Supporting black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men (BME MSM)

Supporting black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men (BME MSM)

Funded by Public Health England and the MAC AIDS Foundation, 2014-2015

For more information, please contact Samir Jeraj

Evidence suggests that men who have sex with men (MSM) from black and minority ethnic communities suffer greater health inequalities. Mental health, sexual health and substance misuse are the three areas where these inequalities are at their greatest. 

Evidence also shows that these individuals encounter discrimination in health and other environments. 37% of black and minority ethnic gay and bisexual men who access health services have had a negative experience related to their sexual orientation. This is one of the reasons why 36% of black and minority ethnic gay and bisexual men are not out to their GP or other health professionals. However, the access of black and minority ethnic MSM to support from community and voluntary organisations is often limited as well.  

The Race Equality Foundation were commissioned by Public Health England to help voluntary sector organisations see how they can work to tackle the issues facing black and minority ethnic MSM. This was done in parallel with work by Faith Action with faith groups and by GMFA with LGBT groups. 

Participants were taken through a series of five learnings sets, along with two joint sessions with LGBT and faith organisations. The sessions covered the health needs of gay, bisexual and transgender communities as well as men who have sex with men and those who do not define themselves as gay or bisexual. In particular they looked at how voluntary and community organisations could become more inclusive, and develop services to meet the needs of black and minority ethnic MSM.

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