Help & Support
There are a lot of places we can turn to if we need help, support or advice living our lives as LGBTQ+ identified people. Here are some that have been suggested by Stonewall (which I will put first on the list). Just click the icon to open a page to that site.
Here you find information on general LGBTQ+ issues, trans advice, training in LGBTQ+ issues, advice on crime and violence, and much more.
If you cannot find what you need, drop the Facebook group a message and get some help from people in the group who may have advice of their own, or know where you can turn to to get what you need.
"We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.
We believe we're stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.
But our work is not finished yet. Not until everyone feels free to be who they are, wherever they are."
Switchboard- LGBT+ Helpline
"Welcome to Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most.
We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and we understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone."
"We are the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.
As an organisation we aim to promote high quality therapy and training services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexual diversities.
There is a whole spectrum of different gender and sexual expressions and we welcome those who are engaged in consensual, albeit transgressive sexualities who are seeking a place to understand and be understood."
"Gendered Intelligence (GI) is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, established in 2008.
Our mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity through creative ways.
Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.
We work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; we particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25."
"Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services."
GIRES - Gender Identity Research & Education Society
"GIRES’ overall aim is to improve substantially the environment in which gender non-conforming people live. GIRES upholds the right of all those who do not fit the typical boy/girl, man/woman tick boxes, including people who intend to change gender role completely and others whose gender identity is non-binary, to live proudly in a society that celebrates diversity.
GIRES contributes to de-psychopathologising gender non-conformity and has:-
ensured that the UK’s Good Practice Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of adults with gender dysphoria adopt the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) description of this condition as “not negative or pathological” and
supported the World Health Organisation’s move to take account of current scientific research and transfer the condition out of the mental and behavioural disorders section of the International Classification of Diseases.
The charity combines the expertise of a largely voluntary team of trans and non trans people, many of whom have direct experience of the issues with which it is involved. They undertake the wide range of work described below and ensure that the charity is robustly governed. GIRES is supported by 366 individual and 76 Corporate Members, making annual subscriptions, one-off donations and payments for services."
"UK Trans Info is a national charity focused on improving the lives of trans and non-binary people in the UK.
Our main aims are to:
Bring together resources from around the UK making them easily accessible to all through one website.
Endeavour to add new resources as they become available and to publicise them through social media.
Recognise and attempt to close gaps in the resources that are currently available.
Give trans and non-binary people in the UK a voice by campaigning for our rights.
Work with and educate individuals and organisations to ensure the needs of trans and non-binary people are taken into account.
Promote transparency, clarity and openness within public sector organisations.
Signpost those in need to the resources they require and in some cases contacting organisations or individuals on their behalf.
Promote action and awareness of relevant surveys, conventions, consultations and research projects.
Engage and collaborate with other trans and non-binary organisations to pool resources, strengthen our collective voice and reduce duplication of work."
"If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We 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 Hate Crime
"The National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership brings together 35 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) organisations from across England, Wales and Scotland. Delivered for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the partnership led by the LGBT Consortium aims to increase the reporting of Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Hate Crimes and incidents and improve the support available to those targeted."
Established in 1975, LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential. #EqualityWins underpins much of what we do and we aim to be; ‘here if you need us.’
We are a nationally significant charity firmly rooted in our local communities of Greater Manchester and provide a wide range of evidence-based and cost effective services.
Each year, we serve over 40,000 people, achieving an average 98% satisfaction rating, as well as providing information to over 200,000 individuals online. As a result, we serve more LGBT people than any other charity of our kind in the UK.
Throughout all of our work, we support LGBT people to increase their skills, knowledge and self-confidence to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing. We also work in partnership with others to build strong, cohesive and influential LGBT communities.
Working together, we are changing LGBT lives for the better and securing a safe, equal and healthy future for all LGBT people.
LGBT Service Nottinghamshire
The LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire was established by The Centre Place as an addition to the LGBT+ support being provided since 2010 through the Worksop Out on Wednesday (WOW) young LGBT+ service. We offer a range of professional, specialist services for young people aged 11-25 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT+) or may be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity