Author Archives: Monty Moncrieff

Conversion therapy deserves better discussion than through sensationalist TV

    This morning’s Good Morning Britain article on ‘gay cure’ therapies makes for uneasy viewing. The segment offers a lengthy platform to Dr Michael Davidson, who supports gay conversion therapy and views homosexuality as ‘sinful’, an ‘aberration’, and a … Continue reading

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Guest Blog – Mindful Drinking

    London’s first ever Mindful Drinking Festival takes place on Sunday 13th August, an opportunity for tasting the growing range of alcohol-free beers, wines, cocktails and craft sodas. But what does mindful drinking actually mean, and why are more … Continue reading

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Our response to the 2017 Drug Strategy

Our Chief Executive Monty Moncrieff responds to the Government’s new Drug Strategy   The Government has finally launched its long-awaited refresh of their Drug Strategy today, an update on the 2010 Strategy published under the Coalition. There’s much to welcome, … Continue reading

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London Friend is 45!

    London Friend is 45!   This Pride we’re celebrating our 45th birthday! Just like the event in London which saw the first Pride Rally in 1972, we also began providing services that year.   Like Pride, we’ve come … Continue reading

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Update on the London Chemsex Network

  In January 2017 London Friend invited representatives of London-based drug treatment services to a scoping meeting with a view to establishing a Chemsex Network across agencies. Chemsex has become an increasingly prevalent issue amongst gay, bisexual and other men … Continue reading

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Eurovision – a spotlight on LGBT rights in Ukraine

  Our CEO Monty Moncrieff recently visited Kyiv, and found out more about LGBT equality in Ukraine ahead of their hosting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.   For those who know me, or follow me on Twitter, it won’t have … Continue reading

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NEW London Friend joins SASH sexual health partnership

London Friend is excited to be working in a new partnership providing community sexual health support in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham.   The new Support and Advice on Sexual Health (SASH) service is a partnership between Metro, … Continue reading

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NEW! Support for LGBT refugees & asylum seekers

London Friend launches new support for LGBT refugees   London Friend is launching a new project supporting LGBT refugees. Working with Say It Loud Club, a community group that supports LGBT people who have fled persecution in their home countries, … Continue reading

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Gay men welcome ‘groundbreaking’ online counselling service for sex, drugs and alcohol

  ‘It’s all very well people telling you to stop, but first you need to know why you’re doing it in the first place’   Gay men have welcomed an innovative online scheme helping people in rural areas to break … Continue reading

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London Chemsex Network

  London Chemsex Network for drug treatment services   Antidote at London Friend and After Party are services supporting gay and bisexual men engaged in chemsex in London. With chemsex continuing to be a prevalent issue for gay & bisexual … Continue reading

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