The North East lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inclusive (LGBT+) Development Group (a multi-agency partnership) is hosting an LGBT+ Fair on Thursday 11th Octoberat the Aberdeen Arts Centre from 5 - 8.30pm @ the Aberdeen Arts Centre.This will be an interactive, free event, with refreshments sponsored by Aberdeen City Council, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service and Shell International.
The Development Group is working together to provide opportunities for professionals and local people to develop their knowledge and skills and to encourage greater interaction among communities.
The Equality Act (2010) promotes stronger, more inclusive communities, however, LGBT people are often still overlooked at home, work and in their communities and their needs are not taken into account when services are being designed and delivered. The LGBT+ Fair aims to help build a North East Scotland in which no LGBT person feels discriminated against or isolated in their communities.
The keys aims of the LGBT+ Fair are to:
- Improve engagement with LGBT communities
- Understand and take action to address needs of the LGBT+ community to develop the organisational Equality Outcomes which public authorities have to publish by April 2013
- Raise awareness of, and promote LGBT awareness campaigns
- Councillor Taylor from Aberdeen City Council
- Ann Marriott from LGBT Youth Scotland and Chair of the LGBT+ Development Group
- James Whyte, Gay Men’s Health
- Grampian Regional Equality Council
- Grampian Police re. Hate Crime
- Student groups
- Zone Youth and more
There will also be interactive activities for participants which will enable the LGBT+ Development Group to set outcomes for the coming year.
Ann Marriott, Chair of the LGBT+ Development Group said, “I am delighted to see the increase in membership of the North East LGBT+ Development group, and to witness the commitment made by Public Services to engage with LGBT communities. The LGBT+ Fair will enable the Group to set outcomes for the coming year and to actively involve LGBT people in decision making”
Sinclair Laing, a volunteer for the City Council's LGBT Employee Network said, "It's important to me to live in a place where I feel valued, where I have a voice and that has the kinds of services and activities that make life worthwhile. That's why I'm going to the LGBT+ Fair - it's my opportunity to meet some friendly faces, find out more of what's going on locally and to help influence the kinds of things I think the North East needs. Anyone with an interest in LGBT+ quality of life issues in the North East should pop in too."
(North East LGBT+ Development Group was established in 2011 by LGBT Youth Scotland. The Group consists of, and welcomes, representatives from across the complete spectrum of people and organisations active within the Aberdeen City & Shire region.
Active membership currently includes – LGBT youth Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen City Council LGBT Employee Network, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, Gay Men’s Health, Grampian Regional Equality Council, Terrence Higgins Trust, Aberdeen College, Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Youth Services, Shell International, NHS Sexual Health Service, NEST.
For further information, please contact:
Ann Marriott: Community Capacity Building Officer, LGBT Youth Scotland
40 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JDTel: 0131 555 39 40