One of our first projects (and you are here) is to set up the LGBT Blog London.
We wanted a website where we can share information – and this is it.
The aim of this WordPress blog is to help network the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* communities of London. Work constructing the blog started on the 1st February, at the beginning of LGBT History Month 2016.
As we develop the blog, we hope to gather a lot of useful information together which we want to share in an open and transparent way; to raise awareness of the huge variety of events and activities taking place across London, to promote and celebrate diversity within our communities, to foster and improve community collaboration and cohesion, and develop better services and facilities where possible.
We have already set up a Facebook Community page LGBT Blog London which we hope will become a central LGBT information hub, for and about everything that is happening across the London region. Our aim is to get as many lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans* people and our straight allies to like and follow this page.
We are inviting a member from each of the borough LGBT groups and key LGBT organisations to help us run the Facebook page, and become admins so they can post and share information about what is happening in their areas.
Already a number of boroughs have joined us including; Barnet LGBT, Camden LGBT Forum, Lambeth LGBT Network, Lewisham LGBT, Rainbow Hamlets, Richmond Upon Thames LGBT Forum and Westminster LGBT Forum.
There are lots of blogging platforms that we could use, but we decided to use WordPress as it meets our requirements. The package we use is free, and WordPress is relatively simple and easy to use.
We selected the TwentyTen theme as it provides a simple straight forward page layout.
It is important that the information is as accessible as possible, so we only use the ‘default layout’ on the home page. On all the other pages we use the ‘one column, no sidebar’ layout.
When blind or partially sighted people are accessing the blog their ‘readers’ read everything that appears on each page – so by removing the sidebar from the majority of the pages we are greatly reduce duplication of what their ‘readers’ have to read.
We stick to the one column layout throughout the blog.
The ‘readers’ don’t pick up the hover options on the page, so we have included navigation links at the bottom of each page.
We also add graphic descriptions to each photo – so blind and partially sighted people can read what the pictures are instead of being presented with no information.
The LGBT Blog London is organised into eleven sections as follows;
1. Home section
This is where we will post regular news items, community features, scene updates, and other posts we hope you’ll find interesting.
Posts can be submitted to lgbtbloglondon (at) 17-24-30.org
2. About section
This is where you will find our contact information, details of our social media profiles and a comment form so you can tell us what you think of our site. There will be a sub-page with the site disclaimer.
3. Events section
This is where we will share information about the variety of activities and events that are taking place, including regular meetings and annual events.
Events can be submitted via the Register your events form.
4. London Borough’s section
Here you will find information relating to the 32 London boroughs and the City of London. These have been adapted from the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog.
These borough pages will provide information about;
- Local Police Contacts
- Local Council Contacts
- Local Victim Support
- Local Third Party Independent Organisations and Services
- Local Borough LGBT Forum
- Local Community Listings
- Local Scene Listings
- Other useful links
There will also be a page for Pan London Information page for Pan London Organisations and Services.
5. Issues section
This is where we will list the key issues being faced by our communities.
6. Campaigns section
We will use this section to promote campaigns we and our partners support.
7. People section
Here you will find information about some of the movers and shakers within our communities, people who help shape our communities and the scene.
8. Projects section
Here you will find information about some of the projects we are working on.
9. Resources section
Here you will find a variety of resources that you can download and use; leaflets and posters, briefing documents, maps and guides.
10. Community Listings section
This is where we will list all the community based organisations in London.
11. Scene Listings section
Here you’ll find details of the commercial scene; bars, cafes, clubs, restaurants, saunas, shops and other facilities.
Thank you for taking a look at the blog today, at the moment it is a fairly blank canvas but over the course of the year we plan to populate it with a lot of useful information.
We also welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we can improve what we are doing, so please feel welcome to use the reply form in the ‘About‘ section.