Some people are brought up to think that being heterosexual is the norm, understandably this can put LGBT people off talking about their true feelings and can have a huge impact on their self-esteem and self worth. When it comes to sex most people get their information from family and friends however LGBT people can feel isolated as they are afraid to talk about sex. This can also stop people from accessing services.
If you are having sex it is important that you know the facts and what services are available to you, below are a list of local services that welcome LGBT people and links to national organisations. You can also order the NHS Ayrshire and Arran leaflet Who am I, Who are you’ an introduction to LGBT, available at www.healthinfoshop
AYRSHIRE’S SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES
All our clinics are LGBT friendly, our staff have undertaken specific training to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and confidence.
To find out where and when our clinics are click: Ayrshire and Arran Sexual Health Clinics
OTHER LGBT SERVICES
The Steve Retson Project
Based in Glasgow, the Steve Retson Project is a sexual health service for gay and bisexual men. Based within the department of Genitourinary Medicine on the first floor of the Sandyford Initiative, the Project offers full screening for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and counselling for all men who have sex with men.
For an appointment ring: Phone 0141 211 8628
For general enquiries ring: 0141 211 8130
Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) Scotland is the largest HIV charity in Europe and provides services across Scotland including Ayrshire and Arran. They are the HIV and sexual health charity for life. In Ayrshire THT Scotland provide services a gay and bisexual men and support to the wider LGBT community and people who are HIV positive.
1-2-1 support, outreach, group work for LGBT people, advocacy and support for people living with HIV, training on HIV, homophobia, diversity and sexual health.
For more details of these and other services offered by THT Scotland contact:
THT Scotland, 134 Douglas Street, Glasgow, G2 4HF
Tel 0141 332 3838 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Get Rubbered scheme in Ayrshire
A condoms and lube postal scheme for gay and bisexual men delivered free of charge to your door on a monthly or bi monthly basis.
LGBT Helpline Scotland
The Magazine from Scotland for Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals
LGBT Youth Group
LGBT Youth Group for young people 13-25 from across Ayrshire.
Tel: 01563 554588 Emaill: Louisa.McEvoy@east-ayrshire.gov.uk
North Ayrshire LGBT Youth Group
North Ayrshire are now running the Open Ayrshire Group for young people in the area. It’s a new and exciting group starting up for young people aged 13 to 25 that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender in North Ayrshire.
Tel: Donna or Laura on 01294 472251 Emaill: email@example.com
A social support group for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning who they are, based in Ayr for people who are 18 and over.
Facebook: Ayrshire LGBTQ