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Decolonising Queer Leadership Programme

Take part in our free to attend 3-part programme for LGBT People of Colour, who want to develop their skills in creating lasting change in their communities and build collective power through challenging society's constructed power norms.

The programme was built in collaboration with our fantastic partners Rainbow Noir, Consented and AZ Mag to centre the voices and experiences of LGBT People of Colour.

For the QTIBIPoC community, it’s often a struggle to exist, let alone hold power or lead. We know that society’s oppressive structures are built to exclude and marginalise our communities. This creates barriers to QTIBIPoC not only accessing power but then maintaining it and ensuring tangible change. This programme addresses these challenges by interrogating our embedded ideas of leadership to disrupt, deconstruct and rebuild your own theory outside of colonial, cisnormative and heteronormative structures. During the session, you’ll learn from Stonewall, our partner organisations Rainbow Noir and Consented and one another on how you can apply your ideas, create change, and generate access to power for others.

This session is open to anyone from the QTIBIPoC community who wants to critically challenge oppressive norms and build collective community change. We’ll explore key theories and create space for reflective conversations, supporting you in developing your leadership based on your experiences and values. Our content is relevant whether you’re in traditional leadership roles, an aspiring leader or want to work to create community change. If you’re not sure this session is for you please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss more. 


What will I learn?

The programme blends workshops, talks and activities that support you to learn and share your ideas and expertise. Through attending the programme you'll have the chance to:

 1. Transform and shape your own leadership ideals away from colonial, cisnormative and heteronormative restrictions  

2. Learn and share skills to help you apply these leadership ideals in practice  

3. Build a network of LGBT People of Colour with similar experiences to grow and learn with

How is the programme structured?

Content runs over three consecutive Friday afternoons and is centred around three key themes. Over the coming weeks as we work with our incredible partners we'll share more details such as workshop descriptions, speaker names and content types. All content will be delivered online through Zoom. 

Week 1: Decolonising and Deconstructing - Friday 12 March, 13:00 - 18:00

Week 2: Courage, Communication and Conflict - Friday 19 March, 14:00 - 18:00

Week 3: Making our Mark - Friday 26 March, 14:00 - 18:00

Who can attend?

We understand that the term leadership can often be used in an exclusionary and hierarchical way. This programme is designed for anyone who wants to develop their leadership practice away from colonial, cisnormative and heteronormative structures and ideas. Please note that this programme is only for LGBT People of Colour. 

There is no requirement to hold a leadership role or to wish to take one up. We're interested to hear from people who want to bring about positive change whether that's for yourself or for a group, organisation or workplace. If the sessions and topics sound interesting to you and you'd like to learn and share with other LGBT People of Colour then this programme is likely for you! This programme is free to attend.

How do I apply?

To apply for a place please complete the application form by 17:00 on 14 February 2021. We're interested to hear more about you and about what you'd like to get from and bring to the programme. If you'd like to talk through the application process or you require a different format of application, please email There is no cost to attend the programme. Places are limited but we're looking to accommodate as many people as we can!  

If you're attending the programme as a representative of an organisation please can we ask that only up to two people from your organisation apply so that we can reach as many people as possible. 

We can also arrange for someone from our team to call you and complete the application over the phone. Call us on 020 7593 1850 if you'd like to complete your application over the phone. Someone from our team will take a message and arrange to call you back. 



We want our events to be accessible to everyone. All delegates should expect to feel safe, welcome and included at our events.

These sessions will run via Zoom with up to 30 delegates. There will be smaller break-out rooms for delegates to complete optional discussion activities. Here is a link to the accessibility features Zoom offers.

We will have members of the team on Tech and Wellbeing support throughout the session. 

If you have any access needs, please email and we will accommodate these.