Please note: the content in this article references hate crime, sexual violence and other challenging themes throughout.
This International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, our Information Service wanted to highlight some of the organisations we work with that are doing an incredible work to support lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK.
The list is not exhaustive, but we hope these organisations can help you or your loved ones if you ever need them. If none of these are what you’re looking for, get in touch with our Info Service.
LGBT+ Switchboard - an LGBT+ helpline
Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most. They’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits and conversations are 100% confidential.
Broken Rainbow – a domestic violence helpline
Broken Rainbow offers a domestic violence helpline to LGBT people, providing confidential support to all members of the LGBT community, their family, friends, and the agencies supporting them. The helpline is run by trained LGBT people and provides a safe space where you can share your issues and think of next steps.
GALOP – for hate crime or criminal justice questions
If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, GALOP is there for you. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.
LGBT Foundation – for advice & support on health and other issues
The LGBT Foundation supports LGBT people to increase their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. They also work in partnership with other organisations to build strong, cohesive and influential LGBT communities.
Rise – for domestic abuse survivors
RISE is an independent, Brighton-based registered charity that helps people affected by domestic abuse. If you identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and you are experiencing domestic abuse you can contact their LGBT+ team through their helpline on 01273 622 828.
Survivors Network – for LGBT survivors of sexual violence and abuse
Survivors’ Network is the rape crisis centre for Sussex, based in Brighton. If you have experienced sexual violence, the Survivor’s Network can offer help, support, advice and counselling.
Rainbow Noir – a support group for queer PoC in Manchester
Rainbow Noir is a group established for and by queer people of colour in Manchester. The group is a space for socialising, discussions, activism, community organising and ensuring a presence so that queer people of colour’s voices are heard in Manchester. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7pm till 9pm. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
TELL MAMA - measuring anti-Muslim attacks
TELL MAMA is an LGBT-inclusive organisation that supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents.
UKLGIG – for asylum seekers and refugees
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) supports LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration process. They provide psychosocial and emotional support for LGBTQI+ asylum seekers to help improve their mental health and reduce isolation, as well as providing legal information and advice.
Gendered Intelligence – for young trans people
Gendered Intelligence delivers art programmes and creative workshops to trans youth from across the UK.
MESMAC – for sexual health services & counselling in the North East
Yorkshire MESMAC provides a range of services throughout Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Rotherham, York, North Yorkshire and Hull – including confidential HIV testing and counselling.
Opening Doors London – social opportunities for older LGBT+ people
Opening Doors London is the biggest charity providing information and support services specifically for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) people in the UK.
The Outside Project – for LGBT people with experience of homelessness
The Outside Project are LGBTIQ+ colleagues, friends & activists who work in the homeless sector and have lived experience of homelessness and the unique, complex issues their community face.
Keshet – for LGBT+ Jewish people
KeshetUK works to ensure a world where no one has to choose between their LGBT+ and Jewish identity. They work with schools, youth and young adult organisations, synagogues, and wider community organisations to ensure Jewish LGBT+ people and their families are included throughout Jewish life in the UK.
- Hidayah – support for LGBTQI+ Muslims around the country
Hidayah is a nationwide organisation for LGBTQI+ Muslims in the United Kingdom. They campaign for social justice to defeat the stigma, taboo and discrimination faced by many within the Muslim community and to give LGBTQI+ Muslims visibility to gain social acceptance and change.
- AZ Hub – social space for QTIPOC in London
The AZ Hub is a social space for QTIPOC by QTIPOC in London’s Albany Theatre.
This is a space for workshops, screenings, art display, discussion, performance, information sharing and general chilling! This space is a direct response to the lack of alcohol free, daytime spaces for QTIPOC in London.
- Unique – support for disabled LGBTQ+ people in London
Unique LGBT is a group which meets monthly in King's Cross and central London, UK. Unique is run by disabled LGBTQ+ people, for disabled LGBTQ+ people.
None of the organisations above work for you? Our Info Service is here to help with any issues affecting LGBT people or their families. Whatever your situation, you’re not on your own. We’ll do what we can to help or point you in the right direction of someone who can.
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