The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) are delighted to announce that the Minister for Equalities, Lynne Featherstone MP, will officially open The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s new Community Resource Centre at Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF on Monday 14 March 2011 in the heart of the city’s world famous lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGB&T) village.
The LGF is currently celebrating ten years of service to the lesbian, gay & bisexual (LGB) community. Today The LGF provides the widest range of services it possibly can to help achieve its mission of ‘Ending Homophobia and Empowering People’.
Over the past year the LGF has seen a dramatic increase in demand for its services, in part due to the move to new premises; which provide a range of increased opportunities for its own service users and also for LGB&T people accessing the building who wish to have a safe space to support their diverse needs.
Paul Martin Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation says: “We are delighted to welcome the Minister for Equalities to officially open our new premises. There is no shortage of LGB people that wish to use our services, and there is an increasing need for safe community spaces for LGB&T people.”
“We have come a long way thanks to legislation proposed by the current coalition government and also established by the previous government, but we understand that many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face huge challenges. Every single day the LGF have people coming to us because of how the world is treating them as LGB&T people.”
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still being denied services, and I know this is something that the minister feels very strongly about; it is testament to her commitment to equality of services for all LGB&T people that she is supporting the staff, volunteers and thousands of service users of The Lesbian & Foundation and the wider LGB&T community, by officially opening our new community building.”
Minister for Equalities Lynne Featherstone said: “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to be here in the heart of Manchester’s gay village to mark the opening of the LGF’s magnificent new premises. It is a fantastic achievement and hugely symbolic of how far the LGF has come as an organisation. I have no doubt we will continue to see the organisation grow from strength to strength.”