Who are we?
Camden LGBT Forum is run by LGBT people for LGBT people working to improve the lives of LGBT+ people in Camden and Islington.
Our monthly public meetings 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
Camden LGBT Forum 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 Islington, 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 and Islington. We do this by:
If you are a victim of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic harassment of hate crime, we have numerous ways of supporting you. Get in touch to make an appointment to discuss your options with one of your experienced case workers, or report a crime to us without the need to involve the police using our non-police reporting scheme.
We tackle homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at root – in our schools and youth work. Every year we attend Camden and Islington schools during National Hate Crime Awareness Week. During LGBT History Month we take part in assemblies in local schools. We participate in the Camden Junior Citizenship Scheme in partnership with Transport For London. In 2018 Camden LGBT Forum worked alongside other agencies including the police, fire brigade and road safety. We delivered LGBT+ awareness training to over 1,200 Year 6 pupils from 30 different schools. The pupils were educated about LGBT+ identities, respect, responsibility, safety and citizenship. We also delivered training to over 500 Year 6 and Secondary School pupils in Islington.
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.
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
Throughout the year, Camden LGBT Forum creates a variety of events for the LGBT+ calendar. 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 IDAHOTB (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) and Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR). These events and others (Pride, Out4Film, Out4Coffee, Union Chapel Drop In and local outreach at venues in Camden and Islilngton) 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.