Welcome to Bradford Equity Partnership

Equity Partnership is a charity set up and delivered by LGBT people in Bradford and the surrounding areas.


Training

Equity Partnership delivers training to a wide range of organisations to give them the knowledge and tools to combat homophobia and transphobia and to help them create LGBT friendly workplaces and services.

Training & Awareness

Influence

We support LGBT groups and individuals to have a say in the decisions taken by agencies, which affect our lives, and work in partnership with other voluntary and statutory agencies, such as Bradford Council and Bradford Hate Crime Alliance.

Our Influence


The Equity Centre

Our community centre provides a safe and relaxed space for all LGBT people to socialise and learn. It is also available for hire, being a fully-equipped training resource and a venue for events right in the centre of Bradford.

The Centre

Research

Equity Partnership undertakes research to identify the needs and opinions of local LGBT people. This research is used to influence and educate agencies so that they are able to be more inclusive.

Research Information



Celebration

Pride MarchLGBT people are part of Bradford’s proud heritage and we like to let people know that we are here! We support and celebrate key LGBT events in the annual calendar. We also like to make sure that we are there when other celebrations and commemorations take place. Find out more on our events calendar.

Equity Partnership Events


Latest News

There will be a meeting on Monday 4th March at 7pm in Keighley to look into the possibility of holding a Pride event/festival in Keighley.

Address: Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley, BD22 6LW

Don’t forget to email admin@equitypartnership.org.uk to let us know if you’re coming to the AGM!

Invitation to our 13th Annual General Meeting Saturday 2nd March 2019

Dear Equity Partnership Member,

The 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Bradford LGB&T Strategic Partnership (Equity Partnership) will take place on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 1:30 pm at the Equity Centre, Providence Street, Bradford BD1 2PW. Anyone may attend the event.

At the AGM, Members of the Equity Partnership have voting rights, including voting on who may be Trustees, and making amendments to our Constitution (also known as the Memorandum and Articles of Association).
We sincerely hope that you’ll be able to come to the AGM. So that we can provide sufficient seating on the night, we would be grateful if you would let us know whether or not you will be attending. Please email the following details: Name, phone number, email, If you represent a group or organisation and if you have any access requirements by Tuesday 26th February 2019 to admin@equitypartnership.org.uk

Don’t forget to come to the zine workshop for some fantastic fun this Friday 15th in the Equity Centre!

With LGBT history month on the horizon, we’ve got three Zine workshops being delivered in the Equity centre by Artworks Creative Communities!

In previous sessions, that Artworks delivered at the centre, the group spoke about key pubs in Bradford city centre, and beyond, that were crucial in providing safe social spaces and also served as places for members of the Gay Liberation Front to meet. We would like to explore these stories further and capture them.

Memories and anecdotes will be captured in text and image creation (perhaps using personal photos and/or archival images from the local library) we will also include a map to show where the pubs were and will form the basis for the first LGBT heritage walk in Bradford.

Artist(s): New artist Jen (part of the LGBT community) will lead the sessions and Estelle from Artworks (led the Live Well, Be Well sessions) would be there for the first session to support.

Session 1 – Equity Centre, Friday, 15th February – 10.45am – 1pm
Introduction to zine-making and techniques involved, Group discussion about local (and wider) LGBT community history and what could be shared in the zine
*Please bring research and photos for the next session

Session 2 – Equity Centre, Friday, 22nd February – 10.45am – 1pm
Sharing of photos and stories, group work

Session 3 – Equity Centre, Friday, 1st March – 10.45am – 1pm
Compilation of zine ready for short print run

Join Thurgay this February 7th from 6 – 8 pm for their final session at the Equity Centre before their move to MESMAC in Little Germany!

ThursGay is a brilliant group for Gay, Bisexual and Trans men to meet up and socialise, meet new people and support each other!

The Origin of LGBT History Month

The concept of LGBT History month was started in the US in 1994 by a high school teacher in Missouri called Rodney Wilson, who served as the founder of the first coordinating committee. Many gay and lesbian organizations of the time supported the concept early on as well as many governors and mayors who recognized the month with official proclamations.

On June 2, 2000, President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month”. President Barack Obama declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month on June 1, 2009.

In the UK LGBT History month started with the Schools Out UK project by Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick in February 2005, continuing annually each year throughout February. The month is intended as a means to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against the LGBT community while celebrating its achievement and diversity and making it more visible.

The event came in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 in 2003, the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 as well as the government’s proposals to bring in a single equality act and a public duty, although this, in fact, did not come to fruition until 2010.

This year the theme of LGBT History month is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation, in which we reflect on the events of the past and the activists who helped get us this far and look to how we can work towards peace in the future.