York LGBT Forum at Pride, events, consultations and other good stuff
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York LGBT Forum hits the crowds at York Pride

Some of the the York LGBT Forum attended York Pride to let everyone know all about the forum, and sign people up to our membership and our newsletter. It was great to see old faces and meet new ones and we look forward to seeing you at a meeting, or hearing from you soon.
York LGBT History Month
Following the success of this year’s collaborative, city-wide LGBT History Month campaign, York LGBT History Month has now become an independent entity; York St John University will step back and become an event organiser and supporter. The organisation is being headed up by Andy Law and Trudi Jackson, both as individuals and as representatives of their respective organisations (York St John University/York Pride and Joseph Rowntree Foundation/York Pride).
A new website has been set up and will be developed over the coming months:
If you’d like to get involved, either to organise and event or to offer your skills for the overall campaign, please contact Andy: We’d also welcome offers of sponsorship!

Macmillan’s research to understand inequalities in patient experience
Macmillan wants to ensure that everyone has equal access to the best quality cancer services. This should happen regardless of ethnicity, gender, age or sexuality - but the reality is that we know that patient experience in cancer care can be poorer for groups such as older people, those from the LGBT community, and BME people affected by cancer.
But there isn’t enough evidence being gathered about the experiences of these often excluded groups.
What is it?
This is why we are pioneering a fresh approach to collaborative research. We are launching online research communities - an online virtual platform designed specifically for research. We will undertake a series of research activities to understand patient experience for people from often excluded communities affected by cancer, and facilitate discussion between service users, providers, and policy experts. We hope this will allow discussion between people living with cancer and other experts that will result in a better understanding of the issues involved and what to do about them.
When is it?
The community will go live in October 2014 and the research will run for 8 weeks. But we need to start recruiting people now and we need your help.
How can I help?
We need people from the LGBT community, BME community and older people who have had a recent cancer experience, to take part in our research. If you know anyone else who might want to get involved please promote our project through your networks and encourage them to contact us to find out more.
We are also looking for partner organisations who can help us to:
  1. Promote the research project through their networks to recruit people with cancer to participate in the online research.
  2.    Explore ways of supporting people from these often excluded communities to take part in the online research activities.
We would also welcome expressions of interest from experts in excluded groups’ experience of health and social care from the worlds of academia, policy, charities, and service delivery.
If you would like to be involved, or find out more, please contact Matt Lumsden at by 31st July 2014.                                                              
Silence needs to be challenged too…
Dr Helen Sauntson, of York St John University, has written a fantastic article on language, education, sexuality and inclusion (including LGB silencing). The article is available via the York St John University LGBT Staff Network blog:
The Image “Red Ghost” by Santiago Alvarez is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0’ 


Celebrate as Age UK Leeds does Leeds Pride

Celebrate with us! We are an LGBTQ* friendly space for all ages, and alcohol free venue for anyone who is in Leeds during Pride on Sunday 3rd August. Last year,  Age UK Leeds and the Arch Café  opened for the 1st  time to support Leeds Pride. We really enjoyed it and are doing it again.    We appreciate that many under 18s, older people, families or people with disabilities in particular may struggle to access the after party for Pride on Lower Briggate. We will be open 12pm-5pm for those who would like take part in Pride, but currently feel unable or unwilling to access all of it.  This will be an opportunity to relax, have fun in a safe, welcoming  and  accessible LGBTQ* space whilst still taking part in Leeds Pride. Our youngest visitor last year was just a few weeks old!
March: Age UK Leeds staff Sarah and Adie will be meeting anyone who would like a friendly face to march with on the steps of Leeds Museum from 1:45 before the march starts at about 2pm. All ages welcome! They will be wearing Age UK Leeds tee-shirts. You can either complete the full march with them, or they can show you where we are based as you go round if you only want to do some of it. If you‘ve never marched before, don’t know anyone or would just like a friendly face, then please do join us.
Vigil: We will also hold a small vigil at 4pm if anyone would like to join us to show solidarity and support for people around the world unable to enjoy the freedom to be LGBT and publically attend Pride marches
People can join us for as long or as little as they like. We share a sheltered churchyard where children can play, or people can relax.  We are situated off Dortmund Sq, behind Sainsbury’s on the Headrow. We have full disabled access, and blue badge car parking is available on Mark Lane, where we are located.  The café serves coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches and cake etc and supports the charity.    

