It’s the end of an era for Scotland’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) dedicated phone counseling service. The Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (SGLS) has announced its plans to close up shop due to lack of funds. The last day for services will be January 1.
SGLS has been active for 35 years in the community. According to Pink News, it was formed on Union Street, Glasgow, in 1977.
SGLS co-ordinator director David Thomas told the Glasgow Herald:
Changing times, improvements in health promotion, the application of equality duties due to legislation changes and some shrinkage in funding meant all funders had to ensure they targeted their funds at those services which can have maximum impact on the health area being tackled.
In the case of Glasgow our type of support service is viewed as covered by the in house counselling service delivered by professional counsellors.
According to Gay Star News:
The charity said its major contributor, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, cut funding two years ago leaving SGLS surviving on savings since.
Another health board recently also scrapped its funding.
The service provides information, advice, arranges support meetings and one-to-one communication for the region’s LGBT community.