outnorthwest issue 120
Hello! I’m delighted to introduce our February/March edition of outnorthwest, which I’ve been asked to guest edit.
As The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Women’s Programme Coordinator, I’ll be spending much of February preparing for Sugar & Spice, The LGF’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day, which is now in its eighth year. It’s a great opportunity for women to get together and celebrate being lesbian or bisexual.
February is LGBT History month, which will be marked across the North West with an inventive array of events, including the wonderfully eclectic Queer Contact Festival.
Lesbian and bisexual women are often doubly invisible in history, both because they are women and because they are members of a sexual minority. Having a women’s programme at The LGF, with a specific women’s bulletin, monthly workshops and special events such as Sugar & Spice, helps us to raise the visibility of women within the LGBT community and provides a space forwomen to meet each other, socialise and share experiences which we believe is vitally important.
But we also think that it’s important that as a community we work harder to make sure that we are more welcoming to everyone.
Biphobia, homophobia and transphobia are all terrible, but they are made doubly worse when they come from within the community which is meant to provide you with a safe space. Too many ‘women’s’ or ‘lesbian’ events seek to exclude bisexual and/or trans* women.
At The LGF we make a clear commitment to challenge biphobia and transphobia with the same rigour that we would challenge homophobia and all our women’s events are explicitly for anyone who self-identifies as a lesbian or bisexual woman.
You’ll find information about Sugar & Spice and some other aspects of our women’s programme in this issue of outnorthwest, but if you’d like to know more email firstname.lastname@example.org or register for our ebulletin at www.lgf.org.uk/register.
ONW is absolutely thrilled to have won first place for Regional LGBT Magazine of the Year in The Co-operative Respect ‘Loved By You Awards’. Thank you to everyone who voted for us, it means a great deal to the whole team.