After the launch of our latest report "What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers", and our successful Parliament event on the 9th of June, 9 MSPs signed our letter to the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport asking for the LGBTQ+ community to be fully supported by alcohol services, and for the upcoming UK Alcohol Treatment Guidelines to include the LGBTQ+ community as a group with specific needs

 

The SHAAP-funded research by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services was led by Professor Carol Emslie with Dr Elena Dimova, Dr Rosaleen O’Brien, Professor Lawrie Elliott and Dr Jamie Frankis, from the University’s Substance Use research group in the Research Centre for Health (ReaCH) and investigates both service users’ and service providers’ experiences.

Following the successful launch of the report, Paul O'Kane MSP sponsored an event in the Scottish Parliament, which featured presentations by Professor Carol Emslie and Dr Elena Dimova, and was attended by representatives from the Scottish Government, many third sector organisations, NHS, various Royal Colleges and 9 MSPs from different parties. The event was also an opportunity for the MSPs to sign our letter to the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport asking for the LGBTQ+ community to be fully supported by alcohol services, and for the upcoming UK Alcohol Treatment Guidelines to include the LGBTQ+ community as a group with specific needs. 

 

The letter was signed by:

Paul O'Kane MSP,
Emma Roddick MSP,
Gillian Mackay MSP,
Audrey Nicholl MSP,
Jackie Dunbar MSP,
Joe FitzPatrick MSP,
Tess White MSP,
Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP,
Monica Lennon MSP.

 

We recently received a response to our letter from the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport Maree Todd MSP. The response is extremely positive, and we are delighted that not only the Scottish Government, but the UK Government are considering the recommendations of our report and activity around it.

 

M.Todd Letter 18.07.22