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Welcome to the @lambethlgbt WordPress site.

We invite you to join and follow our other social media profiles here;

* Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lambethlgbt/

* Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/LambethLgbt

* Rainbow Boroughs Mailing List: https://www.facebook.com/lambethlgbt/app/100265896690345/

* LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8516069

We post information about events in the Events section on our Facebook page here;

* Events Section: https://www.facebook.com/lambethlgbt/events/

If you are interested in getting involved, or have any questions please feel welcome to contact Mark at lambethlgbt@17-24-30.org

Thanks for joining us!

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Interview with Nigel Cullen of LGBT Drive


This month (May 2017) we invited Nigel Cullen of LGBT Drive, to talk about his experience of running his South London-based business.

LGBT drive is a South London based driving school with an LGBT+ focus- could you tell us more about the background to setting it up?

Having worked in the LGBTQ community all my life it seemed a natural progression to develop a business geared towards my community.  On qualifying as an instructor I worked for a leading driving school but soon became very disillusioned with some of the business practices, homophobia and sexism that I experienced within the industry.  I decided to take a year out to develop LGBT Drive and Cullens Driving School.

It sounds like there was definitely a market for LGBT customers.

Although my business is geared to the LGBTQ community I offer my client-centred teaching techniques to anyone who wishes to learn in a non-judgemental, safe and calm environment.

I would love to reach out more to LGBTQ youth, and the trans community.  I also offer refresher lessons for students who just want to feel a little more confident on aspects of their driving, such as manoeuvres or motorway driving.  I’m based in South West London but students come from all over London. 

What response have you had from the various parts of the LGBT community?

I have had a very positive response to my business model from all types of people in and outside of the LGBTQ community.  I’d like to say that we live in a world where we can be ourselves with everyone we meet and work with but unfortunately, LGBTQ safe spaces and business are still needed.  I’m happy to provide one of those spaces to do something as important as learning to drive.

How have you found the first year of LGBT Drive?

This is my third year of teaching and my first full year of LGBT Drive and I must say I have had an amazing year.  I have a waiting list for students at the moment and I received an “A” grade for my teaching from the DVSA in November which was the icing on the cake (only 30% of instructors are “A” grades).  It certainly made all of the hard work worth it!

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to set up their own business?

I would advise anyone wanting to develop an LGBTQ focused business to do their research.  It’s also better to work on your strengths and do something you enjoy.

Before I trained as a driving instructor I was the weekday venue manager at the Eagle in Vauxhall for six years.  I really enjoyed working there as I’m a people person and now I’ve discovered a real love for teaching.  The feeling you get when someone builds their confidence in driving and then passes their driving test is the best feeling in the world.

Nigel would also like offer to our newsletter readers a free hour when booking a 10 hour package (use the code LGBT Lambeth when booking on the website – offer valid until the end of June 2017)

More details on LGBT Drive can be found here and you can contact Nigel via his contact page here.

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Romani Protejati


Romani Protejati are a support group for members of the Romanian community who identify as LGBT.

They are based in Vauxhall.

They offer a comprehensive support and counselling service both around sexual health and issues related to coming out.

The Romanian community on the borough are a relatively recent arrival. Attitudes towards the Romanian community in the UK are not always positive.

This may lead to a reluctance within members of the Romanian community to engage with the police. Newham LGB&T have been trying over the past few months to open up lines of communication with LGB&T Romanians.

Romani Protejati contacted the team after the Romanian Cultural Institute displayed Newham LGB&T contact details on their web page.

This proactive networking lead to Newham LGB&T visiting Romani Protejati at their offices in Vauxhall.

A Romani Protejati leaflet is attached.

The team have also had their LGBT flyers translated into Romanian.

Two different versions are attached.

Romani Protejati can be contacted at the following :

Tel – 020 8305 5000

Email : – alext@metrocharity.org.uk

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Poz Pub Crawl

Once a month we are tweeting this reminder across our social media;Third Thursday of every month #PozPubCrawl organised by @GMFA_UK supporting people living with HIV. #WhereIsPrEP https://www.gmfa.org.uk/Event/pozpubcrawl


GMFA | Poz Pub Crawl

Times and venues:
King’s Arms @ 7pm
Duke of Wellington upstairs bar @ 8pm
Compton’s @ 9pm

Dress code: Red

Every month on the 3rd Thursday, a bunch of HIV-positive gay men (and some friends) meet up in Soho and go on a pub crawl. In many respects this is entirely ordinary: there are hundreds of gay men living with HIV drinking in the gay bars of Soho every evening. What’s different is that at the Poz Pub Crawl we will be there as openly HIV-positive gay men. And we’ll be wearing red.

