Growing up LGBT+ is still unacceptably tough. Just Like Us’ independent research report found that LGBT+ school pupils are twice as likely to be bullied and 91% heard negative language about being LGBT+ in the past year.
Just Like Us works with schools and colleges to prevent anti-LGBT+ bullying and ensure that all young people know that being LGBT+ is something to be celebrated.
If you’re an LGBT+ young person and you’re struggling right now, here are some organisations that you can reach out to for mental health, wellbeing and/or community support.
“Whether you're concerned about coming out to new people, have questions about safer sex, gender identity, relationship issues or you're feeling discriminated against - get support from Switchboard's team of trained LGBT+ volunteers.”
Contact Switchboard online or over the phone on 0300 330 0630.
“LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. With a history dating back to 1975, they campaign for a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential.
Through their services they reduce isolation amongst LGBT communities, help people feel more confident and in control of their lives and enable people to flourish.”
Contact LGBT Foundation online or over the phone on 0345 3 30 30 30.
“akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. We support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.”
Contact akt online.
“Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.
You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.
Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.”
Contact Childline online or over the phone on 0800 1111.
“UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent. We produce an annual celebration during pride month, as well as a variety of activities throughout the year in and around the UK, which also promote and advocate for the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health and wellbeing of the communities we represent.
UK Black Pride is a safe space to celebrate diverse sexualities, gender identities, cultures, gender expressions and backgrounds and we foster, represent and celebrate Black LGBTQI+ and QTIPOC culture through education, the arts, cultural events and advocacy.”
Contact UK Black Pride online.
“Gaysians is the umbrella brand for the South Asian LGBTQIA+ community. We bring together all resources, networks and organisations related to being queer South Asians.”
Contact Gaysians online.
“AZ Mag is an award-nominated media and events company committed to amplifying the voices of Black people and People of Colour within the LGBTQ+ community.
Born in 2015, AZ Mag was created from the need to discuss issues that directly affected those at the intersection of race, gender and sexuality. What started as an online magazine has evolved to become a safe space for many, both on and offline.”
Get involved with AZ Mag online.
“African Rainbow Family advances the education of the public in general about the issues relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexl and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage and the wider Black Asian Minority Ethnic groups. These include LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum.
We relieve poverty in our service users by provision of subsistence and unemployment amongst LGBTIQ refugees that have been granted status by the provision of vocational and skills training advice and support. We preserve and protect the physical and mental health of our service users through social activities, meetings, conferences etc.”
Contact African Rainbow Family online.