‘Run by and for LGBT people’
Who are we?
Camden LGBT Forum is run by LGBT people for LGBT people and holds a monthly meeting open to all LGBT people in the London Borough of Camden and those with concerns about LGBT issues. It meets on the first Tuesday of the month; usually from 6- 8 pm at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street. Camden WC1H 9JE. (However, phone the office on 020 7388 5720 to be sure).
It is a registered charity no. 1107855 and a company limited by guarantee no. 05132434. Formed in 2002 in response to the murder of Jody Dubrowski, the Forum’s aims are:
To promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in or working in Camden and, where appropriate, neighbouring boroughs and London, for the benefit of the public.
What we do
The Forum ensures that the rights and interests of LGBT people are represented in Camden. We do this by:
If you are a victim of discrimination, harrassment or hate crime because you are LGB and/or T our caseworker will assess your needs (in confidence) and, if we can help, contact your employer, housing provider or the Police etc. on your behalf and (again) in confidence We also work with the local strategic groups to stop homophobic hate crime and harrassment and to promote services for victims of same sex domestic violence. If we cannot help we may be able to refer you to someone who can.
We tackle homophobia and transphobia at root – in our schools and youth work. Every year we attend Camden schools as part of the ‘Prison Me No Way’ programme to oppose homophobic and transphobic bullying and raise awareness of LGBT issues. During LGBT History Month (February) we take part in assemblies in local schools. In addition we have made an anti-bullying video Treading on Eggshells (the only one which currently deals with homophobic and transphobic bullying).
Together with partner organisations we work on ensuring positive access to services and inclusion for LGBT people in Camden. We have created good links with the local Police, NHS, and the Council via the Social Cohesion panel and the Equality Stakeholders Group to ensure LGBT people’s views are represented in consultations or to the Police, for example, if there is a critical incident etc.
We regularly analyse information from our communities and from the local Police to see what is happening and where in the borough. If necessary we can issue alerts to the local LGBT communities and we can also assess local Police responses
The Forum has run training for Registrars (when Civil Partnerships came in), Registered Social Landlords and other Housing providers; Police Community Support Officers and LGBT Liaison Officers. We can tailor training to the needs of organisations who wish to meet their legal obligations to LGBT people or to ensure they promote good practice.
Raising LGBT awareness
We undertake public speaking (such as at Holocaust Memorial Day about the plight of LGBT people under the Third Reich) and publicise issues of interest to LGBT communities and individuals (such as the attacks on Iraqi LGBT people and the proposed new death penalty laws in Uganda). We also publish a fortnightly newsletter of local national and International news (shortly to be available by link).
The Forum has undertaken a number of projects such as the Survey of Needs (2004); the production of ‘A Lifestyle Choice: Myths and Facts about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People’ (2006) and ‘Treading on Eggshells’ our anti-homophobic and transphobic bullying DVD.
Events & Outreach
Each year the Forum works with local LGBT people and organisations to celebrate the achievements and document the history of LGBT people. Since 2007 we have run the biggest LGBT History month programme in the country in Camden and we also run commemoration events on IDAHO (International Day against Homophobia) and Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR). These events and others (Pride, Freshers Fayres, Peace Week, local outreach at venues in Camden) enable us to make contact with the local communities and to encourage the visibility of LGBT people. As a result, more and more organisations choose to work with the Forum.