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LBT Women's Health Week 2021

Happy March everybody and welcome to this special edition of our newsletter, highlighting the assortment of events and opportunities we have coming up for LBT Women's Health Week 2021. For those who don't know, the week this year is the 8th-12th March, beginning on International Women's Day and continuing for the rest of the week. Our theme this year is Let's Break The Silence — we recognise that far to often women's health issues are stigmatised and swept under the rug, and that this shame is enforced even more so upon queer women and non-binary people. It's time to start taking openly and honestly about the issues that affect us. We invite you to sign up to our events and make your voice and your experiences heard. 

Let's break the silence.

Laura Clarke
Stakeholder Engagement Officer

LBT Women's Health Panel

March 8th • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • FREE
This is our main event and the first event of the week. Join us to watch a panel of experts in LBT women's health answering your questions and discussing LBT health inequalities and barriers to care. Our panel consists of Lizzie Streeter (LGBT NHSE Team), Michelle Ross (CliniQ), Rosie Jones (comedian & actress), Helen Green (NHS midwife) and Phillipa Peart (PhD research student). The panel will be hosted by Sarah Humphreys from Elop

You can sign up for this panel via our Eventbrite page.

This event is aimed at health professionals and VCSE workers who may work with the LBT community as well as LBT women and non-binary people themselves.

To submit your questions to this panel please email laura@consortium.lgbt. You can direct your questions towards a specific panellist or put this to all members of the panel to discuss. Alternatively you can ask questions live at the event.

Webinars for Healthcare Providers & NHSE Workers

We will be hosting three webinars in collaboration with a number of individuals and organisations. These webinars are aimed at healthcare professionals and voluntary sector worker who work with, or have the potential to work with, LBT women and non-binary people. However, LBT women are also welcome to attend if these are of interest.

LBT Survivors of Domestic and/or Sexual Violence: An Introduction
March 9th • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm • FREE
In this session Catherine Bewley from Galop, the UK’s LGBT+ anti-violence and abuse charity, will provide an introduction to the experiences and needs of LBT women and non-binary people who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. LBT and non-binary people are particularly invisible within service provision and they often feel that their particular experiences, needs and perspectives are not well understood. This session will provide an introduction for professionals who want to recognise and respond more effectively to LBT and non-binary survivors.

Maternity & Reproductive Health in LBT Women & Non-Binary People
March 10th • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm • FREE
In this 90 minute webinar, hear from three speakers who are working to improve health outcomes for LBT women and non-binary people experiencing pregnancy and birth 
— Laura-Rose Thorogood, AJ Silver and Adelaide Harris. If your role involves working with LBT parents-to-be then this informative look into inequalities within the sector will help you to provide a better quality of care to your service-users.

Research into LBT Women's Health
March 11th • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm • FREE
Hear from three specialists in LGBTQ+ health — Professor Catherine Meads, Dr Rachael Eastham and Dr Alison Berner — cover the current research into the inequalities and health disparities that affect LBT women, followed by an update from a member of the LGBT NHS England team — Tash Oakes-Monger — on the current work being done to address these issues and bridge the gaps in healthcare for this community.

Wellbeing Events for LBT Women & Non-Binary People


We acknowledge how difficult this year has been on everybody's mental health and wellbeing. Therefore we are so pleased to bring LBT women three amazing opportunities to take some time for their mental and physical health. See below for our three wellbeing events and sign up — spaces are limited!

Singing Workshop with Sing Out Bristol
March 9th • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm • FREE

For everyone who loves having a sing...for everyone who’s never done any singing...for everyone who thinks they can’t sing...this is for you! This workshop will be led by Lindsey Williams from Sing Out Bristol (the South West’s largest, award-winning LGBT choir). The emphasis will be on singing together for fun, joining together with others in a shared Zoom space. Everything will be taught by ear - no need to read music. We’ll sing some wonderful, uplifting songs from all around the world. Because it’s on Zoom, you’ll only hear Lindsey’s voice - so you can sing away to your heart’s content, secure in the knowledge that no-one can hear you apart from your cat!

Creative Writing Workshop with Ella Otomewo
March 9th • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm • FREE

Ella Otomewo is a poet who found her voice in the spoken word community, but now writes for both the page and the stage. She has facilitated creative writing workshops in universities, libraries, schools, and at festivals, and has performed all over the UK, and across Europe. Ella is primarily a solo performer, however, has also worked as part of an ensemble with the renowned spoken word collective, Young Identity. This year she has collaborated and performed with Contact Theatre, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Art with Heart. For this event Ella will perform 20 minutes of her own poetry and followed by a 70-minute creative writing workshop for LBT women and non-binary people. This evening session is an opportunity to exercise your creative side in a safe space.

