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Mental Health Blog 1

Welcome to what we hope will be a regular monthly blog about Mental Health in York. Each month we will be looking at a different subject area. It is hoped that this blog will help to increase the knowledge of what different types of therapy are available.

The York LGBT Forum helps to manage two mental health groups
York Mind LGBT Group and York Mental Health Peer-Support Group

This month we will be talking about Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)
Some key notes for PCT

  • It is based on the client-therapist relationship
  • The client is at the centre
  • It is non-directive meaning the counsellor will not ask direct yes and no questions but will use terms such as how, what, where and uses your own words to reflect back?
  • It is based on feelings and emotions
  • There are 6 key aspects to developing the client – therapist relationship but most will condense this to 3 also known as the core conditions, Unconditional Positive Regard, Congruence and Empathy.
  • PCT therapist believe that human beings have an actualising tendency. An important part of this theory is that in a particular psychological environment, the fulfilment of personal potentials includes sociability, the need to be with other human beings and a desire to know and be known by other people. It also includes being open to experience, being trusting and trustworthy, being curious about the world, being creative and compassionate.
  • PCT research has shown it is equally as effective treatment for depression and anxiety as other therapies
  • The most famous example of this therapy in action is with Gloria and Carl Rogers
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24d-FEptYj8
  • PCT tends to be a long term therapy 1 year – 2 years
  • PCT is becoming more available in the NHS
  • Lots of charity based counsellors use this method
  • It is the basis of most social work, nursing and therapist training
  • They emphasis that it is the relationship is essential for healing
  • If you go private we advise you would seek a therapist registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)  or a therapist who has practised for 5 years or more
  • PCT was developed by Carl Rogers and has been developed by Mearns and Thorne in recent times
  • They do not focus on your problems and come up with strategies. They stay in the here and now and believe that people have a natural instinct towards growth
  • This type of therapy needs someone who is psychological contact, what they mean by this is that you are present enough to know what is happening.

LGBTQIA+ and Person-Centred Therapy (PCT)

There are limited articles on LGBTQIA+ and Person-Centred Therapy this is not surprising as it is only recently that PCT started to do research, however, this article is an interesting read

https://sites.suffolk.edu/counselingskills/2009/03/04/person-centered-counseling-with-lgbt-adolescents/

 

October Events

October
Newsletter

Announcements

We have great news! We have been successful for a lottery bid for funding 😊 meaning we can expand our mental health projects.

A reminder that the York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group is weekly on a  Wednesday 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.

Our guest speaker this year for our AGM on Friday 10th November is … Jonathan Blake! a founding member of Lesbian and Gay’s Support the Miners (LGSM) as well as an HIV campaigner. We are looking forward to having him as our Keynote Speaker. The AGM will take place at the York Hospital Social Cub White Cross Rd, York YO31 7LR

Event Spotlights

Tuesday 2nd November York and North Yorkshire LGBTQ+ Archives – Get involved!

The Archive sub-group is working to collect, preserve and give access to LGBTQ+ archives and stories, and to make LGBTQ+ histories visible in our city and region.   We are in the process of setting up the archive and planning a programme of events and activities to launch in February 2018.

If you would like to get involved, whether that’s by sharing your collection, giving an oral history or volunteering to work with the archive, contact Victoria at victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk.

Anyone is welcome to come to our project meetings and help to shape the archive. The next one is on Thursday 2nd November, 6pm-8pm, in the Garden Room at York Explore Library.  You can RSVP on Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-north-yorkshire-lgbtq-archives-project-workshop-tickets-38321108467

Thursday 12th October Walk with Pride

A film about Matthew Shepard at 9pm. Matthew was brutally murdered owing to his sexual orientation from this hate crime legislation was established in the USA. After the film, we will then be going on the walk at 11pm from York St John University and finishing at York Castle where we will be releasing Chinese lanterns in remembrance of Matthew Shepard. You can bring candles if you wish. This is a joint project with the police LGBT Network. If you click that you are attending it will be visible to the public. DG109 in De Grey Building at York St. John University 21:00 – 24:00

Football therapy at York City Football Club – every Tuesday

Football Therapy for mixed genders 17.30-18.30
Football Therapy for women 18.30-19.30
The York City Football Club are keen to engage LGBT people for the groups.

