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Description of activity
The Richmond upon Thames LGBT Forum provides a voice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The Forum is open to anyone who lives, works, studies, visits or socialises in the borough. We work to challenge homophobia and/or transphobia and its consequences; to raise awareness and to improve provision and access to appropriate services for LGBT people.
The Forum was established in March 2007 with support from the Community Safety Partnership. It now operates independently as a volunteer-led community group with LGBT volunteers organising and chairing the Forum. Meetings & events take place periodically to raise awareness, engage community members and other stakeholders and to address issues affecting the LGBT community.
The Forum also has interest groups focusing on Community Safety and Policing, Youth and Education, Health and Heath Promotion and Domestic Abuse. We also have periodic social and fund-raising events.
The Forum acts as an advisory body to the local Council, the police and other relevant agencies on issues facing LGBT communities including hate crimes and discrimination. We are represented on many multi-agency strategic groups within the borough, including the Safer Neighbourhood Board, Stop Hate in Richmond Forum, Domestic Abuse Forum and Homelessness Forum.