LGBT COFFEE SOCIALS


Come and join us for our regular LGBT Coffee Socials in York & Northallerton.

TRANS & NON-BINARY CONFIDENCE WORKSHOPS


Funded confidence workshops to help trans and none-binary people.

LGBT COMMUNITY CHOIR


Our LGBT Community Choir is every Thursday evening at 6.30pm at York St Johns University.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN BOOKLET


Our What Does That Mean booklet is ideal for your workplace or organisation and available to buy now in batches of 50.

YORK LGBT FORUM FACE MASKS


We have five limited edition LGBTQ+ Face Masks to buy online! Use the code LOVEWINS for free shipping!

YORK LGBT FORUM MEMBER MEETINGS


The York LGBT Forum holds monthly member meetings open to everyone. Come along and find how how you can get involved as a volunteer with the Forum.

Breaking News

York LGBT Forum is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks also to the UK Government for making this possible.

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WHAT DOES LGBTQ+ MEAN?

LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer. The plus also incorporates identities such as Asexual, Non-Binary and Intersex. We proudly support all minority sexual orientations and identities and this is stated in our constitution.

We also welcome allies (people who do not identify as LGBTQ+ but are supportive of our identities).

STATEMENT

York LGBT Forum is a charity which aims to improve LGBT rights in York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom and across the world.  York LGBT Forum works to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, ethnicity, language, race, age, ability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, family status, income, immigrant or refugee status and nationality.  

York LGBT Forum is aware and sensitive of the oppression and marginalisation that diverse groups experience. York LGBT Forum seeks to increase access and participation, especially for those who are marginalised, disadvantaged or oppressed. 

York LGBT Forum encourages individuals to participate fully and to have complete access to its projects, committee and volunteer opportunities. It shall make every effort to see that its structure, policies and systems reflect all aspects of the total community and to promote equal access to all. To this end, York LGBT Forum strives to ensure that: 

  • Discriminatory or oppressive behaviours are not tolerated 
  • Individuals who engage with York LGBT Forum for service are valued participants who have opportunities to shape and evaluate our projects 
  • Projects are developed and delivered to give priority to individuals in marginalised communities and are sensitive to the needs of diverse groups 
  • Projects are delivered in such a way that systemic barriers to full participation and access are eliminated and so that positive relations and attitudinal change towards marginalised groups are promoted 
  • Services are provided with sensitivity to the influence of power and privilege in all relationships, including service relationships, and are delivered in keeping with anti-oppression principles 
  • Communication materials present a positive and balanced portrayal of people’s diverse experiences.

    This policy is intended to act as a positive force for equity and the elimination of oppression. 

Thanks

Jake Furby

jake.furby@yorklgbtforum.org

COVID-19 RESPONSE

The York LGBT Forum is currently following government guidelines regarding COVID-19. 

• Face to Face groups have been suspended for as long as advised (these include things like the choir, workshops and coffee socials)
• 1 to 1 meetings in the community have been suspended for as long as advised

However, we are conscious that many people will feel isolated and alone. During this time we are planning to offer:

• Telephone support (numbers will be given in advance) – not 24/7
• Email support (Contact yorklgbtforum@gmail.com) a member of the team will respond
• Online Workshops (Confidence and Choir)
• Sharing a picture with a cup of tea/coffee to show support for others
• Online Karaoke
• Podcasting

More details will be made available as and when things progress.

OUR AIMS & OBJECTIVES

1. To promote equality and diversity for the public benefit by:
– The elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning (LGBT) and allies and associates living within the city of York and its environs;
– Challenging homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, or any associated negative attitudes and behaviour within society;
– Working with partners and organisations, public and private, in developing initiatives that will enhance and safeguard LGBT people’s lives, ensuring their inclusion in all aspects of life, and that their human rights are protected; and by
– Advancing education, raising awareness and promoting a culture based on equality and diversity.

2. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning people (LGBT) and allies and associates from being socially excluded from society on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity; and

3. To further any other purpose which is charitable according to the law of England and Wales for the public benefit as the trustees see fit from time to time.

These aims and objectives are achieved in various ways, including through casework, advocacy, policy and advisory work, mapping local crime analysis, training, projects, outreach and through schools and education.

The Forum believes that where barriers exist, there is inequality!

The diversity within the LGBT community enriches all aspects of life and should be encouraged and promoted. This is why the York LGBT Forum strives to improve the social inclusion of LGBT people in the area.

The Forum actively promotes awareness and understanding of LGBT people’s needs to enable full participation in society and works with many others to reduce the fear of crime and bullying, particularly in schools, the workplace and in later life. It also encourages greater participation in the prevention and detection of homophobic, transphobic and biphobic discrimination. We aim to improve people’s wellbeing and sense of community.

OUR SUBGROUPS

We achieve our aims and objects by our subgroups.

Why not find out more about what they do in the subgroup section?

OLDER PEOPLE SUBGROUP

Find out what we're doing to support the older LGBTQ+ community.

BISEXUAL SUBGROUP

What's going on to support the local bisexual community?

HATE CRIME SUBGROUP

How do we recognise and report an LGBTQ+  Hate Crime?

INTERNATIONAL SUBGROUP

Find out how we're supporting our international LGBTQ+ friends.

SCHOOLS SUBGROUP

How do we help to educate local schools about LGBTQ+ issues?

TRANSGENDER SUBGROUP

For support within the local transgender community.

HEALTH & WELLBEING SUBGROUP

Helping LGBTQ+ people with mental health issues.

EVENTS SUBGROUP

Find out what LGBTQ+ events are happening in and around York.

GET IN TOUCH

We're always looking for help, support, volunteers and donations. Please get in touch if you'd like to enquire about how you can help or find out about any upcoming events and initiatives.

07731 852 533

enquiry@yorklgbtforum.org

York LGBT Forum, York CVS, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET

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