We worked alongside the LGBT HQ for three days to learn about their role and what they do within the community. The LGBT centre is the main LGBT base for the county of Cumbria and is run by Pam Eland. Pam is also the Chairperson of Cumbria Pride; we will discuss this later on in our presentation.
Key Events In LGBT History
Stonewall Inn is raided by police resulting in the Stonewall riots
Civil Partnership Act allows same sex couples to enter legally binding relationships
Homosexuality no longer considered as a mental illness
Same sex marriage legalized in England and Wales
Barack Obama calls for an end to conversion therapy in the same year usa declares same sex marriage constitutional right
Northern Ireland votes in favor of same sex marriage
"Polari" was used as a language between members of the gay community to communicate with each other without detection; this was when homosexuality was still a crime.
Polari drifted out of use in the 1970's when the Sexual Offences Act 1967 accepted the recommendation from Wolfeden Report.
Iconic LGBT Members and Influence
There are many iconic people in the LGBT community, all known for different things and some which are very famous
Alan Turing - known as breaking the Enigma machine in World War II by creating the worlds first computer. Was convicted of being homosexual and accepted chemical castration. Committed suicide by cyanide two years after being convicted.
Gilbert Baker - Creator of the LGBT Flag - now known as an recognized symbol.
Iconic LGBT Members and Influence
Elton John - Iconic music and song writer, known for flamboyant performances and after marriage was legalized, got married to David Furnish in the same year.
Ellen DeGeneres - Iconic US TV presenter, worked with families and individuals from deprived backgrounds, received the Presedential Medal of Freedom which is the USA highest civilian honor.
These are just a few of the flags that represent different sections of the LGBT community.
Some of the flags signify individual sexualities and some represent sub-sexualities.
of the LGBT community have experienced a hate crime/incident in the past 12 months
of the LGBT community do not feel comfortable walking down the street whilst holding their partner's hand
of the LGBT community have experienced a hate crime/incident in the last 12 months and have not reported it
Police and LGBT Collaboration
From of our experience at the LGBThq, the messages about the police have been positive
Members of the LGBT have spoken about their stories experiences with the police
Collaboration between the police and the LGBT community has immensely improved but we have found areas which could be improved
LGBT within Policing
Over the years, the Police have become more and more accepting of LGBT members and actively encourage recruitment of LGBT officers.
There are a number of associations and groups within policing that help to support existing LGBT officers and staff.
The National LGBT Police Network held a meeting in 2015 whereby representatives from 45 different police forces across Great Britain attended and recognised the achievements that the service has made to improve the quality of life for LGBT staff and officers. They also looked at the issues that still face the police service in terms of LGBT equality and found that there were still pockets of inequality within the service.
Room for improvement?
LAGLO's - First launched in 2013 however there is not much information on how they engage with the LGBT community
"Hidden in plain sight" - A subtle motif for officers to wear on their uniform to identify them as LAGLO officers
More online resources - When carrying out research on the Cumbria Constabulary website, there was no information about where LGBT members can go for help if they do not feel comfortable talking to police