Westminster LGBT Forum

About Us

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Westminster LGBT Forum is the community group for LGBT people who live in, work in or visit the City of Westminster.

We are a voluntary group, supported by Westminster City Council, and work with the Westminster Police and a range of Westminster based organisations to support our community, and improve services and provision for LGBT people across Westminster.

We work in accordance with a Constitution agreed by our members.

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Meet the Team

Co-Chair: David Van de Velde
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In addition to being co-Chair of the Westminster LGBT+ User Forum, he also sits on the MET Police Independent Advisory Group as an LGBT+ Advisor and chair Central and North West London NHS Trust + Staff Network.

After training as a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS at the start of his career, David has a long history of activism on LGBT+ inclusion and accepting.

Being of mixed heritage and gay, David has also been involved with several high-profile campaigns using his own living experience and personal journey into acceptance.

Co-Chair: Trudy Howson
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Trudy loves having Soho on her doorstep and she is thrilled to be Co-Chair of Westminster LGBT Forum. Her main role is to develop its arts and culture.

She has worked in the entertainment industry having initially trained in musical theatre, acquiring credits in mainstream and alternative TV, radio, film, and theatre. 

In 2012 she wrote the poem for the London Olympics and decided to focus that momentum on developing the LGBT+ poetry scene in London.

In 2016 she was appointed LGBT Poet Laureate and still holds that post. She works with Amnesty, Stonewall, the Peter Tatchell Foundation and Hate Crime UK.

Partnerships & Events - Chris Barlow & Trudy Howson

Treasurer - Alan Martin

Volunteer Lead - Alex Gray

Events Co-ordinator - Aman Pourkarimi