So why are we doing it?

Although about one in eight gay men in London is living with HIV, and the numbers are continuing to rise, the visibility of HIV has decreased in recent years. That means that many gay men believe that they don’t know anyone who has HIV, and myths and misconceptions about HIV are given the opportunity to flourish. By being out there and visible, we have the opportunity to acknowledge that people with HIV are the people standing shoulder to shoulder with you in our bars and clubs – and we hope that by doing this we may challenge the stigma that many men living with HIV encounter. More than that, judging by the way that the our first year of pub-crawls have gone, we can expect to have a fun, sociable and supportive evening.

Is this HIV-Positive Pride?

Many of us have taken a sexual risk at some point in our lives. Although I don’t feel ‘proud’ of my HIV status, I don’t feel like I should be made to feel ashamed either. I’ll take responsibility for it and just try to be honest about it. Like coming out of the closet about being gay, coming out about your HIV status can also be relief. Carrying secrets can be a heavy burden. Being open about your status in public may encourage others to think about their own attitudes and their own behaviour.

Why red?

We want this to be a fun, casual, social event. So, without having to build an attendance list and know exactly who’s coming, we need a way of identifying each other. We chose red because we thought it was a colour that most people would have something of in their wardrobe but not so common that we’ll struggle to identify each other. You don’t have to wear red to join us, but we will be much more visible if you do. From the first Poz Pub Crawl we made quite an impact; standing on the stairs at Comptons and looking down there was a sea of red t-shirts.

For the particularly bold among us, we can get ‘HIV+’ t-shirts for you to wear (as modelled above). If you’re interested in buying a personalised ‘HIV+’ t-shirt, contact Michael (details below).

Where and when?

For the next event, we’re once again meeting at the Kings Arms in Poland St at 7pm, wandering down to the Duke of Wellington for 8pm and then finishing up at the grand dame of Old Compton St, Comptons, at 9pm. It’s a pub crawl so all timings are approximate. We plan to keep doing this on a monthly basis, probably keeping to every 3rd Thursday, so come back to the GMFA website, follow our tweets, or ask Michael to be put on the Poz Pub Crawl email list to get the meeting details each month.

Also, the more of us there are, the bigger impact we will have, and the better opportunity to make new friends and have a fun time, so please spread the word.

For more details:

Email: michael.flaherty@gmfa.org.uk or call 020 7738 6872

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LGBT YouTube Short Films

A new weekly Wednesday night posting to signpost and promote LGBT short films we have found on YouTube. Got a LGBT short film you would like us to share via our social media? Get in touch!

Why Does God Hate Me? by Joel McCarthy

Why Does God Hate Me? – Gay Short film (LGBT) – YouTube

Published on 22 Mar 2016

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A coming-of-age comedy about Matthew, a 14-year-old boy living in a very religious town, whose best friend Ester tries to ‘cure’ him of being gay. But a trip to San Francisco shows Matthew that he might not be the one who needs curing.

