Testing Week Scotland 11-17 September 2017 »

Test

Find the test that’s right for you

Gay and bisexual men having regular sex should get tested every 3 months

If you have ever injected drugs (including performance or image enhancing drugs) you may have been at risk of hepatitis C

Treat

Once you know about an infection, treatment means you can do something about it

Today in Scotland a person living with HIV can live a long, healthy life, hepatitis C can be cured, and …

Discrimination »

… Equalities (Sexual Orientation) Regulations Act of 2003 protects lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and heterosexuals from Discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Advice and further information

Commission for Equality & Human Rights – 0141 248 5833 or www.equalityhumanrights.com

Citizens’ Advice Scotland – www.cas.org.uk

Scottish Law Centres – www.govanlc.com/salc.htm

Parents »

… is a voluntary organisation offering helplines run by a group of parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children ( LGBT ).  They provide help, information and support for parents and families of lgbt children.

Lothian:          Anne 0131 556 6047

Strathclyde    Pat 0141 427 3897

Lines are open 9.00am to 10.00pm or you can e-mail:- parentsenquiry@hotmail.com

www.parentsenquiryscotland.org

Further Information

NHS Health Scotland have produced …

Get Rubbered »

… Trust (THT) Scotland (formerly PHACE Scotland). 

It is a postal service for gay and bisexual men living in Lanarkshire who require condoms and lubricant (lube) for anal sex.  Free condoms and lube can be posted direct to your address in a discreet wrapper.  The Get Rubbered Scheme provides an alternative to the C Card Scheme for men who have sex with men who may be concerned about identifying their sexual orientation when asking for strong condoms.  The scheme is …

Trans »

… launched a helpline which will provide information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland.  The helpline is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 noon to 9.00 p.m., please call: 0300 123 2523.  You can also visit their website: www.lgbthealth.org.uk

Homophobia »

… anger, abuse and violence in various forms are still directed at lesbian, gay and bisexual people, transgender people can experience ‘transphobia’.  This is known as homophobic crime.

Some police forces are more advanced in their recognition and treatment of homophobic crime.

Police Scotland have set up a reporting scheme where homophobic crime can be reported. Officers are trained to acknowledge homophobic incidents such as  verbal abuse, assault or domestic …

Being Heterosexual »

… thing to remember is that you have choices, perhaps more than people who are gay, lesbian and bisexual, even so, you can face pressure from society to conform to the heterosexual norm.

You might not want to. It is important to work out what is right for you.

Being Gay or Lesbian »

… heterosexual despite the fact that statistically 5-10 people in 100 will be gay, lesbian or bisexual. That means there are possibly half a million gay, lesbian and bisexual people living in Scotland.

Despite this, there are strong messages of disapproval that we pick up about being gay or lesbian from a very young age. This means that for most gay and lesbian people there may be a long time between realising you are gay, to actually telling anyone else about it or doing anything …

Being Bisexual »

People who are bisexual are attracted to people of both sexes. They can be attracted to both sexes equally or might be more attracted to one than the other.

That doesn’t mean that bisexual people tend to be in relationships with both sexes at once. Nor does it mean that bisexual people can’t be in long term relationships because they need to be with both sexes at once.

It simply means that they have …

Being Aware of Your Sexuality »

There are lots of people who don’t think of themselves as being gay, lesbian or bisexual, who are sometimes attracted to people of the same sex , or perhaps just one person of the same sex.

Whatever you choose to call yourself all these feelings are normal and healthy. It’s worth mentioning that these feelings sometimes change at different times in your life. Some people don’t realise they are gay, lesbian or bisexual until they are much older. Others know from a …