LGBT+ youth are facing a challenge like never before.

If you’re a young LGBT+ person stuck in a difficult situation because of lockdown, The British LGBT Awards and It Gets Better UK want you to know that your community is here for you, and that we’re #InThisTogether.

 

 

Watch messages of support from our celebrity pals here.

We want to try to make things a little easier for anyone in need of help, so we’ve compiled a list of resources that are specifically aimed at young LGBT+ people in lockdown. So, whether you’re in dire need of socialisation with fellow LGBT+ folk, or if you’re having to social distance in a household with homophobic or transphobic family members, we hope you are able to find the help you need through some of the brilliant charities and projects below.

There are places you can get help. Remember, #ItGetsBetter and, no matter what, we’re #InThisTogether.

 

 

What do you need help with?

 

Domestic Abuse

Wellbeing

Social Contact

Trans or Gender Expansive specific

Homelessness

Outside the UK

 

 

 

If you have faced, or are facing, abuse at home

 

akt (Albert Kennedy Trust)

Where: UK

Resources: Live chat 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, video consultations

 

 

Despite currently being unable to provide face-to-face casework, AKT are continuing to provide services for LGBT+ young people facing homelessness or hostile/abusive home environments.

Services offered include virtual consultations, live chat, guidance for those in need during COVID-19 and collaborative events for LGBT+ young people.

You can view all the resources made available by AKT here – and these are updated regularly.

Currently these resources include online mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged 11-18 (provided by kooth), advice on private renting rights and access to benefits, as well as some other handy links.

www.akt.org.uk
@aktcharity

 

Galop

Where: UK

Resources: Domestic abuse advice and help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galop are continuing to provide hate crimedomestic abuse, and sexual violence, support services via phone, email, text and WhatsApp, and are still accepting referrals for all their services (at a reduced rate).

Galop’s National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline is open Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm and Wednesday to Thursday 10am – 8pm.

0800 999 5428 or help@galop.org.uk

www.galop.org.uk
@GalopUK

 

The Rainbow Project

Where: Northern Ireland

Resources: Domestic abuse helpline

 

 

If you are experiencing domestic abuse of any kind and need someone to talk to, The Rainbow project have a 24 hour Domestic & Sexual Abuse helpline. To use this service, phone 0808 802 1414.

rainbow-project.org
@TRPNI

 

 

If you are struggling with your mental health or wellbeing

 

LGBT+ Foundation

Where: UK (Based in Manchester)

Resources: LGBT+ rights guide for COVID-19, Wellbeing Hub, remote service delivery and sexual health advice. A Talking Therapies service is also offered to LGBT+ folk living in Greater Manchester.

 

 

LGBT Foundation are still offering a whole range of helpful resources during lockdown, having moved most of their regular services online. The Wellbeing Hub is a great place to gain support, offering ways to “Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn & Give”.

Know your rights. For many LGBT+ people, lockdown may have obscured what you are allowed to access, such as sexual health testing, PrEP, hormones, GIC appointments and medication. LGBT Foundation have your back, with a trusty Essential Guide to LGBT Rights and Covid-19.

If you need more guidance with this you can access LGBT Foundation’s helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30 or chat to them via email on helpline@lgbt.foundation.

lgbt.foundation
@LGBTfdn

 

MindOut

Where: UK

If you’re a young LGBT+ person in need of mental health support…

Resources: Online Support service, phone support and advocacy.

 

 

MindOut specialises in supporting LGBT+ folk with their mental health. As such, if you are feeling stressed, isolated and uncertain you can access help and guidance from MindOut’s online support workers any day of the week.

Through MindOut’s Online Support service, you can also access specific sessions at certain times of day – such as Under 30s Advocacy, Trans-specific or general Advocacy sessions.

mindout.org.uk
@MindOutLGBTQ

Mosaic Youth

Where: UK (London)

Resources: Guided meditations, mindfulness sessions and online yoga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Youth have a whole host of online activities available to help the wellbeing on LGBT+ youth during these difficult times. Check out the full calendar of events here.

Mosaic Youth also have resources for socialising (see here!).

mosaicyouth.org.uk
@mosaicLGBTyouth

 

Terrence Higgins Trust

Where: UK

Resources: Free helpline and online counselling for HIV+ folk over 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

tht.org.uk
@THTorguk

 

 

If you are a looking for 1-2-1 advice or wanting to socialise

 

LGBT Youth Scotland

Where: Scotland

Resources: 1-2-1 sessions, youth groups, live chat and text or email support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGBTYS have set up safe Facebook Groups for young LGBT+ people in Scotland. Running at the usual group times and supervised by LGBTYS youth work staff, these involve focused discussions, workshops and the opportunity to socialise with other LGBT+ youths.

They are also running a Live Chat every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6pm – 8pm to chat with youth workers about whatever is on your mind. At times when the Live Chat isn’t accessible, LGBTYS offer a text message service from Monday – Friday at 07786 202 370.

lgbtyouth.org.uk
@LGBTYS

The Proud Trust

Where: North West England

Resources: Regular youth group sessions and 1-2-1s online.

