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We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Intercom Trust is closed from Friday 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

If you need someone to speak to while we are closed, please call London LGBT+ Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 or The Samaritans on 116 123.


Intercom Open Day

Date added: 16 December 2016

A big thank you to everyone that came along to our Open Day yesterday. We had a wonderful time and we really enjoyed meeting so many Intercom friends.

The cakes were a success, everyone loves the new premises, and it was great to tell people more about the work that we do across the south west.

Oh, and a big thank you to Sarah, for making us our very own gingerbread house. We love it!


We are really happy to have Gemma Budge joining the Intercom Trust team for the next 10 months. Here's Gemma to tell us a little more about herself and the work she plans to do whilst here at Intercom.

"Thank you to all the Intercom Trust staff team for a warm welcome. I will be working with Intercom one day a week over the next 10 months as part of the final year of my doctorate, with Plymouth University.

I bring with me to the team five years of experience working within NHS mental health and wellbeing services and a range of skills I have developed through my training to date including therapeutic, consultation and service evaluation skills. I am interested to learn from the team at Intercom and hope that I can use my experience to support their work.

During my time with the Intercom Trust I am going to pilot a group for members of the LGBT+ community experiencing difficulties with their emotional wellbeing, working alongside one of the team. I am also hoping to support Intercom in evaluationg some of their services.

I look forward to working alongside the Intercom team, clients and broader stakeholders."



Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For more information about Human Rights Day: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/


Intercom's December 2016 Newsletter

Date added: 1 December 2016
Intercom's December Newsletter can now be downloaded from here, in print-friendly format.

World Aids Day - 1st December 2016

Date added: 30 November 2016

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.


We are remembering those whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.


National HIV Testing Week

Date added: 18 November 2016

National HIV Testing week starts on 19th November. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing and to increase the opportunities for people to get tested.

For more information visit http://www.tht.org.uk/our-charity/Our-work/What-we-do/National-HIV-testing-week or http://www.hivpreventionengland.org.uk/campaigns/national-hiv-testing-week/


Between November 14 – 20, individuals and organisations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender variant people, and address the issues the community faces.

The final day of Transgender Awareness Week is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.


An LGBT hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's (perceived) sexual orientation or gender identity.

Reporting

"Only 6% of anti-LGBT harrassment in the UK is reported to police." People decide not to report hate crimes for a whole host of reasons, but often it's because they don't think anything can be done about it. However, without data about hate crime hotspots the police find it difficult to police effectively.

You can report a hate crime online at, http://www.report-it.org.uk/home or by dialling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.

(*EU LGBT Survey, FRA, 2014)

Throughout National Hate Crime Awareness week we attended a number of events to help people better understand what Hate Crime is and the ways in which people can get support and report it. We helped Devon & Cornwall police launch the 'Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime' campaign in Exeter, Guildhall - and we were also a part of the Safer Salisbury Showcase, which brought together services, support, schemes and initiatives that are working to make the area safer. We were part of the Hate crime event held in Plymouth City Centre, as well as attending a Prejudice Free Hate Crime conference in Poole, in Dorset.

It is important to remember that long after Hate Crime Awareness week is over, we need to continue to raise awareness of the issues that effect our communities and that we are here to support you if are effected by Hate Crime and are in need of our services: 0800 612 3010

For more information about LGBT Hate Crime, head to http://www.lgbthatecrime.org.uk/#resources


A great Pride season 2016

Date added: 3 October 2016

As the Pride season draws to a close, we just wanted to say a big thank you to all the Pride organisers across the South West. We have enjoyed each and every event, and we are grateful for the opportunity to let people know more about the important work that Intercom continues to do. Also a big thank you to everyone that has come along to our stalls throughout the year and taken the time to chat to us.

We look forward to seeing you in 2017.


Bi-visibility Day

Date added: 23 September 2016

Today is Bi-visibility Day, a day for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognise and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives.

Get out your pink, purple and blue flags and show your support for bisexual people all over the world. Not just today, but every day!

It’s important to remember that bisexual people can face discrimination from both straight communities and from within the LGBT+ communities. For more information about bi-phobia: http://www.lgbthatecrime.org.uk/assets/downloads/10%20Tacking%20Biphobia%20-%20A%20Guide%20for%20Safety%20Services.pdf


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