LGBTQ+ Advice

General LGBTQ+ advice and emotional support

The NHS offers general LGBT health information and support.

The Mix (formerly Get Connected) provide phone, email or web chat support on any issue. Also includes a comprehensive searchable directory of other LGB&T support services. Especially for under-25s

Childline provides free, confidential advice, support and counselling on any issue.

Samaritans provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

Trans advice and Gender Identity

The NHS also offers trans health advice and support.

Mermaids, founded in 1995 by a group of parents of gender nonconforming children, is a British charity and advocacy organisation that supports gender diverse and transgender youth in the United Kingdom.

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service offers health advice and support to young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity.

Information on Application for a Gender Recognition Certificate (and how this interacts with marriage.)

GIRES: The Gender Identity Research & Education Society: GIRES is a charity that hears and gives a voice to trans and gender non-conforming individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families. It offers resources on a range of areas relating to being trans and offers training for educational and medical professionals.

Press for Change: This voluntary organisation provides legal advice, training, and research to trans people, as well as their representatives, and public and private bodies.

Trans Bare All: Trans Bare All is an organisation that runs events and retreats to help members of the trans community explore and discuss body positivity, emotional wellbeing and intimacy.

Trans*formation: A London based networking and advocacy group for professionals who identify as trans, seeking to connect and inspire trans professionals in a safe and welcoming environment.

Trans London : Trans London is a support and social group for trans people in London, with monthly meetings held every third Thursday.

Trans Workers UK: A group that promotes positive stories of trans employment across all sectors; private, public, union and non union. It welcomes employers, employees and allies.

Twilight People: A London based project that discovers and celebrates the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK past and present.

Action for Trans Health: British organisation campaigning to improve trans people’s access to healthcare.

CliniQ: Based in London, this is a sexual health and well-being service for trans people. It is held every Wednesday evening at 56 Dean Street, Soho.

Trans Sexual Health Clinic at Birmingham LGBT+: Located in the centre of Birmingham, this is a monthly sexual health and well-being clinic for all trans people who may not feel comfortable accessing general sexual health services.

Intersex advice

Intersex UK: The United Kingdom Intersex Association (UKIA) is an education, advocacy, campaigning and support organisation which works on behalf of Intersex people. Intersex people are individuals whose anatomy or physiology differ from contemporary cultural stereotypes of what constitute typical male and female.

Advice on drug addiction

DrugRehab is a group that understands that substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. If you or a loved one feel you are dependent on alcohol, methamphetamine (aka. meth, T, tina) or GBL/GHB (aka. G), please do contact them.

Faith Groups

Gay Christian Net is trying to transform attitudes toward LGBTQ people across denominations & cultures.

Imaan: Imaan is charity that supports LGBT Muslims and runs a support group for trans Muslims.

Non-Faith Groups

If you feel like you are losing your faith, and are worried and anxious about that, visit Faith to Faithless for support. : http://faithtofaithless.com/. Coincidentally, not by design, 3/7 of the committee members are gay men, and 2/7 others are bisexual women, and 2 of them have been made homeless partly due to their sexuality. So as a team, they understand many of the issues our community faces.

Equality and human rights issues

Faith to Faithless and LGBT Humanists, as sections of Humanists UK have fought the government and won on many cases where apostates and LGBTQ+ people from countries where LGBTQ+ people are persecuted and subject to so-called “honour-based” abuse, violence and killings have had their asylum requests refused by the UK Home Office.

Equality Advisory and Support Service (England, Scotland, Wales) offer free, confidential advice and support if you feel you have been discriminated against or if you feel your human rights have been breached.

GOV.UK has information on discrimination and your rights.

Guidance for employers and service providers on supporting and including transgender customers and recruiting and retaining transgender staff.

Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance for workers.

Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance for service users.

There is also information on the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Travel advice

GOV.UK offers travel advice specifically for LGB&T people travelling abroad. Click here for country or territory specific advice.

Hate crime & Domestic Abuse

True Vision provide advice on hate crime, how to report it, and where to get support .

GOV.UK also provides advice on how to report hate crime.

Galop is a national LGB&T domestic abuse helpline.

Revenge Porn Helpline provide free, confidential advice and support for all victims of revenge porn.

Housing

Albert Kennedy Trust: The Albert Kennedy Trust helps young LGBT people who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment by providing housing and services to help them live independently.

Stonewall Housing: Stonewall Housing is the specialist LGBT housing advice and support provider in England.

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