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October already!

Hello to all of our lovely subscribers and a very happy Black History Month! We hope that you are all settling well into Autumn and the sudden change in weather!
A very warm welcome to our October newsletter where we have a number of exciting resources, opportunities and events from our amazing partners, including an event for social workers run by ourselves in collaboration with the British Association of Social Workers.
Read more about this and many other opportunities for development below!

Laura Clarke
Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Becoming Allies in Social Work: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Inequalities

The National LGBT Partnership are proud to have teamed up with BASW to produce a training session for social workers and social work students called "Becoming Allies in Social Work: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Inequalities". Join us on World AIDS Day (1st December) for the beginning of this new programme delivered with BASW. This is the foundation session, following which in 2022 we will have a number of bitesize workshops building on different topic areas in more detail. This interactive training will be delivered via Zoom.

Learning Outcomes 

After attending the introductory session, participants will have an understanding of: 

•    The most common LGBTQIA+ identities and the differences between sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity, gender presentation, trans status and sex assigned at birth 
•    The differences between homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and how these are often exercised within health and social care 
•    A variety of health inequalities that people in the LGBTQIA+ experience disproportionately and potential social factors that may contribute to worsened mental and physical health for the community 
•    How you, as a social worker, can be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and provide an appropriate, informed and inclusive service 

To sign up for this session on the 1st December, click here. For any questions please contact laura@consoritum.lgbt

Trans Lives Survey 2021: Enduring the UK’s hostile environment

TransActual have recently released one of the largest direct surveys of trans experience in the UK in 2021. The results of this survey expose the shocking reality of the daily discrimination faced by trans and non-binary folk in the UK. The report highlights how:
  • 27% of trans people have been homelessness at some point in their lives. That rises to 36% for both trans BPOC and trans disabled people;
  • A staggering 98% of trans people responding do not think that NHS transition related care is completely adequate
There are significant issues with primary care, too:
  • 45% of trans respondents said that their GP did not have a good understanding of their needs as a trans person, with 55% of non-binary people reporting similar issues. 
  • 87% of those answering, overall said that this had impacted them to some extent. This rises, again, to 95% and 92% for BPOC and disabled individuals;
  • Issues with healthcare providers may also have serious consequences, in a time when illnesses such as COVID-19 illustrate graphically how individual decisions, when faced with a highly transmissible virus, can affect the rest of the population, as 57% of trans people reported that they avoided going to the GP when unwell - again, because of lack of understanding and more general discrimination;
  • Even more concerning, 14% of respondents (one in 7) reported that their GP had  refused to provide care or treatment on account of their trans status at least once;
  • Six individuals reported this refusal to provide care happening ‘often’ or ‘always’.
According to Chay Brown, director of TransActual: “These findings are shocking but in no way unexpected. They merely put figures to a perilous situation that almost every trans person in the UK is well aware of. Transphobia feels unescapable, whether we’re at home, at work or when we go to the doctor’s.” To explore these findings and more, you can read the full results of the survey here.

Tonic@Bankhouse 

Tonic Housing, have officially launched Tonic@Bankhouse, the UK’s first LGBT+ affirming retirement community, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, followed by a celebratory event at LGBT+ bar and theatre Above The Stag.

The day marked a historic moment in LGBT+ housing history, and Tonic will see its first residents move in before the end of the year, with a number of reservations already in place. As well as the Mayor of London, the ribbon-cutting event at Tonic@Bankhouse was attended by Deputy Mayor for Housing, Tom Copley, Labour MP for Vauxhall, Florence Eshalomi and One Housing’s CEO, Richard Hill.

To read more about Tonic@Bankhouse click here.

Free2B Resources

Free2B are delighted to launch two new resources to support their youth members’ wellbeing:

They have now created an LGBTQ+ race and faith booklet – celebrating intersectional identities! They have also been working with our trans wellbeing group to develop a trans 101 guide. The topics covered are in direct response to issues raised by our members. 

To access both resources and more information about our LGBTQ+ youth work please access their youth webpage here.

This Is Us by Brighton & Hove Switchboard


Brighton & Hove Switchboard, in collaboration with the Ageing Well Festival, have created an exciting new exhibition! These portraits, taken by esteemed photographer Keith Bernstein, want to capture the joy, love and reality of older LGBTQ life. Where cliché and ageism has failed us  - these portraits act as an antidote to misrepresentation.

