A network of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has been formed at Leicester LGBT Centre. Through this network LGBT support/social groups, local businesses, charities and other organisations will be able to meet, share information, advise and support one another.

 Leicester is a diverse city with many communities spanning all cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, social interests, abilities and ages. Part of the network’s promise will be celebrating difference, bringing together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and allies from the diverse backgrounds both socially and professionally via a programme of events and online throughout the year.

 The initial meeting was held on 13th January at the LGBT Centre on Leicester City Centre’s Wellington St. Attendees included representatives from Leicester Wildecats, the local LGBT football team; Foxes Pride (the Leicester City LGBT supporters group); the Rubyfruit Women group; University of Leicester LGBTQ Society; Trade Sexual Health; Queer Together Leicestershire; Phoenix Arts Centre; The Little Theatre; Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and LCIL.

 "I’m sure [the network] will grow to become something very useful for the community" said Fiona Walker of Leicestershire County Council. Danny Lavery of Leicester LGBT Centre says “One of the themes of the Centre’s 40th Anniversary, which is this year, is celebration – through the network we hope to bring together members of the many LGB&T communities on a regular basis.”

 The network will be run by a steering group who will have their next meeting within the next few weeks before a formal launch in February which will mark LGBT History Month.

 For more information on Leicester LGB&T Communities Network or if you wish to enquire about joining please contact Danny Lavery on 0116 254 7412 or email danny@leicesterlgbtcentre.org



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0116 254 7412


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About Leicester LGBT Centre

Leicester LGBT Centre celebrates its 40th Anniversary in September 2016. Originally founded in 1976 as a gay men’s helpline, the Centre is now a leading advocate for LGBT issues in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, running a successful counselling service with 20+ counsellors, training organisations on LGBT issues such as Hate Crime and bullying awareness, and hosting many events and social groups such as Rubyfruit Women, Butterflies (for transgender people), Silver Sipp-ers 50+ Coffee Morning and 1st Out, a popular youth service supporting young LGBT people from 13-18 years old.