Opportunity to stand for LGBT HERO’s Board of Directors
Updated: Dec 12, 2019
The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Health Equality and Rights Organisation t/a LGBT HERO will be held on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 7.30 pm, at LGBT HERO’s offices in Brixton.
We are looking for people to stand for the Board of Directors. If you are passionate about the work done by LGBT HERO through its brands GMFA and OutLife, this is an opportunity to take part in shaping the organisation’s future.
There are up to five vacancies for directors on the LGBT HERO Board at this AGM. We want the LGBT HERO Board to be representative of the communities it serves, so we would especially welcome candidates who identify as Lesbian, Bisexual or Trans and/or who are from black, Asian and other minority backgrounds, who can offer insight and experience of the health and social inequalities people within these groups face. Currently all LGBT HERO directors identify as gay men, so we would like to use this AGM to address this lack of diversity.
If you would like to stand for election, please complete the attached Director’s Candidacy Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 06 January 2020. Also attached are the Director's Code of Conduct and Role Description – Director, which provide further information about the role of a Director.
As it stands, all candidates need to be nominated by an LGBT HERO member. If you do not know any members email us at email@example.com.
Board meetings are normally held on the second Tuesday of every other month. However please note that the dates of meetings will be reviewed following the AGM to ensure that they are convenient for both current and newly-elected Directors.
If you would like to get a better idea of what the Board is like and how it works or if you have any questions, you are welcome to talk with the current chair, Alan Palmer. Please let me know if you’d like to take up this option.
For more information about LGBT HERO and the work we do, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will try to answer any questions you may have.
The AGM will take place at LGBT HERO’s offices, at Unit 22, The Link, 49 Effra Road, London SW2 1BZ at 7.30pm.
DOWNLOAD: Director’s Candidacy Form
DOWNLOAD: Director's Code of Conduct
DOWNLOAD: Role Description – Director
About LGBT HERO
LGBT HERO is the Health Equality and Rights Organisation for LGBTQ+ people. LGBT HERO is the parent organisation of:
GMFA - the gay men’s health project.
OutLife - for a happier, healthier LGBTQ+ community.
LGBT HERO is a trading name set up to represent Health Equality and Rights Organisation (HERO) on a public level. LGBT HERO is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 31 March 1992 and registered as a charity on 2 August 1992.
LGBT HERO aims to improve the health, enhance the wellbeing and champion the rights of LGBTQ+ people. We recognise LGBTQ+ people as: lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender; queer; questioning; intersex; asexual; and any other person who self-identifies within the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
LGBT HERO provides LGBTQ+ people with accurate and credible information so they can build skills that enable them to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. We encourage LGBTQ+ people to create social change in our communities by providing a platform where they are heard and valued. This mission is a guiding principle governing all of our work.
LGBT HERO wants to see a world where LGBTQ+ people have the same opportunities in life as all other people, and are not disadvantaged by health or social inequalities because of their sexuality or identity.
The objects of the charity as set out in the memorandum and articles of association, as amended on 1st June 2011 are:
a) To protect and preserve public health in particular amongst the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population of the United Kingdom.
b) To advance public education in the subjects affecting the health of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population including the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of illness, in particular through the promotion of research and the dissemination of the useful results of research.
We do this by:
Ensuring LGBTQ+ people have access to information and support to enable them to make the best health choices for themselves.
Decreasing the number of LGBTQ+ people who experience mental illness and / or suicidal thoughts by offering information, advice, peer-support and signposting to support services.
Improving LGBTQ+ people’s sexual health, including eradicating new HIV infections by publishing up-to-date information about HIV and STIs while encouraging regular HIV and STI testing.
Challenging HIV-related stigma with campaigns that emotionally connect with our communities.
Increasing representation of LGBTQ+ black, Asian and minority ethnic groups within LGBTQ+ communities by ensuring BME LGBTQ+ people are at the forefront of our work.
