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Hello everyone. We hope you are making the most of summer even if so far it's perhaps not as good as last year's!. 
We bring you our latest update on the work we are doing here at Lancashire LGBT..

Following a successful bid to the Government Equalities Office LGBT+ Futures Fund we have been able to welcome back Leah Emerson as part-time Project Worker (2 days a week). Leah's post is currently funded until early next year and she will be supporting our work by building relationships with key partners and community members, supporting peer support and social groups, promoting community events, and helping to provide information and support to people who contact us.

We have also welcomed Danielle Hopkins to the team here at Lancashire LGBT. Danielle is a Gender Outreach Worker employed by Leeds Gender Identity Service to support people in the Preston postcode area. This is a brand new initiative between Lancashire LGBT and the Leeds Gender Identity Service (GIS). Danielle will be providing support to people who are on the Leeds GIS pathway, anywhere between GP referral and first appointment at Leeds - a period when people particularly need support. Danielle has already set up regular outreach sessions at Cafune Cafe in Preston and at Typhoons inclusive rugby club.


More information about our work follows below but please remember to keep in touch with us between newsletters via social media. We are on Facebook and Twitter  and you can search for "Lancashire LGBT" on Facebook or "LancsLGBT" on Twitter,  or click on the icons at the end of this newsletter. And did you know how much information there is on our website? We have a list of all LGBT groups in Lancashire by town as well as a monthly groups calendar that you can just click on to find out contact details.

Then there's a service directory giving LGBT-related  information and links on a range of subjects from Asylum to Sexual Health. We also have a selection of Resources to download on subjects like bisexuality, domestic violence and forced marriage.


Summer is Pride season and this year it's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City, which was a key moment in the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBT rights.

This year we've again had stalls at Lancaster Pride,  and at the Sparkle weekend in Manchester, and it's been a delight to make contact with so many people at each event. We're looking forward also to Morecambe Pride this weekend.

Leah and our super volunteer Cathryn at Lancaster Pride

Our next stall will be at Preston Pride on September 28th. Come and say hello!


In late June we welcomed to Preston Heather Wood, specialist clinical psychologist at the Gender Identity Development Service in Leeds, for a Question Time event at which she gave a presentation about the work of the Service and then took questions from the audience.  This was well attended by a mixture of parents and family members of trans children and young people, and professionals mainly from the health and education sectors. The attendees were very appreciative of the opportunity to hear directly from a senior staff member at the service, and learned a lot.

Feedback afterwards included:

  • There was information that I didn't know, that is really helpful
  • A good impact on what road to go down with my son
  • It gave a better understanding of the process involved and that it is not something that can be rushed
  • I have a better understanding of the process and am less fearful if she wants to go down this route that she may be rushed into it
  • Excellent support - giving me confidence to help my foster son on his gender journey and Tavistock referral
Our "Go Out" walking group continues to be well attended. After recent visits to Brinscall near Chorley and Nick o'Pendle near Clitheroe, this month's walk will be round Yarrow Valley Country Park near Chorley, this Saturday July 20th. Let's hope for another sunny day!  This group is now supported by a grant from Localgiving and Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery. Whether they are a "regular" or just an occasional attendee people seem to really value this group.

Our LGBT swimming sessions at Moor Park Leisure Centre in Blackpool is taking a break this month but will be back on Thursday August 29th.  To book your place,  just email or phone us on 01772 717461.   Meet Michelle our swimming coach in this video clip. 
Our Arms Out group for parents, carers and family members of trans children and young people meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Chorley area. If you would like further information about the group and perhaps join it, please contact us. Email or telephone us on  01772 717461.

For info about other LGB&T events and groups taking place across Lancashire, visit our groups calendar by clicking here.

We offer a range of training packages tailored to the needs of service providers such as health and social care providers, schools, GP practices and the criminal justice system. Our most popular training package is a three-hour Trans/Gender Identity Awareness package which is CPD accredited.

Training is delivered by either our Chief Executive Dr Lewis Turner or our Associate Trainer Mac McCarthy.


Our Information and Support Service is available by telephone and email (  between 9 am and 4 pm Mondays to Wednesdays. There is a direct telephone number: 01772 900260. Additionally, staff MAY be available  on Thursdays and Fridays during the same hours. 

We had a total of 54 contacts made with the service in June. It's roughly 50-50 individuals and organisations who contact us.


We continue to offer referrals to a specialist NHS psychosexual service for people experiencing mental health difficulties with issues relating to their sexual orientation or gender identity. The service is delivered at various locations around the county and waiting times for a first appointment may vary according to location.
For further information about the service do contact us.



Our Quality Mark is a quality assurance programme designed to assist service providers to help measure how well the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans service users, volunteers and staff are being met.
After our presentation evening at Preston Grasshoppers in March we have been updating the audit tool and guidance document, and are now welcoming new applications.
For further information about our Quality Mark scheme please click here.

Quality Mark presented recently to the Birchwood Centre in Skelmersdale


We're delighted to hear that Lancashire County Council's Children & Family Wellbeing Service has recently launched LGBT young people's groups in Burnley and in Nelson; and that there is also now a youth group in Preston courtesy of the LGBTQ+ Meetup Preston group.

Inspire Youth Zone in Chorley are having  a Pride celebration on the weekend of 10th/11th August.   Sunday 11th is a family day, 1-4 pm,  and they would like to invite any family focused LGBT community groups to join them at the centre, to promote their work or services to visitors on the day.  The centre is open to families of any ages and all visitors will be attending with children.  Email for more information.

According to our reckoning there are now LGBT young people's groups run by a variety of providers in Blackburn, Blackpool, St Annes, Fleetwood, Lancaster, Preston, Leyland, Chorley and now Nelson and Burnley! 
For further information please see our Peer & Social Support Groups page, under the relevant towns/areas.



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Where in Lancashire can you find this ?

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Last newsletter's picture was of the HALO PANOPTICON in Rossendale, and not an alien spaceship as some people thought!

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