MEDICINE: UNDER THE SCOPE
LGBT+ History Month 2024
The Gay Men’s Health Collective (GMHC) is the umbrella for four beautifully proportioned volunteer-led health and well-being projects for gay and bi men and men who have sex with men.
The primary aim of GMHC is “to promote health, sexual health and well-being; reduce harms caused by sexually transmitted infections and substance misuse harms; and actively encourage stronger LGBT+ communities with more active citizens working together.” *
- MENRUS.CO.UK is our gay men’s health and well-being website with a holistic view of health. Hundreds of topics make up six key sections: YOU, MEN, BODY, SEX, STI and DRUGS, with over 16,000 links to support, film clips and further information hand-picked from the Internet. And while our primary audience is gay men, information increasingly reflects the wider LGBTQ+ community.
- THREE FLYING PIGLETS makes short films on health issues and films for the wider LGBT+ community and our allies, many gratis. We often tackle knowledge gaps not addressed elsewhere to better connect us to our health and well-being needs. Three Flying Piglets marked its 10th birthday in 2020, having made over 200 short films.
- 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. We made 500 in 2014 and 100–150/month today. We also provide education and training.
- SAFER is a health and well-being pack for gay men** and the wider LGBT+ community with a focus on chemsex. 20,000 packs are being distributed to sexual health and drug services, accident and emergency departments, HIV and LGBT+ organisations, and LGBT+ venues from June 2023 to spring 2024. Packs contain booklets and leaflets on health and well-being, safer chemsex, rights on arrest, HIV and HCV testing, safer hook-ups, and sexual health.
Keeping running costs down, many aspects of delivering our projects are managed virtually, with volunteers working remotely from homes, trains, and cafés (wherever 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.
GMHC was founded in 2010 and registered as a community interest company (CIC) and a company limited by guarantee in September 2016. Company number: 10404160. Registered office 61 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN.
*Articles of Association; Object 5.1
** Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.
GMHC would like to thank Beauty and Pampering, Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SE which donates pedicures to our volunteers who visit London venues, distributing health promotion resources. Their feet, thank you!
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