York LGBTQIA+ events calendar for August

All month

York Out of the Closet: 50 years of LGBT History
We have been working with York LGBT History and York Pride to have a community exhibition showing 50 years of LGBT History at the Castle Museum this is included in the entry fee.

Monday 2nd  October LGBT Karaoke –  LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 3rd October
Mental Health Peer Support Group
Mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Wednesday 4th October LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group 7pm – 9pm. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/
Friday 6th October Hot Crush – a big queer disco. 8pm – 2am at The Crescent Community Venue, 8th Crescent, YO24 1AW £2 entry.

Saturday 7th October Coffee Morning – Why not wake up on Saturday and attend the Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Join us for free coffee and cake! lovely atmosphere and chat! York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ contact us on 07935200575

or yorklgbtforum@gmail.com

Monday 9th October LGBT Karaoke –  LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 10th October Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Mental Health Awareness Day Open Event
The lovely Canse Karatas from 22 The Avenue is planning a day of events for World Mental Health Day 2017 (WMHD2017). Exact times not yet known but there will be ‘Decorating Self Care Boxes’ crafting workshop delivered in the morning and lived expert stories in the afternoon. 10am – 4pm at 30 Clarence Street, York, YO31 7DE

Wednesday 11th October LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group 7pm – 9pm. Please enrol if you are interested via York Mind, more information below https://yorklgbtforum.org.uk/york-mind-lgbt-mental-health-group/

Thursday 12th October York LGBT Forum Open Meeting
Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in De Grey Building at York St. John University See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:00pm

Walk with Pride – A film about Matthew Shepard at 9pm. Matthew was brutally murdered owing to his sexual orientation from this hate crime legislation was established in the USA. After the film, we will then be going on the walk at 11pm from York St John University and finishing at York Castle where we will be releasing Chinese lanterns in remembrance of Matthew Shepard. You can bring candles if you wish. This is a joint project with the police LGBT Network. If you click that you are attending it will be visible to the public. DG109 in De Grey Building at York St. John University 21:00 – 24:00

Queer Women’s Group –  Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive. York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ. 6pm – 8pm

Monday 16th October LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30 pm onwards.

Spectrum at York Waterstones come join us at our LGBT monthly book club! 18:30-19:30

Tuesday 17th October
Mental Health Peer Support Group
Mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Wednesday 18th October LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group. 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.

Monday 23rd October LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30 pm onwards.

Tuesday 24th October

Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 25th October Committee Meeting
Members are welcome to come and join us at our committee meeting at West Offices – Richard III museum. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street York, YO31 7DE 7pm – 9pm
York Mind LGBT Mental Health Group 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.

An Evening with June Sarpong MBE Wednesday, October 25 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM at Waterstones York, Coney Street YO1 9QL. Join us for an evening with June Sarpong MBE, discussing her book, Diversify. In Diversify, June Sarpong MBE puts the spotlight on six marginalised groups, including women, those living with disabilities, and the non-cis community, and reveals how a lack of inclusivity limits our economy, our society, and us as individuals. £3 entry. Tickets available from here: https://www.waterstones.com/events/an-evening-with-june-sarpong-mbe/york#ticketscript

Thursday 26th October Queer Women’s Group –  Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive. York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ. 6pm – 8pm

Monday 30th October LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30 pm onwards.

Have we missed anything let us know and we will put it on here.

 

September Events

Announcements

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.

Our guest speaker this year for our AGM on Friday 10th November is … Jonathan Blake! a founding member of Lesbian and Gay’s Support the Miners (LGSM) as well as an HIV campaigner. We are looking forward to having him as our Keynote Speaker. More details about the AGM coming soon

The naming of the LGBTQIA plaque event was well attended and we have had great interaction and interest on social media.

 

Event Spotlights

 

Tuesday 26th September York and North Yorkshire LGBTQ+ Archives – Get involved!

Help to shape an LGBTQ+ archive for our region.  Our project is entering its next stage and needs your input. We are at the point of deciding what the archive will collect, how it will be used and what activities to build around it.  You’re invited to an informal, creative workshop at York Explore Library from 6.30pm – 8.00pm on Tuesday 26th September to share ideas and make decisions collectively.  There will be tea, coffee and cake and everyone is welcome to get involved. No experience needed!

