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Leicester Pride is attended by more 10,000 people each year with more than 2,000 taking part in the parade through the city, starting at The Curve and ending at Victoria Park.  Leicester Pride celebrates equality and diversity…

Casual Sex Encounters? Tips for staying safe online & at #LeicesterPride

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Protect yourself while having sex, it’s our number one message and it’s primarily directed around having safer sex in terms of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

This time, we’re talking about your physical safety.  When you’re meeting someone new while you’re at Leicester Pride or using an app then going home afterwards.  With Leicester Pride coming up on Saturday it’s a good opportunity to meet new people, maybe even ‘The One’ and update yourself on some common sense advice for meeting people for the first time, maybe even share this with a friend if you think they’ll benefit from this.

This isn’t the normal yada yada, it’s an unfortunate fact that gay people are attacked, mugged or worse, sometimes on the promise of meeting someone for sex.  I’m lucky, it’s never happened to me before but last year, a friend of mine was beaten up and was robbed in his own house, just for meeting someone online!  There are people who exploit online dating apps and I’m sorry but in 2016, homophobia still exists.  Here are just a few UK headlines from this month alone..

A lot of people use apps to look for sex and many find it.  We know it’s exciting to meet strangers too for those evenings of passion which you remember for days on end but you must ensure you are safe with new people you have only just met. It would be irrational to say don’t do it at all so here’s a pointers on how to stay safe while hooking up online..

LET A FRIEND KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON

If you’re one the lucky ones (the type of person who can hook-up within a few minutes of logging on), the chances are that you’ve probably got a friend that is equally as friendly as you are. So, put that friendship to use!  Take a screenshot of your next meet’s face pic then text it along with the address to your pal with a note that you’ll text them as soon as you’re done so they know you’re safe. The bonus is that you’ll have a record of all your online meets, someone to talk to them about and a printable face pic to put on a dartboard in case they end up being a time waster. It’s a win-win situation.

TRUST YOUR GUT

You know that feeling when something isn’t right, when you know that everything isn’t as it should be and you’re second guessing yourself, trust it! Most of us have experienced the sense of knowing things before we know them, even if we can’t explain how. Theories suggest you can “feel” approaching events specifically because of your dopamine neurons. “The jitters of dopamine help keep track of reality, alerting us to those subtle patterns that we can’t consciously detect,” explains Jonah Lehrer, author of the book: How We Decide.

So when chatting to someone, at Pride, on apps or otherwise for the first time, your instincts can tell you whether or not there’s a “creep factor” that you can’t shake off. If you get even a hint that there is something not right about the situation, don’t go, find someone else, the internet is an ocean with plenty of fish, stay away from the sharks!

KNOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Everyone should know how to escape danger and how to protect themselves.  If you’re a small frame, and into the big muscle type then you’ve got to be aware that you’re at a physical disadvantage going into the situation. At the very least you should know how to escape a bad situation. A few self-defence lessons from a martial arts centre could make all the difference if you’re ever confronted in the future or worse, attacked by someone in your own home who you’ve just met online.

If you’re not interested in signing up to a centre, use YouTube instead.  Search for ‘how to protect yourself in a fight’ or ‘self-defence techniques’ and explore what’s there.

If you’re more serious about this, here’s a link to explore some Martial Art‘s centres in Leicester: http://dojos.co.uk/Leicester/ It’s another way to meet new people, have more social interaction and all while keeping fit and helping to protect yourself! Another Win Win!

AVOID ANONYMOUS ENCOUNTERS

It needs to be said, some people are very into the anonymity and fantasy of a total stranger coming in to their home and having sex with no prior discussion and we have to say that this is probably one of the most dangerous things that you can do after looking for sex online. If you think it’s a good idea to have your head buried in the pillow and leave your door unlocked while waiting for a complete stranger to enter your home then get over it. Now.

Engaging in this particular type of fantasy leaves you more open to robbery and sexual assault, and leaves you in the most vulnerable position you could be in. If this is really your thing, don’t do it on the first time you arrange something but if you do, you should tell someone what you’re up to as a safety net.  Remember, it’s safer and eaiser to arrange this kind meet with someone you already know so make it a part of a fantasy so you can have the good sex with only the idea of the danger.

HAVE A REGULAR ONLINE BUDDY

OK, so if you’re doing the Grindr & Tindr thing. Obviously there is always going to be the awkwardness of meeting someone for the first time. If the sex is really good and you’re both into making it a regular thing, then why not use the app to reconnect with them? You’ve obviously both passed the chemistry test so now you have someone who can be trusted on some level that you have really good sex with.

(And here’s the dirty little secret about finding people for sex, most people actually want a regular partner to meet up with, even if they’re not looking for a boyfriend/girlfriend).

So have fun “auditioning” people, and when you find one or two (or ten) that you click with, go ahead and put them in your phonebook. Properly vetted online friends with benefits can nullify the need for all of this advice so keep your eyes open for someone good to add to your black book – It’ll save you a lot of stress in the long run.

