Monday, February 01, 2016

It’s February and it’s LGBT History Month

Terrence Higgins Trust in Redbridge is running a range of local outreach activity for LGBT History Month, to raise awareness of HIV. The charity will also be hosting a workshop where residents can learn about the services they offer, including drop-in testing and free condoms.

Working in partnership with local community group Redbridge Rainbow Community, Terrence Higgins Trust is providing free and confidential HIV testing at the LGBT drop-in session on each first Saturday of the month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Redbridge residents. These are at the Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326 High Road, Ilford.

Almost 500 people were diagnosed with HIV in north east London, according to last years HIV figures. In an effort to increase local knowledge and understanding, Terrence Higgins Trust is hosting a free HIV awareness workshop open to all at Gants Hill Library on Thursday 25 February 2-3:30pm.

Yasmin Dunkley, Community Engagement Officer at Terrence Higgins Trust said:
“Locally in Redbridge, we will be working with organisations to raise awareness of HIV throughout February for LGBT history month, encouraging residents to get involved with events, learn more about HIV and get tested.
“Nationally, we have also opened a new online LGBT and gender identity focussed survey (click!) which we are urging 18 – 25 year olds to take in an effort to understand the needs of young people in Sex and Relationships Education.”
Matthew Walters, Chair of Redbridge Rainbow Community, said:
“LGBT History Month is an observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
“We are delighted this year in Redbridge to be sharing the stories of Margaret (a local Trans* woman) and a powerful film documentary and exhibition about HIV over the last 30 years.” Local councillor John Howard will be speaking at this event at Fullwell Cross Library, details here.
LGBT History Month runs throughout the UK for February.
Local events can be found on Redbridge-i or at Redbridge Rainbow.

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