You can RSVP at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-north-yorkshire-lgbtq-archives-tickets-37278925269

If you have any questions or can’t come but still want to be involved, contact Victoria Hoyle at victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk.

Football therapy at York City Football Club – every Tuesday
Football Therapy for men 17.30-18.30
Football Therapy for women 18.30-19.30
The York City Football Club are keen to engage LGBT people for the groups.

York LGBTQIA+ events calendar for August

All month

York Out of the Closet: 50 years of LGBT History
We have been working with York LGBT History and York Pride to have a community exhibition showing 50 years of LGBT History at the Castle Museum this is included in the entry fee.

Saturday 2nd September Coffee Morning – Why not wake up on Saturday and attend the Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Join us for free coffee and cake! lovely atmosphere and chat! York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ contact us on 0793500575 or yorklgbtforum@gmail.com

Monday 4th September LGBT Karaoke –  LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 5th September
Mental Health Peer Support Group
Mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Wednesday 6th September LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street 7pm – 9pm
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.

Monday 11th September LGBT Karaoke –  LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 12th September Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 13th September LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street 7pm – 9pm
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.

Inside & Out investment banking insight event for 1st & 2nd year LGBT* students

DATE: Wednesday 13th September 2017
TIME: 3:15pm – 7pm
LOCATION: Central London (travel expenses up to £75 reimbursed)
APPLY: via the website http://www.insideandout-banking.com/

Thursday 14th September York LGBT Forum Open Meeting
Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in De Grey Building at York St. John University See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

Queer Women’s Group –  Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive. York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ. 6pm – 8pm

 

 

Monday 18th September LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30 pm onwards.

Spectrum at York Waterstones come join us at our LGBT monthly book club! 18:30-19:30

Tuesday 19th September Yor Peer Support Group – mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Wednesday 20th September LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street 7pm – 9pm
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.

Thursday 21st September Bisexual Social Group – more details to be announced soon

Monday 25th September LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30 pm onwards.

Tuesday 26th September York and North Yorkshire LGBTQ+ Archives – Get involved!

Help to shape an LGBTQ+ archive for our region.  Our project is entering its next stage and needs your input. We are at the point of deciding what the archive will collect, how it will be used and what activities to build around it.  You’re invited to an informal, creative workshop at York Explore Library from 6.30pm – 8.00pm on Tuesday 26th September to share ideas and make decisions collectively.  There will be tea, coffee and cake and everyone is welcome to get involved. No experience needed!

You can RSVP at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/york-north-yorkshire-lgbtq-archives-tickets-37278925269

If you have any questions or can’t come but still want to be involved, contact Victoria Hoyle at victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk.

Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 27th September Committee Meeting
Members are welcome to come and join us at our committee meeting at West Offices – Richard III museum. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday 27th September LGBTQIA Mental Health Group at York Mind at 30 Clarence Street 7pm – 9pm
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.

Friday 30th September Transgender Workshop – designed to help, assist and support everyone who identifies as transgender, non binary, gender non conforming, along with those who are questioning their gender, and those who cross dress.
Find out about the gender clinics and the care pathway, tips and hints on things from hair, hair removal, make up, avoiding dangerous situations, voice tips and lots more.

This time round we hope to have a voice coach as well as our resident make up expert.
As ever, there will be cake-a-plenty Tea and coffee. At York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 1pm – 4pm

Have we missed anything let us know and we will put it on here.

August Events

Announcements

Catch Lisa on the BBC Radio York Breakfast show on Saturday morning 7am-7.30am talking about the Transgender workshop and recent events surrounding transgender people

Kevin and Jake spoke about the 50 years anniversary of partial decriminalisation of Homosexuality catch up here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0588wq2 2 hours and 1 minutes

TV calling older gay men! Yorkshire TV and Calendar News want to hear your stories from pre and post 1967 as part of the 50 year celebrations. Stories can be told face to face, in pairs, in groups….anonymously, in silhouette, or however else is comfortable. But these stories should be told and this is your chance to remind us all of how far we’ve come as a society and to let the world know that the UK is the best place for LGBT people to live these days! Call James on 0844 881 9601 (Calendar News) and/or Claire 07714 703352 (Yorkshire TV) and have a chat now

Please do take part in the LGBTQIA+ government survey https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-lgbt-survey

Event Spotlights
Friday 11th August – Sunday 13th August LGBT Camping

£5 per person per night with PP (No Payment No Pitch) as it’ll fill up quickly (got bookings/payments already). Youngsters, £3 per night.

