Wednesday, 25 October 2017

26th October 2017 GPN and the LSESU Pride

Eventbrite - GPN with the LSE SU Pride - Black History Month
 In October we join the 

at their home on the side of Lincoln's Inn in High Holborn.

Come and meet the future of the LBGT businesses and entrepreneurs in UK and further afield.

The President of Pride, Will Priest, will say a few words.

We are assured a warm welcome fuelled by conviviality and a glass of wine or two. Please note that there will not be a cash bar at the venue and all drinks will have to be preordered and paid for in advance. I am planning for enough to go around.
Join us  on Thursday 26th October at 5:30pm (Please note the timing)  for an exceptional and vibrant networking evening at the top of that architectural marvel in central London. There are terraces outside for those of you who still smoke, you can only take plastic cups there though.
Get connected, productive & proactive with GPN, The LGBT platform to promote your causes, companies, venues & businesses.
When: Usually every 3rd Thursday of the month (or the closest date) at 6:30pm. 
Where: Various venues, exclusively reserved for GPN & GBA
Why: Networking: chat, drink and make meaningful social and business contacts.
How much: The registration fee of £20 includes drinks till its runs out, £15 only if booked in advance.
Full membership of £200pa or £20pcm can be taken  on  giving you many benefits, also outlined on the same page.
How many: limited to the amount of people we can so that everyone can meet each other.
Who: All very nice people in a relaxed atmosphere from different walks of life, influential gay professionals , doctors, lawyers, bankers, architects, property developers, diplomats, actors, entrepreneurs, singers, models, students, job seekers, actors, artists, self employed, start-ups, everyone who are keen to get connected, productive and proactive with the Gay Professional Network
What:  A social drink where people can enjoy each other's company, have a drink or two, Networking, presenting your business or your ideas and expectations, getting help from others, exchange ideas, tips, referals, ask for counsel, opinions and more, come and have a look, you will be amongst friends.
I very much look forward to seeing you soon!
Yours truly,

GPN operates since 2010 on a non profit basis. The excess after the costs of drinks and room hire when applicable pays for websites, promotion, stationary, transport & banners. The venues get considerable publicity to our Network  and we support venues owned and managed by LGBT people whenever possible.
If you do know someone who would like to host our events please let me know.
If there is a photographer in the room, please let him/her know if you do not wish your picture to appear on the website or facebook page and tagged. It is assumed that everyone is happy to have their pictures to be used for the promotion of the network. 
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2017

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2017
“Arts Protest”! Not just dissent.

A World full of Stories of “protests” revealed at London LGBTQI artists fest GFEST 2017.

GFEST - Gaywise FESTival ® invites you to the 10th anniversary celebrations of the showcasing eclectic art, films & performances by both local and international LQBTQI artists. The event will take place across multiple venues in London from 13th-25th November 2017. 
Please see the GFEST Website for full programme details:

Monday 13 November – Saturday 25 November 2017


An annual November event for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) artists and organisations, the 10th anniversary celebrations of GFEST - Gaywise FESTival ® will run from Monday 13 to Saturday 25 November 2017 at venues across London. 

GFEST 2017 full programme details are live on the GFEST website: 

“Arts Protest”: 10th anniversary GFEST showcases new art and films by new and previous GFEST artists. Films line-up includes London/ UK premieres and a revisit to some films from the previous years.

“When we started GFEST in 2007, it was a different time, stories were told in a slightly different way. Today we are telling stories with advantage of social media and technologies. We have stepped forward in winning legal battles and recognition. But the battle continues for gaining full and equal social acceptance. It is about who we are and who we love. We are still telling these diverse LGBTQI ‘protest’ stories in many new ways. The narratives have moved on but what has been constant is people are excited by these stories which stretch imaginations and help shape the creative lives of future generations.” says GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar. “Despite many changes on the political and social scene and huge fundraising challenges, we are still determined to excel once again, telling stories of protests that are part of LGBTQI equality struggle. This year’s GFEST is there to celebrate the heart-warming, moving, quirky and unique tales by LGBTQI artists and audiences. And we are so looking forward to GFEST 2017 launch event on Tuesday 14 November at Menier Gallery.”

