Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Join GPN tomorrow at the Glasshouse in Camden Lock

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Event to be held at the following time, date and location:
Thursday, 15 June 2017 at 18:30
The Glasshouse
Holiday Inn London-Camden Lock
30 Jamestown Rd
NW1 7BY London
United Kingdom

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 Join us at the Glasshouse in Camden Lock on Thursday 15th June at 6:30pm with splendid views on the Lock and the iconic bridge, you will be greeted on arrival with Prosecco, Wine or Beer. (6:30-7:15pm)
A bar will be open for any other drinks.
(picture taken from their conference brochure, this will not be the set up as we like to mingle). The venue is fully airconditioned and there is an outside space too!

Get connected, productive & proactive with GPN, The LGBT platform to promote your causes, companies, venues & businesses.

I would also like to invite you to take membership of GPN, the Gay Professional Network.
Please join on You can choose to pay monthly (£20) or yearly (£200) on a recurring basis.  
Temporary members as you are at the moment, registering through Eventbrite, are able to attend our gatherings three times only, by which time, they must decide if they want to join us.
GPN is a membership organisation that operates since 2010 on a non profit basis. The excess from the membership fees after drinks and room hire, when applicable, pays for the website, promotion, organising, stationary, transport & banners. 
 From now on, we are going to move to various venues, always supporting whenever possible LGBT owned or operated venues, occasionally some will be more exclusive that may impose a dress code.
 In 2017 more than ever, membership is important for all of us. Sadly we still need to tackle homophobia and educate and promote our fellow gay men, professionally and socially.  We all have been affected directly or indirectly. 
 We need to educated and make sure that education in schools, families and everywhere teach love and respect for all mankind. GPN does this through our many connections: we are part of the LGBT Consortium, linked to the Gay Business Association and myGwork where you can post your CV and look for employment free of prejudice or find the best available from the LGBT Community to ensure diversity in your workforce.
 Your membership not only gives you free entry to all our social and networking events, unless otherwise indicated, you get access to discounted and tailored insurance,  free legal and  financial advise, free property or events consultations and free entries to many clubs, other events,  discount and other perks through our newsletter.
 You can communicate with registered members through these media: Facebook Page Group and LinkedIn. I invite you to join these groups if you have not already done so.
 I invite you to visit and discover our website where in the events section you will see other exclusive events, such as lunch in the Guildhall's Crypts with the Lord Mayor and other dinners in private  members clubs. 
 The Gay Professional Network is your platform to promote your cause, your business, venue and yourself. It  helps your further your business or career and makes meaningful business and social contacts. You get connected, proactive and productive.
 It is also a get together of like minded people who enjoy meeting other people. All very nice people in a relaxed atmosphere.
I very much look forward to seeing you again next Thursday, 15th June, at the Glasshouse in Camden.

If you do know someone who would like to host our events please let me know.
If there is a photographer in the room, please let him/her know if you do not wish your picture to appear on the website or facebook page and tagged. It is assumed that everyone is happy to have their pictures to be used for the promotion of the network. 
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Pride at Parliament tours.

8th July Pride at Parliament tours.

These first ever Pride at Parliament tours mark 50 years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 and 60 years since the presentation of the Wolfenden Report in 1957.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Vanity von Glow at the Phoenix on the 16th July

Phoenix Artist Club has a new event for you.
A Night In Soho with Vanity von Glow
A Night In Soho with Vanity von Glow
Sun Jul 16 2017 at 08:30 pm
Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London, United Kingdom
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"The audience is transfixed and attention is not swayed at any time... one of the hottest nights out in Soho" ***** LondonTheatre1

