Recognising and feeling confident engaging with LGBT community members is vital for those involved in delivering and improving community and public services, and this session will ensure you have the appropriate skills and knowledge to succeed.
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people are estimated to make up around 5%-7% of the total UK population, and as legal recognition and societal attitudes have changed since the 1980s, they are increasingly likely to be confident and visible, open and ‘out’ members of our communities. Despite this, LGBT people continue to be discriminated against, directly and indirectly. Critical issues remain, such as promoting personal and online safety, managing health inequalities, housing and homelessness, complexities around religion and cultural issues, and outright homophobia/transphobia.
Sexual orientation and gender identity are important intrinsic personal identities, and intersect with other protected characteristics, such as race, faith, disability or age. LGBT people need to have access to sensitive, mainstream and community facing groups and services that recognise their identities to the fullest.
- The LGBT community – Who are they?
- The importance of language and labels (sexual orientation / gender identity)
- A focus on health: Mental Health; Sexual Health; Public Health; Cancer & Cancer Screening and other serious illness.
- Monitoring: “If you don’t count, you don’t count.”
- Intersectional Issues: LGBT in the BAME community; Older LGBT people
- Engaging with the LGBT community – Best Practice ideas for groups and workplaces
Places will be very limited (25 people max) – this is to ensure that numbers are manageable and that we can offer those attending the opportunity to interact and ask any questions on the day, so they are able to fully participate and ‘get the most’ out of the session.
Only 1 person per organisation/workplace will be allocated a place (it is hoped they will then cascade the information to others within their group).
If you are interested in attending, please book here.
If you have any questions, or would like more information on the work we do, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org