In order to ensure that LGB&T people are considered, included, valued and supported in Trafford, a group of public, private and voluntary sector organisations have come together to raise awareness and understanding across the borough, together with providing information and support to LGB&T people.
The intention of this work is not to develop new, specific services for LGB&T people in the borough (unless a very specific need is identified); we just want to make sure that LGB&T people have the same access to services in Trafford as everyone else.
We aim to steer local services effectively to ensure that they are inclusive. Whilst promoting equality for LGB&T people in Trafford, addressing any specific issues and identifying any specific needs of LGB&T people living in the borough.
To ensure that we have maximum impact, we need the people who live, learn, work and relax in Trafford to take an active role in ensuring that LGB&T people in the borough are included.
Below we’ve identified some suggestions around what YOU could do in Trafford to support the LGB&T community. The suggestions are based around four key areas: Live, Learn, Work and Relax.
Also, if you’re not LGB&T, you can still get involved by using the suggestions... and of course if you’ve got any other ideas, please let us know.
When organisations monitor your sexual orientation and gender identity; ensure you answer the questions in order to develop the evidence base around the number of LGB&T people in Trafford.
Get to know your local councillor; what is their stance around equality and diversity and specifically supporting the LGB&T community in Trafford? Would that potentially influence your vote?
Read information, access training, attend awareness raising sessions or take part in community events focussed around LGB&T issues in Trafford.
Challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic comments in education; whether it is from a student or teacher.
Challenge your employer if you’re unable to get onto LGB&T specific websites or can’t access information to support yourself or support others; The Lesbian & Gay Foundation can support you with this.
Be aware of the legislation that protects LGB&T people.
Check out other sections on this website, review our LGB Rights Guide and also check out www.pfc.org.uk for trans legislation.
If you do not feel safe, comfortable or welcome in places or areas for relaxation as an LGB&T individual, you need to tell the staff at the time or follow it up with a letter or email afterwards. That’s the only way to bring about change.
Why not volunteer for an LGB&T organisation, look into setting up a specific LGB&T group in Trafford or offer support as an LGB&T volunteer to other organisations with your free time.
If you ever feel that you have been treated unfairly, unjustly or inappropriately as an LGB&T individual in Trafford, it is essential that you say and do something about it.
The Trafford Report
To read the full overview of the project incuding details of related Trafford organisations, download the report.