FILMS: ‘Fighting for LGBTQI rights’ on various fronts!
An extraordinary film line-up includes recently completed LGBTQI works and numerous UK and London premieres: feature films include Fire Song, an award winning, coming-of-age story of a Canadian First Nation gay Anishinaabe teenager, If You Dare Desire, a drama about two Bengali lesbians and I'm Not Sick! I'm Gay telling a story of LGBTQI struggles in Kazakhstan. Short films line-up include a number of UK films: Ballroom Boys, Lily, Mai, Dusk, Shadow Plant, Lightrapping, Segun Mateo and a north London based filmmaker’s Finding Home. The film events will take place at Rich Mix cinema in Shoreditch and Arthouse Crouch End cinema from 20 to 24 November and will include filmmakers Q&As.  

PERFORMANCES: ‘Singing Loud & Proud’

A delightful evening filled with music and fun! Performers include award-winning divas: Rosie Wilby waxing lyrical about relationship challenges, Short & Girly Show present all-female troupe performing improvised comedy sketches and songs. Be there to be enthralled by The Symphonic Winds’ awesome music and The Gay Men's Dance Company's latest energetic numbers. GFEST 2017 performances evening will be at St Pancras (new) Parish Church in Euston on Saturday 25 November.

This is a fundraiser event for GFEST 2018 to ensure that GFEST becomes an even stronger platform for LGBTQI artists.

VISUAL ARTS: ‘Arts Protest’ - LGBTQI identities and articulation.
A series of challenging and insightful works will be exhibited at Menier Gallery, (Upper Gallery), from 13 November to 18 November. This year’s line-up of artists include: Alice Boland-Rhodes, Gökhan Tanrıöver, Heather Carol, Mike Bliss, Jason Carr, Marta Kochanek, Peter A Leigh, Reggie Blennerhassett, Sarah Jane Moon and Simon Croft. Past GFEST artists, performers and filmmakers over the last 10 years will present a “Wall of Protest” - selfies or portraits of some participants from the year 2007 onwards, curated by GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar. Free entry.
Reggie Blennerhassett will lead the discussion when LGBT activists joined the miners’ 1984-5 strike: the real story behind the film “Pride” and the impact of “Arts Protest” to deliver social change. This debate on Saturday 18 November at the Menier Gallery will also explore how the work presented at the exhibition challenges preconceived notions.  

For more information, images or interview requests,
please contact: Niranjan Kamatkar
020 888 99 555 / 

Notes to editors:
Recognised as London’s LGBTQI cross-art festival since 2007, GFEST - Gaywise FESTival is presented by arts charity Wise Thoughts. Wise Thoughts was incorporated in 1999 and is a pioneering organisation based in Haringey, north London. Wise Thoughts combines creative use of diverse art forms such as film, visual art and performance, and delivers targeted services. Our services help address social justice issues and the needs of LGBTQI and Black, Asia, & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. A platform for LGBTQI artists, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® takes place annually in November, in venues across London.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

AGM and NCVO Members' Assembly 2017

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Out in Business Newsletter


EUROUT 2017 is coming! We are working hard at putting together an amazing conference! We look forward to welcoming the best students, professionals and alumni from around the world to network and discuss important topics in the business and LGBTQ spheres here in London this November. If you have not booked your ticket, do so now! Also, check out the write up below about one of our featured speakers, Sue Nabi!
Dates: 17 - 19 November

