Merthyr Tydfil LGB Group

A new group for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Merthyr Tydfil area was launched in July 2008 and meets monthly in Merthyr.

Contact by email: merthyrtydfillgbgroup@yahoo.co.uk,
Post: Merthyr LGB Group, c/o VAMT Voluntary Action Centre 89-90 High St Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UH,
Phone: 07852961183 (all enquiries will be dealt with during office hours, otherwise leave a message on the answerphone  and the enquiry will be dealt with as soon as possible)
or join Facebook group Gay friendly in Merthyr.

The 2008 LGB Project in Merthyr

In early 2008 Stonewall Cymru undertook a LGB Project in Merthyr. The Project focused on developing the confidence of local LGB people to establish their own group, and raise awareness of the issues for LGB living in Merthyr area. It was funded under the Communities First Mainstreaming Equality and Diversity Fund (in operation in 2007/08) and was developed in partnership with the Merthyr Tydfil Council Community Safety Partnership and the Merthyr Tydfil Multi-Agency Diversity Forum.

Three small-scale meetings were held for LGB people to meet and identify issues of importance followed by a Speak-Easy event for representatives of Merthyr Tydfil's community safety and public services to receive information on the legislation related to Sexual Orientation and being a 'gay-friendly' organisation and participate in a facilitated discussion on working with LGB people to address their community safety issues.

The establishment of a Merthyr LGB Group was identified as essential to developing a LGB 'community' in the area, as described by the new Chair of the Merthyr Tydfil LGB Group:

"The Group will help make a difference to the LGB community by promoting the group's interests; acting as an information access point, social networking and peer resource; provide a safe opportunity for matters of concern to be expressed and discussed; provide a safe avenue for homophobic experiences be reported to South Wales Police and Hate Crime Officers; allow a positive view of LGB people be seen to counteract stereotyping and liaise with other LGB groups in the area.

The Merthyr Tydfil LGB Group will help make a difference to those who may feel isolated and alone to be integrated into the gay community.  It will allow the gay community to have an active integrative presence in the area giving the group and community the recognition it deserves."

To find out more click here:
Merthyr LGB Group
LGB Project Report
Communities First Case Study
Gay friendly in Merthyr postcard

Ongoing research

What's it like being lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) and living in the Valleys??
Do you feel safer when you are in Cardiff / Swansea than in the Valleys?
We are still interested in your experiences.
Let us know by completing this short Questionnaire and emailing it to jenny.porter@stonewallcymru.org.uk 

Background

In October 2007 the South East Wales Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Forum held a Forum meeting in Merthyr and found that people felt particularly isolated and unsafe in Merthyr Tydfil.


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