What is the Forum’s Mission?
To be the advocate of LGBT people in Bristol, challenge homophobia and transphobia wherever they may still hide and make equality a reality today.
The challenges the Forum faces are:
- ensuring that it contiues to be adequately funded and staffed
- set the Forum’s annual work programme within a reduced budget
- engaging with LGB individuals, groups, and organisations in Bristol
- engaging with local Authorities, Statutory bodies and other Charities/Community groups in and around the Bristol region
- campaigning on issues that affect LGBT people of Faith, locally
- promoting best practice on issues of equality, diversity and Inclusion
- dispelling myths and challenge preconceptions about LGB people
- liaising with other LGBT organisations, regionally and nationally
- be a first point of contact for individuals and organisations looking for information about Bristol’s LGB community
What has the Forum achieved?
In June 2000 the Forum drew up a Compact between Bristol City Council and Bristol’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Compact is an agreement between Bristol City Council and organisations from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The aims of the Compact are to:
- Work towards equality of access to services and resources which are controlled by Bristol City Council.
- Promote understanding and respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
- Promote equality, diversity and inclusion within LGBT communities towards people of all abilities, ethnicities, faiths and ages
- Empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to become actively involved in community life.
The Forum has also conducted research into the quality of life for lesbian, gay and bisexual people (Second Best Value) and has produced a Guide to Section 28 for all staff and governors of Bristol LEA schools. The Forum also holds Open Meetings where issues central to the community are discussed. You can get a copy of these publications from the Forum.