Let me be me - 'Being Me' event report

Publish Date: 11/05/2012

LGB people who identify as black, Asian or other ethnic background may face a number of additional barriers when seeking advice, support, guidance or information for a host of different reasons.

Furthermore, LGB people from other backgrounds may also experience the double discrimination of homophobia and racism.

Being Me was an event hosted by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) that brought together individuals who identify as black, Asian or other minority ethnic background and who are lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) and their friends.

A key focus of the day was to celebrate different communities through food, providing an opportunity to contribute through personal experiences, through art, through film and through voice recording and speaking to different people to work together in order to make a positive change.

A celebration

Being Me was a chance for participants to discuss and reflect on their own and each others experiences as well as a chance to celebrate achievements and help to shape the future of advice, support and guidance services at the LGF.

Guest speakers at the event included director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, Frank Mugisha and Kevin Maxwell, who’s actively worked with the LGF to talk around his personal experience of being LGB (Liverpudlian, gay and black).

Where next for services?

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people who identify as black, Asian and from other minority ethnic backgrounds, welcome targetted events that are hosted specifically to provide an opportunity to come together and share ideas and experiences.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are committed to working with anyone who requires our support, information, advice and guidance regardless of their background. We as an organisation are committed to continuing to work with diverse communities and people from a range of  backgrounds in order to improve and strengthen our service delivery.

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