Welcome to the York LGBT Forum

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans. We use the term LGBT to include all other minority sexual orientations and gender identity groups who identify with the LGBT community (e.g asexual, intersex, panromantic).

We are a registered charity
Registered Charity Number: 1162234

The York LGBT Forum is a charity and we can only do our work with help from donations. Please donate below

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We have exciting news. We have been successful with big lottery funding! meaning we can expand our mental health work.

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LGBT Mental Health Group 

York LGBT Forum in partnership with York Mind, St Nicks, Sunshine Changing Lives, Kindlewoods, Converge, York Carers Centre, and the City of York Council have an exciting, new, opportunity to deliver a bespoke range of activities to support individuals’ mental health and wellbeing.

Activities will run across the year, with staggered start dates and include guided learning such as Mindfulness, vocational courses, facilitated peer support, green exercise, woodland well-being sessions, social events and support groups.

An important part of the programme is that participants will be able to select those activities that they feel will support them most based on their own interests, needs and goals.

The Activities Programme is funded by City of York Council for three years and reflects its commitment and investment in mental health provision and the early intervention and prevention agenda.

York LGBT Forum will be delivering a weekly mental health support group for the members of the LGBT community starting in September 2017

York Mind will provide the single point of access for participants to enrol on individual activities. For further information or to enrol please contact York Mind on 01904 643364 or email activities@yorkmind.org.uk

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Fill in the following forms and return to activities@yorkmind.org.uk

Activities Programme Enrolment Form – Final

Activities Programme Enrolment Form Guidelines – Final

For further information or to enrol please contact York Mind on 01904 643364 or email activities@yorkmind.org.uk

Reflections on being a Lord Mayor Charity of the Year 2016 – 2017 

Being a Lord Mayor Charity of the Year has been a great honour. It has given us experience in fundraising. We have gained much publicity to an audience who do not know of our work. We have become very close to the other three charities and are developing joint projects with them.

York Racial Equality Network – working together on hate crime and Black Minority Ethnic LGBT people

St Nicks – Human Rights Garden

York Civic Trust – LGBT Plaques

We have done amazingly well for a small team. Thank you to all who have volunteered and attended events 

Schools’ OutWord Bound Project

Each year we host an LGBT-themed writing competition for York schools supported by Aviva. This is to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues that pupils might experience in their school.

 Stella Duffy OBE reads “Today’s the Day” a poem by Year 7 student. This poem won first prize in the 2017 OutWord Bound competition. Stella agreed to read the poem before hosting the Stonewall Equality Dinner 2017.

Our Aims are:

1. To promote equality and diversity for the public benefit by:

– The elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning (LGBT) and allies and associates living within the city of York and its environs;

– Challenging homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, or any associated negative attitudes and behaviour within society;

– Working with partners and organisations, public and private, in developing initiatives that will enhance and safeguard LGBT people’s lives, ensuring their inclusion in all aspects of life, and that their human rights are protected; and by

– Advancing education, raising awareness and promoting a culture based on equality and diversity.

2. To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning people (LGBT) and allies and associates from being socially excluded from society on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity; and

3. To further any other purpose which is charitable according to the law of England and Wales for the public benefit as the trustees see fit from time to time.

These aims and objectives are achieved through a number of ways, including through casework, advocacy, policy and advisory work, mapping local crime analysis, training, projects, outreach and through schools and education.

The Forum believes that where barriers exist, there is inequality!

The diversity within the LGBT community enriches all aspects of life and should be encouraged and promoted. This is why the York LGBT Forum strives to improve the social inclusion of LGBT people in the area.

The Forum actively promotes awareness and understanding of LGBT people’s needs to enable full participation in society and works with many others to reduce the fear of crime and bullying, particularly in schools. It also encourages greater participation in the prevention and detection of homophobic, transphobic and biphobic discrimination.

What we do

The Forum ensures that the rights and interests of LGBT people are represented in York and North Yorkshire. We do this by offering support in the following areas:

Hate Crime 

If you are a victim of discrimination, harassment or hate crime because you are LGB and/or Trans we will work with you to assess your needs (in confidence) and, if we can help, contact your employer, housing provider or the Police etc. on your behalf and (again) in confidence. We also work with the local strategic groups to stop homophobic hate crime and harassment and to promote services for victims of same-sex domestic violence. If we cannot help we may be able to refer you to someone who can. Find out more the work we do click here

Health and Wellbeing

Do you need support with your mental health, are you looking for a social group. The Health & Wellbeing subgroup aims to promote equal health and well-being for LGBT people here in York. The York LGBT Forum offers some support and social groups, as well as, Yorkshire MESMAC and other organisations. Please click here for more details. 


Do you need support/advice/social help? we can offer you support, we run a trans social night and workshops  Please click here for more details. 


Do you need support/advice/social help? we can offer you support, we are setting up a bi social group. Please click here for more details

Schools and Young People 

The schools’ subgroup aims to source & provide access to a multitude of LGBT-related resources. We have launched our first every writing competition in schools and our future aim is to develop a training programme for school teachers. Currently, the York LGBT Forum doesn’t offer direct support but our friends at MESMAC does. Please click here for more details. 

Older People

The Older People’s subgroup aims to raise awareness of older LGBT issues. We currently have a social group Ageing Without Children click here to find out more details about the group.

We also can come and meet you for a chat contact us via email: yorklgbtforum@gmail.com or ring us 01904 488870


Although our work is primarily within York and North Yorkshire, we do work internationally supporting LGBT organisation in countries which criminalise LGBT people. The International Subgroup’s aim is to campaign and improve LGBT rights across the world. Contact Sinead for more details on yorklgbtforum@gmail.com. Please click here for more details.


The Forum has developed the Free to be Me training (a government recognised training) in the workplace and in care homes. We can tailor training to the needs of organisations who wish to meet their legal obligations to LGBT people or to ensure they promote good practice. Please click here for more details. 


In addition to the work we do, we also put on events/socials, please use the calendar above or click here to go to the events page.

We need support in setting up the following: 

BME Subgroup
Asexual Subgroup
Disabled Subgroup
Panromantic Subgroup

Please contact us on yorklgbtforum@gmail.com or 07731 852533 if you can offer help in these areas.

The York LGBT Forum is a charity and we can only do our work with help from donations. Please donate below

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Upcoming Events

  • York Mind LGBTQIA Support Group 13/12/2017 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 30 Clarence St, York YO31 7DE, UK York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group starts on Wednesday 6th September 7pm - 9pm. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/ the group will be weekly and will cover a topic a week on Mental Health and arts and craft activities.
  • LGBT Forum Meeting 14/12/2017 at 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, United Kingdom (Email for building details) Monthly meeting. Email yorklgbtforum@gmail.com to check room location and for more info
  • Open Members Meeting 14/12/2017 at 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm De Grey Building, Room 109, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, United Kingdom Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in DeGrey Building at York St.John Uni. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it.