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South Asian and Middle Eastern MSM/LGBT Service

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Proudly offering dedicated sexual health and well-being services for South Asian and Middle Eastern ‘Men who have Sex with Men’ and people who identify as LGB or T.

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Birmingham LGBT supported by Umbrella Health are committed to providing quality, accessible and culturally competent services for all sections of the LGBT community.

Our South Asian & Middle Eastern LGBT Sexual Health and well-being service is delivered by our South Asian & Middle Eastern Sexual Health promotion worker. This dedicated role is here to provide support, information and guidance with a focus on enabling access to appropriate sexual health and well-being services.

This service will

  • Identify and challenge barriers South Asian & Middle Eastern LGB&T people may face when accessing healthcare through sexual health promotion and outreach.
  • Raise awareness among South Asian & Middle Eastern LGB & T people around sexual health and well-being issues that are relevant to them.
  • Raise awareness of health inequalities and barriers faced by South Asian & Middle Eastern LGB&T within wider services and address these though training and education.

As South Asian and Middle Eastern Men who have sex with Men / LGBT people we may experience a range of issues such as pressures to get married, forced marriage, honour based violence, stigma, homophobia and transphobia.

There may often be a lack of understanding around various types of sexuality often stigmatized from our own communities. This can often lead to isolation, anxiety and stress.

At Birmingham LGBT we offer a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental service where you can talk to us about your concerns.

One of the main benefits of this service is being able to talk to someone from a South Asian background who can listen to any cultural concerns you have in relation to sexual health & well-being. We understand that for some people talking to another South Asian person may not be helpful which is why we have a diverse Health Promotion Team that is inclusive of Trans, Lesbian and Bisexual workers. There is a specific focus on ‘men who have sex with men’ and engaging in the group to increase sexual health testing.

We can offer regular 1 to 1’s around sexual health and listen to your concerns around sexuality, faith, culture, and the impact this has on you.

We can let you know more about the types of sexual health testing we do with up to date information to enable you further to make your own decision to have regular sexual health tests. We can let you know about the various independent and Birmingham LGBT run South Asian groups. We get good positive feedback as people that attend these groups often let us know how less isolated they feel.

We can listen to your concerns and where appropriate we can refer or signpost you to our specialist services which may help such as Peer Mentoring, Domestic Violence and counselling.

We also work with other partner organisations such as RSVP (Rape and Sexual Violence Project) who offer specialised LGBT sexual abuse services and UKLGIG (UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group).

Here are links to some of our sexual health services and information:

Please call us 7 days a week if you need any other information 0121 643 0821

RANG is a social support group open to South Asian & Middle Eastern men (and trans masculine men) who may identify as gay or bisexual.

In some South Asian countries RANG means “Colour”.

The aims of the group are:

  • To reduce feelings of isolation and exclusion.
  • To meet other men from similar cultural backgrounds and experience.
  • A safe space to discuss common issues, make friends and get to know more about cultural events happening in and around Birmingham.

For more information and if you would like to attend please email dansingh@blgbt.org or trying call him on 0121 643 0821

About RANG

  • The group runs on one Sunday (usually the 2nd Sunday – see dates below) of each month at Birmingham LGBT Centre 1-3pm.
  • At least 3 times a year we invite speakers to come in and introduce their services in relation to  health and well-being.
  • Creative workshops in art, music and discussion topics that are led by people who attend.
  • We also endeavor to go out to visit other places twice a year.
  • Sexual Health updates and STI testing (testing usually offered after the 3pm group close).

The current dates for 2020 are:

  • Jan 12th
  • Feb 9th
  • Mar 8th
  • Apr 12th
  • May 10th
  • Jun 14th
  • Jul 12th
  • Aug 9th
  • Sep 13th
  • Oct 11th
  • Nov 15th
  • Dec 13th

Need to get in touch?

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We aim to respond to e-mails within 48 hours.

For urgent matter - call us 7 days a week

sexualhealth@blgbt.org

0121 643 0821





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