What is the LGBT Collective?
Administered by The Intercom Trust, the LGBT Collective is a facilitating body that connects lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities from across the South West peninsula.
The LGBT Collective is made up of LGBT community groups and projects, it operates on a real grass roots level and its owned and led by the LGBT communities themselves so voices get heard and actions get taken.
We aim to…
- Enable LGBT community networking
- Strengthen the Peninsula’s LGBT communities
- Provide a safe space for LGBT people to identify, discuss and act upon issues affecting them
Bringing LGBT Communities together…
The LGBT Collective is open to LGBT groups and projects that are active in the South West Peninsula, this includes;
- Cornwall (inc, Isle of Scilly)
- Devon (inc. Plymouth & Torbay)
- Somerset (inc. N. Somerset & BANES)
- Dorset (inc. Bournemouth & Poole)
The LGBT Collective meets on both a county and regional level, giving all those involved an opportunity to network with a wide variety of other groups and projects, build networks and share information and good practice with one another.
Giving us a voice…
Each separate county group is led by up to 8 Lead Officers, nominated from and elected by the LGBT community groups and projects. Each of those Officers leads on a specific strand for their own county: For example the Womens officers are part of Womens groups and the Faith Lead Officers are members of faith groups.
The Lead Officers meet in their own counties to catch up on local events and developments, meet with other LGBT groups and projects and discuss any issues or ideas. Some counties host events and run campaigns, others simply use meetings as networking opportunities and either is fine – the LGBT Collective is run by the community for the community, so it can be whatever you need it to be.