Highland LGBT Forum


For the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community
in the Highlands & Islands

Highland LGBT Forum

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Mobile: 075 1223 1904

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Pride Glasgow 2014
Main Pride day: 19 July
Pride Festival: 19 July - 3 August
(Commonwealth Games: 23 July - 3 August)
Sports / Activities
The Gay Outdoor Club has many events throughout the year in the Highlands and the rest of Scotland for all LGBT people.

Hate Free Highland

LGBT Youth Scotland has a helpline number 0131 555 3940 and chat facilities on their web site.
LGBT Youth Scotland

HELPLINES
The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing operates LGBT Helpline Scotland on 0300 123 2523 every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12pm to 9pm. They also operate the Lothian LGBT Helpline on 0131 556 4049 and this is available every Wednesday, 12.30-7pm. The helplines offer support and information on a range of issues including hate crime, sexuality, relationships and coming out. The service is available to anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and those questioning their sexuality or gender identity. It is also there to help families, friends, supporters and any other agencies acting on behalf of an LGBT person.
News February 2014
Highland LGBT Forum EGM
Saturday 8 March at 1pm
Venue: The Bike Shed Community Arts Venue, Grant Street, Inverness.
This meeting will be to consider the future of the Forum, and, if there is sufficient interest, to elect a Secretary and Treasurer, and more members onto the committee. All welcome.
Contact forum@gay-ness.org.uk
February is LGBT History Month
Highland LGBT Lives 'Adventures in Art' Exhibition Weekend:
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February 2014 from 2pm - 6pm
at The Bike Shed Community Arts Venue, Grant Street, Inverness

The exhibition has been divided into 4 distinct areas: HOME, WORK, SELF and LOVE. The artists come from locations as far apart as Aberdeen and Durness, Wick and Inverness, with many stops in between. Some of the works exhibited are by long-established and well-respected artists, others are by artists exhibiting publically for the first time, and several are from those using this as their very first venture into visual artistic expression.
Download PDF guide

Artwork by David Downing
Artwork by David Downing

This special project is funded with a grant from LGBT History Month Scotland.
Contact the event organiser Morgan Cowley morgan@tramstop.org

Gay Guys Inverness have a new name and new web site: www.gayguysinverness.org. The group offers a weekly opportunity for gay/bi men to socialise over drinks and/or food from 8pm at Macnab's bar & bistro (on the riverside at the Columba Hotel, Inverness). Look for the table with the red post box. There's also a free jogging session starting from Inverness Leisure at 6pm every Wednesday.

The next LGBT night at Aces nightclub in Inverness will be on Tuesday 4 March (over 18s only). Doors open 9pm. Check out their Facebook page

West Highland Way Challenge
Fancy fundraising for Waverley Care? 25 walkers will set off from Milngavie in Glasgow on 26th April 2014 and over the next 6 days walk The West Highland Way, arriving in Fort William on 1st May. If you're interested in taking up the challenge, you can find more details on their web site

Residential trans confidence building event
24 - 27 March 2014
at Badaguish Outdoor Centre, near Aviemore

Enjoy the peaceful and welcoming environment of Badaguish Outdoor Centre, to explore your transition options and be yourself around other trans people, in an open and safe, non-judgemental space. The 4-day event includes informal workshops that will help boost your confidence in a range of ways, as well as giving you the opportunity to make new connections. You do not need to have begun your process of transition, received a gender dysphoria diagnosis or even attended a Gender Clinic. It is for anybody who is questioning, or who has questioned their gender identity and wishes to get information and support about what you might want to do next.
Accommodation is provided in two comfortable accessible lodges situated in the Cairngorm National Park, mostly in twin rooms. Food and materials are provided, but you need to pay for and organise your transport. Train and bus services run to Aviemore, which is a few miles away and a lift can be organised from here to the venue.
Contact Rose or call 0131 523 1103 for a booking form.

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.
Email: highlandrainbowfolk@gmail.com
Visit their new Facebook page

HRF

Gay men's running group
Free jogging session every Wednesday at 6pm.
starting outside Inverness Leisure
All levels of joggers are welcome!
Contact Simon Venn on 07941 553620 /
jampa40@yahoo.co.uk

EVENTS CALENDAR:

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 has an outreach team in the following areas on Wednesdays and Fridays each week distributing condoms and safer sex information:
Ord Wood and North Kessock - between 11am and 2pm for half an hour at each location.

In addition, they distribute condoms at the following locations each month:

  • Garve - First Wednesday of month (pm) and final Friday of month (pm)
  • Bught Park - Second Wednesday of month (pm) and third Friday of the month (pm)
  • Carrbridge - Third Wednesday of month (pm) and second Friday of the month (pm)
  • Nairn - Final Wednesday of month (pm) and first Friday of the month (pm)
  • Dingwall - Second and final Thursdays of the month (pm)

For safer sex information and advice outwith the above times, please contact the outreach team on 01463 711585.

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: highland@waverleycare.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 completely confidential.

Free and confidential HIV and Hepatitis B and C Testing Services will be available from 1 November 2013 at the office at 34 Waterloo Place, Inverness. Full details

Brook Highland
Brook Highland offers 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.


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.