FOLLOWING International Women’s Day (March 8) the LGBT Foundation have introduced the first ever National Lesbian and Women’s Health Week running from 13 to 17 March 2017. The campaign is run by the National LGB&T Partnership, where LGBT Foundation are the lead partner.
— LGBT Foundation (@LGBTfdn) March 7, 2017
Claudia Carvell, a spokesperson from The LGBT Foundation said: “The National LGB&T Partnership decided to launch the National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week for the first time following a discussion of the findings from our report ‘Best Practise in Providing Healthcare to lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women’.
“The week will also be an opportunity to celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which are already providing dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women. Fundamentally, we want service providers, organisations and individuals to start talking about LBWSW’s health – not just conflating it with ‘LGBT’ or ‘women’s’ health, as this is when LBWSW’s experiences and needs are consistently marginalised and overlooked.
“We’ve got some really great events happening in celebration and support of the National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week – in Manchester, there’s a focus group on LB women’s experiences of accessing alcohol and drug services and a Student Union cake and crafts event to raise awareness and increase discussion around LB women’s health.
— Lancashire LGBT (@LancsLGBT) March 13, 2017
“We’ve also got several blog posts happening including one on why women who have sex with women need to take care of their sexual health and another on their experiences of accessing primary care!”
For more information on National Lesbian and Women’s Health Week go to the National LGB&T Partnership page where you can find more details about events happening near you as well as information on how to get involved.
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