LGBT health summit will ’empower choice’

Lydia Malmedie July 10, 2007
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The title of this year’s LGBT Health Summit – Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power – makes clear the strong themes delegates will get to grips with in Manchester on the 20th and 21st of August.

30 presenters and 16 workshops will cover issues on health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

One aim of the summit is to provide information and training on LGBT health issues such as disability, crime, mental health, the impact of stereotypes and identity, ageing and drugs.

But equally important will be the networking opportunities for healthcare professionals.

The organisers stress that they want to encourage active participation of attendees and wish to facilitate exchange of and dialogue about good practise examples and experiences.

The audience of last year’s inauguration conference, held in London, consisted mainly of healthcare professionals and representatives of the voluntary and community sector, but everybody interested is welcome to attend this free conference.

Part of this year’s programme will also be an awards ceremony to honour individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to reducing discrimination and health inequalities.

“It’s about empowering choice,” the organisers told

“It’s about creating a voice and advocacy at local, regional and national level, it’s about having the knowledge to make decisions and form strategies which will make a difference for individuals and for communities, and it’s about working with the system and against the system to exert influence with and without power.”

The event is sponsored and supported by the Department of Health, Manchester City Council, Terrence Higgins Trust, Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Press for Change and Health First.

The 2007 Summit is being hosted in Manchester between the Pride Games and Manchester Pride allowing those delegates who can to spend a week enjoying one of the largest festivals of LGBT community in the UK.

For further information on registration please go to click here.

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