LGBT Barking and Dagenham
Between six and ten percent of the UK population identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, in Barking and Dagenham this would suggest that over 10,000 residents identify as LGBT.
Did you know:
- Local Dagenham musician Billy Bragg, described as a 'national treasure' by The Times had a hit with anti homophobia song sexuality
- Sir Hardy Amies, designer of costumes for Stanley Kubrick's film 2001 - A Space Odyssey with his partner Ken Fleetwood and dress maker for The Queen, had a father who was involved with the design of the Becontree estate
- Jo Richardson MP for Barking from 1974 - 1994 as shadow Women's minister campaigned for a new protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexuality
- Prince George of Kent, who enjoyed the company of both men and women, was guest of honour at the borough's historical pageant of 1931
Barking and Dagenham has a well established LGBT Forum which is supported by the Council. The Forum consists of a wide cross section of individuals from the community and organisations that have come together to engage with the Council and the Barking and Dagenham Partnership on the concerns and service needs of local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The Barking and Dagenham Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum and Network is a long term project that is breaking down barriers to participation; engaging with specific communities that have traditionally suffered discrimination and marginalisation; and assisting local agencies to create inclusive social provision.
The structure exists for local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and aims to be inclusive.You can find out how you can become involved through the contacts below:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum (Barking and Dagenham)
Danni Tate, Chair
Tel: 020 8252 9739
Mobile: 07944 655 733
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Information
Tel: 020 8517 6111
Mobile/Textphone: 07909 550 417
In 2003 the Forum and the Local Strategic Partnership commissioned Breaking the Silence, a report on experiences of LGBT people in Barking and Dagenham.
There is more information on the work of the Forum at the LBBD website