LGBT Foundation unveils an ambitious new direction and five-year plan to empower LGBTQ+ communities across the country

Published: May 16, 2023 by odawson

LGBT Foundation, a national charity based in Manchester dedicated to LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing, embarks on an exciting new chapter in its mission to empower LGBTQ+ people and communities to realise their full potential, every day.

Since its beginnings in 1975 as the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, LGBT Foundation has evolved to become a major provider of health and wellbeing support services, information, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ communities. Today, LGBT Foundation unveils a new visual identity and revitalised mission, vision, and values reflecting its commitment to celebrating togetherness, promoting inclusivity and valuing queer hope and joy.

Furthermore, LGBT Foundation has shared details of its plans for the next five years, setting out a roadmap for the development of even more high-quality LGBTQ+-centred health and wellbeing services and means of helping LGBTQ+ people to flourish. This includes improving access to health and social care services, promoting equality and inclusion, tackling discrimination, connecting LGBTQ+ communities, and increasing awareness and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues.

Dr Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said: “Through our new five-year plan, we are taking huge steps towards achieving our mission of empowering LGBTQ+ communities to realise their potential, every day. As a forward-thinking charity, we have continuously adapted to the growing needs of LGBTQ+ people and have made a conscious effort to reflect the changes in society and politics for more than 45 years. Our unwavering championing of inclusivity and togetherness has led us to refine our mission, vision, and values with input from our staff, peers, and community.

“Our new identity is a testament to, and celebration of, the ever-growing number of diverse LGBTQ+ identities. As we start on this exciting new journey, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a vital lifeline to those in need. We want to create a world where queer liberation enables meaningful and lasting change and we will continue to work tirelessly towards achieving this vision.”

Smyth Harper and Jax Effiong, Chair and Deputy Chair of LGBT Foundation, added: “LGBT Foundation supports and uplifts LGBTQ+ people and communities across England, bringing them together to fully embrace their authentic selves.

The current climate is challenging for LGBTQ+ people, so we’re determined that everything LGBT Foundation does and says will make queer hope and joy flourish.

LGBT Foundation stands as a leading charity dedicated to LGBTQ+ people’s health and wellbeing. It does this through life-saving, identity-affirming services, safe spaces, innovation, and education. It stands up against hate, speak out about the issues that matter, and celebrates loudly and proudly to the future of LGBTQ+ people.

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