In the past the work of the Forum has focused mostly on campaigning and consulting with the statutory and voluntary sectors, to take forward the equality agenda in respect of LGBT rights. Since the Equality Act 2010 came into force, the majority of LGBT rights have been ensconced in law throughout the United Kingdom.
As the Forum continues to work with the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to support the efforts of Bristol City Council to implement the Equality Act and ensure that LGBT people are included in its scoping, we are especially aware of the multiple discrimination many of us face.
Today we welcome all romantic and sexual orientations who do not identify as heterosexual in addition to those who do not identify in the binary of male and female or who identify with a different gender to that which was given at birth.
In addition to funded work, which has included providing a voice for LGBT people in the city, hate crime support for victims of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and hate crime, a study on LGBT BME lives in Bristol, consultation work, and a supported and accessible walking group for all LGBT+ people, we also provide financial infrastructure work to new groups, support with donations and advice to LGBT+ groups and events, advice to both LGBT+ individuals and groups plus those seeking to support LGBT+ individuals and organisations including work with LGBT+ people.