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Q:alliance is always working for our community

If you’ve ever noticed the sign on the wall at Bar Bars that says “Q:coffee, second Thursday of the month, 7.30pm” you might have wondered what exactly that was, and who is Q? Well, I can tell you that Q isn’t in charge of the gadgets at MI5 – we’re a long running charity serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in and around Milton Keynes. From social events to job hunt help (and everything in between!) Q:alliance works hard to ensure that our community is informed, supported, and empowered to be safe, authentic, and successful. Having formed from a merger of two local LGBTQ+ charities (Lesbian & Gay Link, and Youthline) back in 1998 (the late 1900’s!) we’ve got a long history of working hard to make sure our community is heard. By merging these two groups we knew we could leverage the power of our collective to achieve great things – and we have! From providing safe spaces for our community to exist in, to our wildly successful Pride:MK project (which went on to become its own even more successful CIC) to working with local services to improve provision for our community – Q:alliance is always working for our community.

Understanding that you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community is something people generally realise within their own head. After some serious self-reflection, maybe even denial, eventually you might come to realise that you are, in fact, part of our wonderful rainbow community. The next stage for many people is to then seek out others in our community. Humans are generally social animals and there’s something innately satisfying about being in the company of your ‘people’. People who have been on similar journeys, who can empathise with each other’s highs and lows in relation to our identities. People who ‘get’ you.

At Q:alliance we recognise the power of our community when we come together – whether that’s to socialise, educate or organise for community action. For many years, Bar Bar in Wolverton has served as a defacto base for Q and our community activities, and what a base it is! Bar Bar has always been aligned with our values and vision for a better world. In fact, if you’d like to get in on the action why don’t you come down to our very popular monthly coffee evening “Q:coffee”, that meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm? It’s a great crowd in a lovely venue – and the chocolate waffles are pretty tasty!

– Authored by Q:alliance Board.

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