The council, working with range of health, care and voluntary sector partners, is conducting a needs assessment for local LGBTQ+ communities.
People are encouraged have their say about their experiences of health, accessing local services and the impact of COVID-19 through an online survey to help improve services locally.
The survey is open to East Sussex residents (excluding Brighton and Hove) aged 16 or over who identify as LGBTQ+. This may include people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, pansexual, asexual or any other sexual minority, or identify as trans, non-binary, gender queer, gender fluid, gender non-confirming, agender or any other gender minority, or have a variation in sex characteristics (sometimes known as ‘intersex’).
Cllr Carl Maynard, lead member for Adult Social Care and Health at East Sussex County Council, said: “The input of those who use our services is invaluable to us. Hearing about the experiences of those in our LGBTQ+ communities will help us to develop our services in a way that benefits everyone.
“We particularly want to hear from community members who are also part of intersectional groups as we recognise they are significantly under-represented in local engagement work. This could include communities such as those who are LGBTQ+ with disabilities and/or neurodivergence, community members who are Black and/or People of Colour, gypsy and traveller communities, those aged over 50, and those with a variation in sex characteristics (sometimes known as ‘intersex’.”
The survey runs until Sunday, September 26. To take part visit eastsussex.gov.uk/lgbtq or call 07599 101119 to arrange to complete the survey over the telephone.
Cllr Maynard added: “Similar projects in other areas have resulted in real change, such as LGBTQ+ training for GPs and the development of new and innovative services for LGBTQ+ communities.
“I encourage anyone who identifies as a member of our LGBTQ+ communities to complete the survey and help shape local services in the future.”