Throughout its history, the Forum’s core business has been campaigning for LGBT rights. We began in 1994, by tacking discrimination and homophobia and still pursue these aims and objectives, advising on the implementation of the Equality Act in the City of Bristol to the day we closed, on 30th September 2020, .
What did the Forum achieve?
In June 2000 the Forum drew up a Compact between Bristol City Council and Bristol’s lesbian, gay and bisexual community. The Compact was an agreement between Bristol City Council and organisations from the lesbian, gay and bisexual community. The aims of the Compact were 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 and bisexual community and its citizens.
- Empower lesbian, gay and bisexual people to become actively involved in community life
Between April 2008 and November 2009, the Forum conducted a campaign entitled “Challenging Homophobia, Supporting Equality In Schools”, resulting in the Council signing-up to Stonewall’s ‘Education Champions’ programme.
The Forum has also
- conducted and published research into the quality of life for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, entitled “Second Best Value” and produced a Guide to Section 28 for all staff and governors of Bristol LEA schools.
- developed its own project for Diversity in Schools.
- held regular Open Meetings where issues central to the community are discussed. You can get a copy of these publications from the Forum.
- in 2008-9 we conducted a study, funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), to reserach the experience, degree of inclusion and needs of people who identify as LGB and are also members of Bristol’s diverse BME/Faith Communities.
- commissioned a study, entitled ” Under One Sky ” brought together the testimony of BME LGBT people, as well as collecting the opinion of Bristol residents of all ages and walks of life, and culminated in the Report recently published.
- continued to act as a key consultee to the City’s administration, statutory, voluntary and community organisations like the NHS Bristol PCT, Fire and Rescue Service, Safety Scrutiny Commission, contributing 26 years of experience of campaigning and organising in Bristol that informed service design and delivery, as well as information provision services for LGBT communities.
Alongside its roles in campaigning, consultation and information provision, every year the Forum celebrate and supports the major events in the calendar of City’s LGBT life: LGBT History Month, IDAHO, Bristol Pride, the LGBT Film Festival, Trans Pride SouthWest and Trans Day of Remembrance.