Pay either cash with receipt in person (I’ll be at LGBT Forum meetings, with the last one before the event, 13th July) or for PayPal payments please use this email: events.sanayates@outlook.com and put “LGBT Camp 2017” and your NAME in the description/note box.
DEADLINE – Monday 31st July 2017 so we can organise and confirm our camp.
Any problems please let me know. Thank you 🙂

Thursday 17th August: Name that LGBTQIA+ Plaque event 6:30 pm – 8:30pm at Briar House
Help us to name our first LGBTQIA person plaque! this is a joint project with York LGBT History Month, York Alternative History and York Civic Trust. Venue: Briar House, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DN

Tuesday 22nd August LGBTQIA+ Archive Meeting 6:30 pm at York Explore
Victoria Hoyle is a PhD student and an archivist at Explore York Libraries and Archives and is interested in setting up an LGBT+ Archive for York and North Yorkshire. She is LGBT herself and is aware of how much of our community’s local history has been hidden or lost. An LGBT+ archive for the city and the area would be an opportunity to share documents, photographs and oral histories and to preserve them for the future. There is a possibility of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the project. She would like to get as many people involved as possible. There is an informal meeting on Tuesday 22nd August from 6.30pm at York Explore to discuss possibilities and everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like more information you can contact Victoria at victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk. If you are unable to come to the meeting but would like to be involved, or know someone who would be interested who may not get this email, just let her know.

York LGBTQIA+ events calendar for August

All month

York Out of the Closet: 50 years of LGBT History
We have been working with York LGBT History and York Pride to have a community exhibition showing 50 years of LGBT History at the Castle Museum this is included in the entry fee.

Tuesday 1st August Yor Peer Support Group – mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Thursday 3rd August Queer Women’s Group –  Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive. York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ. 6pm – 8pm

Saturday 5th August Coffee Morning – Why not wake up on Saturday and attend the Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Join us for free coffee and cake! lovely atmosphere and chat! York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ contact us on yorklgbtforum@gmail.com

Sunday 6th August LGBTQIA Bike Ride
Meeting at Millennium bridge in York. 10 am on the 6th August. Cycle on the planet routes towards Selby. Approximately 40 km cycle round trip. Contact Eric on 07931 136740

Monday 7th August
Positive Mingle
York’s first ever “Positive Mingle” is a  safe and confidential social event for  HIV+ gay and bisexual guys.  FREE food and drink provided. York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ

LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 8th August Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7pm – 9pm

Thursday 10th August York LGBT Forum Open Meeting
Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in De Grey Building at York St. John University See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

Friday 11th August – Sunday 13th August LGBT Camping
£5 per person per night with PP (No Payment No Pitch) as it’ll fill up quickly (got bookings/payments already). Youngsters, £3 per night.

Pay either cash with receipt in person (I’ll be at LGBT Forum meetings, with the last one before the event, 13th July) or for PayPal payments please use this email: events.sanayates@outlook.com and put “LGBT Camp 2017” and your NAME in the description/note box.
DEADLINE – Monday 31st July 2017 so we can organise and confirm our camp.
Any problems please let me know. Thank you 🙂

Monday 14th August LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30 pm onwards.

Tuesday 15th August Yor Peer Support Group – mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Thursday 17th August: Name that LGBTQIA+ Plaque event 6:30 – 8:30pm Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN 
Help us to name our first LGBTQIA person plaque! this is a joint project with York LGBT History Month, York Alternative History and York Civic Trust. Venue: Briar House, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DN

Queer Women’s Group –  Peer support and social group offering a safe space to discuss issues around mental health, sexuality, and to meet other queer people. Trans* Inclusive. York MESMAC office, The Workshop, Marygate Lane (off Marygate), York, YO30 7BJ. 6pm – 8pm

Monday 21st August
Spectrum LGBT Book Club at Waterstones – Coney Street: 6:30pm onwards

LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Tuesday 22nd August LGBTQIA+ Archive Meeting 6:30 pm at York Explore

Victoria Hoyle is a PhD student and an archivist at Explore York Libraries and Archives and is interested in setting up an LGBT+ Archive for York and North Yorkshire. She is LGBT herself and is aware of how much of our community’s local history has been hidden or lost. An LGBT+ archive for the city and the area would be an opportunity to share documents, photographs and oral histories and to preserve them for the future. There is a possibility of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the project. She would like to get as many people involved as possible. There is an informal meeting on Tuesday 22nd August from 6.30pm at York Explore to discuss possibilities and everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like more information you can contact Victoria at victoria.hoyle@york.ac.uk. If you are unable to come to the meeting but would like to be involved, or know someone who would be interested who may not get this email, just let her know.