EUROUT Speaker Profile: Sue Y. Nabi

EurOUT is delighted to announce keynote Sue Y. Nabi, the former worldwide president of L'Oréal and Lancôme and current founder and president of Orveda, to talk about her professional and personal journey.
Born in Algeria as Youcef, Sue Nabi always possessed a passion for both beauty and business; and, essentially, a fierce sense of knowing, intrinsically, who she is. Her vision and ambition, charisma and kindness, and Engineering degree and MBA from ESSEC, led to Nabi’s almost meteoric rise in one of the world's greatest beauty giants: L’Ore´al.
As the youngest CEO in L’Ore´al’s history, Nabi drove double-digit growth, launched blockbuster, bestselling lines, and championed diversity in beauty - across age, gender, and ethnicities. Her success led to her next role as President of Lanco^me, where her launch of La vie est belle, with Julia Roberts as its face, is heralded as the best perfume launch in history - and it remains a top 3 bestselling perfume worldwide.
In 2013, Nabi reinvented a different brand: this time, herself. Healthy lifestyle choices, as well as the influence of Taoism, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Biotechnology inspired her latest venture: Orveda, which she co-founded with Nicolas. A disruptor in high-end luxury skincare, Orveda is a green yet efficient, highly-concentrated skincare range, which works with skin, not against it, Orveda signals a breakthrough in skincare formulation and, essentially, the rise of a new, cleaner, greener and vegan era.

Coming Out Week!

We are so excited about Coming Out Day that we turned it into a whole week! See below for all the details.
Join the Out in Business Club on Wednesday October 11th for Coming Out Day, an annual LGBTQ+ day of awareness and celebration. Read more about National Coming Out Day here:
Speaking up and coming out – whether as an ally, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, kween, or otherwise – has the power to changes attitudes and minds across our campus and create new advocates for equality.
So we’re asking allies across the campus to come out by:
  • Joining us Friday October 6th 7:00-10:00 p.m. @ The Yard for “Coming Out” to Happy Hour RSVP
  • Putting an “Ally” sticker (to be distributed in class) on your nameplate
  • Sharing why you support LGBTQ+ rights on the “Why I’m an Ally” cards (also to be distributed in class) – these will be displayed in the Lounge at Sammy Offer on October 11th for official Coming Out Day

Meet the Club Co-Presidents

I asked our club co-presidents a couple of questions to try to get to know them a little better (including the dreaded "Why MBA?")!

Albert Saniger, MBA 2018

Question 1: Why MBA?
AS: I wanted to expand my network. I didn’t want to be in my previous industry’s bubble. I wanted a global network of successful leaders with very different career goals. These people are now my friends and we build on each other’s knowledge and abilities. It’s exactly what I’d hoped for.

Question 2: Have you ever had an “ah-ha” moment about being out in the workplace and why its important to you?
AS: I wouldn’t say there was an “ah-ha” moment per se, but I definitely had a realization a few years before starting my MBA that I could get more involved in the community and benefit from it. Being out became part of my brand and it helped me in so many ways. I wasn’t always proud of self-identifying as LGBTQ but I have done a pretty big pivot in that regard. I now realize that sexual orientation and gender identity journeys increase one’s self-awareness and respect for diversity, both crucial in business!

Question 3: What do you value the most about your MBA experience so far?
AS: The people I’ve met. In my first year, I wanted to meet as many people as I could. It was a strategy of going broad. I went to several events that put me outside my comfort zone to meet and interact. In my second year, I am less focused on creating new bonds and more focused on strengthening existing bonds. I want to invest my time and energy on building lasting friendships.

Question 4: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
AS: Working less hours a day! Spending time with my kids. Professionally, I want to be doing a number of projects – whether part of a big organization or smaller company. I want a flexible professional life that allows me to touch on different industries or projects on a regular basis. Including nonprofit! I recently founded a nonprofit to fund business studies for trans and gender non-binary students. The pipeline of self-identified genderqueer applicants is very low, so there is a lot of work to be done. I hope to continue working on that in the future.
[Stay tuned for a future feature on Albert’s charity!]
Question 5: Favourite ice cream flavour and why?
AS: Ohhhh hazelnut! I used to hate it as a kid but my dad would order it all the time - I was against everything that my dad did back then. Years later I found out that my mom liked it too and then I gave it another try and found that I loved it! There’s this place in New York called Eataly with homemade  nocciola gelato. It’s my third favorite thing in the world - after my husband Anthony, and Beyoncé.

