Thanks to decades of work and resilience of LGBTQ+ rights organisations and individuals, Islington is today a diverse borough that feels mostly welcoming and inclusive.
However, the pandemic has had devastating effects on the mental health of LGBTQ+ people. The latest State of Equalities report, published by Islington Council, still shows that young LGB and trans people are more likely to attempt suicide and to self-harm than the rest of the population. Research has also found that 50% of LGBTQ+ people have reported experiencing depression in the last year, with this proportion increasing to 62% for LGBTQ+ people who have experienced homophobic hate crime.
Forum Plus have just published the results of a survey they conducted to Camden and Islington LGBTQ+ residents about their Covid-19 lockdown experience.
“We’re very grateful for your participation which will help us to understand Covid-19’s effect on our local LGBTQ+ community”, Forum Plus
Forum Plus Flyer. Credit: Forum Plus
David Isaac is an Islington resident, a lawyer, human rights advocate and someone who is passionate about the visual arts. He is also a long-standing Islington Giving donor and, for Pride month, we were delighted to talk to him about LGBTQ+ issues and history in Islington. Read More.