A Night in Soho is unlike any other, for once the boutique shops of Seven Dials shut their doors, and the theatres take their final curtain call, the busy streets empty, and all is quiet. But the art-deco doors of the legendary Phoenix Artist Club are only just opening, and it's at this time that the infamous characters of Soho, from the Vaudevillians to the stars of the big screen, come out to play.
Descending the marble staircase and ordering their usual at the bar, they unwind as the glamorous diva and internationally ignored superstar Vanity von Glow entertains them with unique renditions of iconic pop songs and dark humour on every subject of global fame which eludes her, from her opinions on her celebrity nemeses' to personal heartache.
You never know just who might take to the stage at A Night in Soho, so when all's said and done and you leave the club just in time for the last train home (or later if you so choose), keep what you have witnessed a secret, as it's moments like these that make The Phoenix Artist Club the magical place it is.
Vanity von Glow enjoys a reputation as a main fixture in Soho cabaret and has enjoyed a continuous run of her popular Sunday night shows for five consecutive years, which has seen her perform with popstars Lily Allen and Sophie Ellis Bextor and appear on TV with superstar Adele.
With piano accompaniment from Matt Bateman
Directed by Stuart Saint
Produced by The Phoenix Artist Club
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LGBT parents appeal

We're sad to announce that the funding we had managed to access for the LGBT parents site is no longer available. We desperately want to keep the website going (and importantly keep it FREE for ALL users) but we need your support to do this. 
We have increasing annual running costs, and simply can't afford the ongoing costs without funding.  Our long term aim is to be able to maintain the site using funding from advertisers, but we are unable to do that with the website in its current form.  
If you can donate anything to keep us going, and help us create a long term, sustainable funding solution so we can keep it free for the LGBT community and its allies, we would really appreciate it - please see our Crowdfunder page here for more details.
Lynne, Claire and Alex
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

LGBT Consortium Newsletter

A monthly digest for the LGBT sector
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A warm summer welcome to our June Newsletter! We have another bumper packed edition for you, which brings together news from the Sector, our Members and the whole Consortium Team.
Our Volunteering Opportunities page continues to grow and our adverts get results!
If you are a Member and you have a vacancy, please share it with us and we will gladly advertise it.
We love to shout about the work our Members are doing! Email us your press releases, we will create an article on our News page and link to it in our monthly newsletter to share it far and wide.

Organisational Health Check: Volunteers

Volunteers' Week runs from 1-7 June and so this month our Health Check campaign is focussing on Volunteers. We have gathered together a range of tools , written resources  and visual resources  to help you recruit and manage volunteers within your organisation.

Check out our June Health Check here

Sector News 

Volunteers' Week 2017 • #VolunteersWeek

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1-7 June every year and there are over 250 events organised to commemorate it this year.

Click here to find out more about events happening in your area and to sign up for Volunteers' Week News.

Celebrating Volunteers • #VolunteersWeek

We know that many of our Member organisations rely on volunteers for much of their day-to-day running and that many couldn't function without the hard work that their volunteers put in all year round.

If you are holding a party or other event to celebrate your volunteers, then we would love to hear about it and please feel free to send us your photos by email

Charity Commission urges trustees to be vigilant about ransomware attacks

In May, more than 200,000 organisations, including the National Health Service (NHS), in 150 countries were affected by ransomware attacks. The vulnerabilities exploited by the hackers are the same for charities as they are for individuals, public or private sector organisations.

The Charity Commission encourages all charities to follow protection advice recently issued by the City of London Police and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), details of which can be found here

It Pays to be a Member of LGBT Consortium! 

There are many different benefits that LGBT groups, projects and organsiations can access when they join LGBT Consortium:
  • Access to support from the Engagement Team.
  • Online Resources, Information and Discounts.
  • 1:1 Support and Promotion.
  • Membership to our Specialist Networks.
One of the things that isn't so well known is that we have brought in over £1.5 million worth of funding for our Members to work together on specialist projects over the last 3 years.

Get in touch with the Engagement Team to learn more, or find out about joining as a Member here

The National LGB&T Partnership joins the Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The National LGB&T Partnership have been successful in their bid to join the new Health and Wellbeing Alliance – the successor to the Strategic Partners Programme of which they were previously a member.

They will be working with the Department for Health, Public Health England and NHS England, alongside 20 other voluntary and community sector partners, over the next year (and hopefully beyond) to reduce health inequalities and improve access to health and social care for LGB&T people.

Your Friendly Engagement Team 

Your Engagement Team is here to support you!
Whether you are stuck with funding, wanting to recruit volunteers or staff, need some information on governance and trustees - we've got you covered!

