Rainbow Roads

As Pride Month draws to a close, it’s worth bringing out our ‘Rainbow Crossing’ story again that we first pulled together in November 2020.

To our knowledge, there has only been one addition since November 2020. 

That was over in Sutton, where they installed the countries first Trans Crossing on May 17th 2021 to mark IDAHOBIT. 

Read here for the full feature and to see if you’re borough is included in our research.

Have we missed one out? Do get in touch on LondonLGBTForumsNetwork@outlook.com and let us know! 

Look on the London LGBT Forums Network Twitter account for the Full link to photos


LGBT+ Ally Badge

This Pride Month, The Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Delivery Network have launched their ‘LGBT+ Ally’ Badge campaign.

The Network is made up of different organisations and social groups who deliver a LGBTQ+ based service in the borough of Wandsworth. 

They have been exploring the issue that rainbow lanyards/badges no longer help service users recognise an inclusive practitioner because of the wide use of the rainbow to celebrate the NHS during the pandemic.

As a result, they have developed a new badge, so that services users could be confident of LGBTQ+ inclusivity.

This badge incorporates the progress flag, together with the clear message ‘LGBT+ ally.’ Something that isn’t represented on the current NHS Rainbow lanyards. 

With a generous donation from the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum the network have purchased an initial 250 badges to provide to our members.

The Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Delivery Network was formed in January 2020 and is Chaired by Lucie Brooke from Free2B, the boroughs LGBTQ+ Youth group. 

“When we set up Free2B back in 2010 there were only a couple of other LGBTQ+ groups in the borough so, it is amazing to see so many different organisations all coming together,  committed to collaborating to support the community.”The badges are available to organisations who can demonstrate their LGBTQ+ allyship and are welcome to get in touch, to discuss the eligibility criteria: info@free2b-alliance.org.uk

To see a full list of the services in the borough, and who make up the Wandsworth LGBT Delivery Network, visit their page on the Wandsworth LGBT website.

http://wandsworth.lgbt/wandsworth-lgbtq-services/


Wandsworth LGBTQ+ & Furzedown Project Coffee Morning – Funding Extended

Wandsworth Oasis have awarded the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum a new round of funding to continue to deliver their 50+ LGBTQ+ Coffee Morning in partnership with the Furzedown Project. 

Now in it’s 4th year, the coffee morning, like many services and social groups, has faced huge challenges during the COVID crisis but has found new ways to develop and support the existing members. 

Mick Morrell, Furzedown Project Manager, said:

“I know the Coffee Morning has been a lifeline through the lockdowns to its members. Using WhatsApp, Zoom, and when permissible meeting in person has provided stepping stones to cross the swamp of isolation. That the group has stayed together supporting one another and recently celebrated its 4th birthday is testament to its value. With the new funding promised by Oasis we can look forward to a better year ahead and a 5th birthday celebration with a proper cake to share.”

Gill Perkins, Wandsworth Oasis CEO, said:

“Everyone at Wandsworth Oasis is delighted to be funding the 50+ LGBTQ+ Coffee Morning for the last 3 years.  It’s great for a funder to see a project develop and to be able to see its positive impact on so many people.  

Lockdown saw the project go from strength to strength as David moved the project online and actively worked with all the members in ways that worked for each individual to help them combat isolation and support one another.”

David Robson, Chair of Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum and Coffee Morning Project Facilitator, said:

“As we emerge from the pandemic there is going to be a lot of work needed to be done on rebuilding our communities. 

Our funding ended back in May and it would have been a disaster for us to end the service at a time when people needed us most.

I’m so pleased Wandsworth Oasis have been able to fund us once again, until November 2021, to continue this important project.

Long may it continue.” 


UK’s first ever transgender flag pedestrian crossing unveiled in London

Sutton Council in partnership with the Sutton LGBT Forum have launched the U.K’s first Trans pedestrian crossing. The crossing was installed in Sutton Town Centre and launched on May 17th 2021 to coincide with IDAHOBIT (Interntional Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

The crossing follows on from last year’s Rainbow crossing that was installed to celebrate Pride Month and the boroughs LGBTQ+ Community. 

Launching on IDAHOBIT has particular significance. Until recently, the Met Police didn’t publish the Transphobic hate crime stats across the capital and often, Trans Hate crime goes unreported. 