 

The Proud Trust have adapted to lockdown by making their operations digital. All youth groups are being run virtually through Google Hangout, and 1-1 support is still being offered.

Visit the #VirtualLGBTCentre here!

theproudtrust.org
@TheProudTrust

 

Mosaic Youth

Where: London

Resources: Discord community, regular youth club sessions and goal setting sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Youth have a lot to offer for LGBT+ youth during lockdown (see also Mosaic Youth – Mental Health). They are continuing to run their regular youth club sessions, and have a community platform on Discord. You can find out more or enquire about getting involved by emailing info@mosaicyouth.org.uk.

They also offer morning goal setting sessions, and many more events to help your wellbeing. Find the full calendar of what’s on here.

mosaicyouth.org.uk
@mosaicLGBTyouth

 

Hidayah

Where: UK

Resources: Virtual meet-ups, movie nights and a wellbeing WhatsApp group for LGBT+ Muslims

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re a Muslim LGBT+ young person looking to socialise with a community who gets you, you should definitely check out the virtual events that Hidayah are doing. These include virtual meet-ups and Ramadan movie nights – all of which can be found on their calendar.

hidayahlgbt.co.uk
@HidayahLGBTQI

 

Allsorts Youth Project

Where: Brighton and West Sussex

Resources: Online youth groups, one-to-one emotional support sessions and advocacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

allsortsyouth.org.uk
@allsortsyouth

 

2BU Somerset

Where: Somerset

Resources: Youth support in the form of private conversations and group chats.

 

 

Despite having to close their youth groups for the time being, 2BU Somerset’s support team are still available virtually during usual group hours via an online group chat. You can also talk to support staff through private message during these sessions.

The 2BU team are still here to help you find some answers and support if you feel you want it.

2bu-somerset.co.uk
@2BUSomerset

 

 

If you are a seeking trans/gender-expansive specific support 

 

Mermaids 

Where: UK

Resources: Helpline, texting or email.

 

Mermaids have partnered with Shout UK to offer 24/7 support for gender-diverse young people in need of someone to talk to or experiencing a crisis. All you have to do is text MERMAIDS to 85258 to access this service.

You can also speak to a trained member of the Mermaid’s team between Monday – Friday; 9am – 9pm by calling 0808 801 0400 or use their Web Chat between the same times.

mermaidsuk.org.uk
@Mermaids_Gender

 

Gendered Intelligence

Where: UK

Resources: Online youth groups, 1-2-1 support and helpline – phone, email, text or WhatsApp

Gendered Intelligence’s helpline, which supports trans and non-binary  (and their families) undergoing the NHS gender care waiting list and assessment process, is open as usual throughout lockdown. This service is accessible on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 2pm – 7pm, as well as Wednesday and Friday between 10am – 3pm.

Helpline: 0330 3559 678

Email: supportline@genderedintelligence.co.uk

Text or WhatsApp:  07592 650 496

GI have also moved their youth groups online! GI offers various youth groups aimed at different youth groups, such as tween groups, teen groups, BAME youth groups or youth groups for specific parts of the UK.

To find out how to access this service email youthwork@genderedintelligence.co.uk with the subject ‘ONLINE YOUTH GROUPS’. Include your name, age, location and whether you are open to being phoned by a GI youth worker to check-in and find out your needs for being involved. (Also include your mobile number if this is ok.) You don’t have to send any details at first if you just want to ask a question.

genderedintelligence.co.uk

@Genderintell

 

 

If you are at risk of homelessness…

 

The Outside Project

Where: London

Resources: Housing, food and a community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is an sad reality that many young LGBT+ people face homelessness as a result of the lack of acceptance from family members, or other issues. But the Outside Project have created a shelter in the Camden area which has become a haven for LGBT+ people who are homeless or in crisis. For more information see their website or email carla.ecola@lgbtiqoutside.org.

lgbtiqoutside.org
@LGBTIQoutside

 

Stonewall Housing (partnered with The Outside Project)

Where: UK

Resources: Advice line and a referral service for rough sleepers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re homeless, or at risk of homelessness, you can contact Stonewall Housing’s confidential advice line between 10am – 1pm, Monday – Friday  at 020 7359 5767.

You can also fill in their referral form if their helpline is closed.

stonewallhousing.org
@Stonewallhousin

 

 

If you’re outside the UK…

 

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Where: USA (California)

Resources: Legal services for LGBT+ victims of abuse, regular services.

The LA LGBT Center remains open and still running the majority of their services – although many are now running online or via phone. For more information on this see their COVID-19 updates.

To access the free legal services for LGBT+ victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, hate violence, stalking or trafficking call 323-993-7649 and leave a message.

lalgbtcenter.org
@LALGBTCenter

 

The Trevor Project

Where: USA

Resources: Suicide prevention helpline

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are having suicidal thoughts and need someone to talk to call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or use TrevorChat to connect with a counsellor.
thetrevorproject.org
@TrevorProject

 

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