Publish Date: 30/01/2013
Siân Lambert joined The LGF in November 2012 as our Women’s Programme Coordinator. She will be working on the Big Lottery-funded ‘Well Women’ project, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual (LB) women and empower them to better engage and participate in their communities.
Sum yourself up in 3 words
Outgoing, loyal, clumsy.
Tell us something we may now know about you
I currently own around 40 dresses. My partner complains about lack of wardrobe space but it does mean I can lend frocks to any lesbian friends who going to a wedding and are slightly less girly than me!
What made you want the role of Women’s Programme Coordinator?
I’m passionate about improving the lives of LGBT people, in particular LB women. I think our needs and opinions sometimes get lost and I am excited about working on a project which seeks to address that.
What woman most inspires you and why?
There are so many but at the moment probably Rachel Maddow (political commentator on US television). She is an incredibly intelligent woman, and proudly out lesbian, who makes the driest politics interesting and amusing, and mixes cocktails live on air! Check out her show on msnbc.com.
Why is it important to have a programme specifically for LB women?
Many of the support services offered to the LGB community are aimed at men, understandably due to the huge impact of HIV. This means that the physical and mental health needs of LB women are sometimes overlooked and there are fewer opportunities for LB women to socialise. It’s quite ground-breaking to have a project that seeks to address both of these issues.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing LB women in 2013?
The impact of the economic situation and the cuts are having on our lives and livelihoods. Women are more adversely affected by the cuts then men, as we are more likely to work in the statutory and voluntary sectors and are more likely to be caring for others. We’re less visible in society and therefore our needs and opinions are easier to ignore. Homophobia and heterosexism continues to make life harder for LB women. The challenge is for us to find a way to ensure our voices are heard, our needs are recognised and that we can play a full and active role in society.
What are your hopes for the future of The LGF’s women’s programme?
World domination, of course! Not really, I would just like to see more LB women accessing the services that The LGF offers and also coming together to socialise, network and learn new skills. A wider recognition of the needs of lesbian and bisexual women from mainstream organisations would also be good!
Find out more about The LGF’s women’s programme at www.lgf.org.uk/women