Involving Sunderland’s Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community
Involving Sunderland’s Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual community
This case study is based on interviews with a Policy Officer from the Diversity and Inclusion Team at Sunderland City Council and a member of the LGB Independent Advisory Group.
The Local Strategic Partnership in Sunderland (Sunderland Partnership) set up the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Independent Advisory Group (LGB IAG) in spring 2007. It is one of a number of Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) set up at this time to tackle the marginalisation of different sections of the community from decision-making. This has resulted in an improved awareness of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities by policy-makers in Sunderland.
Previously, the Local Authority had no involvement with the LGB community. Now there is regular engagement through monthly meetings, attended by members of the community and key stakeholders from different public agencies and voluntary groups. The group has identified the main policy priorities for the community through consultation. The local authority now recognises the need to monitor sexuality as part of equalities monitoring. Information relevant to the LGB community, such as events, is now on the local authority website.