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Lisa Power awarded DIVA award

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Lisa Power, a British sexual health and LGBT rights campaigner, has been awarded a prestigious DIVA Award.

See the Awards Ceremony held on 29 April 2021.

LGBTQ+ Ethnic Minorities

LGBTQ ethnic minorities

LGBTQ+ nightlife venues are represented and protected by the Greater London Authority, but what about LGBTQ+ ethnic minorities (QTIPOC) spaces?

If you identify as a QTIPOC, Your Opinion is important!

The More in Common Network

More in Common

The More in Common Network is a collection of groups across the UK working to promote Jo Cox's powerful more in common message in their communities.

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First LGBT+ Retirement Community

LGBT+ Retirement

Tonic is to become the UK’s first LGBT+ retirement community having been given approval to open in 2021 after securing a £5.7m loan from the Mayor of London. 

This support from the GLA Community Housing Fund will enable Tonic to purchase nineteen properties at Bankhouse, a One Housing purpose-built extra care scheme in Lambeth.

This is a major milestone for LGBT+ housing as there is no LGBT+ affirming provision with care currently in operation in the UK, despite there being a clearly defined need and demand from within the LGBT+ community.

Share Your Ideas to Reimagine london

Neighbourhood

After a year of disruption and damage to our lives that we couldn't have imagined, work is well underway at City Hall to get our city back on its feet and to minimise the ongoing impact of this terrible pandemic on our communities.

The Mayor of London would love to hear your ideas on how to improve the places where you live or work. With your input they can create thriving neighbourhoods within easy reach of all Londoners.

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Opening of Soho

Soho Society

Westminster City Council announced on 23 February 2020 that it will close fourteen streets (including Old Compton, Dean, Greek and Frith Streets) to vehicles, and grant licences for the sale of alcohol in the street until 11 p.m. 7 days a week.

This will allow drinking and dining Monday to Sunday from 12 April to 30 September 2021.

The House of St Barnabas

The House of St Barnabas is one of the Forum's partners but during the Covid-19 pandemic they have experienced the retreat of essential Services, with GP appointments scarce, housing and benefits departments scaled back, and foodbanks overwhelmed. Their graduates have experienced sudden job losses, furlough on insecure income and anxiety about losing their homes.

House of St Barnabas

They have seen the digital divide get much wider and deeper overnight. Digital has become the only way of accessing services at times and friends, family and even pub quizzes quickly moved online.

However, they need help to continue their vital work in breaking the cycle of homelessness, following the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The relationship between secure work and homelessness has never been more apparent.
See how you can help them.

Plan to end new HIV cases by 2030

HIV Commission

Dame Inga Beale, chair of the HIV Commission and Michael Gove MP, minister for the Cabinet Office.

Senior government ministers have backed a plan developed by an independent group, the HIV Commission, to eliminate HIV transmission in England over the next decade.

At a launch event on 1 December 2020, Health Secretary Matt Hancock committed to reducing new cases by 80% by 2025 and to less than 100% a year by 2030. He claims that these goals are achievable.

The Government is starting to write its plan on ending new cases of HIV by 2030 so let's make sure they get it right. Write to your MP and ensure that the message is clear to everyone in power.

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The Battle for Covent Garden

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A video made by Year 6 of St Clement Danes Primary School with digital:works. 

The video is 25 minutes long and interviews some familiar Covent Garden faces about the history of the area. It also includes some original photos and videos of Covent Garden through the decades.

London's Rainbow Crossings

Rainbow Crossing

Rainbow Crossings have been popping up all over London's roads over the last two years as a way to celebrate LGBT+ residents, workers, and visitors.

With Pride Month and the lost Pride season of 2020 long over, the London LGBT Forums Network have been researching which London Boroughs and Authorities have installed the crossings and where.

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Re-booting the Arts

Re-booting arts

Much attention has been directed towards the hospitality sector, and rightly so given its paramount importance to the whole of Central London. 

The businesses the bars and eateries serve however, have been very much engaged in their own day-to-day struggle for survival. Read More

Trans Hate Crime Statistics

As part of Trans Day of Remembrance 2020, the London LGBT Forums Network and the Met LGBT Independent Advisory Group have published an article about the Met's recent decision to publish Trans Hate Crime statistics to the community for the first time.

Whilst we welcome this move from the Met and celebrate that it is a win for the community, we also remember that hate crime is a serious matter affecting many lives.

The Trans Hate Crime Report by Galop shows that:

  • 4 in 5 respondents had experienced a form of transphobic hate crime
  • 1 in 4 had experienced transphobic physical assault or the threat of physical assault
  • Nearly 1 in 5 had experienced transphobic sexual assault or the threat of sexual assault

Concerns Over Future of Admiral Duncan

Admiral Duncan Soho

The Admiral Duncan in Soho, the site of a 1999 nail bombing, has been called "A memorial that must be retained" but its future is in question.

Several gay bars in Soho are to remain closed until Covid-19 restrictions are eased, as its parent company 'rebases' its business. See Attitude for the full story.

From Here to Eternity

Sunil Gupta has been using photography as a critical practice since the 1970s.

Here to Eternity

Subversive, impulsive, personal, and political, Gupta's socially engaged projects have focused on issues such as family, race, migration and the complexities and taboos of sexuality and homosexual life.

His work has been an inspiration for generations of photographic activists and LGBTQ+ rights campaigners.

His book From Here to Eternity traces Sunil Gupta’s life through his personal archive: the snapshots, postcards, letters, posters, and news clippings collected during his long career in photography and activism. See Autograph for further details and how to purchase this inspiring book investigates the question What does it mean to be a gay Indian man?

Soho Mosque Application

Muslim gay flag

Westminster LGBT Forum was happy to support the proposal from the Aziz Foundation for a Mosque at the Trocadero in Piccadilly. If this application had been successful we would have welcomed them and their organisation to Soho, the heart of London’s LGBT+ community.

The application was later withdrawn but we would have been very happy to work with the Aziz Foundation to promote acceptance, respect, and tolerance across all of Soho’s diverse and wonderful communities.

Soho has a proud and historic tradition of accepting and welcoming people of all kinds from all over the world, and its communities are open minded and tolerant of all religions. We believed this proposal was very much in keeping with that tradition, and would have helped support Muslims living, working and visiting our very unique part of Westminster where they are currently poorly served.