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

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