The Strategy Roadshow 2010

In order to maximise the Strategy’s ongoing effectiveness, it was crucial to find out how it has been used in its first year.

Using internal LGF and external networks, we had 106 people signed up to attend the events from 78 organisations (public, private and voluntary) and two unaffiliated individuals.

The events were held in Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Greater Manchester in March 2010.

The events focused on:

  • What are the local barriers to LGB&T inclusion?
  • A (re-)introduction to ‘Breaking the Cycle’
  • Using the strategy to influence and implement change – past & present
  • What’s missing from the strategy?
  • How the LGF can support you
  • Action Planning

So what did we find out?

The geography and urban development of areas has a massive impact on how LGB&T people feel about their lives and service provision.

Rural areas reported an isolated and largely invisible LGB&T population. Service providers here may still believe there is no LGB&T population to serve, despite clear evidence that LGB&T people live in all communities. Even ‘metropolitan’ boroughs can be made up of distinct small towns that can still feel very separate from the big cities and towns.

A key message running through many of the consultation events was the lack of an authentic voice for lesbian, bisexual and trans communities. Given that understanding of LGB&T general issues may be quite low, understanding of the diversity within LGB&T could be very poor, even within the community(s) themselves.

To read more of our findings and what the next steps are, download the report.