Dozens of residents and representatives from organisations across Wolverhampton took part in the city's first ever LGBT+ Health conference recently.

The event, held at the Civic Centre, was organised by professionals from varying backgrounds to help shape future health and wellbeing services for people in Wolverhampton who identify as LGBT+.
Kelly Walker-Reed, Chair of the Wolverhampton LGBT+ Alliance, said: "It was great to see so many come together to learn, share and push forward the health of Wolverhampton's LGBT+ community. 

“We would like to thank the City of Wolverhampton Council for funding and hosting the event; we hope the conference is the first of many and leads to organisations better considering the needs of our wonderfully diverse community."
The conference attracted a range of speakers from local and national organisations, including Dr Michael Brady, the first National Adviser for LGBT Health in the NHS, and focused on a range of issues, such as the needs of young people, mental health and wellbeing, sexual and reproductive health, reducing violence, victimisation and stigma, utilisation of health care, living with dementia and care later in life.
Participants discussed what services currently exist in Wolverhampton and what needs improving, and developed new ideas for the future. The event was closed by Wolverhampton rapper Nate Ethan Watson, who performed his latest single, Like It Or Not.
John Denley, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: "This conference looked at the key health issues experienced by LGBT+ communities in Wolverhampton and explored ways of improving their health and wellbeing. 

“The issues raised will help inform how we, as a city, can improve services and support going forward."