Westminster LGBT+ Forum

About Us


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: Trudy Howson
Trudy Howson

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.


Co-Chair: Chris Barlow
Chris Barlow

Chris has vast experience of organising events through Outings in Art which he founded in 2012 with his partner; Outings in Art being the principal events partner for the Forum.

He has also worked alongside numerous community and corporate organisations during his career as an Art Consultant and Gallerist. Until 2010 when he retired he was Chair of the community arts project ‘Arts Express’.

‘Staying Curious and Staying Connected’ is at the heart of his work for the Westminster LGBT+ Forum and this was especially important during the Covid epidemic in 2020/21. He also delivers a ‘Walk & Talks’ programme for the community charity Dragon Hall.


Treasurer: Alan Martin
Alan Martin

Since retiring as an employment law consultant, Alan has volunteered for charities including Stonewall, The Albert Kennedy Trust, the Peter Tatchell Foundation, and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

He’s always had an interest in financial control and IT, which he has used throughout his career as well as for his own company. He has been donor administrator for several charities and has designed, and now manages, websites for several community organisations, including the Forum.


Volunteer Lead: Alex Gray
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Alex has many years of experience in volunteer management and strategy development and is Head of Volunteer Operations at a national charity.

With an MA in Politics and an MSc in Social Work he has a passion for upholding the rights of young people and minority communities, social justice and supporting those with mental health issues, topics which he regularly speaks about in the media and at events. 

His experience within the charity sector, local authority and the NHS has also included forensic mental health, working with young people at risk of sexual exploitation, and assessing alleged offenders.


Police Liaison Lead: Diana James
Diana James

Having moved to London, Diana retained the post of Independent Strategic Advisor (ISA) for Devon & Cornwall Police on Violence Against Women and Girls, Hate Crime and Access and Engagement.

She helped produce guidance for the Police College on non-binary and gender issues which is used by officers nationwide. She is also a member of the Police LGBT Network and sits as an ISA for Devon & Cornwall Police.

Diana identifies as an Intersex, Jewish non-binary Dyke, is a volunteer at Switchboard where she was previously a trainer and director, and is helping to set up an Intersex group at London Friend.


Partnership & Events Lead: Michael Chan
Diana James

After moving to London from New York in 2012, Michael helped set up Outings in Art with his partner.

His experience of organising and supporting events to reduce social isolation within the LGBTQ+ community brings members and allies together through a programme of shared cultural events.


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