Tuesday 22nd August Generate
A social group for Trans people, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month in York. Please contact generatecontact@gmail.com York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ 7pm – 9pm

Monday 28th August
LGBTQIA+ Karaoke
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards.

Wednesday 30th August Committee Meeting
Members are welcome to come and join us at our committee meeting at West Offices – Richard III museum. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

Have we missed anything let us know and we will put it on here.

July events

Spotlights

Deadline for Camping 31st July!
£5 per person per night with PP (No Payment No Pitch) as it’ll fill up quickly (got bookings/payments already). Youngsters, £3 per night.

Pay either cash with receipt in person (I’ll be at LGBT Forum meetings, with the last one before the event, 13th July) or for PayPal payments please use this email: events.sanayates@outlook.com and put “LGBT Camp 2017” and your NAME in the description/note box.
DEADLINE – Monday 31st July 2017 so we can organise and confirm our camp.
Any problems please let us know. Thank you

Saturday 8th July
BBQ and Photography Exhibition
We are coming to an end of the photography course help us celebrate by attending the BBQ 8th July: Exhibition and celebratory BBQ S’ana’s home: contact sana.yates@outlook.com for the address and Jake Furby – yorklgbtforum@gmail.com

All month:
York Out of the Closet: 50 years of LGBT History
We have been working with York LGBT History and York Pride to have a community exhibition showing 50 years of LGBT History at the Castle Museum this is included in the entry fee.

LGBT friendly Films at City Screen

Mon 10 July, 6:20
Nighthawks (15)
Sat 15 July, 7:30
Cabaret show in the Basement: The Velma Celli Show
Tue 18 July, 8:45
Weekend (18)
Mon 31 July, 8:45
My Summer Of Love (15)

Events

Saturday 1st July
Coffee Morning
Why not wake up on Saturday and attend the Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Join us for free coffee and cake! lovely atmosphere and chat! York  MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ contact us on yorklgbtforum@gmail.com

Monday 3rd July
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

Tuesday 4th July

Rainbow Yor Peer Support Group

Rainbow – a LGBT mental health peer support group in conjuction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Saturday 8th July
BBQ and Photography Exhibition
We are coming to an end of the photography course help us celebrate by attending the BBQ 8th July: Exhibition and celebratory BBQ S’ana’s home: contact sana.yates@outlook.com for the address and Jake Furby – yorklgbtforum@gmail.com

Monday 10th July
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards 

Thursday 13h July
York LGBT Forum Members Meeting

Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in De Grey Building at York St. John University See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm
Monday 17th July

Spectrum LGBT Book Club at Waterstones – Coney Street: 6:30pm onwards

LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

Tuesday 18th July
Rainbow Yor Peer Support Group Birthday

York Peer Support Group Birthday party at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 2:30pm – 5:30pm event is free – massages, and relaxation techniques come help us celebrate

Monday 24th July
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

 

Wednesday 26th July
York LGBT Forum Committee Meeting

Members are welcome to come and join us at our committee meeting at West Offices – Richard III museum. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm
Monday 31st July
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

 

June Events

June Newsletter

Spotlight York Pride 10th June

York Pride – North Yorkshire’s biggest and best LGBT+ celebration – takes place on Saturday 10 June 2017! This year’s theme is#HoldHandsWithPride

Don’t forget to get your wristbands! With over 50 outlets offering discount it’s a great thing to get. Wristbands can be purchased from York Pride website, Stanley Ramona, and the coffee morning. Discounts for example: Free entry on the 11th  at Beningbrough Hall and 50% off throughout June with a leaflet or a valid 2017 pride wristbands!