Rachel Simpkins, Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum’s Trans Project Lead, said:

“Our hope is that this Trans crossing will hopefully pave the way for more Trans crossings around the UK which in turn would help bring inclusivity in our society at large. 

We (Sutton LGBT Forum) offer support advice and engage with the Trans community not only from Sutton but its neighbouring boroughs.” 

Cllr Jake Short, Sutton Council’s Lead Member for Equalities, said:

“I am delighted to see this celebration of the richness and diversity that our transgender community brings to Sutton.

Until transgender people and other minority groups are able to live without fear of discrimination or hate, we must continue to demonstrate our support and stand with them to clearly demonstrate our commitment to eliminating transphobia.”

More information on the Sutton LGBTQ+ Forum and their upcoming activities can be found on their website, and via their newsletter.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on 17 May and is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities.

A group stand in front of the new Trans Flag crossing
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Out at Clapham is back!

After a break of 20 months, ‘Out At Clapham’ are back on the silver screen with a bang! 

On Wednesday 23rd June (Start time – 19.30) they will be hosting a very special preview screening of British drama ‘Supernova’ at Clapham Picturehouse. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Harry Macqueen and will be hosted by OAC co-founder, David Robson.

Running now for 8 years, Out at Clapham is London’s longest running LGBT Film Club. 

In March 2020 they were due to screen ‘And then we Danced’ which would have been their 70th film in 7 years but the screening had to be a pulled in line with the national lockdown.

Dan Hawkins, Clapham Picturehouse Manager, said:“The pandemic has had a massive impact on almost all industries in the UK and the cinema industry is of course no exception. 

The last year or so have been incredibly tough, but we are absolutely delighted to be back and to once again bring the big screen experience to our loyal customers. 

We love our local community and film strands such as Out at Clapham are a huge part of who we are. 

I am absolutely thrilled that OAC are returning with this wonderful British drama, which I was lucky enough to see it at the London Film Festival. 

It’s a beautifully shot and incredibly moving story with two knockout performances at his centre.

This is our first live Q&A event since returning and we’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming director Harry Macqueen to the cinema!”

Tickets for this screening are available now.https://www.picturehouses.com/movie-details/000/HO00010919/supernova-q-a


Stop Hate UK Helpline to launch in Wandsworth

The 24-hour Stop Hate UK Helpline service is being launched in Wandsworth.

The line gives people directly affected by hate crime, and witnesses to hate crime, a safe and independent place to talk about their experiences and to explore their options for how to take things further.

Stop Hate UK is working with Wandsworth Council to introduce the helpline. The council works with partners to drive out hate crime, encourage people to report it and offer support to people affected by it.

Robyn Thomas, head of community safety for Wandsworth Council said: “We are determined to make Wandsworth a safe borough for everyone and work with partners to do all we can to stamp out a crime that has such a devastating effect on victims, families and communities.

“One of the most effective ways of stopping hate crime is to ensure all incidents are reported, which is why we are delighted to be working with Stop Hate UK to support people to speak out.”

Stop Hate UK is a national charity that provides independent and confidential support to people who are affected by all forms of Hate Crime. Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK, said: “All forms of Hate Crime are significantly under-reported and some individuals, people and communities are reluctant or unwilling to talk to the police or their council.

“We are able to support people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. Contact with our helpline, or other reporting channels, might be the first time an individual has talked to someone about the things they are experiencing. Other people may have tried to get help but find they are not satisfied with the response they received. No one should have to suffer Hate Crime in silence. Sadly the occurrence of Hate Crime has increased nationally but, working together with the council, statutory and community bodies, we can help to make a difference in Wandsworth.”

People can contact the Stop Hate UK helpline anonymously if they prefer. Where someone has chosen to give their personal details to Stop Hate UK, their trained staff and volunteers will ask who they want their details to be shared with. The charity can also share information with the police and council, with consent, to ensure that those affected by Hate Crime, in any way, can access the support they need.

Anyone in Wandsworth can contact the Stop Hate UK helpline to talk about how they have been directly or indirectly affected by Hate Crime.

The Stop Hate UK helpline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 138 1625. The helpline is also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email to talk@stophateuk.org. Service users with Hearing Impairments can report via interactive BSL by clicking the link on our website www.stophateuk.org. Victims and witnesses can also chat on the web or fill in an online form by visiting www.stophateuk.org/talk.


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