Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are being encouraged to get involved in designing a new campaign to address health inequalities among the community in Glasgow.
Glasgow LGBTQI Substance Use Working Group is seeking volunteers to get involved, sharing their life experiences, to help develop harm reduction resources.
The campaign will seek to address the health inequalities experienced by LGBT+ people around drug and alcohol use, closely tied to inequalities in mental health due to historic and ongoing discrimination and stigma.
UK research shows LGB men and women are almost twice as likely to report heavy episodes of alcohol use in the last week than their heterosexual peers. Smoking is also more prevalent amongst young men, who were more than twice as likely to smoke as their straight peers.
Research by the Scottish Trans Alliance in 2017 also highlighted the issues trans and non-binary people experience when attempting to access addiction services.
The Glasgow LGBTQI Substance Use Working Group is a partnership of alcohol, drug and academic organisations together with the NHS and LGBT+ groups in the Greater Glasgow area, including LGBT Health & Wellbeing, LGBT Youth Scotland, The Scottish Drugs Forum, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Glasgow Caledonian University.
Volunteers are encouraged to get in touch with the Substance Use Working Group by Tuesday 28th January by reading the application guidance here.