Love your inner lesbian

Stonewall has launched a new campaign to celebrate lesbians and encourage women to take better care of themselves.

Half of lesbians under the age of 20 have self harmed in the last year, and lesbian and bisexual women are five times more likely than women in general to have a problem with drink and drugs

The Love your inner lesbian campaign encourages lesbians to think more carefully about their health. It is part of a wider campaign to encourage women to talk to their doctor if they have any concerns.

Love your inner lesbian marks the culmination of a series of projects and initiatives designed to raise awareness about the needs an experiences of lesbians and bisexual women. We need your help to spread the word!

You can find out about these projects and how else you can help below.

  • Health posters


Stonewall have produced a series of posters to encourage lesbian and bisexual women to access health services and to advise them of what to do if they've had a bad experience when accessing treatment.

The four posters, part of the Love your inner lesbian campaign, cover topics including:

  • Cervical smear tests: Lesbians are twice as likely to have never had a smear test compared to women in general.
  • Mental health: Five per cent of lesbians and bisexual women have attempted suicide in the last year, while 20 per cent have harmed themselves.
  • Drink and drugs: Lesbians and bisexual women are up to five times more likely than women in general to have issues with drink and drugs.
  • Access to health services: Half of lesbian and bisexual women have had bad experiences in the NHS.

We need your help to get these posters into GP surgeries and health centres. The posters and more information can be found here.

  • Prescription for Change: Lesbian and bisexual women's health check 2008 


The first major survey ever conducted into lesbian and bisexual women's health in Britain revealed deeply disturbing levels of self-harm, substance abuse and exclusion from routine testing for cervical cancer. Read more and download here

  • Double-glazed glass ceiling: Lesbians in the workplace

Double glazed

Lesbians who participated in this research told us they were more concerned about how they would be treated as women in their organisation, and this made them hide their sexual orientation. Read more and download here.

  • Pregnant pause: A guide for lesbians on how to get pregnant 

pregnant pause

Following historic changes in the new Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act, Pregnant pause tells gay women everything there is to know about getting pregnant. Read more and download here


Love yuour inner lesbian

Brilliant seeing so much being done for the lesbians. Keep up the great work!

Cherry Walker, 01 October 2009

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