Highland LGBT Forum


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

Highland LGBT Forum

Email:

Mobile: 075 1223 1904

Facebook
Visit the Forum's Facebook page!

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.
The Highland LGBT Forum has a new committee of charity trustees for 2014. We have set up an online message board where the LGBT community can engage with us and share your views. Although you do need to register to access it, usernames can be anonymous. Check it out on http://highlandlgbtforum.freeforums.net
Highland LGBT Writers' Group
Sutherland-based Kevin Crowe has some great ideas for setting up a writers' group which could:
  • Encourage LGBT people to explore their creativity
  • Provide support, advice and constructive criticism
  • Help those writers interested to get their work published
  • Run workshops led by published writers who are either themselves LGBT or are supportive of LGBT people
  • Organise events providing people with opportunites to read their work in public
  • Produce our own publications, where appropriate
  • Liaise with other writers' groups (including the Federation of Writers Scotland and Highland Literary Salon)
  • Liaise and working with other LGBT cultural and artistic groups (including the visual arts group)
  • Liaise with LGBT communities in the Highlands and further afield

Click here to find out more (PDF download)

EVENTS CALENDAR:

There's lots happening with groups meeting on a regular basis.
Click here for the FULL CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS.

New venue and new schedule for the LGBT club nights :
Vinyl (Castle Street, Inverness) on the last Sunday of the month starting Sunday 31 August 2014. Doors open at 10.30pm. Free entry. Over 18s only.
Check out their new Facebook page

LGBT club nights at Vinyl

Save the date!

World AIDS Day Monday 1st December 2014
from 11.30am until 7.30pm at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness

The event is free to attend and open to all.
Waverley Care and partner agencies will have information stalls in the First Floor Foyer area throughout the day - come along, say hello and find out more about what we do in the Highlands. There will be talks and workshops on a range of HIV-related topics in the MacLean Room There will also be an opportunity to find out about the experiences of people living with HIV in the Highlands.
Full programme to follow in October!
So save the date and we will see you on 1st December 2014!
Contact Rachel on 01463 711 585 or rachel.hughes@waverleycare.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.
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

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.