Welcome to the website of the LGB&T Dorset Equality Network

We are a voluntary-sector community organisation and registered charity (Number: 1171911) run by and for Dorset Bournemouth & Poole Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans communities members, and for friends and allies of our LGB&T community in Dorset and Nationally & Internationally.

Our Vision & Purpose:

Working for a homophobia bi-phobia and transphobia free, inclusive Dorset and UK!

Our Network was created and exists to support our communities and especially lesbian gay bisexual and trans’ individuals who are voiceless, face daily dis-empowerment, vulnerability and isolation, and in particular discrimination, prejudice and hate crime.

We are a Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centr.  Please visit our Report & Share page

See our News page to learn about events and initiatives we support or run, and our work in and beyond Dorset, including nationally on counteracting anti-LGBT abuse and discrimination

We also exist to support those who seek to celebrate and share the distinctiveness, richness and creativity of our LGB&T communities, and to assist and where necessary as a charitable organisation that values its independence, be a critical friend of those in the statutory sector (NHS, local authorities, police, etc.) required by law to deliver services that are LGB&T safe, inclusive and free of actual or perceived anti-LGB&T prejudice, direct & indirect discrimination.

We believe in private sector – diverse communities (LGBT+, BAME, disabilities, etc.) partnership as core to delivering inclusion and driving change where and if the public sector cannot deliver on its own. Based from Dorset we also work at national level.

We are funded by the  Allen Lane Foundation the Big Lottery (Awards 4 All) and had an important start up grant from the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner (Safer Dorset Community Fund) and are Proud to have received funding from Lush.  We are partnerships orientated organisation (please visit our Support page to see the scale and range) where we work with relevant partners for mutual assistance on shared goals and initiatives: we are also Proud to be a member of the LGBT Consortium