Key aims and objectives
One of the key objectives of the Lambeth LGBT Community Network is to bring people, groups and organisations – who live, work and socialise in Lambeth – together – to draft an LGBT Community Development Strategy for the borough.
The aim is to have a borough LGBT forum similar to LGBT forums which exist in other boroughs.
- To seek to understand the current needs of the LGBT communities in Lambeth.
- To represent those needs within the borough where appropriate.
- To provide a forum for community engagement, discussion and consultation.
- To liaise with the local authorities (police and council), key partners and others to develop plans to meet those needs.
How did we get here?
Lambeth Council previously published a report called Lambeth LGBT Matters in 2006 after the death of Jody Dobrowski who was homophobically attacked on Clapham Common.
Lambeth use to have an active LGBT borough forum and LGBT staff network at Lambeth Council however both appear to have ceased to function in 2009.
In 2011 – Mark Healey, founder of 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign set up the Lambeth LGBT Facebook group to start engaging LGBT people, groups and organisations in the borough. The group now has over 380 followers.
The charity in partnership with Lambeth Council has organised the Brixton Remembers 17-24-30 #AAR event on the 17th April each year since 2010, and has worked in collaboration with Lambeth MPS, David Dandridge and Wandsworth LGBT Forum to facilitate activities to mark the anniversary of the death of Jody Dobrowski (victim of a vicious homophobic attack on Clapham Common October 2005).
Lambeth Council has supported 17-24-30’s activities since October 2009 and hosted events during National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW each year. After Yvonne Okyio left Lambeth, Mark was employed by the council between September 2003 to March 2016 as their next Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator. During this time he has actively promoted LGBT History Month each February, Pride events in June and Hate Crime awareness events in October by touring Lambeth Libraries with the Lambeth Hate Crime Reporting stall. He also took part in the local UNISION LGBT group meetings and helped rekindle the Lambeth LGBT Staff Network within the council by setting up a Yammer group on the council’s network.
Lambeth LGBT Hate Crime Working Group
In 2014 and 2015, Mark brought together representatives from the council, the police, key representatives from key lgbt organisations including the Eagle London, Fire, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, The Two Brewers and Metro Charity to establish an LGBT Hate Crime working group. During this time the group was co-chaired by Phillip Giovanni Chiarella (Fire/Orangenation) and Kurt Hoffman (Eagle London).
LGBT Engagement Days
The group with the support of Lambeth Council and Lambeth MPS, has hosted two public LGBT engagement days, the first took place at the Eagle London in June 2015, and the second took place at the Two Brewers in October 2015.
- 2015 06 13 LGBT Engagement Day Report pdf
- 2015 10 17 LGBT Engagement Day Report unavailable
This Lambeth LGBT Hate Crime Working Group evolved into the Lambeth LGBT Community Network. It has a small steering group who meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
In March 2016 this forum set itself four objectives for the next three months.
- To consititute the forum
- To elect representatives for the year ahead.
- To develop an LGBT Community Development Stratgey for Lambeth
- To be ready to promote the forum at Pride in the Park on the 26th June 2016
The Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator’s role was deleted during the Community Safety restructure that took place between November 2015 to March 2016.
As Mark is no longer employed by Lambeth Council it was agreed to co-opt him onto the committee, as Vice-chairperson. Mark prepared a PowerPoint presentation sketching out mile stones for the year ahead to be discussed at the next meeting.
The forum adopted it’s first constitution on the 5th April 2016. We started discussions about developing guidelines on how we could encourage and facilitate young people to be involved with the forum, and how we can build a membership that is representative of the local LGBT communities. It was agreed we need to draft a code of conduct and we started to sketch out some ideas for the year ahead. Laks was nominated to take on the role of Forum Treasurer.
Mark set up the Lambeth LGBT Community Network group on LinkedIn
Next meeting is scheduled for 3rd may 2016