By Kellie McDonald, NSW GLRL

On September 27, 2008 the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) participated in a special meeting coordinated by ACON to plan for the future of NSW’s GLBT community.

Called GLBT NSW 2020, the one-day roundtable involved more than 20 community organisations across the health, legal, business, sporting, youth, media and cultural sectors.

The then GLRL co-convenor, Emily Gray, said, “The feedback from roundtable participants and other contributors will form the basis of an action plan. That plan can help inform and coordinate the activities of our community organisations and assist with strengthening the GLBT community between now and 2020. The plan will also identify how the GLBT community can develop future leaders and achieve law reform.”

For the last 18 months, the GLBT NSW 2020 project working group has been conducting groundbreaking research into the nature of NSW’s GLBT community as well as identifying the medium to long-term goals of groups and individuals within the community.

This process has involved consultations with a broad range of community organisations as well as survey feedback from more than 1000 community members throughout NSW.

Last week ACON announced that the GLBT NSW 2020 working group is now ready to present the findings of its research and will hold a forum to seek ideas about how this new knowledge can inform the activities of GLBT community organisations between now and 2020.

“We’ll be revealing all the details at the forum so I encourage interested community members to get along, discuss the findings with us and then offer us their thoughts on how we can use this information to strengthen our community now and into the future,” ACON president Mark Orr said.

GLRL encourages all those interested to attend the forum which will be held at Twenty10 (45 Bedford St, Newtown) on Monday, June 28 at 6.30pm.

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