Southwark’s LGBTQi community activists and community groups have for the past 20 years helped to create a more tolerant and LGBTQi friendly Southwark. For example, the Southwark Anti Homophobic Alliance was established in 1995 to stop hate crimes against LGBT people.
This meeting will be for you to think and talk, so we can start with these questions and evolve our thinking together.
- What are your needs?
- What are your priorities?
- How can we help you make your voice heard?
- Might you have time to give?
The awful tragedy in Orlando reminds us that hate crime remains a global challenge, what do you think? What are your thoughts about homophobia in Southwark and how to stop it?
Please come, and feel free to pass on this invitation.
A surveyin 2002 called Count Me In estimated a population of 15,000 LGBT residents. Southwark’s total population has grown by about 12% since 2000, and so presumably has the LGBTQi population. This is a very significant number of people, with many life experiences and hopes in common, as well as being a diverse community with diverse needs and ambitions.
Another survey, called the Southwark LGBT Needs Survey, was conducted in 2002/3 on the needs of LGBT people, living, working and socialising in Southwark. The Southwark Anti-homophobic Forum had already been established in 1995 but the survey led to other important initiatives: the appointment of a full-time Community Development Worker for LGBT issues; the establishment of the Southwark LGBT Network, the ‘Out in Southwark’ Project, and the Southwark LGBT Workers Group.
A big change happened in 2009/10 when central government stopped funding some of the work set up in 2002. This change led to a number of very committed and able community activists and leaders and volunteers stepping forward to develop community engagement work even further, and there have been many amazing successes, such as the small grants programme for LGBT History Month that has supported a blossoming of meaningful events and productions.
Some work has stopped more recently, and we need to understand why that is, and what we can do to renew LGBTQi community work.