Under the Equality Act 2010 the NHS and other health service providers must not discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation or gender reassignment. The Act also puts a duty on public bodies, such as the NHS, to publish equality outcomes, that is results they want to achieve, to further equality for people with protected characteristics, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
If you feel you have been treated unfairly or discriminated against when receiving or trying to access healthcare you can seek advice from the Patient Advice and Support Service which is a free and independent service run by the Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau. You can also get advice about discrimination from the Equality Advisory Support Service.
The LGBT Health and Wellbeing runs a number of health and wellbeing courses and events, and can provide information on health related issues.
As with general health related services, sexual health services must be provided on an equal basis to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. There are however a number of organisations in Scotland providing sexual health advice and services particularly for LGBT people. These include:
The Terrence Higgins Trust produces sexual health resources particularly aimed at trans people. They have produced two excellent booklets, one for transmen and the other for transwomen, which can be ordered on line.
Other health projects
ScotsGay magazine maintains a listing of other LGBT health related projects and groups.