Rainbow Boroughs Marching Group 2017

Pride Marching Group

This year we organise our first Rainbow Boroughs Marching Group – and whilst the group was small, we had representation from across 8 London Boroughs.

Our objective is not to compete with other borough groups – but to provide space for people to march from the smaller groups that may be unable to organise their own marching groups, or whose own borough marching groups have met capacity – us acting as an overflow group.

It would be fantastic – if all the London Borough LGBT groups could be put together as a block on the march next year. Imagine us all walking together – and how that would significantly raise the profile of all our work.

 

 

The Rainbow Boroughs Project is a project established by the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign to amalgamate all our LGBT work into one project.
The focus of 17-24-30 is tackling hate crime in all its forms, across all the hate crime strands; Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race and Sexual Orientation. We also include Alternative Subcultures and all nine protected characteristics included in the 2010 Equality Act.
Tackling Biphobia, Homophobia and Transphobia has involved working closely with LGBT organisations across London and around the UK.
We have long recognised the need for pan-London infrastructure to network the LGBT London Boroughs.
To this end – we 100% support David Robson’s objective of organising four quarterly meetings for the chairs of the London Borough LGBT Forums.
 
We also 100% support the new London Engagement Officer role that LGBT Consortium and GMFA are currently recruiting.
 
 
Our only reservation – is to avoid duplication, and to ensure a level playing field so that all the London Borough LGBT forums benefit collectively.
 
17-24-30 has just employed our first part-time member of staff working one day a week – we are currently in the process of creating a steering group to oversee the development of the Rainbow Boroughs Project.
We have a private Facebook group for key people working across the sector (we have been inviting members of borough steering committees, and key people from key LGBT organisations who we work with);
We aim to set up all the chairs with Admin status – so that collectively we can develop the group.
 
There is a public Facebook page for the wider community of people who want to follow our work;
 
 
And a Twitter profile
 
And WordPress Blog
MailChimp newsletter
We aim to produce a quarterly Rainbow Boroughs Newsletter. Here is the link to the first copy.
 
You can subscribe directly by following the instructions (top left corner) when you click on the above link. Alternatively – just let us know you want to join the mailing list.
Over the past 18 years we have been involved in the development of local borough forums (Westminster, Lewisham, Lambeth, Barnet). Working in partnership with, supporting and promoting the work of many other borough LGBT forums.
Here we have been mapping the London Region.
We have also been involved in many LGBT events, LGBT History Month, IDAHO and Pride, and a number of acts of remembrance to remember the victims of LGBT hate crime; those killed in the Admiral Duncan, Ian Baynham, Jody Dobrowski amongst many others.
We have observed the need for an annual Equality Calendar listing events that reflect the members of our communities – from Holocaust Memorial Day through to World Aids Day and everything in between.
Here we have been registering, listing and promoting events.
 
LGBT Issues
Here are a few projects we think we could collectively work on (in no particular order of priority);
1) Hate Crime – 17-24-30 would welcome more support from across the LGBT Communities as we organise the April Acts of Remembrance (marking the Admiral Duncan nail bombing each year) and National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October.
2) Youth Provision – we need the sector mapped so that we all know where to direct young people for the advice and support services they need. I also think there is an opportunity to organise a collective fundraising campaign with proceeds being split evenly between youth groups.
3) Disabled Access – an audit of all LGBT groups and venues to ensure they are more accessible.
4) Improving LBT representation – supporting key LBT people across the region.
​5) Sharing resources / Pan London awareness campaigns – working together to create more coordinated effective campaigns.
6) Training / Skills development – creating opportunities for people to learn skills. How to use Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp, WordPress etc.
​7) London Borough LGBT Awards – how do we recognise people working in our sector? ​
8) London wide events – can we pool efforts to stage bigger events?
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Harrow goes to Pride 25th June 2016

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One of our new Equality objectives is to ‘Promote and celebrate the diversity of our Borough and foster community cohesion’. With this in mind, we have registered a walking group for London gay Pride which takes place on Saturday 25th June 2016.

Gay pride or Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBT eople to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements throughout the world.

The theme for our walking group will be ‘Celebrating the Diversity of our Borough’ and we are hoping for as many people as possible including staff, senior managers, elected members, partners, stakeholders and community groups to join us.

If you or your organisation are interested in joining us on the parade, then email equalities@harrow.gov.uk for further information.

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Mildmay Red Ribbon Gala

Inaugural Red Ribbon Gala marking the 150th Anniversary of  Mildmay.

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Order tickets here

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Lambeth UNISON LGBT Group

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Lambeth UNISON LGBT Group usually meets at Lambeth Council on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Co-Chairs

  • Jackie Lewis and Eddie Wilde
  • contact via Lambeth UNISON at Lambeth Council

Social Media

Meetings

Meetings are only open to UNISON members and the time of the meetings rotate each month between lunchtime meetings and after work meetings.

