Thursday, 9 July 2020

The Network's talks July and August, and our weekly meetings.

Dear Supporters of The Network,
Hope all is well with you.
In July we do not have a speaker, as he thought it best to wait and find out what is happening.
It is too early yet to decide whenever and  whether or not we are going to go back to physical meetings, the Civil Service Club is reopening on Monday but the covid-19 preventative measure make it impossible at the moment with no more than 4 people in a room! It may well be that do a combination of both zoom and physical meeting in the future but time only will tell.
In August Sandra Shevey is talking about Alfred Hitchcock, and it will be online given the present circumstances, you can book and discover more about it on Zoom. Please note that the meeting will be in evening gearing us back to normal timings.k

Our weekly meetings continue for members of The Network to catch up. Thursdays 4 to 5pm. Not a member yet?  Join us on and take advantage of the 50% off the membership fee  for the duration of the pandemic.
Distant socialising! Together we are stronger!
A reminder of The Network Links:

I very much look forward to hearing from and to seeing you again soon.

Best regards, 
The Network since 2012

Friday, 26 June 2020

what's up?

Are you "zoomed out" already? I know the weather is wonderful outside but yes, you can be outside and follow the talks  whilst lounging in the sunshine, that is an advantage of it.

As we are slowly coming out of the 'Lockdown' The Civil Service Club is announcing that it is reopening on the 6th July with social distancing, I take it to mean that we are not quite ready to meet physically in groups, social distancing or not.

Members of GPN enjoy a weekly zoom meeting or by appointment to prepare for the reopening of businesses and social life everywhere or just a chat. Our monthly events will continue to be on zoom or perhaps a combination of zoom and physical meeting in the future.

Our talks lately were recorded and posted on YouTube Peter Tatchell , Tony Selimi and  Dan Vo were our latest speakers.

We look forward to be entertained Mark Bunyan on the 28th July, listen to Steven McIntyre, CEO of Stonewall Housing about LGBT+ homelessness on the 25th August.  Ian Dodds  will speak about bisexuality in September, Craig Jones & Caroline Paige  and Gary Youssef the formers on Fighting with Pride and the latter about Financial planning in October and Paul Burston about his latest book and fabulous life in November.

Can I point for those of you who are lucky to be still in the 18-35 bracket of age, a survey asking a few questions about your experience in Lockdown.

Take care and keep safe!

Jean-François Dor

UK 18-35 year olds LGBTQ*COVID-19 & LOCKDOWN Experiences Survey

Monday, 22 June 2020

GPN welcomes Dan VO on Tuesday 23rd June at 3:30pm. Queer Museums, Queer Britain.

Join us for a social and business networking on Zoom on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 at 3:30pm. RSVP:
We need cheering up and who better to do so than Dan Vo, he is witty, knowledgeable and cute. Dan will speak about "Queer Museums" and "Queer Britain" that was recently featured on the BBC.
This month GPN welcomes Dan VO on Tuesday 23rd June at 3:30pm.
Dan gave us a memorable visit some years ago of the V&A, most enlightening. Q & A will ensue after his talk.
Non-members contribution of £5
GPN Members free.
After this all participants have the opportunity, not compulsory, to say a few words, if they choose to do so, 2 minutes maximum each but most fit this within 30 seconds like "Hi, I am J-F and get people together, chat with me afterward if your need help with PR, Marketing or Events".
While we meet on line, you may just want to listen to others and be comforted in the knowledge that #youarenotalone
A few guidelines to respect:
  • switch off your camera and microphone when you eat, wash your hand etc..
  • respect the opinion and or fear of others
  • arrive in the meeting in due time.
The room is opened half an hour before the meeting start, please join during this time: try the link to connect, check that your name is correct, if not please change it. If you have trouble, contact me during this half an hour. When the meeting is in progress my attention turns to the meeting and those present, I then disconnect from social media, emails, text and calls.
15:00 - Room open
15:30 - Meeting start
15:45 - Dan Vo speaks
16:00 - Q & A
16:15 - Participants introduce themselves and general networking.
17:30 - Meeting ends

Please share this event on Facebook and Twitter with your friends and colleagues, ask them to join us on (Membership is only £20 a year and all events are free except when we have to preorder food and drinks
Non-members are asked for a contribution of £5 towards the organisation.
I very much look forward to seeing you then. 

With all best wishes, 

The Gay Professional Network, since 2010.

Organised By

Organiser of GPN with Dan Nouveau, 23-06-2020

survey on the impact of COVID-19 on older LGBT people in the UK

Dear All,

We are university researchers conducting a short, simple, survey on the impact of COVID-19 on older LGBT people in the UK. Please will you share this email with anyone for whom you think it might be relevant.

The survey can be accessed here.

You can find out more about our project here.

Thank you.

Best wishes,

Sue Westwood
Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Michael Toze


Dr Sue Westwood
York Law School
University of York
LMB/258, Law and Management Building
Freboys Lane, York, YO10 5GD, UK.

Tel: 01904 32 5874
Research profile: 
Twitter: @Woman4Equality 

Pronouns: she/hers

I sometimes work unusual hours as my preferred way of balancing multiple roles. If this e-mail arrives outside of office hours, please do not feel obligated to respond until office hours have resumed.