Yoga & Meditation with Josetta Malcolm
March 12th • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm • FREE

Josetta is a yoga and meditation teacher with a background in LGBTQ mental health, inclusion and is a Trans Non-Binary Intersex Engagement Worker. They are a passionate advocate of using yoga and mindfulness meditation to improve emotional and physical wellbeing. They have been practicing for 20 years and teaching for 15, having trained with the British Wheel of Yoga. They run regular classes for minoritized groups, such as LGBTQ/TNBI people, carers, people with autism etc. Josetta is delighted to be delivering a chair yoga and mindfulness meditation session, which will be relaxing and accessible; a much-needed opportunity to learn some tension relieving moves and breathing techniques.
Ella Otomewo

Community Collaboration Events

The following events are brought to you in collaboration with other organisations who applied for our LBT Women's Health Week funding to organise and host their own events in their specialist areas.

Speak Out!
March 8th • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm • FREE
We know that the last year has been challenging for us all – and that the pandemic has affected us all differently. On International Women’s Day Opening Doors London have teamed up with MindOut, a specialist LGBTQ mental health charity. We want to offer LGBTQ+ women over 50 from around the UK an opportunity to meetup and share their experiences and learnings: what have you found most challenging but also what has helped you to manage? What would help you in the future? What services can organisations like Opening Doors and MindOut develop that would be most helpful?
Hosted by Opening Doors London in collaboration with The National LGBT Partnership

Queer Young Minds "Stuck Inside"
March 8th • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm • FREE
A true look at how young LBT women experience and take care of their mental health. Hear from a group of young women about how they cope with their daily thoughts and with their external and internal challenges. Join us in exploring their minds openly, and together we will create a safe and supportive space. We will also combat some myths around certain aspects of mental health. After each young person has shared their thoughts and experiences, there will be an opportunity to ask them questions or for clarification. 
Hosted by The Proud Trust in collaboration with The National LGBT Partnership

Included or Excluded? – Breaking the silence for LBT Disabled women
March 10th • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm • FREE
This is a roundtable for Disabled women who identify as Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender (LBT). Shaping Our Lives will be hosting a safe online Zoom event to allow Disable women to discuss if they feel included or excluded in the LBT communities; the impact this has; and the inequalities it may create.
Hosted by Shaping Our Lives in collaboration with The National LGBT Partnership

Hot Women
March 11th • 10:00 am - 11:00 am • FREE
The menopause is one of those things we are not supposed to talk about – so we are going to talk about it. Anna and Alice lead two LGBTQ+ charities and will talk about their experiences of going through the menopause whilst being in leadership roles and then will open up the conversation to provide an opportunity to share experiences and learnings. What have you found most challenging? What have you found most useful?
Hosted by Opening Doors London in collaboration with The National LGBT Partnership

In Conversation with Kelly Walker-Reed
March 11th • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm • FREE
Join Georgia from Birmingham LGBT and Kelly from Inspiring Healthy Choices to learn more about increasing uptake for cervical screening within the LGBTQIA+ community, reducing period stigma for the community, improving health outcomes and a discussion around gender neutral toilets. We will be taking questions during the event but please also feel free to email georgiapattison@blgbt.org before the event with your questions.
Hosted by Birmingham LGBT in collaboration with The National LGBT Partnership

Sex, Relationships & Reproductive Health for LBT Women & Non-Binary People

March 11th • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm • FREE
Join us for an interactive panel event where we will be exploring taboo issues in LBT women and non-binary people's lives. The focus will be on sex, relationship and reproductive health. Panellists will talk about taboo issues such as reproductive health choices including conception and fertility; stillbirth and miscarriage; legal issues and emotional and physical health. We also want to explore sex and relationships in menopause - issues such as sex and pleasure and weight gain, lack of libido, etc. 
Hosted by METRO in collaboration with The National LGBT Partnership

Breaking Barriers and Shattering Stigmas for South Asian LBT Women

March 12th • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm • FREE
Sexual health disparities remain present for south Asian women, reasons for which are complex and may include taboos around accessing sexual health services. Furthermore, LBT women face additional barriers to accessing health care due to homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and misogyny, both within the South Asian community and in wider society. This webinar event and panel discussion brings together three distinguished guest speakers; NHS Consultant Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan, NHS Consultant Dr Selena Singh and Neelam Heera of the organisation Cysters, The event is hosted by Dr Siddhi Joshi of British Asian LGBTI and Daljinder Johal of Gaysians and is funded by the National LGBT Partnership during LBT Women’s Health Week. The event is especially aimed at South Asian LBT women, healthcare professionals and is open to the general public.
Hosted by British Asian LGBTI in collaboration with The National LGBT Partnership

Other Events

A number of events are being run by other organisations in the community as part of LBT Women's Health Week. These are listed below. Please click on the title of the event to be taken to the sign-up page.
If your organisation is running an event and you would like to advertise this on our calender of events then please email laura@consortium.lgbt

Resources

Don't forget that the Partnership's website has an array of publications available for download covering a diverse range of LGBT health issues. As we navigate through the pandemic and beyond it is important to reflect on the lived experiences of LGBT people and communities as we rebuild new ways of working and explore the additional impacts on vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Jobs & Volunteering
Paid Roles

The Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector.

Voluntary Roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the Consortium page.

If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health & Social Care in our newsletter please email nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com
We hope to see you during LBT Women's Health Week!
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