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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.
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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.
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I joined the Forum in 2019, following the passing of my civil partner of 41 years, who had lived with dementia. I wanted to share that experience, so now do talks to healthcare providers on the effects of dementia on the older gay community.
I am also part of a project being led by the LGBT Foundation, in Manchester titled Bring Dementia Out, and am to be the public/patient contributor to a project being undertaken by Nottingham University to create an access tool for healthcare providers which will be called Rainbow Paths. I am also a Trustee for the North Yorkshire charity Dementia Forward.
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Jake has been with the York LGBT Forum since 2009. They were a founding trustee of the charity, stepped down to become a freelance worker and then became a trustee again in 2o21. Their interest is mostly in community building, creating a queer economy and supporting people in the community who need help.
In addition, Jake has helped to set up 3 equality charities in York: York LGBT Forum, York Pride and York LGBT History Month. They have also set up projects in Mental Health Peer Support, and offer support to Asylum Seekers and Refugees. They helped York to become a Human Rights City.
They have a BA (Hons) Counselling Studies Degree from York St John University and is currently undertaking an MA in Equity and Diversity in Society. Jake is currently working for Friends Provident Foundation as their Communications Manager.