Pride Month 2021
June is officially Pride Month โ a global campaign where LGBTI+ communities come together in celebration and protest.
In any ‘normal’ year, Pride Month would mean our teams gearing up for big events across the country, joining marches, holding information stalls and generally getting into the carnival spirit.
Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, Covid had other ideas, with events taken online, postponed or cancelled - the easing of restrictions coming just that little bit too late for organisers.
While we’re gutted that so many events are off – Pride Month’s still a great opportunity to bring people together and to share information advice and support to those who need it.
Pride has always been about advocating and advancing the rights of LGBTI+ people and that fight continues. Right here in Scotland, a country so often praised for its progressiveness, LGBTI+ people continue to face poorer sexual and mental health, often fuelled by discrimination in our society.
This Pride Month, we want to highlight some of the organisations that serve our communities, where you can go to for information, advice and support, and we’ll continue to add to this list throughout the month.
Waverley Care projects
At Waverley Care, we're here to help anyone looking for support related to HIV, hepatitis C and sexual health. All of our services are available to LGBTI+ people, alongside some more specific projects:
- SX Scotland – SX is a community-based project focused on improving the sexual health and wellbeing of gay and bisexual men, and all men who have sex with men. The SX website has lots of great information available from PrEP and U=U, to getting hold of condoms, and regular STI testing, The site also runs a regular live chat service, and you'll find information about 1:1 support for people living in the Lothians, Forth Valley and the Highlands.
- Wave Highland – Wave is all about getting young people thinking and talking about their sexual health and relationships. Alongside school-based education programmes, the project’s website is a fantastic source of information on all things sexual health.
We're fortunate to work alongside a wide range of organisations who provide support to LGBTI+ communities across Scotland. Below we've highlighted just a few of them.
- Equality Network - a national organisation working for LGBT equality and human rights in Scotland. They provide a range of advice and information for organisations, including public sector, voluntary sector and private sector bodies, and for LGBTI organisations and people seeking to establish LGBTI organisations.
- LGBT Health and Wellbeing - works to improve the health, wellbeing and equality of LGBT people in Scotland. They provide support services, social events and develop resources so LGBT people can address the health issues that impact their lives and connect with their local communities.
- LGBT Youth Scotland - national charity for LGBTI young people, working with 13–25 year olds across the country to make Scotland the best place to grow up for LGBTI young people
- Pink Saltire – Pink Saltire is a volunteer-led community news site for LGBT+ people in Scotland. Alongside news content, the site aims to improve representation of LGBT people and reduce isolation and discrimination.
- Scene Alba – Scene Alba is a monthly arts magazine with a spotlight on queer culture, arts, interviews and history.
- Scottish Trans Alliance – Scottish Trans Alliance work to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.
- Stonewall Scotland – Stonewall is an organisation campaigning for transformative change in the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the UK. Alongside information for individuals within the LGBTI+ community, there are some great resources for employers and schools to promote inclusivity.