PARADE
Gather outside York Minster at 11:30am for the start of this year’s York Pride Parade. The parade, complete with 50-metre rainbow flag, bands and open-top bus, will make its way through the heart of the city and along Bishopthorpe Road to The Knavesmire for this year’s Main Event. We will be in the Parade! Come and join us 😛 – we have a pansexual and genderqueer flag available if anyone wants to carry one.

MAIN EVENT
Join us at The Knavesmire between 1pm and 7pm for an afternoon of free family-friendly entertainment – including S Club Party as the main act

This year we also have an even bigger funfair; over 100 stalls, including food outlets, community stalls and entertainment stalls; fully-licensed bars and on-site cashpoints.

AFTER-PARTY
The fun carries on after York Pride at the YORK PRIDE OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY at Mansion Nightclub on Micklegate.

Two floors of fun and the best entertainment from 7.30pm til very late with:
★ Haus of Dench
★ Tania Alboni as Cher
★ DJ Queenie Buffay

Earlybird entry only £1 with a York Pride wristband (£5 without) before 9pm, then £3 with a wristband (£5 without) after 9pm.

Look out for more details on fantastic drinks deals for wristband holders!
Make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest information on this year’s event by visiting www.yorkpride.org.uk

LGBT Bowling
Saturday 17th June

York Third Saturday and the Coffee Morning are coming together to go to Bowling on the 17th June at 7:30pm and everyone is invited!

For one game it costs £7.75 and for two games £12.90. The bowling centre also has other arcade games such as air hockey and 2p machines. So if you didn’t want to bowl there is also that option. There is food available and drink (both containing alcohol and non-alcohol)

 

Venue: Tenpin York, Stirling Road, Clifton Moor Centre, York, YO30 4WZ

 

The site is fully accessible

 

We’ll be meeting at the Corner Pin pub at 6-15pm, just time for a quick drink before we catch the number 6 bus to Clifton Moor at 6-45pm, alternatively you can meet us at MegaBowl on Clifton Moor at 7-30pm (7-30pm is our start time for bowling so please be there before then if you can)

 

We do need to know definite numbers by Thursday 8th June as we have to prebook our slot, it’s 6 persons per bowling lane, so we have to book in accordingly in multiples of 6.

Don’t worry if you can’t definitely commit to going until after the 8th, we can sort something out, but we couldn’t manage the lanes being together for those confirming after the 8th June.

 

Exciting News
WE WILL BE WORKING WITH YORK MIND TO DELIVER AN LGBT MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP

Something for the future but book now LGBT Camping
£5 per person per night with PP (No Payment No Pitch) as it’ll fill up quickly (got bookings/payments already). Youngsters, £3 per night.

Pay either cash with receipt in person (I’ll be at LGBT Forum meetings, with the last one before the event, 13th July) or for PayPal payments please use this email: events.sanayates@outlook.com and put “LGBT Camp 2017” and your NAME in the description/note box.
DEADLINE – Monday 31st July 2017 so we can organise and confirm our camp.
Any problems please let me know. Thank you 🙂

Lord Mayor Update

We have come to an end being a Lord Mayor Charity of the Year 2016 – 2017 thank you for all those who have participated in the events! We have a great time and good experiences. From the money raised we will be doing lots more activities and groups so be on the look out!

Kyra

We would like to thank Kyra for helping us to make Sock Monkeys for the Sock it to Mental Health Campaign. We shall have the sock monkeys at York Pride for a donation. Suggested donation £4

Requests for research

Hi,

 

I’m a full-time postgraduate student studying Psychology in University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I’m working on my research that focuses on Gender roles, relationships and their mental health.

 

As a part of my research I’m looking for LGBT couples or those who are in relationships. I have the ethics approval for the same.

 

I kindly request your assistance in getting the participants for my research.

All information provided will be confidential and purely for academic purpose.

 

Please find the link to the survey and all the information is provided in it.

 

https://hass.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVG1jrfELz5uQoR

Calendar of Events for June

Thursday 1st June – Bivisiblity our first bi social

Join us for our first bi social. This social night is for anyone who identifies as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, queer, fluid, biromantic, panromantic, anyone who is questioning or bi-curious and our allies. We will have a purple teddy bear named George so you can find us! They are our trust mascot. Thomas of York Bar, 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD

Saturday 3rd June – Coffee Morning, York Pride special.