Paul Aziz, MBA 2018

Question 1: Why MBA?
PA: For me it was very simple. Having spent almost a decade trying to fall in love with finance - flirting with everything from hedge funds to internal strategy consulting and corporate to private banking and everywhere from London to HK and Switzerland - I realised that it wasn't going to happen, that I wasn't getting any younger and that I needed to find a career that I could get really excited and passionate about.
I felt that an MBA was the best way to get some time, the headspace and the support to work out what path to follow next.
Question 2: Have you ever had an “ah-ha” moment about being out in the workplace and why its important to you?
PA: No ah-ha moments for me.....but with hindsight it's super clear that I've been happiest at work and formed much healthier and enjoyable relationships (with colleagues, clients, everyone) the more I've been myself in the workplace.

Question 3: What do you value the most about your MBA experience so far?
PA: The flexibility to make it your own and get what you need out of it - you can geek out 24 hours a day, party your socks off, juggle three internships, take the time to re-connect with family and friends...or some combination of them all.

Question 4: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
PA: Back at LBS talking about the successful exit from my first wellness venture...and getting excited about my next. Back up plan: house husband...

Question 5: Favourite ice cream flavour and why?
PA: Anything from Gelupo. Just go.

In the news

Women-only Cambridge college to allow students who 'identify as female'

Murray Edwards College admissions policy change welcomed by gender diversity campaigners but decried by some feminists.

Announcing its change Dame Barbara Stocking, the president of Murray Edwards College, said: “We are a college that is open to all outstanding young women and so it is absolutely right, both legally and within our set of values, for anyone who identifies as female to be able to apply to study with us.
“There is now a greater understanding of the complexities of gender. In order that we remain true to our mission of being open to all outstanding young women we recognise that it is right for anyone who identifies as female, regardless of their born gender, to be able to apply to study with us.”
Read the full Guardian article here: Link

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

LGBT networking event in Brighton

Our member, Barry Joinson is organising a LGBT Networking event in Brighton on the 11th October. details hereunder.

Hi Jean-francois I'm hosting an informal LGBT+ networking event in Brighton on the evening of 11th October. The idea came about due to the number of professionals I meet through my work, tired of the hard sell at events, but still looking for an opportunity to connect with others in the LGBT+ community. It would be great if you could forward on to anyone you feel would be interested in joining us. Anyone wishing to attend can message me directly, email me at, or call me on 07970 068186 for further details. Many thanks for your help, and best wishes for now, Barry

LGBT Consortium October Newsletter

A monthly digest for the LGBT sector
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A warm welcome to the October edition of our Newsletter!
We have important reminders about our upcoming Conference & AGM and our 2017 Impact Survey. We also have an exciting announcement about another new addition to the LGBT Consortium team.
Read on for news from the sector, our Members and the Consortium team.

Sector News 

LGBT Consortium Annual Conference & AGM

There are still spaces left at our 2017 Conference & AGM, which will take place in Manchester on Saturday 4th November from 10:30am to 5pm.
This year the Conference will have a Health Check theme, to tie-in with the work we have been doing with Members throughout the year to support them to remain healthy and fit for purpose.

Get the full details and book your place

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 

The week runs from 14th - 21st October this year and there will be events all over the Country to mark the week.
If you want to plan your own event or find out what is going on in your area, please visit the
NHCAW website.

We will be Tweeting during the week to promote our Member's events and campaigns using the hashtag #NHCAW, so follow all the latest there.

3 2 1 Impact 

The Impact survey is open for just one more week, so if you haven't already, please make sure that your LGBT Group takes part! 

Our annual Impact Survey is a very important exercise for us and helps to build a picture of the impact our Members have and how well we are supporting them. 

We invite all of our Members to please take the IMPACT Survey here

Welcome David to the Team 

This month we welcome David Woodhead the LGBT Consortium Team. David is our new National LGB&T Partnership Associate and will be working on the inequalities in health and wellbeing project funded by Public Health England.

He will produce a resource for mainstream health and social care organisations and pilot whole system approaches in two sites - in the London Borough of Lambeth and in Leeds. It will end in March 2018.

You can get in touch with David here

Health Check 

This month, to tie in with National Hate Crime Awareness Week, we thought we would share a huge range of useful resources and tools that can help your group to work with LGBT Hate Crime issues.  
These resources and tools were created by 35 LGBT Consortium Members through the EHRC funded Hate Crime Partnership and it is with thanks to them that we can share the benefits of their wealth of Knowledge, skills and expertise with you all. Check it out here

Trans Reproductive Health Survey

The National LGB&T Partnership have supported Public Health England in their development of a survey seeking the views of the trans community on reproductive health. It is the first and most diverse trans survey about reproductive health of its kind seen in the UK.

