MP supports Sutton LGBT Forum

April 9, 2013 4:30 PM

Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington met with a local campaigner this week, to discuss a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum starting up in Sutton.

Tom Brake met with Tyrone Ashby, a founder of the new Sutton LGBT Forum. Sutton LGBT Forum will provide services and support for all LGBT people in Sutton. It will aim to fight prejudice against the community by helping local schools to raise awareness of the LGBT issues and fight homophobic bullying.

Tyrone Ashby, the founder of the Forum said:

"Sutton's LGBT Forum gives lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people a voice in Sutton. If you have got something to say about how things are done around here please get in touch. This is a new group, looking for new members."

Tom said:

"This is a great initiative - Tyrone and the Sutton LGBT Forum have my full support."

"I am happy that the LGBT community in Sutton will be able to find advice, information, and services catered to their needs under just one roof."

Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow added:

"I welcome this initiative by local LGBT people. Having a strong LGBT Forum in Sutton helps ensure that the authorities are listening to the views and needs of every part of our diverse community."

The Forum aims to bring all the local LGBT groups underneath one banner. It will strive to engage with the local authorities and relevant agencies on matters of interest to the Sutton's LGBT community.

The Forum will aim to make various services more accessible to the LGBT community, by offering them on just one website. Various organisations, including NHS, Age UK Sutton, and Sutton's Citizen Advice Bureau, have already expressed interest in working with the Forum. The initiative has also got the backing of both of Sutton's MPs, Tom Brake and Paul Burstow.

As one of its first initiatives, the LGBT Forum will be conducting a survey into the quality of services currently available to the LGBT community. The survey will open in 2 weeks. It will run for 6 weeks, and will be open to all LGBT people in Sutton and the neighbouring boroughs. The survey will be available at the Forum's website at

Additionally to the website, the Forum has got a social media presence with a Facebook page and a Twitter profile.

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