'Supporting the LGBT+ community in 2021 and into 2022'

The forum+ team at a World Aids Day event

The forum+ team at a World Aids Day event - Credit: forum+

2021 has been busy and eventful year for forum+ with many positive developments taking place along the way.

This year, more than ever, we would like to pay tribute to our amazing volunteers, and trustees, for their tremendous commitment to supporting Camden and Islington LGBT communities. It is thanks to their efforts and dedication that over the last year we have been able to continue to provide services for the local LGBT+ community, even through the challenges of Covid-19.

forum+ will celebrate our 20th birthday in 2022 and we enter our third decade and the year ahead with optimism, excitement and hope.

Re-engaging with in-person activities and events was one of the key highlights of 2021. We loved meeting with the community at festivals celebrating the rich diversity of Camden and Islington. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to pay a visit to the LGBTQ+ venues and spaces operating locally. The recent arrival of Zodiac Bar in Camden is another example of how LGBTQ+ life and culture is thriving in the local area.

Tessa Havers-Strong says the past year has also demonstrated the resilience of our community

Tessa Havers-Strong enjoyed re-engaging with in-person activities during 2021 - Credit: forum+

Throughout 2021 we continued to offer an online programme for anyone who preferred to connecting with forum+ remotely; Incite Poetry our monthly spoken word event, our brand new book club discussion group, forum+ International Film Club and the forum+ monthly public meeting all took place online.

In 2022 we’re looking forward to continuing to provide a range of activities and events that can be accessed and enjoyed from the comfort of your home. We’re especially excited for Camden & Islington LGBT History Month taking place in February 2022 : https://bit.ly/CamdenIslingtonLGBTHM

For updated information on forum+ activities and all our upcoming events please follow forum+ social media and website: twitter.com/forumplus, facebook.com/forumplusinstagram.com/forumplus and forumplus.org.uk

We are extremely proud of everything we have collectively achieved over the last year. forum+ could not have done this without the support of our funders Camden Council and Islington Council, and most crucially the engagement of so many wonderful individuals from the local LGBT+ community. Thank you all!

Tessa Havers-Strong is the director of forum+.