LGBT Foundation is a national charity rooted in Greater Manchester’s local community. It aims to help LGBTQ+ people increase their skills, knowledge and self confidence and is the UK’s largest health and community charity for queer people. Recently celebrating the 45th anniversary of its helpline, some of LGBT Foundation’s biggest achievements include providing 3,623 hours of counselling to 505 Talking Therapies clients from 2019-20 alone, giving out millions of free condom and lube sachets, and working with schools to make them safer for LGBTQ+ students.
Founded in 1974, Switchboard began as an information and support helpline for LGBTQ+ people. In its first two decades, the helpline was an invaluable source of support for those coming out after the 1967 partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality, as well as one of information during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 80s. Today, Switchboard remains an integral resource for the LGBTQ+ community. A 24 hour safe space available over the phone, email, and online for all people to contact, individuals can discuss a range of subjects.
LGBT+ Book Spotlights
This LGBTQ+ History Month Greenwich Students' Union have chosen to highlight these four books, in a bid to educate, acknowledge and reflect on LGBTQ+ history.
See below for more about each book.
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Journal of a Black Queer Nurse Book
“Can I have a white nurse?” the patient asked Britney Daniels.
“Sorry ma'am,” Britney replied, “we are fresh out of white nurses.”
Britney Daniels is a Black, masculine-presenting, tattooed lesbian from a working-class background. For the last five years, she has been working as an emergency-room nurse. She began Journal of a Black Queer Nurse as a personal diary, a tool to heal from the day-to-day traumas of seeing too much and caring too much.
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Transition Denied -Confronting the Crisis in Trans Healthcare
Trans people in the UK currently face widespread prejudice and discrimination, from how they are
described in the media to the lack of healthcare support they receive. This institutional bias is illustrated by the tragic case of Synestra de Courcy, who died following neglect and rejection from the NHS, leading her to sex work to fund her transition and dangerous self-medication.
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Where We Go From Here
Lucas Rocha translated by Larissa Helena from Spanish
Ian has just been diagnosed with HIV. Victor, to his great relief, has tested negative.Henrique has been
living with HIV for the past three years. When Victor finds himself getting tested for HIV for the
first time, he can't help but question his entire relationship with Henrique, the guy he has-had been dating. See, Henrique didn't disclose his positive HIV status to Victor until after they had sex, and even though Henrique insisted on using every possible precaution, Victor is livid. That's when Victor meets Ian, a guy who's also getting
tested for HIV. But Ian's test comes back positive, and his world is about to change forever. Though
Victor is loath to think about Henrique, he offers to put the two of them in touch, hoping that perhaps Henrique can help Ian navigate his new life. In the
process, the lives of Ian, Victor, and Henrique will become intertwined in a story of friendship, love, and stigma-a story about hitting what you think is rock bottom, but finding the courage and support to
keep moving forward.Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this utterly engrossing debut by Brazilian author Lucas Rocha calls back to Alex Sanchez's Rainbow Boys series, bringing attention to how far we've come with HIV, while shining a harsh light on just how far we have yet to go.
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Are you this? Or are you this?
Madian Al Jazarah
When Madian Al Jazerah came out to his Arab parents, his mother had one question. ‘Are you this?’ she asked, cupping her hand. ‘Or are you this?’ she motioned with a poking finger. If you’re the poker, she said, you aren’t a homosexual.
For Madian, this opposition reveals not who he is, but patriarchy, power, and society’s efforts to fit us into neat boxes. He is Palestinian, but wasn’t raised in Palestine. He is Kuwaiti-born, but not Kuwaiti. He’s British-educated, but not a Westerner. He’s a Muslim, but can’t embrace the Islam of today. He’s a gay man, out of the closet but still living in the shadows: he has left Jordan, his home, three times in fear of his life.
Madian has searched for acceptance and belonging around the world, joining new communities in San Francisco, New York, Hawaii and Tunisia, yet always finding himself pulled back to Amman.
This frank and moving memoir narrates his battles with adversity, racism and homophobia, and a rich life lived with humour, dignity and grace.
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Get Involved Year Round
Discover LGBT+ Societies on your campus and get involved year round.
Click on the images to learn more about both our Greenwich based and Medway based LGBTQ+ societies.