The LGBTQIA+OT logo. It has the Progress flag and the words LGBTQIA+OT followed by connect share learn celebrate

Hello, and welcome to our corner of the AffinOT website.

Inspired by BAMEOTUK, we launched our network on 14th June 2021. We are here for anyone in the occupational therapy community who wants to connect, share, learn and celebrate all things LGBTQIA+.

Want to know more?

‘Connect’ Events

A poster for the Connect event. The text reads: Connect, a closed peer connection space for UK-based LGBTQIA+OTs. Last Monday of every month, 7pm via Zoom. Please DM or e-mail for details. We politely request that our much-needed allies respect this space as a closed, safe, peer connection space for LGBTQIA+ OTs (including students, educators, assistants etc) only. Plenty of shared opportunities in the pipeline too!

Next ‘Connect’ event: Monday 25th October, 7pm on Zoom

To join, please contact us by e-mail or sign up to our mailing list.

‘Learn’ Events

Promotional image for World AIDS Day event on Wednesday 1st December 7pm via Zoom. In an event hosted by the LGBTQIA+OT network to mark World AIDS Day, we will be joined by Andrew Bates, an occupational therapist living with HIV

Andrew is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist living and working in London. He is originally from the North East of England, where he was diagnosed with HIV in 2015, at the age of 21. Since receiving his diagnosis, Andrew has campaigned extensively to improve the lives of those living with HIV. Andrew aims to use his story as a way of educating others on the reality of living with HIV in 2021, and end stigma once and for all.

Andrew will discuss the impact that living with HIV has on a person’s occupational identity, and give insight into how to provide inclusive occupational therapy services for people living with HIV.

Andrew will provide an overview of current statistics, research and disease trajectory before discussing the experience of living with HIV today. He will cover Undetectable = Untransmissable (how a person living with HIV with an undetectable viral load doesn’t transmit HIV to their partners), and the impact of societal stigma. Andrew will also discuss the future and what occupational therapists can do going forward.

View our past ‘Learn’ events here.

Get in touch! We’d love to hear from you