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Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Trans +
LGBT+ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Plus. It is used to designate a community of people whose sexual or gender identities can create shared political and social concerns.
Solent NHS Trust works with great organisations that support the LGBT+ community. Below is a list of both local and national organisations that offer a range of support, events and services.
Local LGBT+ Organisations
LGBTQ+ young people and their families
The service offers support to LGBTQ+ young people, aged 10-19, and their families in Portsmouth. The service offers:
- 1-2-1 support for young people
- Short interventions with families
- Support and guidance to other professionals through the 'team around the worker' model
- 4u youth group (young people aged 13-19)
Breakout Youth offers a confidential support service for young people aged 11 to 21, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or unsure of their sexuality or gender identity. At Breakout Youth, you will find a group of likeminded young people that you can socialise with safely. You’ll also find help with those feelings of isolation or confusion. They run confidential youth groups based in Southampton, Andover, Romsey, Basingstoke, New Forest and the Isle of Wight.
Y Services LGBT+ projects provide a safe, comfortable space where young people who identify as Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity can get to know other young people like themselves
- Coming out as Transgender - Helping friends and family understand what it all means
- Rainbow Rangers and Trans Parents Support Group
Gender Identity Issues charity, with specific focus on supporting transitioning trans adults. There are regular meetings (virtual and in person), support group for partners and family members of people questioning their gender identity, who have transitioned or are transitioning. Beyond Reflections was formerly known as Chrysalis GIM (Gender Identity Matters).
Hampshire Diversity Project
Brings together representatives from all the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 to share experiences, encourages joint working on issues and projects.
Is a 'Diverse, Active Community Involvement Organisation' based in Fratton Portsmouth and offer sporting and leisure opportunities to individuals aged 14 and over. Participants may have a previous history of homelessness, mental health issues, learning disabilities, long term unemployment or have suffered social isolation due to age, race or gender (LGBT+).
The purpose of the group is to break down barriers within the community by offering participants opportunities to address health and well-being issues that affect their lives and their community. Victory Hants volunteers support their participants to partake in local education opportunities, work trials, training or volunteering in order to achieve self-reliant, self-sustainable futures.
Out on an Island started as an oral history project but offers so much more. There is a published book and 18 recorded oral histories telling previously undocumented LGBT+ history over the past 100 years on the Isle of Wight. You can listen to the oral histories here or you can get in contact to find out about opportunities to socialise and connect with LGBT+ people on the Isle of Wight.
The LGBT+ Alliance is an alliance of Hampshire-based LBGT+ Networks that have pledged to work together. The aim of the Alliance is to celebrate and support LGBT+ employees and communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Alliance also organises Hampshire Pride and other local LGBT+ events.
Reconnecting Rainbows is a trans-led UK social enterprise focusing on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and its link to LGBT+ mental well-being. They offer training and consultancy services to help employers to meet the needs of a diverse client base, support LGBT+ staff, and create welcoming work environments where everyone feels safe to be themselves. Printed cards can be provided to help employees alert their manager anonymously to the need for D&I training in their workplace, e.g., if they are experiencing or witnessing harassment or want to transition but are worried about how their colleagues might react. They also run online campaigns, such as the '#LIFEsavingAllies' campaign to help people understand how to support a trans or non-binary friend who's struggling with their mental health.
National LGBT+ Organisations
Peer-to-peer FTM (female-to-male) trans support group.
Galop is the LGBT+ anti-violence & abuse charity who give advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system. Galop are a completely independent community-led group.
The focus GIRES is on people who experience atypical gender identity development, especially trans people, whether or not they are also affected by LGB or I matters. This reflects the special interest of the trans people in the charity's membership.
The LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and allies.
Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering matters around their sexuality and/or gender identity.
Mermaids are a support group for children, teenagers and their families affected by gender identity matters. They offer support to parents, families, carers and others; raise awareness about gender matters amongst professionals (e.g., teachers, doctors, social services) and the general public; and campaign for the recognition of these matters and an increase in professional services.
An England-wide group of LGB&T voluntary and community organisations who are committed to reducing the health inequalities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and to challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services.
R U Coming Out inspires supports and unites those who are living their lives either completely or partially in the closet. The main focus of the website is the stories. People from all over the world write and submit their own personal accounts of Coming Out.
The purpose of the site is not to encourage people to Come Out before they are ready or to make them feel under any pressure to do things in a particular way; it is simply a source of first-hand accounts from people who have already been through, and are still going through, the process themselves.
Transgender Road Map is a travel guide to transgender transition intended to help you set priorities and choose your route. It's about making informed purchasing decisions and setting realistic, achievable transition goals.
The Beaumont Society is a national self-help body run by and for those who cross-dress or are trans-sexual. As well as being a support network, the society keenly promotes the better understanding of the conditions of transgender, cross-dressing and gender dysphoria in society, thereby creating and improving tolerance and acceptance of these conditions by a wider public.
The complete guide to studying and living in the UK as an LGBT+ student.