Bristol City Council, alongside other local partners, is holding an event to hear the views and opinions of people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary queer or who are questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The event, which will take place at the Trinity Centre on Tuesday 23 February, is designed to help highlight any current concerns or issues for these communities and will be open to people from across the West of England region.
Feedback from the event will be used to help inform a West of England manifesto which will be used to see how these communities can be better represented in policy and decision making across the area. The event will consist of workshops and talks by community leaders. At the same time organisers will be looking for volunteers who could help develop the National LGBT Consortium with further steering work.
It marks the beginning of a series of discussions throughout the year which will aim to find more positive outcomes for LGBT people throughout the West of England and beyond.
The event is being held as part of LGBT history month, the national celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, including the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said: “The local LGBT community have been at the heart of making Bristol the creative and vibrant place that it is today and it is vitally important that their views and concerns are represented at the highest levels.
“This is the latest in a series of initiatives that I have been backing including a Women’s Manifesto and a Manifesto for Race Equality, which are also in the process of being developed. These projects are an important starting point in ensuring that people within each of these communities have a powerful voice within the City Council and the broader Bristol community. I am confident that the process of developing this manifesto will help us to work together to create a fairer and more considerate society.”
Councillor Daniella Radice, Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods, will officially open the event at 6pm.
Councillor Radice said: “I feel honoured to have been invited to attend this event. Many members of the LGBT community play active and essential roles throughout the city and it is important that they are represented at all levels. I hope that through this event we will get to listen to a broad range of views from this extremely diverse group and get a picture of the issues which affect the community as a whole. I look forward to working together to see how we can shape this manifesto and introduce it into our policy and decision making.”
The event will be fully accessible including hearing loop, BSL interpreters and is open to everyone and we’re particularly keen to hear the views of parents, carers and siblings of LGBT people. Doors will open at 5pm with free refreshments available.
Notes to editors
LGBT Manifesto Planning Group Members include:
Avon Somerset Police
Bristol City Council
Bristol Hate Crime Service
North Bristol NHS Trust
Trans Matters Bristol