Every February in the UK is LGBT+ History Month. This year's theme is Medicine: #UnderTheScope. Join us this year in celebrating and remembering the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people in the fields of medicine and healthcare.
The HIV and AIDS epidemic is inextricably linked to LGBT+ history. Since the 1980s, the LGBT+ community has fought long and hard to ensure that those living with HIV can access treatment and live dignified lives. But every stride has been challenged by homophobia, stigma, and marginalisation.
Progress on HIV, and indeed to tackle other health and social inequalities, will only be achieved with inclusive healthcare that breaks down barriers to access. To achieve this for LGBT+ people, their voices must lead the way, both as patients and as medical professionals.
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Voices and stories
Dr Tristan Barber on healthcare and LGBT+ History Month
Joe Parry on HIV activism and medicine
Michelle Ross on trans people and PrEP
Rv Macaulay as a gay priest living with HIV
"LGBT+ people historically gravitated towards those specialties where we felt we had a home."
"We can’t discuss the history of HIV without discussing homophobia."
"If you are providing PrEP as a service, then you can provide it for any trans person who wants it.".
"My mission is to ensure that individuals can access their medication regardless of their faith."
More blogs and articles
- Oluwakemi Agunbiade on the new HIV training module for Talking Therapies.
- Deborah Gold on LGBT+ History Month 2024, the progress we've made and the urgent need to address inequalities.
- Adam Freedman on not all demographics benefiting from advances to end new HIV cases.
- Threats to the rights and freedoms of trans people in the UK undermines progress on equality, in HIV and beyond.
- Lisa Power on anger, activism and LGBTQ+ solidarity.
Awareness Raising Materials
Below you’ll find our teaching and fundraising materials, as well as some recent National AIDS Trust reports that might be useful for LGBT+ History Month.
- Fundraising materials and Schools Awareness Resources for teachers
- Not PrEPared report - Barriers to accessing HIV prevention drugs in England
- HIV: Public knowledge and attitudes report
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