Intersectionnal Community Event, for Lesbian and Bi Women of Colour

Why did we start the inclusion work?

Last year, we consulted with the community and learnt that, in the Women's Programme, the lesbian and bisexual women who were accessing our services were mainly white, cisgender and/or young(<50). Our job is to make sure our work is relevant and representative of all the lesbian and bisexual women in Greater Manchester. Your expertise can help us create the best possible safe and inclusive space for you and women like you.

The aim of the project is to help our communities around Greater Manchester have a voice in the LGBT community through :

- Intersectional Community Events dedicated to women who share multiple minority identities

- Awareness raising workshops for professionals and organisations who work with women with multiple minority identities.

To make sure we are going in the right direction we regularly ask you your opinion via survey.

You can access the most recent one here.

For LGBT women of colour / BAME women

Are you a lesbian or bi woman* of colour living in Greater Manchester? Then this event is for you!

As promised, the Women’s Programme of LGBT Foundation is launching our second community event for lesbian & bi women of colour (including trans women & non-binary people of colour).

This event has been designed by a collaboration between Rainbow Noir, the African & Caribbean Mental Health Services & the inclusion team of the Women's Programme.


An afternoon for you, by you, to talk about you.

Programme:

Managing your mental health in the context of discrimination.

This workshop will be an empowering and supportive space to focus on our experiences of being LGBT women of colour and to share tips on how to manage negative impacts on our well-being.

You can already book yourself a seat here (limited places only).

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Info:

Thursday 11th January, 6-7pm,

The LGBT+ Centre,

49 - 51 Sidney St M1 7HB

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We want to make sure this workshop is accessible for anyone who wants to attend, so if you have any access or diet requirements please get in touch with V (Virginie.assal@lgbt.foundation).

If you need support to come from the station to the LGBT+ Centre or if you need help to cover your travel cost or child care, please get in touch as well.

*This event is for all BAME women or women of colour who identify as lesbian or bisexual, all or part of the time, including trans women, older women, disabled/neurodivergent women, women of all faiths and backgrounds, non-binary/gender fluid people and transfeminine people. We try to make our services welcoming and accessible to all; if you have any specific access requirements, please let us know and we'll try to help.

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FAQ

Why an ‘Intersectional Community Event’?
Last year, we consulted with the community and learnt that, in the Women's Programme, the lesbian and bisexual women who were accessing our services were mainly white, cisgender and/or young(<50). Our job is to make sure our work is relevant and representative of all the lesbian and bisexual women in Greater Manchester.
Therefore, we decided to create regular community events for lesbian and bi women with multiple minority identities where they can meet women like them, talk about what matters to them, share their skills and experiences with each other’s, start projects together, etc.

How can I help to organise the events?
We’re always looking for volunteers to help us! If you wish to get involved: http://lgbt.foundation/women/woc

Can I give a donation?
You can give a donation to Rainbow Noir during the day or contact us for donation to LGBT Foundation or the African & Caribbean Mental Health Services

Where is the event?
The event will be held at the LGBT+ Centre, 49-51 Sidney St, Manchester M1 7HB

How do I get there?
The Centre is on Sidney Street, just off Oxford Road in Manchester City Centre, near to the Manchester Metropolitan University campus. We are behind the Eighth Day cafe and shop. If you need help to cover your travel costs or to get to us from the station, please get in touch!

Do you offer travel cost support?
Yes! Because we want the event to be as inclusive as possible, we created a fund to help you to cover travel cost up to £5!
If you would like to benefit from it, please get in touch with us: women@lgbt.foundation


Do I need to register to attend?
We recommend people to register in advance for logistic purpose. You can register here or by phone at 0345 3 30 30 30.

What time should I arrive?
The venue will be open from 5:45, the event will start at 6pm. We recommend people to be on time as the workshop will only last 1 hour

Do I need to pay to attend the event?
No, the event is free of charge but you can give a donation to Rainbow Noir, LGBT Foundation or the African & Caribbean Mental Health Services.

Will there be catering?
Tea, coffee, juice and a vegan/veggie buffet will be provided free of charge.

Is the venue accessible?
The venue is accessible for wheelchair users. Please contact us for additional information about access. We try to make our services welcoming and accessible to all; if you have any specific access requirements or suggestions of how we can make our services more accessible please let us know and we'll try to help.

Can I receive information about this event in another language?
For now, we can only be sure to provide a translation of documentation in French. Please contact us for additional languages.

Are there gender-neutral toilets?
Yes, all the toilets of the centre are gender neutral.

Who is this event for? Is there an age restriction?
This event is for lesbian and bi women of colour over the age of 16, or lesbian and bi women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds who feel they could benefit from this space. Children (any gender) are welcome if they are supervised by an adult.

I don’t identify as a lesbian or bi woman, can I come?
Our services for women are open to anyone who self-identifies as a woman some or all of the time and is lesbian, bi, gay, queer or questioning their sexual orientation. This includes non-binary or gender-fluid people who want to access a women's space.


Safety and Inclusion

We want everybody to feel safe and included at our events.
Therefore, we will ask the attendees to be aware that their experience of being a minority lesbian or bi woman is not necessarily the same as everybody else. Furthermore, any kind of sexism, racism, colourism, anti-blackness, islamophobia, ageism, transphobia, biphobia, classism, disableism, or any kind of prejudice based on ethnicity, religion or gender won't be accepted and will be challenged.
If you feel unsafe or witness any problematic behaviour, please get in touch with one of our staff members.

Pronouns:
A pronoun is how you refer to someone, for example using she or they. Please ask people what their pronouns are if you are meeting them for the first time. Use their correct pronouns, even if the words are unfamiliar to you. If you make a mistake and refer to someone with the wrong pronoun, apologise and move on. Stickers will be available at the door to write down your pronouns if you wish.

Our definition of *trans and bi:
*trans is an umbrella and inclusive term describing people whose gender identity differs in some way from that which they were assigned at birth; including non-binary people, cross-dressers and those who partially or incompletely identify with their sex assigned at birth.
LGBT Foundation uses the word 'bi' to describe people who experience attraction to more than one gender. This is the definition used by all UK Bi Organisations.

Content Warnings:
Give people a heads up if you are going to discuss something that others might find upsetting. Sometimes upsetting things happen and we need to be able to talk about how we deal with them as a community. It’s important to have space where we feel able to do this, and we hope that this event will provide that. However, not everyone is able to talk about everything all the time, so let people know if you are going to talk about something potentially upsetting, such as mental illness or domestic abuse. During breaks and other less formal settings, you can also do this informally by asking ‘is it okay if I talk about X thing?’

Privacy and Confidentiality:
At the entrance, there will be stickers for people who do not wish to be photographed during the event.
We will ask everybody to respect the fact that not everybody is out everywhere outside of this space so if you use social medias please do not share any contact information or identifiable information of other people without their explicit consent.

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Volunteering & Sessional work

Our Women’s Programme is aiming to expand our services for lesbian and bisexual women of colour/BAME women.

Wherever possible we want to cater the Women’s Programme Volunteer Role to the skills and passions of the volunteer undertaking it. Please find below the roles that we are currently recruiting for.

Women of Colour, Women’s Programme Sessional Worker: role profile here

Women of Colour, Women’s Programme Volunteer: role profile here

Please contact Women's Programme Inclusion Officer Virginie Assal at virginie.assal@lgbt.foundation if you are interested.