PHE is inviting all self-identified trans people (and those with a trans history) in the UK over the age of 16 to take part. The aim of the survey is to gain a better understanding of trans people’s experiences, preferences and needs for reproductive health and healthcare to inform future PHE work in this area.

Your next challenge starts here!  

Ever considered becoming a trustee?
Keen to share your skills, learn new ones and gain board experience?

Give us a call on 020 7064 6500 or register your interest as a potential Trustee here

News from our Members

 ‘An Evening of Faith Recognition and Celebration’ 

LGBT Consortium Members, 3FF, are organising an event ‘An Evening of Faith Recognition and Celebration'.

The evening will bring together organisations and individuals across London who deserve recognition for building bridges between Londoners of all faiths and beliefs. It will also be an opportunity to share successes and celebrate the work of those who seek to enrich Londoners’ sense of belonging (with awards of £500).

The event will take place on 27th November and nominations are open until the 9th October,
more information here

Call for Papers – LGBT Issues

As part of the Youth Voice Journal’s special issues in 2018, the editors of the Youth Voice Journal invite submission of abstracts for this Special Issue to be guest edited by Dr Jason Schaub, University of Birmingham.

Click here to find out more

Member's Nominated for Pink News Award 

We are very pleased to see so many of our Members nominted for the Pink News Awards in the category of Community Group of the Year:

IMAAN  – Leading LGBTQ Muslim Charity.
Just Like Us – LGBT+ Charity for Young People.
Mermaids UK – Family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people.
Opening Doors London – London-based charity offering support to older LGBT+ people.

You can cast your vote here

Hundreds Gather to Support Triumphant Totnes Pride

The Historic Market Town of Totnes in rural Devon, saw its fifth Pride event at the weekend, with an estimated 1500 people coming together to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex &/or asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) community.
Organisers of the popular event, Totnes-based social enterprise Proud2Be, laid on a whole host of events in the town.
Click here to read more on this story

Consortium Team News

Paul - Chief Executive Officer

It is nearly that time again—annual conference and AGM. We are very much looking forward to seeing as many Members in Manchester on the 4th Nov as possible. Our Health Check theme will continue to build on our work to ensure the LGBT sector remains resilient and sustainable.

Coupled with this, we will be announcing the development of further more detailed work around sustainable funding for the sector in the next few weeks—we cannot wait to share this with our Members!

Your Engagement Team 

Vicky is our Engagement & Membership Manager and can work with Members to support them in any aspect of running an LGBT group - email Vicky

Philip is our Engagement & Information Officer and among other things, can help Members with all of their Membership needs - email Philip

Martin is our London Engagement Officer who, alongside working on a specific London Mapping project, can offer support to all of our London Members - email Martin

Shaan facilitates our Trans Organisation Network, so if you run a Trans group or project then get in touch with him today - email Shaan
Who you gonna call... 020 7064 6500

David - National LGB&T Partnership Associate

Public Health England has funded the National LGB&T Partnership to lead a project for the next 6 months to encourage and support specialist and mainstream service providers and others to improve the offer for LGBT populations as a way of tackling general as well as specific inequalities in health and wellbeing.

Outputs from the project include a series of focused round table events and a resource for services identifying key issues, policy drives and examples of good practice. Whole systems work in two pilot sites – the London Borough of Lambeth and Leeds - will provide learning for other areas to implement.

Any questions or suggestions, please contact

New Members

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.
3FF (Three Faiths Forum)
Housing for Women
LGBT+ Care Leavers
Sensibus Consulting

Events from our Members

Upcoming Events in October

Here are 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.


Thursday 5th October
5pm - 7pm

Proud2Be Social Group

Thursday 12th October
6:30pm - 9:30pm

LGB&T Police Advice Surgery

Monday 9th October
6pm - 8pm

Trans Health Matters Conference 2017

Tuesday 17th October
9am - 5pm