Camden LGBT Forum Public Meeting

Please note that our monthly public meetings will alternate between Islington and Camden and our public meeting in January will be held in the Crowndale Centre in Camden, NW1 1BD at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 8th January 2019.



forum+ is new name for Camden LGBT Forum

London’s leading charity for supporting LGBT people has announced a rebrand in time for Pride London 2018, 7 July.

forum+ replaces Camden LGBT Forum in a move that is designed to attract a more diverse audience and help the charity grow beyond its North London base and take on new opportunities.

forum+ Chair Bettina Ratcliffe said:

“We want to continue supporting our North London clients at a grass roots level but we also understand that we need to modernise and broaden our appeal to survive and be relevant in the 21st Century.

“Our new brand is aspirational because we want to deliver more. And it’s geographically flexible and more agile, taking advantage of opportunities to share our unique expertise where they arise and keep the service to our clients relevant and first class.”

forum+ will launch the new brand at London Pride with a stall situated on Pall Mall East Road next to the Canadian Embassy.

forum+ would like to thank Phoenix Artist Club for their generosity in fundraising for Pride and hosting a Pride Breakfast on the morning of 7 July hosted by Alex Green with top class guests:…

and evening entertainment:



LGBT partnership uses art to build social capital and tackle isolation

Camden & Islington LGBT Forum has partnered with Outings in Art Plus to forge links with world class institutions including The Royal Academy and Sadler’s Wells Theatre to create more opportunities for older LGBT+ people to socialise and enjoy cultural life in London.

From 1 July, Camden & Islington LGBT Forum will offer even more trips to London’s LGBT theatre productions, film screenings, gardens and more – many for free or at subsidized rate – bringing together more people to enjoy the unique cultural offer of the Capital.

Chris Barlow and Michael Chan of Outings in Arts Plus – which is a member of the Camden & Islington LGBT Forum – say current membership of 110 could be greatly boosted through offering relevant and fun ‘days out’ and trips. Both organisations have a shared wish to engage the community and promote LGBT contributions.

Chris Barlow said: “Since we founded Outings in Art Plus in 2012, we’ve brought together over 100 older members of LGBT+ community through a shared interest in exhibitions, film, theatre and dance in some of London’s best known cultural settings. Now we want to expand this.”

Camden & Islington LGBT Forum Chair Bettina Ratcliffe said: “Through our partnership with Outings in Art Plus, we are connecting the LGBT+ community with each other and in doing so strengthening links with some world class cultural institutions in the Capital.”

Other events include visits and shows in conjunction with the British Museum including a film day in September.

The partnership builds on the success of February’s LGBT History Month (the largest LGBT themed cultural festival in the world) – whose Loudest Whispers Art Exhibition produced a work by Simon Richardson (“TWO”) which has been accepted by Grayson Perry in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.


PRESS RELEASE 23 June 2018

Camden & Islington LGBT Forum – Business as usual following Somers Town fire

Camden & Islington LGBT Forum have issued a statement confirming it is ‘Business as usual’ following a serious fire which broke out in a neighbouring building on the evening of 22 June 2018.

London Fire Brigade attended the Somers Town Coffee House pub on Chalton Street, N1 (next to The Forum’s HQ) and the building was evacuated and a cordon imposed as they extinguished the blaze which broke out in the roof.

When it was safe to do so, Forum Chair Bettina Ratcliffe and staff were on the scene early on Saturday morning (23 June) issuing water to fire crews and premises staff and making toilet facilities available to those dealing with the clean up operation.

She said: “As a community based charity, we are very keen to do everything we can to support our neighbours, the pub, its staff and other businesses affected by the fire.

“Thankfully, no one was hurt – but this was a serious incident and pictures of the blazing building have been shared widely on social media.

“As part of our business resilience, we plan for events like this to make sure we can work off-site if necessary providing continuity for our service users.”

“We will continue to support the pub and its staff as they rebuild the business.”



Camden LGBT Forum Thank Phoenix Artist Club for ‘Amazing Generosity’

Camden LGBT Forum has thanked Phoenix Artist Club for raising £1140 during a charity fundraiser on Sunday 13 May which saw over 20 acts donate their talents for free.
A packed crowd were wowed by West End singers and dancers who performed for ‘A Night in Soho’ at the club which ‘entertains the entertainers’.
Camden LGBT Forum will use the money to pay for their stall at Pride in Trafalgar Square on 7 July.

Camden LGBT Forum Chair, Bettina Ratcliffe said:
“Thanks to the amazing generosity of Ken and Colin at Phoenix Artist Club – and a slew of talented performers giving their time for free – we are able to fund our presence at Pride London this year.
“Every pound raised helps someone in our community in trouble or at risk of violence or discrimination”.
“We are a small charity which supports the victims of hate crime and works with the police and other institutions to ensure social injustices are challenged through the legal system and to make the LGBT Community safer every day.
“The LGBT Community is synonymous with London’s Arts Scene – as anyone who has attended Camden’s LGBT History Month will tell you. We’ve had a long and wonderfully positive relationship with Phoenix Artist Club through their hosting of the Incite Poetry Readings.”
“We wish them the very best for their 30th anniversary entertaining the entertainers, this year.”

Ken Wright co-owner of Phoenix Artist Club said:

“As the most south westerly outpost of Camden – cross any road and you’re in Westminster! – we are delighted to continue our support for this fabulous local organisation. I’m delighted we were able to host this event and would wish to recognise and thank the wonderful performers who freely gave their time and talent on the night.
We wish LGBT Camden Forum all the best and hope their stand at Pride looks fabulous!“



Camden & Islington LGBT Forum is one of the leading charities supporting the victims of Hate Crime in the UK  Or call: 020 7388 5720

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