Their online exhibition of This is Us has now premiered online, so head to their website to see the whole series and look out on their social media to see how you can get involved with This is Us.

OPENING DOORS LGBTQ+ National Health & Wellbeing Survey 2021

Every year Opening Doors London carry out research with the aim of improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people over 50. This year they are focusing on people’s health and wellbeing and their experience of using health services.

They would really appreciate your help with this and have prepared a short online survey that should only take about 15 minutes to complete.

You can access the survey here.

The survey isn’t very long or too complicated but if you would like help completing the survey, Opening Doors can arrange for a member of staff or volunteer to contact you and ask you the questions over the telephone. Please contact the number 07971 954918 to arrange.

If you prefer to complete a paper copy of the survey or know someone who does please contact ben.thomas@openingdoorslondon.org.uk and they will arrange to post you a survey and a stamped addressed return envelope.

The survey closes on 15 October 2021.

InsideOUT: Perspectives on Health, Wellbeing & Equality for LGBTQ+ Black and People of Colour

Black Beetle Health are happy to invite you to watch the playback of the community launch event of our InsideOUT Report that took place last Monday. We are also pleased to share that it is now available for your reading pleasure here!

This report is one to sink your teeth in and return to time and time again. If you choose to use this work for any relevant endeavours, please be sure to credit Black Beetle Health, as they've laboured tirelessly to produce this vital work! 

Also, Black Beetle Health's H.E.A.T. programme will run its trial training from October to December. Interested individuals who work in health and wellbeing, and would like to sharpen their insight and improve their care for marginalised racio-ethnic people of the LGBTQ+ community, can register to attend a course here.  

Dates for the Diary

  • International Lesbian Day — 8th October
  • World Mental Health Day — 10th October
  • National Coming Out Day — 11th October
  • International Pronoun Day — 17th October
  • Spirit Day — 21st October
  • Asexual Awareness Week — 25th October - 31st October
  • Intersex Awareness Day — 26th October

Courses & Events

Below are a few of the events that are coming up in the month of October. To sign up click on the title of the event. To see a full list of events happening this month and in the future click here.

Recognising and Celebrating Black LGBTQ+ People at Work
October 13th • 10:30am - 12:30pm • £12 - £75
October is Black History Month. This is an opportunity to step up and support LGBTQ+ PoC. Use this session to take time and learn ways to recognoise and celebrate black LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. Join Stonewall for a 2 hour interactive workshop where you’ll gain the tools and confidence to be a better ally to black LGBTQ + people in your workplace.


LGBT+ Women & Non-Binary Network
October 27th • 12:00pm - 1:30pm • FREE

This is an open and inclusive network for all women and non-binary people working or volunteering in the LGBT+ sector, who would like to join a supportive and welcoming environment to share insights, network, and discuss the challenges and opportunities they experience within the sector and beyond. The October meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss topical issues as well as giving space for conversation, support, reflection and connection.


Living Free Asylum Corner
October 31st • 6pm - 7:30pm • FREE
A monthly meeting for Queer Africans seeking asylum. This is specifically for those who are thinking of seeking asylum in the UK or are currently going through the asylum process. The hub creates a safe space for them to share their experiences, get support with evidence gathering, network, and socialise every last Sunday of the month.

Resources

Don't forget that the Partnership's website has an array of publications available for download covering a diverse range of LGBT health issues. As we navigate through the pandemic and beyond it is important to reflect on the lived experiences of LGBT people and communities as we rebuild new ways of working and explore the additional impacts on vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Jobs & Volunteering

Paid Roles

Consortium: Intersections Fund Project Officer
Closing Date: 10th October 2021
Consortium are recruiting a full-time Project Officer who will join the team to work directly with Community Collaborators, and other community-led intersectional LGBT+ organisations, with support from the wider Engagement Team.
Click here for more information on how to apply.

Consortium: LGBT+ Futures Grant Giving Officer

Closing Date: 10th October 2021
Consortium are looking to employ somebody to coordinate and administer our participatory grants programme. With support from a Grants Administrator and the Intersections Fund Project Officer the Grants Officer will be accountable for ensuring the grant making process is run effectively and that the Community Assessors and Grants Committee are supported so they can make informed decisions about each application.
Click here for more information on how to apply.

The Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector.

Voluntary Roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the Consortium page.

If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health & Social Care in our newsletter please email nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com
Wrap up warm as the weather gets colder and we will see you next month!
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