  • Wed 20th April  meeting at 16:30  followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 18th May 12:30 meeting
  • Wed 8th June meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 20th July 12:30 annual general meeting
  • Wed 17th Aug meeting 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 21st Sept 12:30 meeting
  • Wed 19th Oct meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Tue 15th Nov meeting at 16:30
  • Wed 21st Dec meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 18th Jan 12:30 meeting
  • Wed 15th Feb meeting at 16:30 followed by bi-monthly meal at 18:00
  • Wed 15th March 12:30 meeting

Agenda of Meetings

  1. Welcome, attendance and apologies
  2. Minute of last meeting
  3. Matters arising from meeting
  4. Discussion subject of the month (see below)
  5. What is happening around the workplace
  6. Publicising the group
  7. UNISON regional and national LGBT updates
  8. Other branch and union news
  9. Any other business
  10. Next meeting

Discussion subjects of the month

  • April
  • May – The IDAHOT (17th May) Theme this year is mental health.
  • June
  • July – Annual General Meeting
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

Bi-monthly LGBT Social/Meal

Every other month the group organises a group social, usually a group meal in the Brixton area. These are open events – non-UNISON members are welcome. They will start at 6pm.

UNISON Greater London LGBT Group

The UNISON Greater London Region LGBT training and organising day has been arranged for Friday 10th June 2016. Open to UNISON members only. Deadline to register is the 20th May 2016.

  • UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY  9.30am-4.30pm
The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) Training and Organising day is aimed at all activists in the region – Branch Officers, Equality Reps, LGBT members and all other activists interested in learning about LGBT equalities. In fact we welcome all members in the region who are interested in fighting for equality.
Come along to hear keynote speakers, get practical help for LGBT equality in the workplace, find out more about how to set up a branch LGBT group and meet other members and activists in the region interested in LGBT equalities. Lunch will be provided. And we promise to make it FUN!
 
Lunch is provided. There will also be a chance to network with other members from across the region, watch a short film and to take part in a fun quiz!
 
More information about the programme will be out soon, but in the meantime please do save the date and if you would like to attend, please register by emailing your details to outinlondon @unison.co.uk by the 20th May 2016.

Other UNISON LGBT events

  • 15th June – Next Regional LGBT Group open meeting
  • 15th July – Trans members network meeting (Morning) and Bi members network meeting (afternoon)
  • 16th Sept – Disabled LGBT members network meeting
  • 17th Sept – Black LGBT members network meeting
  • 18-20th November – National LGBT UNISON Conference

For more information check out our UNISON page here.

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#WhereisPrEP

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Over a hundred and fifty people turned up for the Prepster event at The Eagle London on Saturday (19/03/2016).

The evening was hosted by  Prepster co-founder Will Nutland and started with a showing of Nicholas Feustel‘s short film about the PROUD PrEP trial followed by a panel discussion of PrEP experts including;

What is Prep?

PrEP stands for pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis. It’s a way of preventing HIV infection by taking a pill on an ongoing basis before sex. It’s taken by someone who doesn’t have HIV, to prevent them from getting HIV. The PrEP pill is an antiretroviral drug – the same type of pill taken by someone who already has HIV to treat HIV.

Here is a short  American YouTube video explaining what PrEP is.

You can find out more information about PrEP on the I want PrEP Now website

What is PrEPster?

PrEPster is a campaign and information resource that aims to educate and agitate for PrEP access in England and beyond.

PrEPster.info and its related activities are produced by a volunteer group of London-based HIV prevention activists. They are independent from any statutory or voluntary sector organisations.

Take Action

PrEPster have set out 10 actions that people can take to support their work;

  1. Stay informed
  2. Tell your friends
  3. Sign the community PrEP statement
  4. Speak out against stigma
  5. Email your MP
  6. Contact your local authority
  7. Be part of the public consultation
  8. Ask your sexual health clinic
  9. Trial this!
  10. Lobby Gilead!

You can follow PrEPster on Twitter @TeamPrepster and Instragram

What was the  PROUD study?

The PROUD Study was a two year study that showed how a daily pill could offer excellent protection against HIV in the real world.

To find out more about PROUD, visit proud.mrc.ac.uk

The PROUD Study: a video documentary  by Nicholas Feustel

This documentary film explores the outcomes of the PROUD Study.

 

PROUD: Voices of the Participants

This documentary film explores the experiences of participants in the PROUD trial

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Westminster LGBT Community Forum

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Local forum for LGBT folks living, working or socialising in Westminster.

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Postal Address

  • Westminster LGBT Community Forum, PO Box 24632,  London, United Kingdom E9 6XF

Meetings

Next meeting is Wednesday 9th March 6pm to 7.30pm at Victoria Medical Centre, 29 Upper Tachbrook Street, Lonodn SW1V 1SN.

A further meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 11th May in the Boardroom, 56 Dean Street, Soho W1. Time to be confirmed.

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Lambeth LGBT Community Network

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Lambeth’s LGBT borough forum is in the initial stages of formation. To date the group has organised two public LGBT consultation events, one at the Eagle London and the other at the Two Brewers.

The group uses the Lambeth LGBT Facebook page to promote it’s activities.

Social Media

Meetings

Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

The next three meetings are scheduled for the 5th April, 3rd May and 7th June.

Sign up on the Facebook event pages if you would like to come along.

Team Members

  • Chairperson;           Phillipe Giovanni Chiraella
  • Vice Chairperson;  Mark Healey
  • Secretary;                  vacant
  • Treasurer;                  Laks Mann
  • Partners;                   Lambeth MPS, Lambeth Council, Eagle London, Fire, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Two Brewers, Metro Charity.

We are currently looking for new members to join our steering group. If you are interested please get in touch.

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