All of our Full and Associate Members have access to the Engagement Team as part of their Membership, so get in touch - don't wait until something goes wrong though, make sure your group or project is on track.

Get in touch with the team by emailing Vicky or Philip or give us a call on 020 7064 6500

News from our Members

METRO launch new HIV prevention project for Polish speaking gay and bisexual men in London

Bezpieczny Rodak is an exciting, innovative and groundbreaking new HIV support programme in Polish. This 1-year programme funded by MAC AIDS Fund is for MSM (men who have sex withm men) from the Polish and Polish speaking communities in London.

Read more about this exciting new project here

Scotland Loses European Top Spot for LGBTI Equality

Scotland has been overtaken by Malta in the European league table of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) equality laws and policies. Scotland is now in second place, with a score of 82%, with Malta on 88%. Malta has risen to first place after introducing new laws protecting the rights of trans and intersex people.

Read more on this story here

Consortium Team News

Paul - Chief Executive Officer

With under two weeks now until the snap General Election, we encourage all of our Members to be engaging with their local candidates across all parties to find out where they stand on protecting LGBT rights now and into the future.

With Brexit such an important factor, we need to ensure hard fought rights aren’t erased or washed out as the Great Repeal Bill and future legislation goes through its various stages. Find out what candidates think about these things.

Whatever the result, collectively we are a powerful sector and we look forward to supporting LGBT organisations in keeping those rights where they are!

Vicky - Membership & Engagement Manager

This month I have been focussing on getting our new research project funded by The Legal Education Foundation off the ground. We are very excited about this project and about how it will inform our work in the future!

We have also recruited our new Trans Organisation Network Worker - who will be starting in June, more news on this coming very soon! 

Philip - Engagement & Information Officer

This month I have been working on background research for our new survey project funded by The Legal Education Foundation. I have been working with Vicky on the early stages of the survey, getting it ready for compiling and testing this month.

I have also been looking at new systems, which have the potential to allow us to grow our Membership even further, without effecting the level of service we are able to deliver to our existing Members.

Harri - Stakeholder Engagement Manager for the National LGB&T Partnership

We’re pleased to be able to announce that the National LGB&T Partnership have been successful in our bid to be part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, the programme which continues from the Strategic Partners Programme, which ended earlier this year, and which facilitates us working with other voluntary and community sector partners to inform and challenge the health system.

One of the core activities of the Alliance is two-way communication between the system and communities. Sign up to our newsletter here to make sure you hear about opportunities to get involved.

Jess - National LGBT Anti-Bullying Project Coordinator

The Anti-Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying Project is well underway, and we have started working directly with schools to improve their LGBT+ inclusivity and approaches to tackling bullying.

Our partners are working hard to produce resources and learning tools for teachers to make the national curriculum more diverse and representative.

If you know a school that would benefit from our support, please visit our website for information about our local partners or contact Jess by email.

New Members

A Warm Welcome to our Newest Members!

We are delighted to welcome the following new members to LGBT Consortium.
Please click on the name of the organisation to find out more about them.
Eastside Youth
Living Without Disguises Project
MindLine Trans Plus Helpline South West - Bristol Mind

Events from our Members

Upcoming Events in June

Please click on the name of the event or the organisation's logo for more information.

Wise Thoughts

Thursday 1st June
5pm - 7pm

Understanding LGBTQ Hardship Workshop

Wednesday 7th June
2:30pm - 4:30pm

Community at Cameo

Saturday 10th June
2pm - 4:30pm

Positive Rainbow Haringey

Thursday 22nd June
5pm - 7pm

Queers Without Beers

Thursday 1st June
6:30pm - 9pm

Wise Thoughts

Thursday 8th June
5pm - 7pm

Committee Meeting

Monday 12th June
at 6:30pm

Proudly Created Conference

Saturday 24th June
11am - 5pm

Coffee Morning

Saturday 3rd June
10am - 12noon

Social Group

Thursday 8th June
6:30pm - 9:30pm

#FREE LGBT Legal & Housing Advice

Thursday 15th June
4:30pm - 5:30pm

out 4 coffee

Wednesday 28th June
at 11am
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