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.
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Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands and Leicester LGBT Centre will run a workshop on “tackling Hate Crime using Restorative Justice Approaches” to celebrate IDAHOT (International Day against Homo-, Bi- and Transphobia) A crime is not just about breaking the law. More importantly, it is about damaging the relationships between members of the community. It creates an emotional wound that requires emotional healing. Restorative Justice is about restoring relationships!
This is your invitation to attend the LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum at Leicester LGBT Centre on 18 May from 2-4.30pm. The purpose of the day is to bring together those who are actively providing advice, advocacy and support to LGBT survivors to…
* Share best practice and experience * Develop regional links between LGBT services * Discuss the possibility of a peer support system * Discuss referral pathways for survivors in need of crisis intervention * Learn about the experiences of established and newly commissioned services * Identify new trends and use this to set the agenda for LGBT DAF in 2015
Cost: Free Attendees: Up to 30
TO BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE - CLICK HERE.
For more information about LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum go to www.lgbtdaf.org or contact Dennis on 0116 254 7412 or by email.
Bisexual? Attracted to people of more than one gender?We're having a social evening to meet and chat on Wednesday 25th March 2015 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Leicester LGBT Centre, 15 Wellington Street, Leicester LE1 6HH. All bi-friendly people welcome. Accessible venue. For more information contact the Centre on 0116 254 7412 or click to email.
You are invited to attend our celebration commemorating Fascinating Aida becoming Leicester LGBT Centre’s Patrons at 1pm on Saturday 21 March 2015 at the Centre.
Fascinating Aida join Prof. Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University, who is Hon. President of The Centre.
“Delighted to be a Patron of an organisation which is a lifeline for so many people” said Adele Anderson, member of the world renowned cabaret songsters.
“They have a devoted following, including members of the LGBT communities, and they are a valued addition to the “family” at our Centre”, said Kevin Oliver, Centre Vice-Chair.
“Fabulous organisation doing wonderful things” said Soprano Liza Pulman.
The trio are currently at the end of an extensive UK tour, and will be visiting The Centre in the near future.
Steph Morgan, Centre Chair said it was “A Real Coup. They’re utterly brilliant and I’m sure that that their Patronship will help enormously”.
“Their ability to bridge the gap between generations is something that The Centre is passionate about”, said Paul Fitzgerald, Centre CEO. “We are beyond pleased that they want to support our work”.
Dillie Keane, founder of Fascinating Aida, has the last word. “So thrilled to be involved in the Leicester LGBT Centre. Good luck to all and may you go from strength to strength!”
Please RSVP to Dennis on 0116 254 7412 or email to secure a place.
A New relaxed and informal international LBTQ social group for making new friends and getting to know people in Leicester. Organisers are new in town, foreign, professional lesbian couple. Meet ups are on Saturday evenings in town over a drink/dinner to start with. And then in the future, let's shape the activities together with the group, to whatever interests the group members! All singles and couples welcome! You can find more information on their website. Their next meetup is Saturday, 18 April at 6pm.
A campaign to encourage victims of ‘hate crime’ to report offences begins this week – 16-20 March 2015. Leicestershire Police and councils across Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland are supporting the week-long effort to urge people to make a stand against those who abuse them.
Hate crimes, which can include physical, written or verbal abuse, are categorised as offences which target people because of characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation.
Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, said: “Hate incidents and crimes can be damaging to individuals and their families and it is important to remember we all have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live without fear of hatred.”
“We are pleased to be working with partners to raise awareness of what hate crime is, let people know support is available and encourage people to let us know when it happens.”
Detective Superintendent Jon Brown, of Leicestershire Police serious crime team, said: “We know that hate incidents and hate crimes don’t just impact on the victim but impact on family, friends and the wider community.
“While we have made some progress in tackling hate, there is still a great deal of work to be done.
“By working in partnership with county, district and borough council colleagues we will send a very clear message that there is no place for hate crime in Leicestershire.
“Leicestershire Police take all hate incidents and hate crimes seriously.”
“I would encourage anyone who has been a victim or has witnessed a hate incident or hate crime to report it.
“You can report it to Leicestershire Police, the council or via a third party reporting centre.”
Information about hate crime will be on show at libraries, local councils and a number of community and school events throughout the week.
To report a hate incident call Leicestershire Police on 101 or the county council on 0116 305 8263 or visit
Alternatively visit your local council office or library, which are reporting centres for hate incidents.
In an emergency, always contact the police on 999.
Leicester LGBT Centre is one of the reporting centres for all hate crime, not just sexual orientation and gender identity.
Trevor Thomas was a multi-talented individual, who became Curator-Director of the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery in 1940-46. He may be best remembered for instigating the first Museum's lunchtime concerts during the summer of 1943, but he ought to be most remembered for organising the first major exhibition in Britain of in 1944 in Leicester - not an easy task in the middle of a war with Germany. However his most controversial moment came in July 1946 when he was dismissed from his post following an appearance in court charged with a public indecency offence - being gay in 1940s Britain meant dismissal from your job at least and imprisonment at worst.
This year Leicester City Council has recognised the valuable contributions which Trevor had made during his time in Leicester. Government cannot undo the damage that was done to Trevor and countless other men and women in Britain as a result of its anti-gay legislation, however this is one small token of society's movement toward reparation.
In collaboration with Leicester LGBT Centre, a yearly award has been established in his honour - the Trevor Thomas Prize.
An artist will be awarded the prize on Friday, 13 March at 5.15pm at Newark Houses Museum. Dennis Bradley, Project Manager, Leicester LGBT Centre will present the prize on behalf of the Centre and Leicester City. Everyone is welcome to attend, however must have an invite, which you can acquire from the Centre.
Leicester LGBT Centre wants to thank the wonder people from GE Measurement and Control, for their recent fundraising event. In particular the Centre wants to thank Matthew Denham and Ed from GE GLBT UK for spearheading this drive to raise valuable funds for the support of the work at the Centre. Please have a look at the photos of Matthew, Ed and his colleagues at GE and see the fun they had celebrating Chinese New Year and bringing in nearly £170. Thank you - Matthew, Ed and all the other wonderful people at GE.