Greater Manchester LGBT Action Plan Launches


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Andy Burnham LGBT Launch

I attended the launch event last week at Manchester Town Hall for the LGBT Greater Manchester Action Plan. I have been working with the LGBT Foundation on this, attending meetings and inputting from the perspective of Salford and the VCSE sector. There were about 12-15 people in the working group from NHS and the public sector across GM. Manchester City Council had funded the GM Action Plan and the LGBT Foundation have been working on it for about 6 months.

There was a panel at the launch with:

  • GM Mayor, Andy Burnham
  • CEO of the LGBT Foundation, Paul Martin
  • Curator of Queer Contact Arts Festival, Garry Priest
  • Councillor Peter Cookson

LGBT report

The sections of the report are Leadership, Monitor, Services and Visibility. The plan is available off the website here so I won’t go into all the detail. Most of the actions are GM wide but some Salford specific discussion came up during the launch.

Download the action plan here

So, what does this action plan mean for LGBT people in Salford? Will it make any difference for you? Is anything happening locally that may make a difference to you already?

There has been a LGBT needs assessment undertaken in the last year by Salford City Council. One of the recommendations (which has come up as a GM issue as well) is that there is no monitoring of sexual orientation and trans status of service users and staff. This means that LGBT people are not visible and therefore it is less likely their needs will be met. So you may find you are asked questions at the GP or when using other services- it always remains your choice to disclose.

The expectation is that GP and health services will improve their practice in response to the needs of the LGBT community. The Pride in Practise initiative is currently happening locally and you may have seen posters or information at your GP relating to this. This initiative is providing training and information to GP services that sign up.

Salford City Council was commended for good practice: their visibility programme which includes partnership work across the city, flying the LGBT rainbow flag and trans flag above the Civic Centre, at our office and partner organisations such University of Salford, Salford City College and Health watch.

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