Creating personal and social change for LGBTQ+ people.
What is HERO?
HERO - Health Equality and Rights Organisation is the parent organisation of GMFA - the gay men’s health project, its gay men’s health magazine FS, and OutLife an online information and support hub for LGBTQ+ people.
The mission of HERO is to improve the health, enhance the well-being and champion the rights of LGBTQ+ people. HERO recognises LGBTQ+ people as, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and any other person who self-identifies within the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
HERO provides LGBTQ+ people with accurate and credible information so they can build skills
that enable them to make informed choices about their health and well-being. HERO encourages LGBTQ+ people to create social change in our communities by providing a platform where LGBTQ+ people are heard and valued. HERO’s mission is a guiding principle governing all of our work.
HERO wants to see a world where no LGBTQ+ person is discriminated by health or social inequalities based of their sexuality or gender identity and have the same opportunities in life as any non-LGBTQ+ person.
We do this by:
Ensuring LGBTQ+ people have access to information and support to enable them to make the best health choices for themselves.
Decreasing the number of LGBTQ+ people who experience mental illness/suicidal thoughts by offering information, advice, peer-support and signposting to support services.
Improving LGBTQ+ people’s sexual health, including eradicating new HIV infections by giving up-to-date information about HIV and STIs while encouraging regular HIV and STI testing.
End HIV-related stigma with campaigns that emotionally connect with our communities.
Increasing the representation of LGBTQ+ black, Asian and minority ethnic groups within LGBTQ+ communities by ensuring BAME LGBTQ+ people are at the forefront of our work.
Meet team HERO
Ian is the Chief Executive Officer for HERO - Health Equality and Rights Organisation. HERO is the parent organisation of GMFA, FS magazine and OutLife
Ian joined HERO in 2010 as the Associate Editor for FS magazine. He took over as editor in chief in 2011 and was appointed CEO of HERO in 2016.
Outreach and Communications Manager
Nick is the Outreach and Communication Manager. He joined HERO after four years working with the largest NHS Pathology provider with specific interest in training and sexual health testing.
Digital and Social Engagement Manager
Liam is the Digital and Social Engagement Manager for GMFA. He joined GMFA in 2014. Liam is the brains behind HERO's health campaigns and is currently the editor for FS magazine.
Digital and Social Engagement Officer
Justin Mahboubian-Jones joined HERO in September 2017. Justin is working on HERO's LGBT+ projects, including OutLife.
Finance and Office Manager
Massimo is an accountant with several years of financial reporting and accountancy experience within the charity and private sector.
Massimo joined GMFA in 1998 as Finance Manager. Massimo is also responsible for IT, Health & Safety and the general running of the office.