YORK LGBT FORUM

OUR COMMITTEE

In addition to our members we have an elected Committee comprising the following roles:

SUE LISTER

OLDER LGBT COORDINATOR

PRONOUNS : SHE / HER

Sue has been a member of the Committee since the start of the Forum in 2006.

Sue is a staunch campaigner for all things vegan, organic, green energy (not nuclear or fracking!), women’s rights, animal rights, human rights and responsibilities, steady state economics.

A supporter of Avaaz, 38 Degrees, AllOut, Greenpeace and SumOfUs e-petitions confronting injustices around the world.

Sue is passionate about Older LGBT matters and focuses the efforts of the subgroup on the following initiatives:

  • The CQC requires LGBT stats which care homes and other organisations don’t have at the moment because most older LGBT folk have gone back into the closet as the safest place to be – the work we do should help to open the closet door, let’s make everyone feel safe and secure allowing us to be ourselves.
  • Continue our 2-hour LGBT awareness training session for care staff and front line services.
  • Work with the CYC and housing associations to enable their LGBT residents to feel comfortable, respected and to enable them to be who they are.
  • Promote Dignity Action Day on 1st February to include LGBT events.
  • Provide Dementia Friends training and expand awareness of LGBT specific issues.

IAN HOLDSWORTH

CHAIR AND INTERIM TREASURER

PRONOUNS : THEY / THEM

Though Ian has not been out long, they have firmly established themselves as part of the LGBT community both here in York as Co-Chair of the Forum, and in Leeds where they are also Co-Chair of the University of Leeds LGBT+ Staff Network.

Ian is passionate about LGBT matters and is a fluent Polari speaker as well as being the current reigning LGBT Mastermind Champion of York.

EMILY ROACH

BISEXUALITY COORDINATOR

PRONOUNS : SHE / THEM

Emily is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of York. After completing her law degree at Oxford University, Emily worked as a finance and restructuring lawyer in London for eleven years, completing a Masters in Children’s Literature during that period. She returned to academia full time in 2016, undertaking a Masters in Contemporary Literature and Culture before commencing her PhD and securing a job as a lecturer.
Emily’s literary research focuses on performance poetry, LGBT fiction, memoir and young adult fiction. Her broader research focuses on fans and fan communities, media and pop music, offering queer perspectives on popular culture. Emily feels passionately about raising visibility of bisexual experience and combatting biphobia within and outside of LGBTQ+ communities.

 

PHOEBE GRACE

TRANSGENDER COORDINATOR

PRONOUNS : SHE / HER

Phoebe is a very proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and has been part of the community now for 20 years. Phoebe has extensive knowledge within the trans, non-binary and intersex community especially. Phoebe has a lot of experience within the LGBTQ+ arena including being a founder and a Transgender Coordinator of the National Trans 24-Hour Helpline. Phoebe also works as a make-up artist and a beautician within her own company specialising in trans, non-binary people and other members in the LGBTQ+ community.

Phoebe is a very passionate individual when it comes to giving people their voice to stand up for their rights. Outside of the LGBTQ+ community Phoebe enjoys going outside, rock climbing and working. Phoebe’s goals as Transgender Subgroup Coordinator are to:

• Develop the trans and non-binary support group;
• Develop a trans and non-binary mentoring scheme; and
• Explore further ideas to meet the needs in the trans, intersex and non-binary community.

JODI M BURN

TRANSGENDER COORDINATOR

PRONOUNS : THEY / THEM

Jodi is a non-binary trans person with a keen interest in bringing communities together and fostering empowering environments where people can learn, share and express themselves as much as they feel they want to. Before arriving in York in 2020, they previously worked as a workshop facilitator and organiser with the small music-based social justice organisations Girls Rock London and First Timers Fest and as an LGBTQ+ youth work volunteer with Gendered Intelligence and The Proud Trust. Jodi will now be bringing this experience and building on it as a Trans Coordinator (alongside Phoebe) as well as being a Trustee of York LGBT Forum in order to better serve the trans and wider LGBTQIA+ community in and around York!

Jodi is also completing a Masters degree in Social Justice and Education at the University of York and is the Women, Trans & Non-binary Part-Time Officer at the university’s Graduate Students’ Association.

CLAIRE WALSH

ARCHIVE COORDINATOR

PRONOUNS : SHE / HER

Claire moved to York in 2014 to attend the University of York, completing an undergraduate degree in History and then a masters in Medieval Studies. She now works as the Research Officer for the Philanthropy and Alumni Office at the University.

Understanding the importance of history to marginalised communities and the barriers to finding LGBTQ+ individuals and groups in the estabilished historical narrative, Claire is happy to be working on a project to archive LGBTQ+ materials. She also hopes to support further engagement between the forum and York’s arts and heritage organisations.

Claire welcomes any member who wishes to get involved in the Archives Subgroup or give any suggestions to get in touch.

WAYNE DAWSON

SCHOOLS & YOUNG PEOPLE COORDINATOR

QUEER ARTS CREATIVE DIRECTOR

PRONOUNS : HE / HIM

Wayne Dawson has been involved with the forum for nearly three years now. He does work at York College, including learning support, cover tutoring, running LGBTQ+ club and helping out with issues relating to equality and diversity. Through Find Your Voice Wayne provides various consultancy services to the York LGBT Forum.

Wayne runs Colours of the Rainbow, York’s first LGBTQ+ community choir and has also been involved with helping with the Coffee Socials and the weekly LGBTQ+ wellbeing group that used to run in partnership with York Mind. Having contacts with local school in and around York, Wayne has been elected as the Schools and Young Peoples Coordinator. Any question, feel free to get in touch with him.

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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