Kingston LGBT Forum always strives to promote equality and diversity and as an LGBT+ organisation, our focus is gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, we realised we can and should do more to recognise, include and support People of Colour in the LGBT+ communities we are proud to support in Kingston Upon Thames and the surrounding areas.
With this in mind, we have created an Anti-racism pledge that we can use to support our ongoing work and hold ourselves accountable.
Kingston LGBT Forum acknowledges that:
- LGBT+ People of Colour have been at the forefront of LGBT+ activism since the beginning, galvanising the fight for liberation and equality;
- The LGBT+ liberation movement would not be where it is today without LGBT+ People of Colour.
- LGBT+ People of Colour have been and are frequently erased or ignored within wider LGBT+ communities.
- There is a significant overlap between LGBT+ and Black communities, particularly within trans and bi communities;
- LGBT+ People of Colour continue to face large scale oppression due to the intersection of racism, anti-blackness, anti-LGBT+ sentiment, queerphobia, cisnormativity, intersexism and misogynoir;
- We cannot continue to work to alleviate the oppression of LGBT+ people without fighting for the liberation of all people, including People of Colour;
- Racism pervades our society and People of Colour and their communities in the UK are constantly fighting for justice and safety; and
- Kingston LGBT Forum has a responsibility to be actively anti-racist and to constantly fight against racism in all of its forms.
We commit to:
- Making sure we have a transparent, easy to access internal anti-racism policy and that we challenge racism every step of the way, even when it is uncomfortable;
- Making sure all trustees, staff and volunteers take active and meaningful steps to better their knowledge of anti-racism;
- Making sure that our involvement of People of Colour is meaningful and not tokenistic;
- Prioritising, whenever possible, the voices, labour, and hiring of People of Colour, and to pay them for their work; and
- Amplifying the voices of People of Colour within our organisation, on our website, in our marketing and at our events.