Our ground-breaking Trans Needs Assessment demonstrates the benefits of city partners working with trans people to identify where to focus our resources and efforts. We are all now completing its recommendations, still engaging with trans people to discuss what is going well and find ways around barriers. Next year, our city museum and LGB communities will mark the 50th anniversary of the UK’s 1967 Act to decriminalise sex between men. We are commissioning community and voluntary groups, including LGB&T groups, to deliver outcomes across the city. And with trans people, the University of Brighton and other partners we will hold a national trans conference next summer.
The city council and all political parties remain totally committed to building on Brighton & Hove’s strong reputation for inclusion.
Description of the city
Brighton & Hove is a city in East Sussex, in the South East of the United Kingdom. It is about 50 miles south of the UK capital, London.
In 2016 the population is estimated to be around 277,000 people. 14% of the city’s residents are estimated to be LGBT.
Brighton & Hove City Council’s Equality and Inclusion Policy covers all our work: commissioning and delivering services, civic leadership, community engagement, partnership working and workforce development. It describes our vision and objectives to promote, facilitate and deliver equality both within the council and the rest of the city. It specifically references groups protected within UK legislation (the Equality Act 2010), including LGB and T people.
An action plan underpins the policy and actions are identified by services to respond to the needs they identify and from consultation with communities. Following the publication of our Trans Needs Assessment in 2015 our priorities are mainly focused on developing this area of work.
Community and voluntary sector groups locally are involved in policy reviews and in monitoring progress against the action plan underpinning the policy. This includes the range of LGB&T focused organisations in the city with whom we work closely. We also work with public sector partners in the city (police, health, education and housing) and employers.
The council also conducts a comprehensive programme of Equality Impact Assessments. These show how the council considers the consequences of our strategies, services and projects on all legally protected characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
Publications and other materials
- Count Me In Too: an award-winning research project where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people shared their views and experiences, and worked with service providers and others to gather and present evidence that would promote positive changes for LGBT people. The council provided funding towards this important research project.
- LGBT Health & Inclusion Project (LGBT HIP): a project to engage with LGBT people who live, work, study or socialise in Brighton & Hove on our healthcare and council service needs, and other city-wide issues in order to influence future provisions. We aim to be the bridge between the local LGBT communities and the Council, NHS and other services. The council funds this project, with our local health commissioners.
- Safe In the City Partnership: http://www.safeinthecity.info/ - Members work together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and include Brighton & Hove City Council, the local probation, fire & rescue, police and health services, community and voluntary sector groups and local residents through Local Action Teams and community forums.
- Infrastructure support to local LGBT groups through Community Works: http://www.bhcommunityworks.org.uk/about/who-we-work-with/lgbt-steering-group/ - While the council works with and funds a wide range of community and voluntary sector groups in the city, we also recognise the importance of groups having a voice in decisions in the city, and receiving the right information, training and support. With local health partners we fund Community Works to provide this.
- LGBT Workers’ Forum: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/council-and-democracy/equality/lgbt-workers-forum - this is a network formed in 2001 for council staff who identify as LGB or T. It works to address homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the council and to represent LGBT staff.
Photo credit: Catalina Z. Balan