Monthly Archives: June 2016

Transgender Community NEWS – July 2016

Monday, September 25, 2017

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Please get in touch if you would like to promote a not-for-profit event, activity, group or campaign you are involved with, for the transgender community anywhere across Scotland – jules@lgbthealth.org.uk

Love BEATS All – Wednesday 29th June

In the wake of the terrible massacre at the Orlando Pulse nightclub, Edinburgh stood together at a vigil to send love, solidarity and support. A number of those who attended are local musicians and they decided to take it a step further and actively raise money. From that a special fundraiser gig comes to you, hosted at Bannerman’s on the 29th June 2016. Two of Edinburgh’s top drum crews will be playing, and all proceeds go to the Equality Florida Pulse Victim Fund.

Details of the event can be found on Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/865269203579020/ and tickets are available online here: https://tickets-scotland.com/events.html?event_method=viewevent&event_id=cf4e73b0-3966-11e6-b2cc-22000b75ede9. Tickets may be available on the door depending on pre-sales. There will also be donation boxes and a number of Pride-themed badges and stickers to buy, the funds from which all go to the fund.

So come along, listen to some funky drum beats, stand in solidarity and send support to the victims of this senseless hate crime.

If you are unable to attend or want to donate more, you can support the fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

 

The Luvvies Anniversary production this Friday

The Luvvies, Edinburgh’s LGBT Theatre Group, are 10 this year and are having a ‘bit of a do’ to celebrate, the night before Pride!  The evening will be a social event with short, informal pieces of drama – extracts from our recent writing competition.  Come along on Friday 1st July @ 7:30pm – and see what we’re doing!  All welcome, though attendance (£3) is strictly by sign-up here: – http://www.meetup.com/LGBT-Community-Theatre-Workshops-Edinburgh/events/231253621/

 

The Little Foxes

In 1998 I commissioned Peter Thomson to paint a scenario focusing on an horrific homophobic murder that occurred in Edinburgh ten years earlier, in May 1988. To date, this painting, entitled The Little Foxes, has only ever been seen in private by guests and visitors to my home. However, it has now been selected to be shown in THE SCOTTISH ENDARKENMENT exhibition at Dovecot Studios, hanging alongside similarly darkly-themed works by other talented contemporary Scottish artists such as John Bellany, Joyce W. Cairns, Ken Currie and Helen Flockhart.

About the same date as when The Little Foxes was commissioned, a similarly horrific homophobic murder occurred in Wyoming, U.S.A… However, unlike the Matthew Shepard case, the Edinburgh murder did not cause national outrage, or attract international media attention, or have a play and books written about it. So perhaps, in a small way, The Little Foxes will make up for this.

THE SCOTTISH ENDARKENMENT runs until 29 August 2016

 

Coffee, Cake and Conversation

A time for spiritual, pastoral and social connection.  Meeting monthly on Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.00pm and Thursdays from 1.30 – 3.00pm at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.  Everyone Welcome.

Next meeting dates: Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd September

Contact: Maxwell Reay, NHS Chaplain: 0131 537 6734

Rev Fiona Bennett: 07552 162717

 

Useful trans community links and resources

The Scottish Transgender Alliance works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. Click here to access a wealth of links and resources for the trans community. http://www.scottishtrans.org/resources/

Let’s talk about SX

Monday, September 25, 2017

We’re delighted to announce the launch of SX  – A new project with the ambition to challenge the health inequalities facing gay and bisexual men living in Lothian.

SX is being delivered by us here at LGBT Health, in partnership with Waverley Care and funded by NHS Lothian.

SX will provide a one-stop-shop for men’s health needs including information and advice on sex and relationships and access to regular sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing1, condoms and lubricant. In addition SX will provide one-to-one support, counselling and a helpline dealing with a range of issues including sexual and mental health, discrimination and other health and social inequalities.

