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A warm welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter!
Read on for news from the Sector, our Members and the Consortium Team.
Last Call for LGBT Groups
the last 6 weeks we have been exploring LGBT Groups relationships
with LGBT rights and the law through a survey and a series of round
table deiscussions. The survey will be closing on Monday 5th Feburary so
if you havent taken part on your groups behalf, now is the time to do
All LGBT groups, no matter how big or small or whether they have staff or volunteers, are invited to take part in the surveywhich will
help us to paint a picture of how LGBT groups engage (or don't engage)
with the law and LGBT rights in their work - however informal it may
LGBT History Month 2018
LGBT History Month this year will
be commemorating two sombre events; the 30th anniversary of the passing
of Section 28, which prohibited local authorities from disseminating
materials that ‘promoted homosexuality’ in schools; and the fortieth
anniversary of the murder by shooting of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first
out-gay elected councillor.
The History Month 2018 theme is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’.
History Month 2018 will focus on ‘Geography: Mapping the World’ which
we thought fitted rather nicely with the mapping work we are carrying
out in London.
This mapping project, Always Out There is funded by City Bridge Trust and is being delivered in partnership with HERO/GMFA. We aim to collate and create an interactive map of groups, support and services for LGBT people in London.
We are keen to make sure this work doesn’t just happen in London, so we
are asking LGBT groups everywhere to put themselves on the map! So if
your LGBT isnt already a Member of LGBT Consortium - join up here and be counted!
Changes to the teaching of Sex & Relationship Education and PSHE - consultation closes 13th February
Department for Education is considering how to update the existing Sex
and Relationship guidance which, was last updated in 2000, and is
therefore now out of date.
The updated guidance will support schools in delivering the new subjects
of Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex
Education (RSE) at secondary.
There is a survey which asks for your views
on a number of topics that will be considered in the update and we would
encourage as many LGBT groups to give their views as possible.
Submissions Deadline Approaching for Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s Health Week Community Resources
Are you a Lesbian, Bisexual or Trans Woman? The National LGB&T Partnership is
creating a community resource featuring Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans
Women's experiences of accessing healthcare in the UK. They want
healthcare professionals to hear about the good, the bad and everything
You can use whichever medium you’d like; video, writing, photos, art
etc... so please feel free to get creative! Make your voices heard and
help us to shape a fairer healthcare system for Lesbian, Bisexual and
Please email your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: February 16th 2018.
We have information about 3 new funds this month that LGBT groups may be interested in exploring:
can access information about these and a range of other funds by
clicking on the links above or by visiting our Members only Funder Finder.
Health Check is Back for 2018
will be continuing to release our monthly Health Check themed resources
after LGBT History Month when we will be kicking off with a range of
resources and Lesbian, bi and trans Women resources to coincide with LBT
If you want to revisit any of our previous Health Check themed resources click here. Members can contact Vicky or Philip orMartin for a range of support or information about our work and networks.
News from our Members
Being Proud Awards
annual Being Proud Awards are a chance to acknowledge and recognise the
hard work and achievements of people making a positive difference to
the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people.
Speak up! about your health & social care services
Northumberland would really like to hear about your experiences of
health and social care in Northumberland over the last year through
their annual survey. This can be as a patient or carer. Knowing what is
important to you will help them to work more effectively on your behalf.
Your views will be shared anonymously and stored in line with data
protection regulations. You could also be in with a chance of winning a
£25 Marks & Spencer voucher when you take the time to share your
are just a selection of the exciting opportunities which are
currently available with our Members. But we don't have space to list
them all here, so please visit the Work in the Sector page & Volunteering Opportunities page on our website for full details of all the available vacancies.
to February and welcome to LGBT History Month. At a time when the
diversity of our communities appears under attack, we are looking
forward to using this month to highlight the magnificent work every
Bisexual, Trans, LGBT BAME, Faith, Disability and beyond Member
organisation undertakes on a daily basis.
Without your hard work and dedication we would be in a far darker place
so here’s to celebrating how we are a collectively powerful force, not
just in February but throughout every day of the year. Thank you to all
our Members for the dedication to supporting LGBT communities.
Your Engagement Team
2018 has been a whirlwind so far and the Engagement team have covered a lot of Member miles between them!
During 2018 the team plan to have more opportunities for you to get
together with other Members, more resources and more training than ever
before for our Members to take advantage of.
We will be in touch with all of our Members over the next few months to
allocate a dedicated Engagement Officer as your point of contact, so
that it will be easier than ever for you to access all the benefits that
Membership with Consortium has to offer.
If you feel a bit in the dark about Membership Benefits you can find more information here or drop one of our Engagement Team a line!
Our Trans Organisations Network (TON) is continuing its pilot of a
secure online platform for TON Members to share and connect, which will
be launched officially later this month. If you're a TON Member and you
would like to put yourself forward to help with the testing process,
then please contact Shaan with your details.
Sophie - National LGBT Anti-Bullying Project Coordinator
are excited to be hosting a visit from this projects funder, The
Government Equality Office, who will be coming along to see one of our
delivery partners in action this month.
Our partners are getting great feedback from the work they are deliving
to teachers and school staff around preventing and tackling homophobic,
biphobic and transphobic bullying;
''A warm yet professional tone was immediately established by the
course leader which allowed insightful discussion to take place across
both training sessions. I feel that me and my staff were fortunate to
have taken part.''
''The facilitator was excellent. Not too rigidly set to their own
agenda and able to facilitate an open discussion around difficult issues
that would have been difficult to manage without them.''
A Warm Welcome to our Newest Members!
We are delighted to welcome the following new members to LGBT Consortium.
Please click on the name of the organisation to find out more about them.
just a few of the exciting events from our Members which are coming up
this month. But we don't have space to list them all here, so please
visit the events page on our website for full details of all the upcoming events.