On Friday 18th March, from 1-3pm, as part of #LBTWomensHealth18 we’ll be running a Q&A for lesbian, bisexual, trans and other women in the LGBTQ+ communities, and for people who want to know more about the health issues that affect these individuals and communities.
Virginie Assal is the Women’s Programme Inclusion Officer at the LGBT Foundation. She’s leading a new project targeted to lesbian & bi minority women (such as women of colour, older women, trans women & non-binary people who want to access a women-centred-space). The aim of the project is to support better lesbian & bi minority women around Greater Manchester through regular community events, outreach & awareness raising workshops for professionals & organisations. Virginie will be answering your questions about the health needs of LBT women of colour. She’ll be tweeting from @LGBTFdn
Dr Ju Gosling aka ju90 is a Co Chair of Regard, the national LGBTQI+ Disabled People’s Organisation. She represents the interests of LGBTQI+ Disabled people within the LGBTQI+ and Disability communities, most recently as a member of the NICE Guideline Committee on Improving Adults Experience of Social Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence Co-Production Network. An artist who works largely within the theories and traditions of the international Disability Arts movement, Ju is also Artistic Director of Together! 2012 CIC and Folk in Motion CIC. Ju will be answering questions on the experiences and needs of disabled LBT women accessing healthcare, and will be tweeting from @RegardLGBT
Maggie Jones is a retired NHS Specialist Nurse and an Opening Doors London Ambassador. She identifies as lesbian, loves photography and absolutely loves living in London. Maggie is very active in the University of the Third Age (U3A), where she recently started their very first LGBTQ Group. Maggie will be tweeting from @maggieinlondon in response to questions about the experiences of older LBT Women.
Megan Key is an award winning Diversity & Inclusion specialist in the public sector and prominent trans activist. She is a trustee of Gendered Intelligence and Birmingham LGBT, and volunteers with Mermaids, All About Trans & Diversity Role Models. Megan is passionate about mental, physical and spiritual health, having overcome years of her own challenges to be happy. She has contributed to This Girl Can, Runners World, started the online community Trans Girls Can and will appear in the soon to be released book, Queer Sex, by Juno Roche, talking about sex and intimacy for trans people. Megan will be answering questions about sports and physical activity and about trans women and intimacy, tweeting from @megs_key
Dr Kate Nambiar is a doctor working in sexual health and HIV medicine. She trained at Oxford University and at Imperial College School of Medicine, and gained a PhD from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2017. Kate has worked in sexual health since 2003. In 2012 Kate helped to set up a sexual health service for trans and gender diverse people known as Clinic-T. Kate is passionate about promoting access to high quality health care for all trans people, and as a trans woman herself she actively advocates for the involvement of trans people in research and policy making. Kate will be answering questions on trans women’s sexual & reproductive health from the twitter account @katenambiar.
Dr Ruth Pearce is a social researcher specialising in trans health, based at the University of Leeds. She will be answering questions on trans women’s health needs and experiences, particularly with regards to access, sexual health, mental health and gender identity services. Ruth will be tweeting from @notrightruth
Lu Skerratt is the Sexual Health Outreach Worker for Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer+ identifying women at Birmingham LGBT. They will be answering questions you may have on sexual health and outreach from the handle @birminghamlgbt
Jessica Sandelson is a doctoral researcher and part-time Development Officer at Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard. Jessica has researched health and wellbeing across academic, government, and charity settings. Drawing on queer and feminist community activism, Jessica is supporting Switchboard in developing inclusive research and practice for groups who have been under-represented in their work. Jessica will be tweeting from @LGBTSwitchboard in response to questions about inclusive services for lesbian, bisexual, and trans women facing intersectional oppressions.