The Forum’s core business is campaigning for LGBT rights, we began in 1994, by tacking discrimination and homophobia and still pursue these aims and objectives today, in the implementation of the Equality Act in the City of Bristol .
What has the Forum achieved?
In June 2000 the Forum drew up a Compact between Bristol City Council and Bristol’s lesbian, gay and bisexual community. The Compact is an agreement between Bristol City Council and organisations from the lesbian, gay and bisexual 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 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.
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.
In 2008-9 the Forum 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.
The 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.
The Forum continues 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, to mention but three, contributing 8 years of experience of campaigning and organising in Bristol to inform service and 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, Pride Bristol and the LGBT Film Festival.