The CENSUS is coming … March 21st 2021

For the first time in it’s 220 year history we have an opportunity to create a national picture of LGBT People by participating in the 2021 Census.

Since its inception, the census questionnaire has never collected information of sexual or gender identity. Previously it has only offered an individual the choice of recording themselves as either male or female and only heterosexual. This in turn has marginalised a section of the country’s population who identify as other than these two constructs. 

In 2021 this has been addressed with the introduction of two voluntary questions on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity which were campaigned heavily for by many organisations and individuals in the LGBT community with the introduction of two voluntary questions on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity which were campaigned heavily for by many organisations and individuals in the LGBT community 

The question on Sexual Orientation will provide better information on lesbian, gay and bi-sexual populations, while the gender identity question will provide data on the transgender community. This vital data will help organisations to combat inequalities that these groups may face and highlight where services and funding are needed. 

The questions are voluntary, so no-one will be required to answer these if they do not wish to. A person can also request an individual Census questionnaire, thus giving that household member the anonymity to answer these questions separately.

The 2021 Census website is now live https://census.gov.uk

Census Contact centre for those living in England goes live March 1st: 0800 141 2021

#ProudToBeCounted #Census2021


+Pals

+PALS is METRO’s peer support group for gay & bisexual men living with HIV in London, we meet the first Tuesday in the month 6 – 7:30pm, and third Saturday of the month 1:30 – 3:30pm on Zoom. If you want to connect with others, share experiences and socialise in a safe confidential space, get in touch and join us online!

“All our peer led services are run by people living with HIV and we regularly invite guest speakers, including leading clinicians and HIV influencers. (Registration required)”

To find out more email: john.williams@metrocharity.org.uk


It’s A Synth

Loved It’s A Sin? 

Tune into ‘Why Now’ for a very special tribute radio show called ‘It’s A Synth’ with David Robson and Grant Tucker who celebrate the series and its glorious soundtrack with some very special guests. 

Including

Tracy-Ann Oberman who played Ritchie’s agent Carol Carter in the series. She tells us why filming that “don’t go home” scene was so moving for her.

Marc Thompson, Brixton music legend and the founder of Prepster and BlackOutUK, gives us an insight into what the club scene was like in the 80s and talks about his own HIV diagnosis. 

Hazell Dean, the queen of Hi-NRG, talks about her top 10 hits and what it was like to perform her first big solo gig at Heaven. 

Lisa Power, the cofounder of Stonewall and a historical consultant on It’s A Sin, explains how it felt to take phone calls from terrified gay men for Switchboard and why she loves a “stroppy dyke”.  

Stephen Richards , aka drag legend Miss Lola Lasagne, gives us a whistle stop tour through the drag haunts of 80s London and tells us how one queen collected money for AIDS wards in her wig.

Part 1 – https://whynow.co.uk/listen/its-a-synth-with-grant-tucker-dj-david-robson-part-1-22-02-21/

Part 2 – https://whynow.co.uk/listen/its-a-synth-with-grant-tucker-dj-david-robson-part-2-22-02-21/

Grant Tucker and David Robson It's A Synth poster

Trans Hate Crime Statistics released to the LGBTQ+ Community

For the first time, the LGBTQ+ community will be able to see the monthly figures for transphobic hate crimes reported to the police in London. 

The Metropolitan Police have recently made the decision in September 2020 to release the recorded Transphobic Hate Crime (HT Flag) after calls from community leaders and organisations to do so.   Re​ad the full story here.


National Hate Crime Awareness Week

This year’s National Hate Crime Awareness week, representatives from the Met Police, Lambeth Council, and community leaders, from both Wandsworth and Lambeth, gathered to remember Jody Dobrowski.

Jody was tragically murdered on the 14th October 2005 as he walked back from his job at Battersea Jongleurs/Bar Risa club (Now the Four Thieves) on Lavender Gardens. 

This event led to the formation of the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum and several other community forums across London. 

Read on here for the full #NationalHCAW2020 story


Pride in Practice

Over the last 2 years the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum have been working with the LGBT Foundation to bring their ‘Pride in Practice’ training to Wandsworth’s GP surgeries.

The LGBT Foundation are a national charity delivering advice, support, and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities

Pride in Practice is training scheme for GP Practices to meet the needs of their LGBTQ+ patients. This can range from making a practice reception area more welcoming and inclusive, to ensuring patients are addressed in an appropriate way 

Read the results here 


The London LGBT Forums Network have teamed up with LGBT Consortium to launch the ‘Forums Toolkit’

The London LGBT Forums Network have teamed up with LGBT Consortium to create a new resource to support London’s LGBT+ Community Forums.

Over the summer members of Forum+, Merton, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark,  Sutton and Wandsworth Forums worked had several workshops with the LGBT Consortium to discuss what the different challenges Forums have and how, from their experience, that can be better supported. 

Together they came up with the ‘Forums Toolkits’ a resource designed specifically for the needs of emerging and established Forums. 

This is a project that hasn’t been done before and the Network feel it’s a vital piece of work for this often-overlooked part of the LGBT sector. 

The toolkits are full of all sorts of useful information, advice and support on how to run a Forum. They are in no way a definitive of how a forum should be run but they offer a good start. 

“Being able to contribute to the development of the toolkit as newly emerging Forum, allowed me to feed in what I think is most helpful to other organisations at this stage of maturity. 

Even though I was part of the working group, I’ll still be referring to the toolkit in the progression of Lambeth Links and I’m reassured to know that there is also the established toolkit to refer to as we progress even further.” 

Christopher French (Lambeth Links)

“If you are looking to set up a local forum or network of LGBTQ people, whatever type of group you want it to be, whether you do it with or without funds have a look at this toolkit first. 

Lewisham LGBT Forum has largely existed thanks to good will, good partnership contacts and an awful lot of time invested.  We are an example of doing things without regular or large funding, but each borough will be different and so much will rely on who is involved with the process along the way. 

We wanted to be involved in making this toolkit as we would have benefited from something similar when we were started out 5 years ago. I wanted to make the process less scary and more plannable and predictable for creators who may also feel they don’t want to follow the CiC/Charity route.

Susan Hailes (Lewisham LGBT Forum)

To request your copy please visit the links below.

Emerging – https://www.consortium.lgbt/toolkit-forum-start-ups/

Established – https://www.consortium.lgbt/toolkit-forums/


New Service for the older LGBTQ+ Community

Age UK Wandsworth has launched a new service aimed at the older LGBT community called ‘Active Chats’  

“Our specially trained LGBTQ+ volunteers can call at a convenient time to have a friendly chat and talk you through some gentle exercises to promote mobility. All exercises have been designed by a professional trainer and are designed to be fun and accessible, not telephone bootcamp!”

For more information email Rebecca on rebeccal@ageukwandsworth.org.uk or 020 8877 8940


Veterans walk London Pride route to celebrate 50th anniversary

Twelve of the surviving activists from the Gay Liberation Front (GLF)  marched through London on Saturday to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The march, and their supporters, later joined with the Black Trans Matter protest to stand in solidarity. 

Read more on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-53205320

Wandsworth Council showed their support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ Community by flying the Pride flag for the 3rd Year running.