Join us for a York Pride special as we discuss the details of the day. Wristbands will be available at the coffee morning.
Also Mesmac have asked if we could pack some condoms so we are having a condom packing party 😄

Monday 5th June  York Out of the Closet: 50 years of LGBT History – open for a few months
We have been working with York LGBT History and York Pride to have a free community exhibition showing 50 years of LGBT History at the Castle Museum

Hoard: a workshop with artist Kate Haywood at York Art Gallery 10:30 – 12:30

 

A one-off community arts workshop for adults affected by mental or physical health.

Support workers and carers welcome.
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

Tuesday 6th June Rainbow Yor Peer Support Group

Rainbow – a LGBT mental health peer support group in conjuction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Thursday 8th June York LGBT Forum Members Meeting

Come and join us for open meeting Room DG109 in De Grey Building at York St.John University .See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

Saturday 10th York Pride

See information above

Sunday 11th Beningbrough Hall 

Free entry on the 11th and 50% off throughout June with a leaflet or a valid 2017 pride wristbands!

Monday 12th LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

Saturday 17th LGBT Bowling

York Third Saturday and the Coffee Morning are coming together to go to Bowling on the 17th June at 7:30pm and everyone is invited!

For one game it costs £7.75 and for two games £12.90. The bowling centre also has other arcade games such as air hockey and 2p machines. So if you didn’t want to bowl there is also that option. There is food available and drink (both containing alcohol and non-alcohol)

 

Venue: Tenpin York, Stirling Road, Clifton Moor Centre, York, YO30 4WZ

 

The site is fully accessible

 

We’ll be meeting at the Corner Pin pub at 6-15pm, just time for a quick drink before we catch the number 6 bus to Clifton Moor at 6-45pm, alternatively you can meet us at MegaBowl on Clifton Moor at 7-30pm (7-30pm is our start time for bowling so please be there before then if you can)

 

We do need to know definite numbers by Thursday 8th June as we have to prebook our slot, it’s 6 persons per bowling lane, so we have to book in accordingly in multiples of 6.

Don’t worry if you can’t definitely commit to going until after the 8th, we can sort something out, but we couldn’t manage the lanes being together for those confirming after the 8th June.


Monday 19th
LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

Tuesday 20th June Rainbow Yor Peer Support Group
Rainbow – a LGBT mental health peer support group in conjuction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

Monday 26th LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York 3 Museum Street York, YO1 7FD from 8:30pm onwards

Wednesday 28th June York LGBT Forum Committee Meeting

Members are welcome to come and join us at our committee meeting at West Offices – Richard III museum. See what we do, have a say in what we do and how we do it. 7pm – 9:30pm

May Events

May events:

1st May
York Against Homophobia in Chechnya and UK Gov change the LGBTQI
refugee policy protest 6pm – 8pm at St Helens Square

LGBT Karaoke at Thomas of York, LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards – free entry

2nd May
Rainbow – a LGBT mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

5th May
Second Gurkha Curry night at the Guildhall. – Sold Out!

6th May
Coffee Morning 10am – 12 noon at York MESMAC Office, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ

The Escape Club disco at the Guildhall  https://www.facebook.com/events/156237574898710/ and

https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/the-escape-club-may-spectacular-tickets-187490

“A laid-back night with no dress code playing blinding music from the last 50 years.”

8th May
LGBT Karaoke at Thomas of York, LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards – free entry

11th May
Forum’s Open Meeting, York St John University, De Grey 109 7pm – 9:30pm. Come and see what we are doing!

15th May
LGBT Karaoke at Thomas of York, LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards – free entry

16th May
Rainbow – a LGBT mental health peer support group in conjunction with York Peer Support Group at Briar House, Address Club Chambers, Museum Street York North Yorkshire York YO1 7DN United Kingdom 4pm – 6pm event is free

20th May
York Third Saturday – Trans social night 10pm – late at Thomas of York

22nd May
LGBT Karaoke at Thomas of York, LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards – free entry

24th May
Bear City at City Screen 7pm

27th May
Pride Fundraiser: Proud, Thomas of York 10pm – late. Get your York Pride 2017 wristbands suggested donation £5!

29th May
LGBT Karaoke at Thomas of York, LGBT friendly Karaoke at Thomas of York from 8:30pm onwards – free entry

31st May Committee Meeting, 7pm – 9pm at the City of York Council, all members welcome