Birmingham LGBT Community Trust
[Birmingham LGBT Community Trust] was founded in 2002 to continue the work of the dormant Birmingham Pride Forum. Initial funding was a legacy from the Birmingham Pride festival. The trust consists of twelve trustees who have worked voluntarily to promote equal rights for the LGB community, including tackling homophobic bullying and improvements to the Gay Village.
The Trust organised a series of events in 2004 called 'Gay Life Matters.
In December 2004 the [Birmingham LGBT Community Trust] appointed a one day a month co-ordinator Lesley Pattenson, and later secured ongoing funding from Birmingham City Council to increase her hours to a day a week.
In 2005 the Trust organised a consultation event for the LGB community called Are you being served? and followed it up with a presentation of the findings at a seminar for service providers.
Queer Question Time was a memorable event bringing together a panel of local political candidates to be quizzed by the audience.
The Trust was increasingly being recognised by Birmingham City Council and other bodies as a credible organisation which should be consulted and included in strategic developments.
In 2006 [Birmingham LGBT Community Trust] held a meeting for all LGB groups which has become the Birmingham Pride Community Trust Forum which meets quarterly and has over 35 groups currently on its list, many of whom attend regularly.
In 2006 the Trust co-organised a Gay Birmingham Remembered event with Birmingham Libraries, which gained community support for the application to Heritage Lottery Fund which has resourced this project!
[Birmingham LGBT Community Trust] has been receiving a small Birmingham City Council grant since 2006.