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Please Note: The LGBT Bristol Annual General Meeting will be rearranged once current meeting restrictions are lifted – more information on this and the changes at LGBT Bristol below……

Until the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted we cannot arrange ANY face-to-face meetings

 

About us

Since 1994 LGBT Bristol has been working to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, demisexual, non-binary, pansexual and intersex etc, people – all those who do not identify or fit as either heterosexual or cis-gender – to become actively involved in community life.  We challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and provide education to the wider community about people who do not identify as gender-binary, helping to promote understanding of equality and inclusion of LGBT+ people. Check out what we do.

We also campaign, consult and provide information for our communities, participating in, supporting and celebrating, all major calendar events in the City’s LGBT+ life, like LGBT History Month, IDAHOBIT, Bristol Pride, Trans Day of Remembrance, Trans Pride South West and the LGBT Film Festival.  Check out our Calendar

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In our sidebar menu you will find links to Publications and Websites of interest to the LGBT+ community in and around Bristol.

Change at LGBT Bristol 

The Pandemic Restrictions meant that we had to cancel our March Annual General Meeting and will arrange to hold another later in the year when restrictions are lifted and due notice has been served, hopefully in September 2020.  Our thanks to all those who wanted to support us and booked places.

We are undergoing significant change following loss of core funding. There is a proposal to close the charity and possibly form a new community group without staff, and with an updated governing document and new direction, with remaining monies.  There is a small and committed group of people who wish to see a group carry on but can only do so with the help and support from others.  If you are interested in finding out more about this and hearing about the Annual General Meeting, where proposals will be put forward and decisions taken, please sign up to our ebulletin at lgbtbristol.org.uk/newsletter/

If you have ideas and would like to be part of the process looking at forming a new group please email sarah@lgbtbristol.org.uk

Please see below for a letter from Trustees :

Dear Members, Stakeholders and Supporters,

Following a year of uncertainty, and inability to raise funds to continue running our Charity, we find that this has become impossible. Events in the Covid-19 emergency have further pushed LGBT Bristol to the point of no return and the Trustees have decided to dissolve the Charity at the forthcoming AGM – to be announce at a later date after the isolation phase of the Covid-19 emergency subsides

In view of this forthcoming closure of LGBT Bristol, some of the Charity’s current Trustees have informally agreed to explore the option of founding a new, Legacy LGBT+ Unincorporated Community Association, with broadly the same Aims and Objectives as LGBT Bristol, for people residing, working, studying and volunteering in Bristol, who are of 18+ years of age and who identify as LGBT+ (including intersex, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous, non-binary etc.).

Unlike LGBT Bristol, the new Association would not be a Registered Charity, but a more informal group, explicitly fully inclusive of all forms of sexual and romantic orientations as well as gender identities, led and run entirely by volunteers, without a paid worker.

Being an Unincorporated Association will mean a more restricted scale of projects and initiatives, in terms of their scope and reach, as the size of grants that it could apply for would be far smaller than those accessible by a Registered Charity.

In the absence of core Funding, the organisation could not hope to hire a worker, even part-time, and would require its members to contribute to all the tasks necessary for its running, from convening, chairing, running and minuting meetings to booking rooms, sending out minutes and Agendas to the membership, fundraising, producing an eBulletin, maintaining the website, attending external meetings, networking, etc.

Only once it is clearly established that those offering to join will be able to make this firm commitment, in terms of time, participation, contribution and attendance, will the organisation be deemed viable by LGBT Bristol. At that point, once the new Group is formed, with Trustees, Officers and a bank account ,  LGBT Bristol will able to pass a Motion, donating the new Legacy Group a sum not exceeding £4,999, when LGBT Bristol is dissolved.

Members and Trustees for the new Association will be recruited in the time leading up to and at LGBT Bristol’s final AGM and must agree:
A working name for the Legacy Group
A list of members putting their names forward to join it
A date and venue for the first meeting
A skeleton Agenda – with a substantial AoB section, to iron out and discuss issues arising
Thereafter, once it is established that the constitution of the new group is indeed viable, LGBT Bristol’s AGM would then agree:
To dissolve the charity LGBT Bristol / Bristol LGBT Forum
To donate £4,999 to the Legacy group [Working Name]
To donate such equipment and furniture as could prove useful
The first meeting will set out the Objects, Constitution, Rules, Mission and Manifesto of the Association, and elect Officers – ideally  including a Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer and Membership Secretary – as well as establish a Registered Office/Address.

Thereafter the group would set up a website, a Social Media presence and an email address, and use the pay as you go mobiles but with new numbers.

If you would like to be part of this process of exploration, please email Sarah@lgbtbristol.org.uk who will pass on details to those leading this process.

Chair and Trustees of LGBT Bristol    March 2020

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We also encourage your contribution. None of our work would be possible without external input.  We listen to what all our members and contributors have to say and welcome critical feedback.

Thank you for staying in touch and for your feedback. We hope you have fun exploring our website.

The LGBT Bristol team

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