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
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.
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 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.
An organisation for lesbian, gay, bi(sexual), transgender, FtM, MtF, transsexual, cross-dresser, alternative, queer, allies and anyone who identifies within the gender and sexual identities (LGBT+) communities. They work to empower and enable individuals to improve their self-confidence, build on their self-esteem, encourage them to be part of a bigger like-minded community and develop positive wellbeing. They currently provide weekly drop ins, trans groups and F&F (family and friends) groups within Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant.
Gender Identity Issues charity, with specific focus on transitioning trans adults. Regular meetings, support group for partners.
Social group for gay women in Portsmouth area. Activities include meals out, walking, cycling, camping, books, discos and swimming.
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.
Portsmouth's LGBT Choir singing a wide variety of songs, in a social setting. Newly established, so seeking new members now.
Is a 'Diverse, Active Community Involvement Organisation' based in Fratton Portsmouth and offer sporting and leisure opportunities to individuals age 16 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.
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
Reconnecting Rainbows is a trans-led UK social enterprise focusing on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and its link to LGBT+ mental well-being. We 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. We 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. They 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. They 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 issues. This reflects the special interest of the trans people in the charity's membership. GIRES is concerned that society often treats this particular group harshly. This includes shortcomings in the provision of medical services.
The LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.
Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.
Mermaids are a support group for children, teenagers and their families affected by gender identity issues. They offer support to parents, families, carers and others; raise awareness about gender issues amongst professionals (e.g. teachers, doctors, social services) and the general public; and campaign for the recognition of these issues 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.
A campaigning organisation that works with a range of agencies to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the wider community.
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.