We’re Hosting an LGBTQ Housing Conference!
Join us to discuss the future of LGBTQ affirmative housing in Sussex and beyond.
Switchboard, in partnership with University of Brighton Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender (CTSG) and Clarion Futures, are hosting a solution focused, community led conference to provide a springboard for provision of safe LGBTQ+ affirmative housing.
This will be a cross-sector, action focused day of conversation and creativity around LGBTQ housing needs, with local authorities, housing professionals and associations, LGBT organisations and communities.
Last year we released a report into the impact of Covid on LGBTQ communities in Brighton. The report highlighted the challenges experienced by LGBTQ communities across all aspects of housing. We found 60% of young people were experiencing an unsafe living situation, including 43% of those who are trans/non-binary.
The conference will have four workstreams:
- Designing future LGBTQ+ affirmative housing and spaces
- Older people’s housing needs (including residential and care homes)
- Homelessness in LGBTQ communities
- Young people’s housing needs
Speakers and workshops with representatives from University of Brighton Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender, Stonewall Housing, akt, Prof Andrew King, Bob Green OBE and more tbc.
In the evening there is the chance to attend an invitation only private screening of the documentary ‘Less’, produced by Stonewall Housing, the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ homelessness charity. ‘Less’ explores the realities of queer homelessness, with topics including homophobic and transphobic abuse. This will be followed by a panel discussion and refreshments. Please note: This will take place at The Ledward Centre, LGBTQ+ Community and Cultural Centre, which is a 10 minute walk from the conference.
Tickets are £10 + booking fee. This includes refreshments throughout the day and lunch. Tickets are limited so early booking is advisable.
We have reserved a number of free tickets for community members. Please contact [email protected] if you are an LGBTQ community member and would like to attend.
For more information and to book click here.