GMFA is the UK's leading charity dedicated to gay men's health. GMFA is the gay men’s health branch of the Health Equality and Rights Organisation (HERO) which works to reduce health inequalities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* communities.
GMFA was founded in 1992, to address the fact that gay men were the group most likely to become infected by HIV in the UK. At that time, hardly any resources specifically targeted gay men. GMFA quickly earned a reputation for delivering frank, honest and often sexy campaigns for gay men.
We believe that the most effective health promotion for gay men comes from gay men themselves. For this reason, we use the knowledge and skills of our volunteers, most of them gay men, to design and plan our sexual health projects. These include advertising campaigns and booklets; FS magazine; HIV testing services; support for gay men living with HIV; free workshops for gay men - and this website.
HIV and sexual health remain at the heart of our work but we also seek to reduce other health inequalities that gay men suffer. Gay men are more likely to smoke, have concerns about their alcohol consumption and take recreational drugs than heterosexual men, and all of these have a negative impact on gay men’s health.
GMFA’s work aims to improve gay men's health by increasing the control that they have over their own lives. We do this by providing information, support and guidance, free from judgment, and using the same language that gay men will use conversationally with each other. Our goal is that no gay man suffers poor health as a result of his sexuality. Through our work we will enable gay men to enjoy better choices, better health – and great sex.
GMFA relies on the support and generosity of individuals from the gay community, and the men and women who value this community. This support is vital in enabling us to continue providing men with the information and support that they need to live happy, healthier lives.
You can ensure that gay men continue to receive the health information they need by supporting GMFA:
GMFA is proud to be part of The National LGB&T Partnership. The Partnership was established in early 2010, in order reduce health inequalities and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. As of April 2016, the Partnership combines the expertise of twelve key LGB&T organisations across England. Further organisations (both LGBT and non-LGBT) are invited to contribute to seminars and project work, based upon their particular skills and expertise.
The Partnership is a Sector Strategic Partner of the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England, collaborating with a wide range of organisations. It works to successfully influence the policy, practice and actions of Government, statutory bodies, and others. In 2016, the Partnership commissioned a strategic review, undertaking consultation with both external and internal stakeholders. A summary report on the review can be found here.
The Partnership has identified five key objectives within health and social care:
We’ll put LGB&T people firmly on the agenda of decision-makers; increasing visibility through attending meetings, responding to consultations, advice and collaboration.
We’ll support the implementation of monitoring, which is vital in understanding LGB&T people’s needs, especially when often: “If you aren’t counted, you don’t count”.
We’ll challenge the impact of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and work to help reduce significant health and social care inequalities faced by LGB&T people.
We’ll highlight the many barriers (both perceived and actual), which limit LGB&T people accessing the support they need; identifying solutions and best practice.
We’ll seek out and use the real voices and lived experiences of LGB&T people within our communities, to inform people in positions of power and influence.
The National LGBT partnership can be contacted on [email protected], and can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NationalLGBTPartnership) and Twitter @LGBTPartnership the Stakeholder Engagement Manager can be contacted on [email protected]