Re-uploading from the Vimeo video

Behind the Scenes, Trailer, Galleries and More check out: joelmccarthy.com/my-work/short-films/why-does-god-hate-me/
Written and Directed by
Joel McCarthy
Dakota Daulby as
Nina Winkler as
Produced by
Krista McMillan
Lana Otoya
Director of Photography
Marshall Whitlock
Casting Director
John Morrison
Costume Design by
Michael Tamayo
Jessica Kalan
Danny MacDonald
Production Designer
Bryant H. Boesen
Joel Ashton McCarthy——–Narrator
Daven Pitkin——————–Young Dakota
Kelly Hassen——————-Mother
Jack Christofferson———–Father
Myles Milligan—————–Luke
Ryan Bolton——————–Isaac
Peter Kerek———————Priest
Camera Operator
Cameron La Fave
First Assistant Cameramen
Michael Baier
Matt Watermeyer
John Morrison
Boom Operators
Shaun Brown
Gigi Saul-Guerrero
Sound Mixer
Kyle Gest
Locations Manager
Madison Leigh
Assistant Locations Manager
Liam Ingraham
1st Assitant Director
Milos Djakovic
2nd Assistant Director
Sepideh Merchant
3rd Assistant Director
Kristyn Stilling
Production Assistant
Tara Haynes
Story Editor
John Morrison
Kirby Emerson
Jenny Roote
Danielle Malsbury
Makeup & Hair
Charlotte Lejuste
Best Boys
Luke Bramley
Liam Ingraham
Dolly Grip
Nick Oja
Key Grip
Jeff McAlpine
Nick Link
Rayln Gladue
Rory W. Tucker
Justin Janzen
Chris Aitken
Assistant Editor
Denis Ogrinc
Sound Designers
Marshall Whitlock
Rory W. Tucker
Liam Ingraham
Danny MacDonald
Visual Effects
Nick Oja
Kyle Gest
Vance McCarthy
Penny Ashton
Gary McMillan
Alex McIntyre
Ryan Scramstad
David Gattey
Justin Cannon
Ben McCarthy
Hyatt Stuart
Callum Middleton
Bryant Boesen
Charlie Canaan
Andrew Obal
Nicole Tortora
Patrick Derritt
Gabriela Otoya
Victoria Tortora
Ilona Atzli
Leanne Reimer
Karl Heussner
Daniel Bergeron
Shane Edwards
Fabian Saul
Adam Swaluk
Janai Brettitt
Kristyn Stilling
Brad Lunder
Tammy Tsang
Darren McGovern
Michael Bulland
Naomi Lackmance
Robert Phanect
Matthew Enright
Tara Haynes
Vangie McCarthy
Chris Aitken
Special Thanks
Rita Millikin
Simon Pertile
Bill Thumm
Charles Wilkinson
Carol Howie

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Police Appeal for Assistance – Leon Ulett

Lambeth LGBT Community Network (Lambeth’s LGBT Community Forum) has recently been invited to have representation on the Lambeth Independent Advisory Group (Lambeth IAG). Mark Healey is our representative, and will post updates here.

Lambeth Police have asked us for assistance with an appeal for information regarding the death of Leon Ulett. So we are circulating the folllowing via our networks;

Police Appeal - Leon Ulett

Police Appeal for Assistance – Reward £20,000

On Wednesday 1st April 2015, 28 year old Leon Ulett was found unresponsive in Mout Ephraim Road SW16 and subsequently died the following day.

The circumstances in which Leon was found were suspicious, therefore the police want to build a picture of Leon’s movements leading up to his death. They would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Leon that day.

The Metropolitan Police are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information.

Did you know Leon?

Can you help?

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on: 020 8721 4622

Or to remain ANONYMOUS call Crime Stoppers on: 0800 555 111

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Orlando – Statements from Lambeth Police

