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Youth Health Jury

We have been in discussions with Wandsworth Youth Health Jury listening to their concerns about the health of young people in the Borough. We are helping to make contact with them and to deliver information about healthy lifestyles and put young LGBT members in touch with experts to guide and support them.

The Wandsworth Youth Health Jury is designed for young people who use the health services in Wandsworth.It gives them an opportunity to have a say in the development of health services and aimed at improving health services for young people.The Wandsworth Youth Health Jury is open to 16 to 24 year old who currently use any of the Health Services in Wandsworth.

For more information contact the Patient and Public Involvement Team, Wandsworth CCG, 1 Adelaide Road, London SW18 1D, call 020 8871 5096 or email Wandsworth PPI.

'Out at Clapham' Film Club

Following on from our last two HUGE success's we are giving ourselves a summer break for August but will be back in September and every month until the end of 2014. For the most up to date information please give us a 'Like' on Facebook. www.facebook.com

Tamasin Cole

We are sad to announce that long time friend and colleague of the Wandsworth LGBT forum Tamasin Cole, has sadly lost her battle with cancer. Tamasin was one half of our web/design team (Harper and Cole) who have worked very closely with us over the years and are largely responsible in re-branding the forum's image into what you see today. Through dedication and reliable communication both Jane and Tamasin worked hard to ensure that we are delivering our mandate across Wandsworth and London Without their help, the forum would not be in as good a position as we stand here in 2014. We want to pay tribute for all of Tamasin's support and ask you to please make a donation to Cancer Research. Thank you.

Visit www.cancerresearchuk.org

THT and Wandsworth LGBT outreach on Clapham Common

Starting from Friday 16 July the forum is funding the Terrence Higgins Trust to do some community outreach to PSE users of Clapham Common. The purpose of this is to give the forum a picture of who is using the common, see how popular it is and insure people are using it safetly. This is a project that has the support of Wandsworth Council, The Wandsworth Met Police and of course THT.

The project will run for 12 weeks and at the end Del Campbell (Community Engagement manager, THT) will report the findings to the forum at our Winter meeting.

We are very excited by this project and hope it is successful in every way.

Press release 15 October 2013

15/10/13


New Committee 2013 – 2014

The forum held their AGM on 16 July. It was very well attended and possibly the best turn-out for an AGM in some time. The Chair's annual report will be available to download from the website as will the minutes of the meeting. We are thrilled to announce the new committee for 2013-2014:
David Robson – Chair
Graham Harris – Secretary (acting treasurer)
Denny Gallagher – Committee Member
Jonathan Kettle – Committee Member
Kurt Hoffman – Committee Member
Colin Smith - Committee Member

Tessa Willy, an existing committee member, chose to stand down due to other commitments. We would like to thank Tessa once again for her tireless effort and support with the forum, to its members and to its committee. We wish you all the best in the future.

The new committee is meeting this month to plan the year ahead and is very excited with the new team and the skills they will bring to the borough of Wandsworth.

30/7/13


Theft of Jody Dobrowski plaque

A report in the Wandsworth Guardian said:

A plaque commemorating the death of a gay barman beaten to death in a homophobic attack has been stolen. Jody Dobrowski, 24, was beaten in an attack so horrific he could only be identified by his fingerprints, in 2005 at Clapham Common. Thomas Pickford, 26, and Scott Walker, 33, were jailed for life in 2006 for his murder.

Mr Dobrowski's family and friends, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community raised funds for a permanent celebration of his life. The brass plaque was unveiled on a bench located in the centre of Battersea Woods, The Avenue, in Clapham Common, last year.

It is not known when it was stolen, but was reported missing at 8.30am on Thursday June 20.

Police are appealing to witnesses who may be able to help them identify when the plaque was stolen and who might have taken it. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Foley said:

'We are keeping an open mind about the motive behind this theft. There have been previous thefts of plaques in London by people seeking to benefit from their scrap metal value. However we are mindful of the significance of this particular plaque to the local LGBT community and will seek to identify what the thieves true motive might be. Either way, this is a deplorable and insensitive crime which we will investigate to the fullest extent.'

Witnesses can contact police by calling 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

27/6/13


Pride 2013

You have probably seen the great news that we are GO for Pride in London 2013! The volunteers and plans are all in place and we have secured sufficient funding to be confident to proceed. More sponsorship and income will make a better Pride though, so please encourage friends and colleagues to buy tickets to our Audience with Martina Navratilova, the Gala Dinner with the Mayor of London and Summer Rites Pride in the Park.

150 groups have signed up to take part in the Parade and registration closes today, 24 May!

Now we have some fantastic opportunities for community groups to say ‘thank you’ for your incredible support and enthusiasm in our first year managing Pride in London, but you’ll need to act quickly.

A short film of your work
We can help you put together a short video to be shown on our screen in Trafalgar Square during the main Pride in London event on 29th June 2013 and for you to hold and use afterwards. This would be about 2 minutes long, can include any existing reasonable quality footage of your group plus one or more representatives either talking to camera or to an off-screen interviewer. We can even cut in your logo or other branding and the entire piece would be subtitled too. If you already have your own video short (ideally with subtitling) then we may be able to show this too on the day (at no expense).

Get a sponsored float!
We also have a couple of generous business benefactors who would like to subsidise some charitable groups to submit their own float in the main Parade. If you support a good cause, helping other disadvantaged LGBT people in particular but have previously not been able to meet the additional costs associated with a float then this may be for you. If we get lots of applications we may have to draw straws to get the winners.

If you are interested in either of these fabulous opportunities then do not delay! Time is short! Please write as soon as possible to Patrick.

The London LGBT+ Community Pride team


Community Project funding

Are you looking for funding for a specific LGBT project? Maybe the forum can help you get this off the ground. Please get in touch outlining the project and what it is you are hoping to achieve. The forum will then review your application and be in touch with a decision. Email us now!


Anti gay marriage meeting

The forum was alerted to an ‘Anti Gay Marriage’ meeting being held at an Islamic centre in Tooting several weeks ago which was a reaction to local MP Sadiq Khan voting in favour of gay marriage. The forum is very saddened to see such a thing going ahead especially in our own borough. If anyone else sees similar messages being sent out into the community please let us know. Though nothing unlawful was said at the meeting we hope that this is not the beginning of anti LGBT crimes across our and neighbouring boroughs.

anti gay marriage poster


PACE goes live!

An exciting new online service is launched this month to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing mental health problems.

The new website and interactive Virtual Support Service has been developed by PACE, London’s leading charity promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBT community to enable PACE to reach out to more people in distress.

Research has shown that levels of suicide, deliberate self-harm and drug and alcohol abuse amongst LGBT people are significantly higher than in their heterosexual counterparts.  Gay and bisexual men are five times as likely to have self-harmed[1] and lesbians and bisexual women are four times as likely to be at risk of substance abuse as straight women.

Poorer mental health amongst LGBT people is linked to discrimination, bullying, homophobia, pressure to conform and poor self-esteem.

Read the press release
Visit www.pacehealth.org.uk


Same sex marriage

The forum is thrilled to see that all three of our MPs voted in favour of Same Sex marriage last week. The chairman was invited by Jane Ellison MP to go into the House of Commons to watch the debate pass into the next phase of the bill. 400 MPs voted in favour while 175 were against. We will watch very carefully to see how it is scrutinised in the House of Lords and hope to continue any campaign of support in favour of Gay marriage.

In the mean time we would like to the opportunity to thank Jane Ellison, Justine Greening and Sadiq Khan for supporting the bill and taking the time to reply to our campaign letter.

You can see how MPs voted here: www.bbc.co.uk


Archive stories

London LGBT+ Community Pride successful in bid to run Pride

LCP has been selected by the GLA as their delivery partner for Pride in 2013 and - if all goes well - beyond.


Planning Pride

The forum has been approached by London Community Pride (LCP) to back its bid to be responsible for the planning of Pride for the next five years. There are three known bidders but the LCP is the only group that has come out and asked for community engagement, and the only group to have grown out of those communities.

Forum holds HIV event at Wandsworth Town Hall

On Tuesday 27 November the Wandsworth LGBT Forum held a reception at Wandsworth Town Hall to recognise World AIDS Day, hosted by The Mayor of Wandsworth, Adrian Knowles.

Looking for new recruits

Wandsworth LGBT Forum is looking for new people to join the group
Complete our online survey!

Television company Electric 6 looks for participants

The forum was approached by Electric 6 who were looking for participants for a new television show focusing on couples in which one of the partners had undergone gender reassignment.

Pride House cancelled

‘Pride House’, to be hosted on Clapham Common during the Olympics has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship.
www.pinknews.co.uk
www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk

Blanket 12 month gay blood ban is unjustified

London - 8 September 2011
Safe gay blood donors are still excluded and excessive restrictions cause needless blood shortages, said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
For more information visit the campaign website

Great oaks from little acorns grow...

On Friday 24 June 2011 The GAP LGBT Youth Club celebrated its first birthday with a BBQ - it was fantastic to see 17 young people attending, along with some key supporters who have contributed to The GAP over the past year and helped to make it the success it has become. To get in touch please contact us on 07884 425 408 or wgyn@hotmail.co.uk

Lesbians banned from World Cup
Nigeria’s Women’s football coach was reported as purging suspected lesbians from the team. All Out's campaign raised 45,000 signatures.
www.allout.org/fifa
For more information download the pdf

Adult Social Services takes steps to get LGBT on their agenda
February 2011 saw the LGBT History Month display aimed at developing awareness of LGBT issues among staff in the Department and introducing needed changes. Anyone who would like to find out more /get involved/raise questions please contact Celia Young (7200) or Jim Cowan (8190).

Look back in anger and sadness
Colin Smith looks back through some old photographs from the 1990s from the International AIDS Conference in Florence, and of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
download the pdf

Rainbow Ribbon campaign
‘LGBT people experience domestic violence too’
Read the full press release.

Two guilty of manslaughter of Ian Baynham
Read the full report.

LGBT reading
Downoad the Reading list. To get involved, please contact libraries@wandsworth.gov.uk

Stonewall's message to young people facing homophobic bullying
A series of campaign clips are at www.stonewall.org.uk/itgetsbettertoday. Add your own response to those uploaded at: www.youtube.com/stonewalluk or contact itgetsbettertoday@stonewall.org.uk

Starting Out: Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Recruitment Guide 2010/11
For more information about the Guide contact Joe Wong at Stonewall on 020 7593 2291 or at recruitmentguide10@stonewall.org.uk or log on to www.startingoutguide.org.uk for the guide online.
For information on Stonewall's Youth Volunteering project contact Laurie Kay on 020 7593 1882.

Equality Act
For more details, and other national pink related stories please visit the Pink News site.