RISE [August 2021]
30-second ident for MENRUS.CO.UK
The Gay Men’s Health Collective (GMHC) is the umbrella for three beautifully proportioned volunteer-led health and well-being projects for gay and bi men and men who have sex with men.
- MENRUS.CO.UK is our gay men’s health and well-being website with a holistic view of health. Hundreds of topics are divided into six key sections: YOU, MEN, BODY, SEX, STI and DRUGS with content presented in a straightforward way. Content includes over 15,000 links to support, film clips and further information hand-picked from the Internet.
- THREE FLYING PIGLETS makes short films on gay men’s health issues and films for the wider LGBT+ community and our allies, many gratis. We often tackle knowledge gaps not addressed elsewhere, aiming to better connect us to our health and well-being needs. Three Flying Piglets marked its 10th birthday in 2020, having completed 67 film projects.
- PIP PAC are safer chemsex packs innovated by gay men for gay men with direct knowledge and experience of recreational and problematic drug use, withdrawal, and recovery. Updated regularly, contents include colour-coded injecting kit and sharps disposal; gloves, condoms and lubricant; mints (because we can); and safer chemsex, safer hook-up and rights on arrest booklets. From an original 500 pack run in 2014, volunteers makeup 1,200 packs annually, purchased by the NHS and drug service providers, and available through our online store. We also provide education and training.
Keeping running costs down, many aspects of delivering our projects are managed virtually, volunteers working remotely from homes, trains, cafés (where ever we can get a half-decent wi-fi hotspot). Though we take our work seriously, this cannot be said of ourselves. We’ll collaborate with just about anyone, sleep with just about anything, and insist that our meetings are usually conducted over a home-cooked meal or afternoon tea.
In September 2016, the Gay Men’s Health Collective became a community interest company (CIC) and a company limited by guarantee. Company number: 10404160. From 2018, GMHC started hot-desking at the offices of Release and Harm Reduction International (HRI) 2-3 days a week at 61 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN. GMHC aims to move to charitable status in 2022, but this has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Day-to-day running costs are met by a core grant from MAC VIVA GLAM (March 2021-22)
If you like our work, please consider making a donation:
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