Earlier this month Anne-Marie Stewart joined the Four Forums Consortium as LGBT+ Community Development Worker.

Anne will be undertaking a four month project to map and consult with LGBT+ infrastructure and networks in Leeds.

The LGBT+ population

The LGBT+ population in Leeds is large, dynamic and active and while there is a wealth of activity in the city there is no dedicated community infrastructure that brings it all together.

Mapping LGBT+ communities in Leeds

Taking an asset based approach this project will map LGBT+ communities in Leeds, with consideration of both formal and informal networks.

This research will help identify how issues, areas, communities and people can be better resourced, supported and connected.

Project Aims

This project aims to understand capacity in the city, how different communities and networks knit together, and how to build on existing assets.

This project also aims to build a better understanding of the challenges and exclusions facing LGBT+ people and communities’ in Leeds and to provide an evidence base for future action.

Project Engagement

This project will engage an intersectional approach to the work, recognising that identities are complex and people are often facing multiple challenges related to their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and health.

Inclusive and participatory

This project is particularly interested in ensuring that the voices of those who are often at the margins are brought to the centre of this work and that the project is inclusive and participatory.


This work is funded by Leeds City Council and supported by Leeds Community Foundation.

How to get in touch and get involved

We are in the process of recruiting a Steering Group to help guide this work, all applications are welcome. Please email me if you are interested.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in this project please email me at [email protected]