LGBT Quiz … Manchester Pride’s Campaign … Vaccine advice … Hate Crime Awareness Week & HIV Testing Week

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LGBT Quiz – How Gay Are You?

LGBT History Month is an annual month long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement. What do you know about LGBT history?

Grab a pen and paper and try this quiz – time limit 20 minutes for four rounds.

Round 1 – Sporting Icons

Identify the sporting icons from the photographs:

Round 2 – The Highbrow Round

Identify the LGBT icons from the initials and clues:

1 Q C   (“Stately Homo”)

2 S F    (Quite Intelligent)

3 A T    (Sitting on the Bench)

4 F K    (Oh Those Eyebrows!)

5 H M    (Full fat or semi-skimmed?)

6 L d V (Not a ninja turtle)

7 F N    (Italian bird?)

8 O W    (“A Handbag?!!!)

9 J O    (He got hammered)

10 A M    (San Fran stories)

Round 3 – Beloved Divas

Identify the divas from the half and half photographs:

Round 4 – The Lowbrow Round

 Identify the LGBT icons from the anagrams and clues:

1 OY EGG BORE   (Music)

2 LOH NON JET   (Music)

3 MADE JEANS   (Film)

4 DIVIDE A BOW   (Music)

5 MY FURRY DEER CD   (Music)

6 I TAKE EGG ORE    (SCI-FI TV)

7 PINCER   (Music)

8 ROUND SHOCK    (Film)

9 ALICE GREG HOME    (Music)

10 MAIN GLUM CAN    (Theatre / TV)

Answers:

Score more than 20 – You’re Gayer Than A Double Rainbow!

Score less than 20 – Oops! You need to read up on your LGBT history!

 

Manchester Pride’s LGBT History Month Campaign

Would you like to take part in Manchester Pride’s LGBT History Month Campaign?

This year they are focusing on an intergenerational project, which is being led by their youth group of 14 – 18 year olds.

The group has identified that they would like to know more about the history of their community, understand other people’s journeys and have acknowledged that they have a lack of LGBTQ+ role models in their lives.

They have thought of some questions that they would like to ask of people older than them in the community.

Would you like to do a short interview (lasting no longer than 20 minutes) and the responses will be put into several written blog pieces throughout the month of February.

If you would like to take part, please contact us and we will arrange the best way to get the interview completed.

Vaccine Advice for Adults Living with HIV

The British HIV Association and the Terrence Higgins Trust released a statement on 15 January 2021 recommending that people living with HIV have a Covid-19 vaccine.

The statement says that “there is currently no evidence to suggest a higher risk of side effects in people with HIV”.

Most people living with HIV will be vaccinated as part of ‘priority group 6’ as this covers people aged 16 to 65 in an ‘at risk’ group. If you are older than 65 or are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable, you will be vaccinated earlier.

You will be contacted by your GP or another healthcare service when it is your turn to get vaccinated. If you have concerns or questions about being vaccinated, please speak to your GP, HIV clinic or another healthcare professional.

Not only is it LGBT+ History Month during February we also have Hate Crime Awareness Week and HIV Testing Week both taking place between 1 – 7 February 2021.

Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week

You are invited to the launch of Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week: Monday 1 February 2021 at 10.00am.

Each year Greater Manchester hosts a week of action to raise awareness of hate crime to emphasise that it’s wrong to be targeted for abuse or harassment because of who you are.

The week provides an opportunity for everyone across Greater Manchester to stand together and to celebrate our diversity. It is a chance to educate, raise awareness of hate and encourage both victims and witnesses to report it.

This event is an opportunity to hear about the work taking place in Greater Manchester. Speakers include:

  • Baroness Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire;
  • Chief Superintendent Umer Khan, Greater Manchester Police;
  • Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service.

You’ll learn more about the activity taking place during the week and details of how to access resources and communication tools to support Greater Manchester’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Register your place for this free event. https://gmhatecrimeawarenessweek.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week is a campaign to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups in England. Regular testing helps to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV and those diagnosed late.

This year, the campaign returns with the successful creative “Give HIV the finger: a finger-prick test is all it takes”.

The campaign will encourage people to test for HIV at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 1 in 16 people with HIV are unaware they have it and spend an average of three to five years not knowing, increasing the risk of passing HIV on to sexual partners.

Late diagnosis rates are still stubbornly high – 42% of people were diagnosed late in 2019. This correlates to poorer long-term health outcomes and leads to an eightfold increased risk of death. Clinical reviews show many could have been diagnosed sooner.

Self-sampling HIV & syphilis test kits are available to anyone over 16 years old that lives in England – you return your test to the lab and they will text you with your result. For a FREE testing kit go to https://freetesting.hiv/

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