So far, LGF have created various different campaigns and ways for you to participate in and volunteer for. These opportunities range from helping out with data input and making phone calls all the way to days away at events promoting their mission of ‘ending homophobia, empowering people’ and everything inbetween that.
WE EXIST & I EXIST:
Their ‘We Exist’ campaign is a guide to getting involved in public lie for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It appeals to those who have an interest in representing the community and who want to be an active voice to bring up unheard and un-addressed issues that affect the whole community.
They also have an “I Exist’ guide that keeps members of the community informed and up to date with their legal and civil rights. By being well-informed, everyone can begin to use their rights in a way that will make a difference to their lives for the better, fighting prejudice and discrimination in all it’s forms.
Their guides serve as an introduction to a whole host of legal rights that particularly affect lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Both guides are downloadable pdf files from their website.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH:
Their ‘Enough Is Enough’ campaign takes a more active role in spreading word about their concerns on homophobia. It is a whole movement tackling homophobic abuse and encourages their members and supporters to take action against this issue through public protests and other things.
It has been 4 years since the start of their “Enough Is Enough’ campaign and to commemorate the third year, LGF held a competition where first year students from The Manchester College produced short videos to promote the campaign. By using a voting system open to the general public, viewers could watch and vote on LGF’s official YouTube page:
The prize for the 2 most voted winners were to have their videos showcased over the next year.
You can also subscribe, like and join in on their official facebook page with 4,551 other people:
Love Equal Marriage:
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have also launched another campaign to encourage people to fight for equality, by supporting same-sex marriage which is an important issue for everyone. Members of the charity have submitted their responses to the government consultation in March 2012, which set out their proposals to allow same-sex couples to have the right to civil marriages. By the end of the consultation, 228,000 responses were submitted and the results were announced in December.
If people want to support this particular cause, there are options to donate, sign up or contact your mp on the website. You can also read further information on this topic, see other people’s opinions, leave a message of support and go onto other resources regarding civil marriages.
One Day Events:
On top of all these currently running campaigns, LGF also set up one day events that call out to organisations, groups and individuals to unite together and make a visible stand for their rights. In the past, these have taken form in ‘Flying the Flag’ on 17th May 2012 and ‘Spirit Day’ on 19th October 2012. To keep track of these specially hosted events, you’ll have to take a look at their ‘What’s On’ section of their website which will also tell you about
Volunteering & Fundraising:
Aside from all of these special campaigns and events, you also have the opportunity to volunteer for a total of 14 different roles, either short-term or for one-off events. Within their volunteering section of their website, you can discover what roles they have to offer and which appeals to you most before applying.
Lastly, another way to get involved is by raising money through taking part in runs, doing a challenge or doing your own thing. By raising money for the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, the charity can continue to deliver their services and achieve their mission of ending homophobia and empowering people. On their website is a guide to fundraising with useful tips and various ideas to help you get started.
All of this can be looked into more thoroughly at: