If you've been part of our community for some time, you may be well aware that Joshua Lloyd works alongside leading LGBTQ+ charities, organisations and industries to fight for equality, raise vital funds for those in need, whilst creating a safe space environment for all of our customers, community and fans.
To extend the reach and impact of our main ethos in helping the LGBTQ+ community, we've pledged £500 towards The Consortium of LGBT and actively joined them as a corporate member to create a stronger, more inclusive community at Joshua Lloyd!
We truly believe that moving forward alongside The Consortium will allow us to improve our positive impact within the LGBTQ+ community as we continue to strive forward to create a more accepting world one step at a time.
Who are Consortium?
The Consortium for stronger LGBT+ communities is a national specialist infrastructure and membership organisation which works to strengthen and support LGBT+ groups, organisations and projects to ensure they deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.
History of Consortium
Unfortunately, little specialist infrastructure exists to support LGBT+ groups and organisations, in addition, existing voluntary sector infrastructure organisations have often failed to acknowledge or provide the right support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans plus projects.
Consortium was set up in 1998 to address these gaps and to nurture the development of an LGB sector. In 2003, the desire for greater diversity from Members saw Consortium expand its brief to include trans voluntary and community organisations.
In 2018, in recognition of the ever-increasing diversity of LGBT+ organisations, The Consortium included the plus (+) to proactively highlight their support for those LGBT+ organisations serving diverse parts of our sector.
The Consortium work alongside their members through leading a wide range of diverse projects, networks and fund to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are catered for in an ever-changing world, whilst helping increase visibility and awareness to the community. Below we highlight some of the main ways in which The Consortium help members such as ourselves.
Training & Development
Consortium delivers a diverse programme of support and training to LGBT+ groups thanks to funding by the Government Equalities Office.
Working With LGBT+ Groups
Consortium offer a wide range of practical support for people who run LGBT+ groups project and networks.
Consortium facilitates a range of thematic networks across the LGBT+ Sector.
Outcomes & Impact
Consortium aims to help LGBT+ groups identify the changes their work is making and how to demonstrate this.
It's important to highlight that alongside the support mentioned above, Joshua Lloyd will work alongside The Consortium to ensure the work we carry out will help us increase inclusivity and equality whilst fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.
Why We Chose to Work With Consortium
Here at Joshua Lloyd, we are constantly expanding our brand which means our community, customers and fans continues to grow at an ever-growing rate. We understand the importance of sharing our message and to act on our core ethos on creating and inclusive, safe space environment with accurate news, information and guidance on anything LGBTQ+ related.
By working alongside The Consortium, we can ensure that we have support from a leading LGBTQ+ organisation which shares the same ethos as Joshua Lloyd. By gaining access to support from highly trained professionals, we can continue to provide greater resources for our entire community and reach further to others within the LGBTQ+ community. You can read more about this decision with a quote from Joshua:
Joshua Lloyd has always set out to be more than your "generic gay pride shop". Joshua Lloyd is a community, brand and safe space for all. By working alongside Consortium, both the team and myself at can rest assured we have the resources, connections and support to provide the safe space community that our customers, community and fans deserve and require.
As we continue to work alongside leading organisations and charities such as Consortium and LGBT Foundation, I truly believe that we have everything in place for our incredible team to support the LGBTQ+ community where it matter.
It's important to highlight that our partnership with The Consortium is not one sided. As we continue to grow and build our safe space community, Joshua Lloyd will support The Consortium wherever possible to continue our joint efforts for a more understanding and equal world.
Impact of Working With Consortium
As you may already be aware, Joshua Lloyd sets out to be far more than your generic pride shop. Since launching back in 2019, we've helped raise over £3,000 for LGBTQ+ charities through proceeds of sales, promotional events and donations whilst creating over 40 LGBTQ+ news and blogs, resources for the community such as our LGBTQ+ pride awareness calendar, alongside our safe space community across social media platforms to help share information, news, guidance and articles connected with the LGBTQ+ community.
By working alongside The Consortium as a corporate partner, we can both create greater resources for the LGBTQ+ community, ensure all team members at Joshua Lloyd are up to date with LGBTQ+ issues, environments, communities and events, and help reach those in need with greater impact, alongside accessing recent and informational resources to continue providing the best inclusive brand available!
As we begin to move towards a new year, we're excited to be working alongside Consortium. The team here at Joshua Lloyd strive to create a better world, and with the help of Consortium along the way, we can increase awareness, acceptance and support for the LGBTQ+ community.
We will be working in collaboration with Consortium for exciting new events, resources and fundraisers in the near future and we cannot wait to share them all with you. We truly believe this collaboration will benefit the lives of many both within the LGBTQ+ or not.