On Saturday 6th of October, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) Scotland is holding “Talking Shop,” an event for Ayrshire’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The event, which takes place from 1.30 – 4.30pm, is dedicated to developing new local support networks and tackling the issue of isolation that is often felt by many LGBT people in rural areas. Although things are steadily improving, the fear of homophobic attack and disapproval can stop people accessing support services and talking about their true feelings. In the last year alone THT Scotland has been inundated with requests for more local support.
David Bingham, Gay Men’s Worker for Ayrshire and Arran, at THT Scotland said “LGBT people in Ayrshire can sometimes feel a bit isolated so we wanted to get together to hear people’s thoughts on what would help. We’re open to ideas, from online support, to one to one meetings or social groups. If you’re interested, please come along and give us your views, you’d be really welcome.”
There are currently no recognised gay pubs or clubs in Ayrshire and very few safe spaces where LGBT people can socialise. Other than NESA (North, East, South Ayrshire LGBT Support Group), there are no established support groups in the area. David Bingham from THT Scotland and Nick Laird from Fair For All will co-facilitate the day’s events; members of the NESA group will also be there to meet and greet people and offer a helping hand.
The event is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Friends are also welcome. Venue details will be provided on request. To book a place or for more information about this event and other support in Ayrshire and Arran contact David Bingham on 0141 332 3838 or email email@example.com