As news broke about the attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, some members of the Lambeth LGBT+ Community Network were involved in organising the London Stands with Orlando vigil that took place in Soho as well as diseminating information to the community through our social media.
Soho vigil
Thanks to our Lambeth LGBT Liaison Officer (PC David Brunton) we were kept in touch with what was going on. David asked us to circulate the statements below from Inspector Roy Smith and the Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Richard Wood.
David, along with other Police LGBT Liaison Officers helped with the policing of the London Stands With Orlando vigil, and other LGBT officers in other Police Services supported other solidarity events around the UK.
On Tuesday 14th June some members of the London Stands with Orlando organising group met with Met Police Chief Bernard Hogan-Howe who thanked the team for organising the vigil. He said that met figures for the vigil estimated over 7,500 people attended the event and that there was not a single reported incident during the evening. Mark Healey (Co-chair Lambeth LGBT+ Community Network/founder of 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign asked that PC Tatjana Arsoba (Westminster’s full-time LGBT Police Liaison Officer) be commendated for her role working with the LGBT community. She and her sucessor PC Gareth Roberts helped brief volunteer who answered the call to help at St Anne’s Church. Jeremy Jospeh (G.A.Y. Buisness Owner) asked the Commisoner to organise a meeting with representatives from  LGBT businesses and community organisations.
The Metropolitan Police Service quickly organised a meeting of LGBT Businesses and community organisations at the Heaven Nightclub on Friday 17th June. The meeting was addressed by Met Police Chief Bernard Hogan-Howe, followed by Commander Mak Chishty who has responsibility for tackling hate crime across London and Commander David Musker who has responsibility for policing the Pride in London event over the weekend 25th/26th June. They were followed by Michael Salter (Pride in London) and then a presentation by two officers from the Counter Terrorism  Team.
Police Meeting
A further statement from the Metropolitan Police Service is included below.
Thanks to the National LGBT Hate Crime Network which consists of 35 members around the UK we were also able to get updates about the other vigils taking place. More information on the Consortium website here.
Message from Chief Inspector Roy Smith
Dear All,
Please see below a brief message circulated by our borough commander this morning.
I am aware that this will be a particularly difficult time for members of the LGBT community and recognise some of the concerns that you have raised with us in relation to your venues and customers.
I have asked for additional patrols to be conducted at all of our major LGBT venues this week and over the weekend including specific engagement visits by our team of LGBT liaison officers. In addition I have asked for additional reassurance patrols to be organised over the Pride weekend. I must stress that this is not in response to any specific information or intelligence.
I am very happy for suggestions as to any other steps you feel might be appropriate to take and would ask for you to contact PC David Brunton directly.
I have also asked for us to take the opportunity to ensure our local borough engagement structures are as effective as they can be and I am more than happy to attend the next meeting for the Lambeth LGBT forum personally to discuss any concerns.
Finally I would ask that your teams are reminded that it continues to be vital they are alert and not alarmed. Further guidance in the highly unlikely event of an attack in the UK is available here:
My thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with those who are affected by this terrible incident – there is no place for hate in our communities.
Roy Smith
Chief Inspector
Lambeth Borough HQ
LX – Lambeth
Briefing note
Date: 13/06/2016
To: Lambeth community representatives
From: Chief Superintendent Richard Wood
Topic: Orlando shootings
Details of incident
You will no doubt have seen the news covering the tragic events in Orlando yesterday. Our thoughts are with the victims, friends, families and loved ones of those involved.
Now, as ever, it is important we are united as communities and send a clear message that there is no place for hatred in our world.
Over the coming week we will have additional patrols in and around our busy night-time economies and our team of LGBT liaison officers will be conducting reassurance and engagement visits amongst the LGBT community and venues.
I am not aware of any specific information or intelligence which relates to our local area, but will of course keep you updated as the situation develops.
As ever if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please do feel free to contact me or my staff office.
Kind regards,
Chief Superintendent Richard Wood
Borough Commander – Lambeth “LX”

The Metropolitan Police Service and Pride in London have published a joint open letter to those attending the annual Pride event next Saturday, 25 June.

The letter is being issued in the wake of the Orlando shooting to provide reassurance to the LGBT community; and follows a meeting hosted by the Met earlier today, Friday 17 June, at Heaven nightclub which was opened by the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

This briefing, for representatives of the LGBT and business communities, included up-to-date information regarding the threat level, and protective security advice designed to reduce vulnerability.

Invited delegates had the opportunity to ask questions or raise concerns not only with the Commissioner, but also Commander Mak Chishty, MPS lead for community engagement, and Commander Dave Musker who is responsible for the policing operation for Pride.

Dear friends

Open letter from the Metropolitan Police Service and LGBT+ Pride in London

On Saturday 25 June, LGBT+ Pride in London will hold its annual parade in central London.

This is a unique event celebrating London’s diverse communities, which the Metropolitan Police Service has proudly supported for many years. A record number of groups are registered to participate in the parade, including more than a hundred Met officers and colleagues from police forces around the UK.

Whilst the tragic events in Orlando last weekend have caused huge shock and concern across the world, there is no intelligence to suggest an increased threat to the Pride parade in London. Police have been working closely with Pride in London for some months in planning for this event. As a matter of course, the security plan has been reviewed and the situation is continuously monitored and remains under review.

The Met Police and Pride in London recognise that people in the LGBT+ and wider community may have increased concerns at this time. Therefore, to help provide additional reassurance and to show support for the Pride event, the Met Police will have an increased visible policing presence at the parade and in Soho. There will be a proportionate policing plan in place on the day and Pride in London is also providing additional stewarding.

We encourage those who wish to show their support for – and stand in unity with – the LGBT+ community to come and watch the parade and attend festival events, all details can be found on http://www.prideinlondon.org We hope that everyone attending Pride in London 2016 has a safe and enjoyable day.

Yours sincerely

Signed by Commander Mak Chishty QPM on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service and Micahel Salter-Church MBE Chair of Pride in London.


Police officers at Pride in 2015 (Photograph: Mark Nortcliff)

LGBT Officers and colleagues will be marching in the Pride in London Parade on Saturday 25th June 2016.

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