Public Meeting

11 July 2012 at 18:30

at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London E2 6HG

Help us set the priorities for the health and well-being of LGBT people in Tower Hamlets

We are pleased to welcome:
Louise Russell – Head of Service, Equalities and Strategic Planning from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and
Somen Banergee – NHS Director of Public Health.
to hear from us LGBT perspectives on their new strategy for health and wellbeing.
This covers an enormous range. Below we have listed some areas where we believe there  are strong LGBT cultural needs
We want to hear from you if you have any issues or experiences as an LGBT person whether or not you can attend the meeting. We intend to document our feedback.
Please also let us know if you can think of any other headings too! Reply to info@rainbowhamlets.org
Family/School related issues
  • Support for people coming out – sexual and trans identity, as young people, as adults, in BAME and in white communities
  • Support/protection for same-sex parents, and for parents of children who are grappling with LGBT identity issues
  • Child protection
  • Domestic abuse /forced marriage /honour crime

Bullying in all contexts

Housing related issues

Care related needs

  • For all ages in the home and in residential care accommodation
  • From short term reablement after illness and longterm care packages

Cancer care and support managing chronic conditions

Smoking /drugs /alcohol related issues*

Mental health related issues

Sexual health related issues*

  • HIV/AIDS
  • STDs
  • Infection rates
  • Sex workers

Promoting healthy living and activities among LGBT people

Evidence Base

  • Does normal data collection address LGBT need?
  • What is the level of LGBT self-identification at present?

*Delivery managers for these areas have approached us separately and will also be present.

Directions to Oxford House


Government consults on Equal Marriage

A Government consultation has been launched today which outlines plans to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage ceremony.

The key proposals of the consultation are:

  • To enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage i.e. only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises (like a hotel)
  • To make no changes to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman
  • To retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples and allow couples already in a civil partnership to convert this into a marriage
  • Civil partnership registrations on religious premises will continue as is currently possible i.e. on a voluntary basis for faith groups and with no religious content
  • Individuals will, for the first time, be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage
  • Current legislation allows same-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership, but not civil marriage

Anyone wishing to respond to the consultation should complete the online consultation form. The full details of the consultation are set out in the pdf version of the consultation document, which is available to download here. The Home Office impact assessment is available for download here. (Links open in pdf format in a new window)


Council’s proposed sex establishment policy is ‘homophobic’: Rainbow Hamlets talks to the BBC

BBC London news reports that amateur strip night at iconic LGBT venue the White Swan could be banned as a result of Tower Hamlet council’s recent sex establishment consultation. When invited to comment, we referred the BBC to our published response to the Council’s consultation on the proposed policy from which the BBC has taken the following:

“The fear expressed to us is that a licensing policy driven by a majoritarian approach by tightly knit, residential communities, may actually lead to an unwelcoming atmosphere for LGBT venues down the road and an unsafe atmosphere for LGBT people.”

As we understand it, the proposed policy is unlikely to be put before the full Council until April. However we are aware that this is a matter which people feel very strongly about. We have written today to the Council drawing their attention to the BBC report and expressing our fears for community cohesion if this matter is not handled appropriately. We have also offered our assistance to the Council in developing the final draft to mitigate the effects of the policy on the White Swan.

Click here to read our response to the consultation in full. (Opens in a new window in pdf format)