Health for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans people.

Trans = transgender

It's good to see that many people don't bat an eyelid about gay people anymore. And it's good to see gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people being accepted into our society (as they should have been a long time ago). As a health professional, you have a duty to treat all patients irrespective of colour, age, sexual orientation and so on. You have a duty to treat all individuals as individuals and give each the respect he or she deserves. If you have problems doing this with gay, lesbian or in fact any other group of people, then it's very likely that you've got a problem - you should discuss this further with your immediate colleagues.

Notes:
Here's a selection of documents you may find interesting (especially the one about heterosexual bias in language).












LOCAL Services

Organisation
Information/About the Service
Useful Websites
www.healthwithpride.nhs.uk (Health pages for LGB people and their health care providers)
www.stonewall.org.uk
www.mesmac.co.uk (North Yorkshire based sexual health charity for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with me)
www.tht.org.uk ( Nationwide charity dedicated to tackling HIV/AIDS)

Do lesbians need a smear? Answer: YES. Leaflets available at www.lgbthealth.org.uk
Yorkshire MESMAC
PO Box 267
Bradford BD1 5XT
01274 395 815
www.mesmac.co.uk
Yorkshire MESMAC works predominantly with gay men, bisexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM) to provide sexual health information, interventions and a range of other services to allow men to make informed decisions about their lives. Yorkshire MESMACalso works with lesbian and bisexual women and heterosexuals where specific projects , community groups and other Yorkshire MESMAC services are mixed gender.
The Equity Partnership
Equity Centre
1 Longlands Street
Bradford BD1 2TP
01274 727 759
www.equitypartnership.org.uk
Working with and for Bradford's lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. The equity partnership provides groups, training, events and volunteering opportunities.
BLAGY
Bradford Lesbian and Gay Youth
01274 395 815
www.blagygroup.co.uk
BLAGY is a safe place for young people (under 25) who are lesbian, gay , bisexual and trans or questioning their sexual orientation this is the place to get support from the youth workers and socialise with peers. The group meets weekly on Wednesday nights in a central location between 6 PM an 8 PM. One-to-one support is also available.
OUR
PO Box 267
Bradford BD1 5XT
01274 740 548
our@mesmac.co.uk
HIV SUPPORT
Social support for people living with and affected by HIV in Bradford. The project provides social and emotional support and can also offer help with finances, health and health support services, counselling , training , signposting and information about other agencies.
Mental Health
www.lgbtmind.com - mental health resources for LGBT people, patients and staff.
www.volition.org.uk - Leeds LGBT mental health partnership people.
Mental Health & Well Being Project (MESMAC): 07806 756 757 (James), j.moore@mesmac.co.uk ; one-to-one support and counselling.
Drugs & Alcohol
www.lgf.org.uk - This Manchester Lesbian & Gay Foundation website has a specfic section on drugs and alcohol misuse aimed at LGB people.
www.talktofrank.com - excellent site for drug misuse for anyone in general.
http://drugfucked.tht.org.uk - website produced by Terrence Higgins Trust giving info on drug misuse and support of gay/bisex people.
Getting Older
www.ageuk.org.uk - information and downloadable resources for older lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Available from the 'Health and Well Being' section.





National Organisations

Organisation
Information/About the Service
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
020 7837 7324
10am-11pm
www.llgs.org.uk
Although based in London, the switchboard provides information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people from all backgrounds and from the whole of the United Kingdom.
Broken Rainbow
0845 260 4460
www.broken-rainbow.org.uk
The U.K.'s only organisation offering support to LGBT victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Runs a confidential hotline.
Pink Parents
01380 727 935
www.pinkparents.org.uk
National project aiming to reduce the isolation and discrimination that LGBT families and families-to-be face. It also helps parents to come to terms with the fact that their son or daughter is gay and how they might provide support for them rather than crying about them!
Families & Friends of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals (FFLAG)0845 652 0311
www.fflag.org.uk
Information, resources and support for parents and families of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Pink Therapy
020 7434 0367
www.pinktherapy.com
Hosts a directory of qualified therapists around the UK who adopt a sexuality affirmative stance and who do not see sexual or gender variation as sickness.
Stonewall
08000 502 020
www.stonewall.org.uk
A group which compaigns on behalf of LGB people.
Please get involved.
UK Lesbian and Immigration Group
020 7922 7811
www.uklgig.org.uk
Provides advice on immigration and seeking asylum for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.