Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Armistead Centre team are marking the annual celebration of LGBT History Month with an open session to support the annual celebration of equality and diversity.
A tea, talk and testing session is being held at the Armistead Centre on Hanover Street in Liverpool City centre on 28 February between 2.00pm and 6.00pm, when everyone is invited to attend and find out more about the services they provide.
The Armistead Centre is an NHS service which provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing support and advice to Liverpool’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQI+) community.
“LGBT History Month is a fantastic opportunity for LGBTQI+ people, their family and friends to celebrate and reflect on the huge progress made in the acceptance of all LGBTQI+ people,“ said Deborah Mirrlees, operational manager for the Armistead Centre.
“We want people to pop in for a cuppa, chat and take up the opportunity to have a free, confidential sexual health screening. New data from Public Health England reveals that sexually transmitted infections are diagnosed in 400 young adults every day, which is the equivalent to one every four minutes.
“The event is an opportunity for us to remind people about the range of services we provide including the harm reduction outreach sessions offering sexual health advice, free condoms and support, and offer Rapid HIV Testing drop-in sessions.
“The Armistead Centre is very proud to have represented and supported Liverpool’s thriving LGBTQI+ community for over 20 years. We want to encourage anyone who wants to find out more about the work we do to drop by our centre or get in touch with our friendly team.”
The theme for this year’s LGBT History Month is Peace, Activism and Reconciliation and will explore LGBTQI+ activism in the year marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in LGBTQI+ rights and history.