24 November 2016
Mapping all LGBT+ activity in and around LeedsThe Four Forums have recruited Anne-Marie Stewart to map all LGBT+ activity in and around the city – from book clubs to running clubs, drag nights on Briggate to queer migrant solidarity activism, mental health peer to peer support groups to staff networks.
By looking at both formal and informal LGBT+ networks and infrastructure in Leeds the project seeks to understand
- LGBT+ community capacity in the city
- how different LGBT+ communities and networks knit together
- how to build on and grow existing assets
- challenges and exclusions facing LGBT+ people and communities in Leeds
Anne has told Four Forums that “We will take an intersectional approach to the work, recognising that identities are complex and people often face multiple challenges related to their age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and health.“It is important that the voices of those who are often at the margins are brought to the centre of this work and that the project strives to be inclusive and participatory.”
The project has set up a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MapLGBTLeeds/. Members of the LGBT+ community are invited to get in touch with Anne by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and let her know all about your group, event or project.
Anne also looking for individuals, groups and organisations to share their experiences of being part of the LGBT+ community in Leeds, and let her know what they think is needed to best support and grow LGBT+ community action in Leeds.By feeding into this project you will
- contribute to shaping the future LGBT+ support and community action in Leeds
- help ensure that LGBT+ support in the city is inclusive and comprehensive
- network with others in the community
- promote your group, event, or campaign across Leeds
It is important that this research is guided by and benefits those in the LGBT+ community. The project is currently recruiting an Advisory Group which will meet three times over the course of the project. Applications from those in the LGBT+ community are encouraged and most welcome.If you would like to get involved apply by 30 November. If you are interested in feeding into this project or being part of the Project Advisory Group get in touch with Anne email@example.com