Haringey’s commitment to LGBT+ equality
From holding equality workshops in schools to celebrating our borough’s proud campaigning history, Haringey Council is pledging to do even more to make the area welcoming and safe for the LGBT+ community.
The borough has the eighth largest LGBT+ community in London, and last night our Cabinet agreed to affirm our commitment to equality, by vowing to improve visibility, awareness and inclusion for our LGBT+ residents and staff.
The decision means that in future LGBT+ residents will have a greater role in shaping priorities and services to ensure they meet their needs. We will also engage with the community to ensure service providers are promoting equality and inclusion at all times. There is huge diversity within the LGBT+ community and it is essential that there is something for everyone.
Our plans include changing supported housing contracts to better reflect the community, and renewed action in partnership with Stonewall Housing to ensure homeless young LGBT+ residents get the support they need.
We will work with the police to tackle hate crime and help to deliver projects and workshops in schools to promote equality and diversity. We also aim to capture Haringey’s rich history of LGBT+ activism through a Heritage Lottery bid, with local organisations teaming up to produce a piece of work based around 1989 Pride celebrations in Haringey.
Other plans include producing updated council transgender guidance, collecting better data on our diverse LGBT+ community, and strengthening our own staff LGBT+ network to make sure the council is an inclusive workplace.
This commitment follows our LGBT History Month celebrations, where we highlighted people in our borough doing fantastic work on equality. We also launched a befriending service and wellbeing support for older LGBT+ people living in supported housing.
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning, took the lead on our LGBT+ pledges. He said:
“Haringey’s fantastic diversity is something to celebrate and it’s really important that our LGBT+ community feel welcome and safe. By working closely with the community and our partners we can ensure that we are offering services that truly work for LGBT+ people, and that everyone feels at home here in Haringey.”
See the timeline of Haringey’s LGBT+ history here: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/libraries-sport-and-leisure/culture/lgbt-history-month
Read more about the wellbeing and befriending services on offer to older LGBT+ residents in sheltered housing here:http://www.haringey.gov.uk/news/exercise-movie-nights-council-pledges-lgbt-support