LGBT Health is running an awareness campaign during the week of Monday 11th May, ending on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). We are looking for your support in our aim to draw attention to a marginalised and often-invisible group, as well as promoting support available to individuals, carers and professionals.
LGBT Health and Wellbeing is a unique and well-established community development organisation which promotes the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. The organisation provides a range of programmes and services. It works with around 3-4,000 people per year, including 1,000 individuals receiving one-to-one support though our helpline, counselling, advocacy and befriending. We commit to this through service delivery and capacity building, and are entering the final year of a project focussing on the needs of LGBT people who have a learning disability.
The size of both the learning disability and LGBT communities are difficult to quantify. However, estimates have placed the figure at approximately 1800 LGBT people with a learning disability in Scotland; 7% of the 26,236 population flagyl tablets 200mg. It is unfortunately not uncommon for this group to be afraid to tell people about their identities due to fear of rejection or discrimination, and many people with a learning disability have their sexuality or identity dismissed by those around them as confusion or a phase.
LGBT Health offers a range of support and information to LGBT people with learning disabilities, including services to tackle social isolation and lack of physical activity. We also provide comprehensive training to public bodies and third sector organisations to enable them to support service users who have a learning disability and may be LGBT. One of the key messages of the campaign is that it is often carers and professionals who are best placed to know about someone’s LGBT identity and enable them to receive the best possible support.
Follow the campaign via our Facebook page and Twitter account using the hashtag #LGBTLDweek. For more information on LGBT Health’s learning disabilities project, or to request posters for your organisation, please get in touch with George Burrows on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 652 3281.