A borough-wide consultation into the experiences and needs of Sefton’s LGBT+ community has been launched.
The work aims to discover what it means to be LGBT+ in Sefton – if people feel safe, supported and seen – and what kind of events and services might enhance and improve their lives in the borough and beyond.
The consultation is being facilitated by LCR Pride Foundation, the Liverpool City Region’s LGBT+ organisation. The foundation was established in 2019 with the founding mission to position all six boroughs as the most LGBT+ friendly region in the UK and improving the lives of LGBT+ living in and visiting the region.
Andi Herring, CEO of LCR Pride Foundation, said: “The consultation has been launched in response to conversations that the Liverpool Echo has had with the local community and feedback we have received from LGBT+ people living in Sefton who want to bring the community together in a more local setting.
“As has been the case in other areas in the city region, the feedback was originally focused around ideas for a Pride festival in the borough. However, ongoing conversations have highlighted wider concerns in the community including lack of representation or space spaces for LGBT+ people, fear of discrimination and hate crime, and isolation.
“It is important that any event, service or initiative that is created to support and celebrate the LGBT+ community in Sefton is aligned with the needs, wants and concerns of that community. We want to encourage the community in Sefton to engage with the survey so they can have their say and shape the outcomes of the consultation.”
Once complete, the results of the consultation will be shared with the public and LCR Pride Foundation will work with the community, local organisations and Sefton Borough Council to facilitate and develop action points raised.
If you identify as LGBT+ and live in Sefton, you can have your say. Simply go to lcrpride.co.uk/sefton and complete the survey by midnight on Thursday 30th September 2021.
If you have any questions or want to know more about getting involved in our work in Sefton, please email [email protected]