HGN (formerly the GAI Project) was a gay and bisexual men’s health service with a committment to providing a non-judgemental and confidential service.
It was opened in 1974 by Sir Ian McKellen. Their publicity said "You can talk to us about anything affecting your life as a gay or bisexual man, from "coming out" issues, to relationships, safer cruising and internet use, help in reporting homophobic violence, or see a counsellor. You can talk to us about HIV, safer sex, and sexual health. You can pick up condoms and lube, or get tested for HIV, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and Hepatitis B."
HGN was based on Broad Street at the Health Shop (see left), firstly in the basement (an environment which challenged the description "health" shop) and then on the ground floor.
It provided a home for Breakout Gay Men's group and the initial home for the Outburst LGBT Youth group as well as providing external training for many organisations.
It did outreach work on the scene and was a regular presence at Pride. Its annual Gay Guide publication did what it said on the tin.
It was closed - to much regret - at the end of 2013 as part of a local health service (cost cutting?) exercise.
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