A new style,  our first formal partner and lots going on in York!
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Welcome to our newly designed newsletter! 

As the York LGBT Forum goes from strength to strength, we thought it was time we went professional! We are now using a proper e:newsletter package which means you can opt out if you want to but why would you want to miss all of the local, regional and national news for our LGBT communities?

As usual any news items, comments, or feedback on the newsletter is welcome, drop us a line at

York Theatre Royal stages Away From Home

A play about a gay footballer, Kyle is comfortable with his life as an escort until he is hired by a premiership footballer, forcing him to question his values, relationships and the whole direction his life is taking. An edgy, moving and subversive one man show laced with sharp humour. With not one openly gay footballer currently in the professional UK game, Away From Home goes in for the hard tackle against football's last taboo.

You can find out more information and book tickets here


York LGBT Forum signs up it's first formal partner: York Housing Association

We were even featured in York Press. You can find the article here;

‘My Struggle Started When I Entered This World’: VICE News Interviews CeCe McDonald

On Wednesday, transgender activist CeCe McDonald appeared at a Barnard College panel celebrating her friend Janet Mock’s new memoir, Redefining Realness. McDonald, 25 years old and effervescently charming, has been on a whirlwind speaking tour since her release from prison this January after serving a sentence for second-degree manslaughter in the death of Dean Schmitz.. You can read the full story here;

Every year May 17th is celebrated as International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). 
IDAHO began in 2005 and is celebrated with various events around the world.
May 17th was chosen as this was the date in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s  International Classification of Diseases.  In other words, before that date, homosexuality was considered a mental illness in Britain (it had been removed from the U.S. equivalent nearly twenty years before!)
To celebrate this there will be a free ‘Homophobia Awareness Training’ event at Todmorden Community Resource Centre, off Lever Street Car Park, on Thursday, 15th May, 1-4 p.m.

The training has been developed over many years by Jan Bridget who has more than 25 years experience of working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and raising awareness about homophobia and its effects.  Jan received the Calderdale Council’s Citizenship Award in 2012 for services to the gay and lesbian community.

“Basically the afternoon is the first two sessions of a more comprehensive Homophobia Awareness Training course which I have developed and delivered to hundreds of people.  It is usually professionals (mental health workers, social workers, school nurses, youth workers) who attend the training but it would also relevant for parents of LGBT people who are wanting to support their child more, or indeed LGBT people who want to know more about the causes of homophobia,” said Jan Bridget, organiser of the event.
For more information go to and click on either Training or the You Tube logo.  Places are limited.  To book a place email Jan:


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June 2014 until March 2015. They want as many people as possible 
to have the chance to decide what they should be working on. The survey is
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