Welcome to our conference program!
We've got a packed conference agenda for you. From parties to policy, exclusive members giveaways to our annual curry, we have it all! Some events require RSVP, some you can just turn up. All info is down below. We look forward to seeing you there!
LGBT+ Conservatives is run entirely by volunteers, and for events like conference, sometimes we need extra help from willing members.
We have a stand in the main exhibition hall where people come to ask about the group, grab a leaflet or some freebies, so we are asking any members who are happy to sign up for an hour or two, to let us know their availability on the below form.
For security reasons, you must already have a conference pass and be a member of LGBT+ Conservatives.
Everyone who helps out will be given a t-shirt to wear, a free badge and priority entry to our closing party. It's also a great opportunity to get more involved with the group. Ross helped out last conference which was his first time with the group, and now he's Deputy Chair!
Thanks in advance.
CURRY WITH CURRIE
2nd October - 7pm - St James' Club
It's conference which means it's time for our annual curry!
This year the guest speaker will be one of our longest supporters, Edwina Currie, who will be sharing tales of her time in politics.
Tickets include a starter, a variety of curries, entertainment and either wine or beer on arrival for £40pp.
This is a members only event, with all profits going to support the Candidates Fund!
Location - St James' Club, 45 Spring Gardens, Manchester (10 minute walk from conference).
After the curry we will be going on a night out for those that wish to join!
Places are limited and you must purchase your ticket in advance here.
PRIDE & POLITICS
5th October - 15:30-17:00 - Lancaster Suite
Pitch your policy for the LGBT+ community to the star panel with this interactive event.
In June 2022 our Conservative Government will host the first ever Global LGBT+ Rights conference, called: Safe To Be Me.
Pride and Politics, is convening a panel of experts, campaigners, and grassroots party members, to ask ‘What are Conservative priorities for Global LGBT+ Rights?’, focusing on three areas: decriminalisation of being LGBT+, tackling violence and discrimination, and improving access to public services around the world.
The event will also be an opportunity to gather party members and attendees’ views on how we can make the world a safer place to be LGBT+.
If you'd like to pitch your policy to our experts, submit your proposal here.
Andrew Boff AM
Nicola Richards MP
Stuart Andrew MP
Tea, Coffee, Juice and Nibbles will be provided
LGBT+ PRIDE RECEPTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STONEWALL
5th October - 18:00-19:30 - Tea Rooms
A chance to share a drink and a toast to the community with speeches from:
Elena Rose Bunbury
Crispin Blunt MP
Emma Best AM
and a special celebrity guest..
LGBT+ Conservatives members can sign up for priority entry here.
5th October - 21:00 - Cruz 101
No speeches, no standing around, just a good old celebration to prove once again that the LGBT+ community knows how to throw the best party!
All are welcome at our closing party where we have hired entire nightclub for the night, with two floors of music and DJs!
No RSVP needed, just show your conference pass on the door.
For security reasons, you MUST have a conference pass.
Doors opening at 9pm, partying till the morning.
Location - Cruz 101, 101 Princess St, The, Manchester M1 6DD
New for 2021!
Do you have some Queeries? Questions about LGBT+ Policy? LGBT+ Casework you need advice with?
Our volunteers are here to help.
We have a stand in the conference hall where you can drop by and ask your questions.
From MPs to Association Chairs, we're happy to help!
EXCLUSIVE MEMBERS ONLY BADGES
For members only, we have some brand new pin badges with our new logo!
Drop by our stand and collect yours, available only at conference.
Not a member? We might still have some freebies on offer for supporters..
NOT A MEMBER?
Not a member of LGBT+ Conservatives yet?
Well it's not too late to join here!
Membership perks include access to our mentoring scheme, our Facebook members only groups, members only events, and knowing that your membership money is going to support LGBT+ Candidates and causes.
Exclusive conference perks include:
- An invitation to Currie with Curry
- Queue jump at the Stonewall Reception
- Priority entry to our closing party
- An exclusive members only limited edition pin badge
Not sure if you're a member? You can check here.
CAMPAIGNING DAY OUT
With Elliot Colburn MP
Save the date for our first Big Day Out campaigning with Elliot Colburn MP
When: Saturday 25 September 2021 at 11am
Where: 90 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3AE
Join us for refreshments afterwards!
SAVE THE DATE
Mark your diaries and block out October the 27th 2021 for an evening of celebration, pride and politics as we return with an in-person gathering for our first post-election fundraiser for the LGBT+ Conservatives Candidates Fund!
More details to come..
We are on the look out for a new secretary!
This role will be a heavily administrative role, with the opportunity to also work across other sectors such as fundraising, events and campaigns should you wish.
- Editor of the monthly newsletter
- Recruitment or content and articles for the newsletter and website
- Maintenance of the Bluetree website as and when needed
- Organisation and administration of membership communication via Mailchimp, such as event invitations and updates
- Taking of minutes at full council, senior management and AGM meetings and then circulating as appropriate
How to apply:
The deadline for submissions is the 9th of September 2021 23:59.
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information at the link below.
KEEP IN TOUCH
REGIONAL FACEBOOK GROUPS
Join Your Region!
Your regional co-ordinators have been setting up local groups that will be used to organise local meet ups, discussions and even just general chat.
North West, Rhys McKavanagh https://www.facebook.com/groups/816368052401162
Yorkshire and The Humber, Joe Pattinson https://www.facebook.com/groups/2643493459291460
East Midlands, Tom Hulme https://www.facebook.com/groups/1976771362479200
North East, Barry Flux https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560930810659130/?ref=share
London, Niall McDougall - https://www.facebook.com/groups/lgbtconslondon/
Scotland, Andrew Jarvie- https://www.facebook.com/LGBT-Conservatives-Scotland-105687351823720
South West, Simon Davies https://www.facebook.com/groups/290284349553138/?ref=share
South East, Andrew Buchanan - https://www.facebook.com/LGBTSEConservatives
Keep an eye out, we have even more regions to come!
Want to be more involved?
Do you have social media skills, or experience working in policy?
We want to hear from you!
We have launched LGBT+ Conservatives Volunteers group, this is a facebook group in which we will post opportunities to help out. Tasks such as help securing speakers for events, participating in policy focus groups, social media projects, and more will all be posted in the group on an adhoc basis.
If this sounds good to you then you can join the group here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/195140478740212.
Any paid-up LGBT+ Conservative member is welcome to join the group, then it’s up to you to put yourself forward for whatever projects you think suit you. There will be no pressure to give a certain amount of time or help on specific projects, it’ll be entirely up to you what you want to get involved with.
We look forward to working with you!
IN THE BAG
There is no better campaigning assistant that this excellent Drawstring Bag - e.g. Delivery Bag!
Be sure to order yours here in time for our Big Day Out!
(proceeds go to supporting LGBT+ candidates)
Do you have a mentor? If so, you will know mentorship is a great way to make better progress towards your career goals.
LGBT+ Leaders is a network of people within our Party that are committed to nurturing future talent all whilst being understanding of the barriers LGBT+ people face in politics. Lots of MPs are already signed up, but all roles are represented from Association officers to Lords. The best part is, as an LGBT+ Conservative member, it is completely FREE.
Why not check out the platform and sign up at: https://www.pushfar.com/employee-register/LbVpgiCEL9/