Newsletter May 2013
The Highland LGBT Forum held its AGM in April and elected a new committee of charity trustees: Robyn (Chair), Joanne (Secretary), Sarah (Treasurer), Mike, Morgan, Tony, Shirley and Sandra. Committee meetings are usually held once a month at Inverness Leisure. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to join us.
The Forum has run successful LGBT awareness-raising conferences this year in Nairn, Fort William, Thurso and Portree thanks to a grant from Awards for All Scotland. In May we are heading over to Stornoway, with plans to visit Orkney in September and Shetland in October with help from Highlands & Islands Equality Forum.
It's party time!
The FORUM ForMEN Spring Party
will be held at a private venue in central Inverness on Saturday 4 May
. Gay and bi men welcome. For details contact Tony on 07527107852.
Don't forget that every Wednesday it's MEN@MACNABS
- a weekly opportunity for gay/bi guys to socialise from 8pm at Macnab's bar & bistro (on the riverside at the Columba Hotel, Inverness). Look for the table with the shiny, red post box. Contact Morgan on email@example.com
or 07745 930383.
Aces at Miami Nightclub in Inverness is holding its next LGBT night on Tuesday 7 May. Doors open at 9pm. Drinks from £1.50. DJ and top tunes. Over 18s only. This regular event is on the 1st Tuesday of every month. Contact 01463 232602.
Following on from the Highland LGBT Forum roadshow events, 2 new social groups have set up across the Highlands.
- North Highlands LGBT social group (covering Caithness, Sutherland and Orkney) now meets for lunch in once a month in Thurso (on the first Saturday) and also meet one evening a month (on the third Thursday). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A new social group for LGBT folks in Lochaber is meeting in Fort William on Tuesday 4 June. To get in touch contact is initially via email@example.com or 07745 930383.
Come In, Come Out, Come Home - a new 'talking' group for LGBT people
New group run by Runa Wolf, BA, PGCE, MA Gestalt Psychotherapy, MBACP
Phone or text: 07833 603 293
Runa is offering a regular weekly 2-hour space for a facilitated group in her comfortable, private workroom just off Forres High Street on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9 pm.
There will be an introductory meeting, by donation, from 7 - 9 pm on Wednesday 15 May. If you are not sure whether this group is for you, this is your chance to come along and find out more. View more info in PDF.
Runa is also able to offer private therapy sessions at her workroom in Forres. Contact her direct for details and costs. LGBT folk, family and friends are welcome.
Free jogging session every Wednesday at 6.30pm.
starting outside Inverness Leisure
All levels of joggers are welcome!
Contact Simon Venn on 07941 553620 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Highland Rainbow Folk
Highland Rainbow Folk
are looking for volunteers aged over 50 to help with presentations to raise awareness of issues facing older LGBT people. Younger volunteers are also welcome to help with other aspects of the group. They meet once a month in central Inverness.
Visit their new Facebook page
The latest LGBT-friendly event in Inverness is ecstatic dance sessions for Mind, Body, Spirit. This regular session is held every fortnight at a small cost of £2 per person. The next sessions are Thursday 2, 16 and 30 May. Contact Morgan on 07745 930383 or email email@example.com
There's lots happening with groups meeting on a regular basis.
Click here for the FULL CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS.
Waverley Care Highland
Waverley Care Highland
now has an outreach team
in the following areas on Tuesdays and Thursdays distributing condoms and safe sex information:
- Ord Wood - Tuesday & Thursday 10.30am - 11.00am
- North Kessock - Tuesday & Thursday 11.00am - 12.00pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm
- Garve - First Tuesday of every month 4.10pm - 4.20pm
- Bught - Second Tuesday of every month 4.00pm - 4.30pm
- Carrbridge - Third Tuesday of every month 4.10pm - 4.30pm
- Nairn - Fourth Tuesday of every month 4.00pm - 4.30pm
Waverley Care also operates a condoms by post scheme in Highland, Argyll and Bute. Condoms can be ordered from their office at 34 Waterloo Place, Inverness (tel:
01463 711585 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also text your order to 07519 708296 or download an order form. Supplies are posted
out, free of charge, every 2 months in plain wrappers so the service is
Free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis Testing Services are available at their office at 34 Waterloo Place, Inverness. Full details
free and confidential counselling and sexual health services to all young people under 25 (including any aspect of sexuality, sex and relationships). Contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, infection screening, etc.
Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (4pm - 7pm) and Saturdays (12 noon - 3pm) at 77 Church Street, Inverness. No appointments needed. For further info you can call them on 01463 242434.
Brook Highland is now a third party reporter for Hate Free Highland
so you can go to them and report any hate incidents/crime anonymously if you wish.
Brook has a new campaign which includes info on sexuality and sexual identity so don't worry, you're not alone.
Ask Brook free helpline number 0808 802 1234.
Text service on 81222 also available - click here for details.
If you'd prefer to live in a world which is more open and honest about sex and relationships, celebrates sexuality and embraces individuality - then join the Sex:Positive campaign by Brook. Make your pledge today at sexpositive.org.uk
Highland Sexual Health
Highland Sexual Health
provides a free, confidential, one-stop service for men and women. The nurses and doctors are specially trained and their aim is to deal with everyone in a friendly, non-judgmental and sensitive way. Clinics are held in Inverness, Aviemore, Invergordon, Fort William, Mallaig, Wick and Thurso.
They offer free condoms & lubricant, as well as testing & treatment of anyone with symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, HIV testing & treatment, counselling & testing for Hepatitis A & B. Telephone: 01463 888300.
Rape and Abuse Line (RAL)
Based in Dingwall, Rape and Abuse Line (RAL)
aims to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, however long ago their experiences were.
They offer a free and confidential support helpline answered by women (0808 8000 123)
as well as one answered by men (0808 8000 122). RAL also offers free face to face support and counselling sessions within a wide range of Highland and Island areas.
They can also offer support to families or partners of the person affected.