Researcher looking for your views on love and sexuality

Catherine is a PhD student at Hull University working on research looking at the relationship between love and sexuality, and is wondering whether members of the York LGBT Forum might be willing to help by getting involved in the project.

Catherine says; 
"Essentially, my research is exploring the relationship between sexuality (as orientation and desire primarily, but also as identity) and love - in all the theoretical work about the social construction of sexualities, love (and other affective emotions) seem often to be remarkably absent, and yet I think that most people believe that love/affection might have something to do with sexuality! There's more information about the project on a fairly basic little website I made here:
I am trying to organise a final focus/discussion group and am very conscious that I would like to ensure that men's voices are heard more clearly in my research, and in particular gay and bisexual men and MSM, who are currently under-represented in my research. I wondered whether any members of York LGBT Forum might be willing to participate in an informal group discussion with me? The discussion session would last approximately 2 hours and would be recorded, though obviously all participants' identities would be concealed when I come to write up the work. Unfortunately I only have ethics clearance to work with people who are over 18.
The kinds of questions that I would hope to discuss are:
·         What does love mean?
·         How do we learn it?
·         What does it do?
·         Do loves’ meanings change over our life-course?
·         Does love orientate/ disorientate/ re-orientate us?
·         Does love influence sexuality? Does sexuality influence love?
·         Can love and sexuality give shape, form or direction to each other, and if so how?
·         How do love and sexuality relate to identity?
I would ask that our discussions stayed within the room – that we wouldn’t report outside of that group things that were said, and that we make efforts to be respectful and kind to each other during the discussion. Comments made during the discussion would be part of the information I analyse as part of my research, and I might report things that are said in my final written work. If that is the case, I would never use any comments in a way that would identify anybody – names and any other identifying information will be removed before any information is stored on my computer, and certainly would not appear in my final project.
I am attaching an information sheet that I prepared for participants in focus/discussion groups, which might be useful to look at too.
I am aware that some of your members might not feel comfortable talking to a woman researcher. If it would be appropriate and acceptable, I would be happy to come along and meet men who might be interested informally to answer any questions that they might have, or so that they can have a sense of who I am before agreeing to participate.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me, either by email or by phoning me on 07739 319689."
Peter Tatchell Lecture - North Yorkshire Humanist Events

In August, the Second Annual NYHG Lecture will feature Peter Tatchell - Organised Religion is the Greatest Global Threat to Human Rights

Is organised religion the greatest global threat to human rights; especially to the human rights of women and gay people?

Peter Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and global justice since 1967. He was named Secularist of the Year 2012.

This event takes place on 26th August at 7.30pm in the 
Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL. For more information about both these events - please visit


Top Tips for Working with Trans people

Here at the forum we find our trans communities often get frustrated by poor treatment from organisations and society. 

Below is a link to  Top Tips for working with Trans people. what do you think? Is there anything you can add to this? Let us know on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.
Stonewall Opens Doors to Trans Talks
UK’s leading gay campaign organization to discuss how better to include trans issues after 25 years of being LGB only
Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has invited transgender activists to ‘initial’ talks about the future of trans campaigning.
Some trans activists have previously criticized Stonewall for excluding them. Others have argued that independent trans activism would be destroyed by Stonewall becoming fully ‘LGBT’.
The move appears to be spearheaded by Ruth Hunt, acting CEO of Stonewall, who has adopted a policy of greater communication and coordination with the wider LGBTI community since starting her new role earlier this year.
Stonewall spokesman Richard Lane told GSN: ‘Stonewall is facilitating these talks but they will be led by trans individuals, and trans organizations. The idea is to talk about the future of the trans movement and Stonewall’s role in it.’
The list of guests is described by Hunt as ‘not scientific’ and merely a good place to start.
She has said Stonewall will be helping with costs to ensure all those invited can attend.
- See more at:

A new therapy group for lesbian, bi-sexual and gay women in Leeds.

A new LBG therapy group with an emphasis on  personal growth and relationships.
  • Starts September 2014
  • Running weekly for one year
  • Low cost

Call Andrea on 0113 245 5725 for a discussion or to refer yourself.

Oxford Chambers, Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX

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