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Scotland’s HIV History: LGBTQ+ Stories

An LGBT History Month community discussion with LGBT Health and Waverley Care about our lived experiences and histories of HIV in Scotland.

Are you someone with lived experience of HIV?

Would you like to share your histories and stories of HIV in Scotland in a safe LGBTQ+ space? Together with Waverley Care and their community history “Telling the Story of HIV in Scotland” project, LGBT Health & Wellbeing will be hosting a space for people with lived experience of HIV to come together, share, and discuss the importance of our history.

What does “lived experience of HIV” mean?

“Lived experience” might include a diagnosis of HIV, involvement in LGBTQ+ community responses to HIV, or connections to a partner, family member, friend or loved one who is HIV positive. If you are someone who is curious about HIV histories but who does not have personal experience of HIV, this is not the event for you. Instead, we would encourage you to follow the work of Waverley Care or visit their website for information on HIV.

What will the event consist of?

Over 90 minutes, we will…

  • Hear about the community history project and how it came to be
  • Discuss (via Mentimeter and Zoom) why heritage is important to us and why we care about this history specifically
  • Go into break out rooms to listen to and discuss audio clips about HIV histories collected by Waverley Care. (If you do not wish to go into a break-out room, you will have the option to remain in the quiet main space.)

Participants will be asked to respond to audio clips and questions during the discussion. Whether you do or do not is entirely up to you and you will have the option to respond anonymously.

How to join?

We will be on the video conference app Zoom.

Register your free space and we will be in touch with you closer to the day of the event with the access details.

You don't need a Zoom account to join a Zoom meetup but you can create one here. If you have a Zoom account, our email reminder will also include the meeting ID which you can use to find the Zoom meeting.

Eventbrite reminders will include a link to an online event page which you can access the Zoom meeting from. In order to use the online event page, you need to register an account with Eventbrite. If you don’t want an account with Eventbrite, make sure you book early enough to not miss the organiser’s email reminder which will include the direct Zoom details.


This event will be BSL (British Sign Language) interpreted. We will be joined by 2 interpreters. Live captioning is also available via Zoom.

If there is anything you need to talk to us in advance to help you access the event (including using Zoom), please email Jules (she/her): jules@lgbthealth.org.uk

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