Supporting all LGBTQ+ people to live emotionally and physically healthy lives by providing holistic means to improve their lives.
All people, regardless of age, race, nationality, religion, disability, gender identity or sexuality, should have equal opportunities in life.
All people regardless of their sexuality and gender identity are entitled to equal rights and respect.
The needs of LGBTQ+ people should be considered in all aspects of their health, well-being and life.
Our work will address identified health inequalities within LGBTQ+ communities and advocate for full acceptance of and equal rights for LGBTQ+ people.
Health promotion is done best when LGBTQ+ community members collectively contribute to its development and delivery, it is underpinned by evidence and it can demonstrate its positive impact.
Ensure LGBTQ+ people have access to information and support to enable them to make the best health choices for themselves.
Decrease the number of LGBTQ+ people who experience mental illness issues.
Decrease the number of LGBTQ+ who die by suicide.
Improve LGBTQ+ people’s sexual health, including eradicating new HIV infections.
Challenge HIV-related stigma.
Increase representation of LGBTQ+ black, Asian and minority ethnic groups within LGBTQ+ communities.
Support all LGBTQ+ people to live emotionally and physically healthy lives.
LGBT HERO is an organisation informed by the communities it serves. We use volunteers from those communities to guide our work and inform our campaigns. People from LGBTQ+ communities write for us, advise us on the direction of campaigns, and feature in all of our published material.
Tackling Health Inequalities:
Health inequalities are unjust and avoidable differences in people’s health across the population and between specific population groups.
Health inequalities harm social justice. They do not occur randomly or by chance. They are socially determined by circumstances largely beyond an individual’s control. These circumstances disadvantage people and limit their chance to live longer, healthier lives.
The existence of health inequalities in the UK means that the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is not being enjoyed equally across the population.
Health inequalities affecting LGBTQ+ people:
LGBT HERO has identified the following health and social inequalities it wants to address:
These are LGBT HERO’s core aims to be delivered through GMFA and OutLife;
HIV - Increase knowledge of how to prevent HIV in gay, bisexual and trans communities.
HIV Stigma - Increase knowledge of the issues people living with HIV face and how it negatively impacts our community.
Sexual Health - Increase knowledge of STIs and how to prevent them for all LGBTQ+ people.
Suicide and Self Harm - Develop interventions which aim to stop LGBTQ+ people dying by suicide and/or self-harming, while campaigning to increase funding for LGBTQ+ interventions.
Mental Health - Destigmatise mental illness within the LGBTQ+ community through information and true life stories while advocating for better LGBTQ+ specific services.
LGBT HERO also aims to tackle the following inequalities through GMFA and OutLife;
Alcohol and drugs:
We signpost LGBTQ+ people to LGBTQ+ services, while increasing awareness.
BAME health issues:
Develop interventions which tackle health issues affecting black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBTQ+ people, such as HIV and mental health.
BAME social issues:
Develop interventions which tackle social issues affecting black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBTQ+ people, such as racism on the LGBTQ+ scene
We increase awareness of the high levels of domestic violence occurring in the LGBTQ+ communities and how to overcome it.
We provide information, advice and a platform for LGBTQ+ people to talk about relationships.
Hate crime and LGBTQ+ rights:
Develop interventions which tackle hate crime while increasing knowledge of issues affecting LGBTQ+ people in the UK and throughout the world.
Develop interventions that improve general lesbian health and wellbeing
We provide information and support about marriage, civil partnerships, divorce and LGBTQ+ adoption.
Loneliness and isolation:
Support LGBTQ+ people to connect with one another
Sexuality and gender:
We provide basic information about sexuality and gender, including coming out stories, to improve knowledge within the LGBTQ+ community.
We provide information, support and signposting to organisations that can help the high numbers of LGBTQ+ people who smoke.
Increase awareness of trans health needs while providing information and support.
Trans social issues:
Increase awareness of the issues trans people face in the UK and around the world.