, it has gone on to screen 70 films/documentaries in 8 years including Supernova, Judy, Whitney, Chemsex, A Deal with the Universe, Are You Proud?, Pride and The Happy Prince. The latter of which became the inspiration for London’s first Rainbow Plaque campaign, in memory of Oscar Wilde back in 2019.

The screenings tend to focus on new LGBTQ+ cinema releases and often come as previews and Q&S’s with the Cast and Directors such as: Nick Broomfield, David Livingstone, Harry McQueen and the Lesbians, Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) 

But it is not always about the new releases. They also screen classics for the midnight Halloween specials (Rocky Horror, Clue and Hocus Pocus) and of course, the upcoming screening of ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. 

Out At Clapham is much more than a trip to the cinema. It’s a tool of engagement on the issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, creating a safe space for people to socialise along the way.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (Halloween 2019)

Dan Hawkins (Clapham Picturehouse Manager) Said 

“At Clapham Picturehouse we love our local community and film strands such as Out at Clapham are a huge part of who we are. I am extremely proud of everything we’ve achieved over the last eight years in bringing the best of LGBTQ+ cinema to Clapham and personally there have been many highlights, from preview screenings of award-winning releases such as God’s Own Country, Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name to bringing much smaller indy gems to a wider audience like Kiki, Beach Rats, Strike a Pose and 1985. However, nothing beats having the filmmakers in the house talking about their work, as we have had for Supernova, Judy, Pride, A Deal with the Universe and many more!

My Beautiful Laundrette is a landmark in British film in so many ways and we are all thrilled to be part of the rainbow plaque project that will help acknowledge its enduring resonance and help tie it to the local community. We very much look forward to welcoming Stephen, Hanif and Gordon to screen 1 this week!” 

Carol Mckay (Director of Programming for Picturehouse) said  

“Picturehouse are very proud of everything that Out at Clapham has achieved over its 8 years. 

The team work so hard to deliver a diverse selection of films and documentaries that is representative of the LGBTQ+ community and offers a safe space to debate the issues presented on screen.

I’m pleased to see that OAC are bouncing back stronger than ever with the recent preview Q&A screening of ‘Supernova’ and this week’s very special screening of ‘My Beautiful Laundrette.

Long may it run”

My Beautiful Launderette – Target Reached

After only 6 days, the ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ Rainbow Plaque has reached it’s target of £2500.

The campaign was launched on Monday June 28th via the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum’s twitter account and was met with huge support from people across the LGBTQ+ Community as well as the arts and local residents. 

A total of 78 people donated to the campaign in record time and even made £10 more than the amount needed. However, £92.50 of the total was taken up by, previously uncalculated, Just Giving fees but the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum have kindly donated that amount back into the fund. 

With the money for the building costs now reached, the Plaque is now ready to go into production and is hoped to be ready in 5 weeks’ time.

On Saturday July 24th, there will be a screening of the film at Clapham Picturehouse hosted by ‘Out at Clapham’. £2 of the ticket price will go to the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum in support of the campaign and the costs for the Plaques launch event. 

Tickets can be purchased here

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the films cast and production team including the writer of My Beautiful Launderette, Hanif Kureishi who had this to say about the campaign,  

“Everyone who worked on My Beautiful Launderette is thrilled and delighted to be associated with the Rainbow Plaque, which not only celebrates us but the whole of the LBGTQ community and their continuing work for freedom in these difficult times” 

Details of the launch event are yet to be announced but it is expected that Hanif will be joined by Gordon Warneke (who played Omar) and Stephen Frears (Director) to unveil the plaque on Wilcox Road alongside the leader of Lambeth Council, Claire Holland. 

People who donated to the campaign will be invited along to the launch and are asked to register via email on

Laura Harford (Curator – Studio Voltaire) said 

“We are absolutely thrilled that we have reached the fundraising target for the Rainbow Plaque in such a short space of time! It is testament to the power of this landmark film that means so much to so many people. We are excited to now be installing the permanent plaque on Wilcox Road to honour this important history.” Laura Harford, Studio Voltaire

David Robson (Chair Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum) said 

“It’s been a long process to deliver this campaign but to see the reaction from such a broad spectrum of the community makes it so worth it. The rainbow plaque scheme has such huge potential to bring together every strand of our rainbow in celebration of our shared, and largely invisible, history.”  

My Beautiful Laundrette – Rainbow Plaque Launch

The Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, in partnership with Studio Voltaire, have launched a Just Giving campaign for a Rainbow Plaque dedicated to ‘My Beautiful Laundrette‘.

The iconic movie was filmed across Wandsworth, Battersea and Vauxhall in 1985. It remains ground-breaking in its bold exploration of issues of sexuality, race, class and generational difference. As well as launching the career of 3-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day Lewis. 

The exterior of Powders Laundrette at night

11 Wilcox Road marks the location of where ‘Powders’ laundrette was based and where the plaque will be installed (in the pavement) if we reach our target of £2500. 

11 Wilcox Road today, the photo shows the exterior of a closed, shuttered cafe.

This will be the Forums’ second Rainbow Plaque campaign following 2019’s successful fundraiser and installation for ‘Oscar Wilde’ on Platform 10 of Clapham Junction station.

It will also be the first of the Rainbow plaques to incorporate the Progress Pride colours.

The Oscar Wilde plaque at Clapham Junction station

My Beautiful Launderette is often regarded as a classic of British Cinema, in 1999 The British Film Institute ranked My Beautiful Laundrette the 50th greatest British film of the 20th century.

Johnny and Omar standing in front of the laundrette

Hanif Kureishi, the films screenwriter, said: 

“Everyone who worked on My Beautiful Laundrette is thrilled and delighted to be associated with the Rainbow Plaque, which not only celebrates us but the whole of the LGBTQ community and their continuing work for freedom in these difficult times”

David Robson, Chair Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, said:

“It’s taken us over 4 years to realise this project but it will be well worth the wait to see it installed in the ground of Wilcox road as a permanent memorial to this important piece of work. 

MBL is not just a classic British movie but a pioneer of intersectionality and the redesign of the Rainbow Plaque to incorporate the Progress Pride colours reflects that. “

There will be an ‘Out at Clapham‘ screening of the film at Clapham Picturehouse on July 24th and will be followed by a Q&A with Stephen Frears (Director), Hanif Kureshi (Writer) and Gordon Warnecke (Omar). 

Tickets for the screening are on sale now via the Clapham Picturehouse website £2 per ticket will go to direct to the Just Giving campaign. 

And you can donate to the campaign via Just Giving on the link below.