Are you going to Pride? What tips do you have for staying safe?  Would you add anything to this list? – Let us know in the comments.

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TRADE Sexual Health – 160 People Tested at Leicester Pride 2012

Trade Sexual Health is a HIV & AIDS prevention charity based in Leicester for people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

They provide free and confidential advice and support to anyone who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, men who has sex with men or women who has sex with women.

The city of Leicester has the fastest-rising HIV rate in the east Midlands and the sixth-highest in the country.

Leicester GU accompanied Trade on site providing HIV tests for the community alongside other activities.  LASS would like to say a big thank you, and congratulate Leicester GU with Trade for achieving 160 Kwik Prick, Rapid HIV Tests for the community.  Here’s an update on their day, from Trade:

Breaking Record! 160 People Tested at Leicester Pride 2012

Now at the forefront of sexual health, Trade Sexual Health joined forces once again with Leicester GUM Clinic to provide the Trade Health & Wellbeing Marquee at Leicester Pride 2012!

Our nationally recognised Trade GU clinic at Leicester Pride tested a record 160 people. All 160 had a full sexual health screening beating last year’s 136. With infection rates increasing, and undiagnosed HIV on the rise, this was a fantastic achievement, Thank you to the 160 people who tested.

Pride goers took part in fitness classes, had health checks, accessed information, booked in for a free massage and visited a host of other health and wellbeing stands in the Marquee. As usual Trade brought along a load of resources and goodies and we launched our new health campaign raising awareness of STIs. The willy sweets promoting this campaign seemed to attract a lot of attention.

We managed to give out roughly 3,000 free condoms to those present on the day.

Thank you to everyone who came along; to Leicester Pride, Leicester GU, sponsors, all the volunteers, staff and our committed Board of Trustees, for a fantastic day.
We are confident that we will build on this success and provide an even bigger and better Trade Marquee next year.

Tradesexualhealth.com

If that wans’t enough Gay Pride for you, we were there too! – Click this to find out more.

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Gay Pride 2012

We would like to say a big thank you to all volunteers, service users, mentors and staff for all of their hard work and support at Gay Pride and at the many different events throughout the year.

Every year, LASS hold a stall at Leicester Pride to promote equality and diversity, alongside our message of safer sex. It’s a chance to see our work in the community and meet our workers in a party atmosphere.

Our “Size-O-Meter” worked particularly well this year, and it was nice to talk about what matters sometimes – Size which is often, one of the least talked about characteristics when choosing a condom.

As many know, men aren’t built the same, and neither are condoms, too small, and the condom could be uncomfortable, too large, and it could slip off. (Large condoms can actually be more of a problem than small, because condoms are extremely stretchy and normally fit well). Still, most men will be much happier using condoms that fit well, and to facilitate that, condoms come in a range of sizes.

Have you measured your size? Always wanted to know? – Then download and print our Size-O-Meter and find out. Of course, this isn’t a scientific measurement it’s just for fun, just remember to stay safe, and feel comfortable in the rubber you’re in! This year, we gave out 1,300 condoms of various size which also included 100 novelty and 300 flavoured condoms.

Rapid HIV Testing Service

The city of Leicester has the fastest-rising HIV rate in the east Midlands and the sixth-highest in the country.

Meanwhile, in 2009/10, national research demonstrated that community testing was effective in delivering tests to those at risk, preventing late diagnosis and thereby reducing onward transmission. As there was no such community testing service in Leicester, we set about creating one! – Since it’s inception, we’ve tested almost 1000 people!

Unfortunately, we were unable to provide our award winning Rapid HIV Service on site, however we still offer this service on Regent Road.  If you’re interested in having a free test, you can drop in, informally or call to make an appointment (0116 2559995).  We’re available to test during normal working hours, it’s completely free, confidential and you’ll get the results within 60 seconds from a simple finger prick test.

We use the Insti HIV test produced by BioLytical laboratories. The test is 99.96% accurate from 90 days post contact for detecting HIV 1 and 2 antibodies.

We’re no stranger to festivals and events, we’ve danced at the Caribbean Carnival, we’ve rocked at the Summer Sundae, we attend Freshers Fairs, Football Tournaments, Gay Pride, Refugee Week and many many more!  We had a great day, promoting safer sex, listening to to good music, made more friends, and Henna tattooed anyone (over 16) who wanted one.

Thank you, once again to all the volunteers who made this day an excellent success, as it has been in our previous years.

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On Heat – Hot News From TRADE: Your Local Gay Health Charity

TRADE have released their bumper edition of on heat with hot news from your local gay health charity.

In this edition they bring you news of their Health & Wellbeing Marquee at Leicester Pride 2011, Kwick Prick rapid HIV testing now available at TRADE, the launch of the re-vamped Calling all Divas booklet for lesbian and bisexual women, an update on the Rainbow Asian Project and a whole load of other stuff! – Click below to download your copy today.

On Heat Autumn 2011 BUMPER EDITION.pdf

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