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Above the Stag

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Above the Stag ceased trading and permanently closed its Vauxhall venue on 7 August 2022.

Read the explanatory statement issued on 9 August 2022.

Pride in London 2022

A video by Michael, a friend of Westminster LGBT+ Forum, and our tribute to Pride in London 2022.

This year’s parade featured many of the wonderful community groups who work so hard in keeping us all feel connected and cared for.

It was also its 50th anniversary. See the Slide Show and a Video of the event.

Launch of ‘Big Social’

Held at Little Ku in Soho in June 2022

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Paapa Essiedu Takes Lead in FEMME

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Femme is a crime thriller that details the unique yet precarious position of a queer, femme man living in a heteronormative and at times misogynistic world.

Originally used in lesbian subcultures, where the terms ‘femme’ and ‘butch’ are used to acknowledge feminine and masculine identities, femme has become popularised for usage among gay and trans as well as non-binary people.

Paapa Essiedu, known for his roles in I May Destroy You and a stunning turn as Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company, stars as the protagonist Jordan, who wears his femme label proudly. Read More

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Westminster LGBT+ Forum and Outings in Art stand united in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We stand in solidarity with Ukrainian citizens, especially all the members of the LGBTQIA+ Community and their allies bravely fighting for their country, and we share their hope for a return to peace as soon as possible.

The UK Government has pledged match funding to donations made via the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and administered by Disasters Emergency Committee.

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One of our members has made Ukraine flag ribbons in support of the Ukrainian people. She is asking for a minimum donation of £1 for each ribbon. All proceeds will go to a Ukrainian charity.

If you’d like to purchase one please email step.robinson@talktalk.net and deal direct with Stephenie.

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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Metropolitan Police & Hate Crime

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During an interview by BBC London the Forum representative stressed the importance of our relationship with the Metropolitan Police. 

Tackling hate crime directed at our community, particularly trans women, is a major issue and we feel the key areas for the Met’s policing to be effective relies on engendering trust and confidence within our community, so we feel we can come forward to report hate crime.

Our suggestions are:

  • The police should have ongoing training to address and understand how to tackle transphobia, homophobia and misogyny.
  • Maintain the same police officers on the beat with whom our community can get to know and recognise.
  • The police need to listen to the concerns of our community.
  • The police need to act on the information we give them.
  • The police need to report back to us and be more accountable.
  • The Home Office needs to put more funding and resources into supporting the officers who are working with our Forum and the LGBT+ community.

The Black Curriculum

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We must remember and teach our Black history throughout the year, not just every October.

The Mayor of London has announced a new partnership between City Hall and The Black Curriculum, an education which aims to address the lack of Black British history on the UK curriculum.

LGBTQ+ Afghans

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Throughout the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Stonewall have called for international support for LGBTQ+ Afghans, and for their recognition as a priority group for resettlement in the UK. Under the current regime, they face persecution, torture and a very real risk to their lives.

They have now confirmed that the first 29 LGBTQ+ Afghans have arrived in Britain to begin new lives free from persecution.

Stonewall have been working closely with the Foreign Office and Rainbow Railroad to support LGBTQ+ Afghans to find passage to safety. The UK is playing a world-leading role in these efforts, and we hope these arrivals will be the first of many.

Plan to end new HIV cases by 2030

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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 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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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.

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.

First LGBT+ Retirement Community

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Tonic has launched the sales of their older person’s shared ownership properties at Tonic@Bankhouse, marking a historic moment in LGBT+ housing history.

This is a significant milestone for LGBT+ community-led housing for older people, which has before now, struggled to get a permanent foothold in the UK. Read More

The official opening took place on 20 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.

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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.

London's Rainbow Crossings

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

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Transgender flag

The UK’s first ever transgender flag pedestrian crossing has been unveiled in London.

It was launched on IDAHOBIT 2021 by Sutton Council and the Sutton LGBT Forum.

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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

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

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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.