Reflecting and Empowering Westminster's LGBT Communities
Westminster LGBT Community Forum is the community group for LGBT people living, working or visiting our great city.
We are a small voluntary group, supported by Westminster City Council, and working with Westminster Police and a range of Westminster based organisations to support our community, and improve services and provision for LGBT people across Westminster.
Making A Difference
The Folks That Make It Happen
David Van de Velder
David Van de Velde is co-Chair of the Westminster LGBT+ User Forum. He also sits on the MET Police Independent Advisory Group as an LGBT+ Advisor and chair Central and North West London NHS Trust + Staff Network.
After training as a Mental Health Nurse in the NHS at the start of his career, David has a long history of activism on LGBT+ inclusion and accepting. Being of mixed heritage and gay, David has been also been involved with several high-profile campaigns using his own living experience and personal journey into acceptance.
Trudy has been living on the border of Camden and Westminster for twenty-three years now, and loves living in the West End. She started her career as an Actor acquiring many commercial TV, Film and Theatre credits, including Gay Sweatshop.
Trudy started writing and performing her poetry in 2008, and in 2012 she wrote the poem for the London Olympics, after which she made the decision to focus on her beloved L.G.B.T.Q. Community.
Trudy was appointed L.G.B.T. Poet Laureate in 2016, and has worked with a number of national organisations, including Hate Crime UK, Amnesty International. Stonewall, Peter Tatchell Foundation and Schools Out.
Mark has been living and working in Westminster for over a decade, and has supported the Forum as it's co-ordinator for much of that time.
He works in health policy, and takes an active interest in local politics and in how health and care services are delivered across the Westminster.