On 4th and 5th September this year, Terrence Higgins Trust and Equality South West will host the third annual LGBT Health Summit.

Previous summits in London and Manchester have attracted 450 delegates between them.

The conference is aimed at people with an interest in health issues who wish to contribute to public policy.

The conference will offer a range of speakers and workshops.

Paul Dunn, Chief Executive of Equality South West, said: ‘For too long, LGBT issues have been given less favourable treatment than other areas of equality.

‘With the introduction of legal protection for LGBT people in the provision of goods and services, this event will provide a great opportunity for both service providers and individuals to discuss and influence future policies and outcomes.’

The conference organisers aim to raise awareness of differences in health outcomes affecting LGBT people and share ideas about the removal of barriers to service access for them.

The event will also focus on the differing needs of elderly, black and minority ethnic, disabled and rural LGBT people.

The event is free to attend, and places are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Additional information and an on- line application form can be found on the Summit website at http://www.lgbthealth.co.uk