Our Autumn 2017 Newsletter is here!

In this issue, you’ll notice our work in South Gloucestershire going from strength to strength with new projects. Our projects include our LGBTQ+ Equality Network Group receiving grant-funding from South Gloucestershire Council to increase its regional work. We launched an LGBTQ+ film for schools and we’ll launch a new South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ website in October 2017. I’ll also update you on our new partnership work with Southern Brooks and with our existing partner at Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) charity.

We celebrated Bristol Pride and Weston-Super-Mare Pride during the Summer while promoting our Trans Health Survey and our local hate crime services. You’ll see my review in this newsletter.

Sadly, my partner and I were the victims of a homophobic hate crime while we celebrated our wedding engagement in Cambridge this Summer. Read more about our experience on page 4 of the newsletter. You can also read the latest report from Stonewall, showing a 78 per cent increase LGBT+ hate crime or incident.

We have an update from Mindline Trans+ Helpline, run by the charity, Mind, the helpline is being rolled out nationally after a successful pilot project in Bristol and Taunton.

We have a special World News feature from Roberto Kabaka in South Africa who runs an organisation called Programme for the Welfare of Children (PWC). We’re helping Roberto’s organisation with our LGBT+ support.

Read our newsletter editor’s writing in Plain English tip. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is now assessing you in making your information accessible. If you need ‘accessible information’ training please get in touch.

You can also learn how to empower your organisation with our equality, diversity and inclusion training, including specialist training on domestic violence and abuse, hate crime, gender identity and LGBT+.

Enjoy the Autumn, Happy Diwali, Halloween and Samhain. I look forward to working together for making our communities fair, equal and inclusive.

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