Leicester’s Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre has set up a new forum to tackle homophobia and increase the involvement of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in their local community.

The Community Forum will enable LGBT people who live or work in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to give their opinions on topics which affect them.

Siân Lambert, Policy and Development Officer at the LGB Centre, told PinkNews.co.uk: “Over the past few years there has been an increasing recognition that discriminating against LGBT people is wrong and there are now laws against such discrimination.

“The Centre already works with many local organisations including statutory bodies such as local councils, the police and the NHS, voluntary organisations and local businesses to increase their understanding of the issues faced by LGBT people.

“The Community Forum will work with centre staff to encourage organisations to make positive changes which promote equality for LGBT people.”

The initial meeting to discuss the setting up of the Forum and ways in which the local community could ensure its voice is being heard was held at Leicester LGB Centre on Thursday 25th October.

It was attended by around twenty people from across the area who agreed to work together to raise the profile of LGBT issues locally and to work with local organisations to improve the services they provide.

The next Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November from 7.30pm at Leicester LGB Centre. Visit www.llgbc.com for more information.