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.
Although the Forum is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, it still incurs running costs. Since membership is free, the Forum relies solely on donations to pay for these costs. Please support us by making a Donation so the Forum can provide services to you and others. Making it a Regular donation has even more effect.
Meet the Team
Acting-Chair: 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: Tim Baros
Tim is an American and has lived in London for 20 years. In addition to his job as a banker in the City of London, he also writes entertainment articles, as well as film and theatre reviews for several websites and magazines.
He is an active member of the LGBT community and in NYC he was a member of NYC Gay Pride and also served as editor of their magazine and newsletter.
He has also volunteered for various other organizations in London, including GMFA, Diversity Role Models and MeWe360, band serves on the communications team of the gay pride network at his workplace, where he also mentors junior employees, and champions LGBT inclusivity.
Volunteer Lead: Alex Gray
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.
Partnership & Events Lead: Michael Chan
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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