The project is being funded by NHS Lothian and builds on existing services across Lothian responding to research2 indicating that gay and bisexual men, and all men who have sex with men, are:

  • disproportionately affected by poor sexually health, including HIV and other STIs
  • twice as likely to live with mental health issues including depression and anxiety
  • twice as likely to have an alcohol or drug dependency, particularly among young gay men
  • often victims of hate crime related to their sexual identity
  • unlikely to have received any relevant sex and relationship education at school

SX is being delivered by Waverley Care, in partnership with LGBT Health following a tendering process by NHS Lothian.

Speaking on behalf of SX ahead of today’s launch, Waverley Care Chief Executive, Grant Sugden said:

“Scotland gets a lot of things right when it comes to LGBT issues but gay and bisexual men continue to face real health and social inequalities. SX is about bridging that gap.

“Sexual health’s a big part of what we do, talking positively about sex and healthy relationships, and helping guys reduce the risk of STIs. But there’s more to being a gay or bisexual man than just sex.

“Discrimination is still a big issue that puts many guys off looking for support. This can lead to issues around mental health and self-confidence that leave men open to making choices that may not be in the best interests of their health.

“SX gives guys a place within the community where they can come to talk about anything they’ve got going on in their lives. We won’t preach or judge, it’s about listening, understanding and giving men the confidence to live life their way and live it well.”

Dr Duncan F. McCormick, Consultant in Public Health Medicine of NHS Lothian added:

“All of the evidence we have points to the continuing challenges facing gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men, and tackling this remains a priority for the health board.

“There are a number of existing quality Sexual Health and Reproductive Health services across Lothian where men who have sex with men can access confidential, convenient sexual health information and testing, even within their own community setting.

“The work of SX will build on these existing services to provide a holistic approach that includes positive discussions around sexual health alongside mental health support and we are looking forward to working with the partners involved.”
To extend the reach of SX and maximise opportunities for community involvement with the initiative, trained volunteers will play a key role in the delivery of the service.

Chris Dalziel, a Volunteer for SX, said:

“As a gay man living in Edinburgh I can’t say how proud I am to be part of a community project that will build and empower our community to take action and tackle the social and health inequalities we face. Services such as HIV tests where results are given in less time than it takes to make a cup of tea will make a huge difference to the lives of gay and bisexual men across the Lothian region.”

Contact
Alison Irving, Communications Manager,
Tel: 0131 556 9710
Email: alison.irving@waverleycare.org

Transgender Community NEWS – June 2016

Monday, September 25, 2017

 

New T Monthly Banner White

 

 

Please get in touch if you would like to promote a not-for-profit event, activity, group or campaign you are involved with, for the transgender community anywhere across Scotland – jules@lgbthealth.org.uk

 

The Laramie Project

Fri 24 & Sat 25 Jun, 7.30pm (2 hrs 15) Scottish Storytelling Centre , Netherbow Theatre

This show is based on a true story. It is October 1998; Matthew Sheppard is savagely beaten and left to die overlooking the town of Laramie, Wyoming. Two locals are accused of the crime. This play documents the town’s response to the attack whilst exploring themes of hope, love, hate and sexuality. In this production by Edinburgh Acting School, the actors work as an ensemble to take on this sad event and shed some light on what really happened that fateful night and how attitudes have changed since.

Tickets: Full Price – £8.00 , Concession £6.00.
For tickets and more information visit –  http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/5027/the-laramie-project

 

LGBT Youth Scotland Supporters’ Evening

LGBT Youth Scotland cordially invites you to our annual Supporters’ Evening.

Monday 6th June, 6pm·8pm, Standard Life House, 30 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EHl 2DH

Please join us to celebrate achievements in 2015 and hear our plans for the future.  We will be showcasing our digital annual review, hearing the impact of our work from young people and launching our new Friends Scheme.

RSVP by signing up at lgbtsupporters.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Useful trans community links and resources

The Scottish Transgender Alliance works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. Click here to access a wealth of links and resources for the trans community. http://www.scottishtrans.org/resources/