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
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.
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?