Rainbow-hued fun at Bristol's Pride Festival We are: PROUD
Bristol’s Pride Festival We are: PROUD on 14 July saw the launch of our new initiative to understand the particular advocacy needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT ) communities. Armed with questionnaires, leaflets, rainbow flag, bunting and rainbow sweets to hand out, seAp staff set up their stall at the Festival determined to find out more about the issues faced by LGBT people and how advocacy could help them.
Nearly 100 people completed the questionnaire - including Bristol’s Lord Mayor, who led the Festival march. The team are now busy collating the answers into a report that will be used to explore how we can improve and develop our services to meet the needs of the LGBT communities.
It is widely recognised that LGBT people are not well served by health and other services and that their particular needs and experiences are not routinely monitored or addressed. The impact of prejudice and discrimination has a detrimental effect on their mental and emotional and often their physical health. Some LGBT groups (for example those who are aged over 65, asylum seekers or those affected by HIV) and in particular transgender people, find access and participation in services particularly difficult. Our experience of working in ruralCornwallhas highlighted the added isolation and prejudice faced by younger LGBT people and we plan to use the questionnaire to get their views on how advocacy could help them.
If you are LGBT or involved with a LGBT community or group that would be interested in supporting our work please take part in our survey.
For more information about this project contact Terri Clibery, SW Outreach Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org