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Wednesday
May092012

LGBT? WELCOME TO CAMDEN

Camden LGBT Forum launches pioneering advice and safety project: C.L.A.S.P.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


London based LGBT charity, the Camden LGBT Forum is today celebrating its 10th year anniversary by launching  the CAMDEN LGBT ADVICE AND SAFETY PROJECT (CLASP), the first of its kind in London.


THE BIG GAY SUMMER

Ahead of what LGBT London is calling “The Big Gay Summer” with millions of LGBT people coming into London for celebrations including World Pride, the Cultural Olympiad and the Olympics, the Forum is urging businesses and organisations in the London Borough of Camden to be ready to welcome LGBT visitors (and London residents alike) to the area.


ADVICE + SAFETY = A WARM WELCOME


This pioneering initiative aims to extend the network of safe and welcoming spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people who live, visit and work in the Borough of Camden. By promoting visibility of “LGBT friendly” organisations in the area, CLASP will provide welcoming environments, focus points and sanctuary (in the event of any homophobic or transphobic bullying or attack) for LGBT people on the streets of the London Borough of Camden – not forgetting that the borough’s borders extend beyond Camden into Hampstead, Kings Cross, Russell Square and parts of Bloomsbury – all areas with a high number of LGBT visitors and residents.


“The point of this programme is firstly to show the world that Camden is an open-minded, safe place for LGBT visitors and that businesses and organisations, gay or straight owned, in Camden welcome LGBT people and and are proud to say so by displaying our CLASP stickers in their windows.


Secondly, if necessary, we provide training to all organisations and businesses to help them understand LGBT culture, including the discrimination that LGBT visitors may face and the support businesses and other organisations can provide if this does happen. This project brings different sectors of the communities in Camden together in a way that has not been done before.  It shows how supportive organisations and businesses in Camden can be to each other and to LGBT people in particular and helps to bring awareness and understanding about LGBT issues whilst making Camden a safer place overall.


I am encouraged and proud to say that many businesses and organisations , including faith groups, have signed-up already, most of them what we call “straight-allies” (non-LGBT businesses and organisations);  which sends out a powerful signal that the people of Camden reject prejudice.

I’m confident that support for this programme will extend beyond the Big Gay Summer in London to other businesses, voluntary & community groups and organisations in Camden and perhaps even beyond by becoming a London-wide initiative” – Lou Hart, Director of Camden LGBT Forum


The scheme, which will see over 70 organisations take part is launched with input and support from the Metropolitan Police, Camden Council’s Community Safety & Camden Businesses Against Crime, Crime Reduction Initiative, Camden Town Unlimited, the British Transport Police and other partners. A list of some of the fantastic organisations signed up is attached.


Participating organisations will proudly display a CLASP sticker (image attached) at their place of work and also distribute a CLASP booklet that will provide useful information to LGBT visitors to the area.


There will also be a launch event for the scheme in June, where you’ll get to meet members and advocates of the scheme and talk to them personally. We will issue invitations shortly.


-ENDS-


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT UWERN JONG: uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk or call 0203 286 3170. INTERVIEWS WITH PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS CAN ALSO BE ARRANGED AT REQUEST.

Notes to the Editor

About CAMDEN LGBT FORUM

Camden LGBT Forum is run by LGBT people for LGBT people and holds a monthly meeting open to all LGBT people in the London Borough of Camden and those with concerns about LGBT issues. It meets on the first Tuesday of the month; usually from 6- 8 pm at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street. Camden WC1H 9JE.  (However, phone the office on 020 7388 5720 to be sure).


It is a registered charity no. 1107855 and a company limited by guarantee no. 05132434. Formed in 2002, and registered as a charity in 2005, this is the Forum’s 10th year anniversary. The Forum’s aim is to promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in or working in Camden and, where appropriate, neighbouring boroughs and London, for the benefit of the public.

camdenlgbtforum.org.uk