World AIDS Day 2022 … World AIDS Day 1990 … Tory Government cuts £400 million in HIV funding … Job at LGBT Foundation

News

LGBT Foundation Archive Pop-Up for World AIDS Day

1 December, 11.00am – 1.00pm at Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD (Ground Floor)

Drop in to Manchester Central Library on World AIDS Day to see a selection of items from the LGBT Foundation Archive at Archives+ which tell the story of HIV and AIDS awareness and activism in Manchester.

The Sexual Health Team will be on hand to discuss HIV testing and support through the years and what is accessible in Greater Manchester today.

FREE, no need to book.

Bury LGBTQI+ Forum: HIV Past – Present – Future

1 December, 4.00pm – 6.00pm at Fusilier Museum, Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DF

To book a place, contact paul.fairweather@buryvcfa.org.uk

Thursday, 1 December – World AIDS Day Vigil – Sackville Gardens – 6.00pm

Information can be found here

Friday, 2 December – Superbia Cinema returns to Mini Cini for a series of short films in recognition of World AIDS Day

Ducie Street Warehouse, Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP

Superbia Cinema is a celebration of queer filmmaking, and each month they showcase films by talented LGBTQ+ creatives.

Superbia Cinema is a great way for film enthusiasts and those interested in LGBTQ+ arts to come together and immerse themselves in queer culture.

The films:

  • HIDEOUS
  • As Much As I Can
  • Kia LaBeija
  • Trans People Taking PrEP
  • RATED X
  • My Neighbor, Miguel
  • Young Women in South Africa – At Greater Risk of HIV/AIDS

Stick around after the film screenings for a special Q&A with Gerry Potter, Monica Pearl and Paul Fairweather!

Schedule:

Screening 1 – 6:00pm

Screening 2 – 7:20pm

Q&A – 8:30pm – 9:00pm

Please note:

Please choose the screening time that you would like to attend when booking your ticket. Free tickets are limited to 1 per order – each attendee must register for their own ticket.

World AIDS Day 1990

On World AIDS Day, Saturday 1 December 1990, Act-Up Manchester held an action in central Manchester to highlight the issue of women and AIDS.

Twenty two group members handed out condoms and leaflets to shoppers and passers-by. At the peak of the shopping day Act-Up then entered the Arndale shopping centre and launched 5,000 AIDS awareness leaflets over the edge of the upper shopping mall onto the main lower concourse. The leaflets which were backed with an image of £5 and £10 notes read, “Aids doesn’t affect women … don’t bank on it”.

Act-Up were able to leave the shopping centre without any arrests being made – just!

Tory government cuts hundreds of millions in HIV funding despite promise to eradicate virus by 2030

Rishi Sunak (Getty Images)

The UK government has cut funding to a major player in the fight against HIV, a decision that has prompted condemnation from MPs across the divide.

The UK government last year pledged £1.4 billion to The Global Fund, which fights HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria worldwide, but this year funding has been slashed to £1 billion.

Since being established by the G7 in 2002, The Global Fund is believed to have saved 50 million lives.

Just last year, it gave lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV to 23 million people and helped 5.3 million with treatment and care for tuberculosis.

The move has been criticised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV and AIDS, which said it could “jeopardise the UK’s own domestic efforts in ending HIV”.

“As we’ve clearly learned from COVID-19, pandemics don’t respect borders. If we can’t control HIV globally, it’ll jeopardise our domestic efforts,” a statement said.

The cross-party group said that while the pledge is “welcomed” in the fight against HIV and AIDS, the government’s decision to cut funding by £400 million was “disappointing”, especially as other G7 nations increased their funding.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who lives with HIV, told PinkNews that Tory ideology was risking progress and was a threat to the goal of ending new HIV transmissions this decade.

“While I welcome the funding pledge, which has come already two months late because of political turmoil in the Tory party, it is almost a 30 per cent cut in funding, when all other G7 nations have increased their contribution by almost 30 per cent.

This cut will mean less research into curing HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, it will make it harder to reach our ambitious target to eliminate new HIV transmissions by 2030 and it will slow vital research.

All because the Tories have an ideological cap of 0.5 per cent GDP on aid, treat all Ukrainians living here getting support as aid, and have wrecked the economy creating a £60 billion black hole, one which could be covered by abolishing the upper limit on National Insurance and having corporation tax at the same as other G7 nations.”

Government cuts to foreign aid and funding for HIV and AIDS organisations including UNAIDS were criticised in 2021, with a report stating cuts were “setting the stage for a resurgence of the [HIV/AIDS] pandemic”.

The report, by STOPAIDS, Frontline AIDS, and the APPG on HIV and AIDS, states: “Even before COVID-19, the HIV response was already in a precarious position.

The global HIV response is now teetering – caught in a perfect storm of waning political and public engagement, diminishing funds, and the global shock of COVID-19”.

The report added that while the UK has been an “historic leader” within global healthcare, a “renewed leadership from the UK government for the HIV response is desperately needed”

Job at LGBT Foundation

Strategic Housing Manager

Are you a forward thinking, innovative and strategic individual with a flare for enabling successful partnership working?

If you think you have the skills and knowledge to support the development of a brand new set of LGBTQ+ services and projects, designed to support the most marginalised of our communities then this may be the role for you!

LGBT Foundation is looking for a Strategic Housing Manager to work with the Community Steering Group, the wider LGBTQ+ community, the appointed Housing Provider, a range of stakeholders and Manchester City Council to support the development of the LGBTQ+ Extra Care Scheme in Whalley Range.

The role will also support the Pride in Ageing Accreditation Scheme across housing and care services in Manchester and will work with the Chief Executive to support the development of new housing services and projects.

Job Title:              Strategic Housing Manager
Salary:                  £34,568
Hours:                  37 hours per week
Special Terms:    Full time, permanent (subject to funding – initially 3 years)
Closing Date:      9.00am on Thursday, 8 December 2022.

Interview Date:   To Be Confirmed.

The link to this role is at https://lgbt.foundation/jobs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s