Matt Harper, Joseph Rowntree Foundation‘s Diversity Campaigns Officer, provided a few thoughts on this year’s campaign.
In comparison to other cities, with a much more vibrant and prolific LGBT community, York can often seem to be slow moving in this area, however what LGBT History Month 2014 really demonstrated was the resounding commitment that organisations, groups and individuals have to the inclusion and equality of the LGBT community.
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Ynda created York LGBTQ+ History Month in 2014 while working at York St John University. They then developed it into an independent organisation, and served as Lead Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, which included overseeing its registration as a charity. They remain loosely involved from a distance, mostly helping with web updates. During their seven years in York, Ynda also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They also founded Non-binary London and are the DJ coordinator at the queer cabaret event and community Bar Wotever at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.