The Resource Hub
This is a growing resources page so please check back regularly as I’m adding new info. all the time.
LGBTQ Charities & Brilliant Organisations
Fortunately there are lots of charities, rights organisations and community initiatives both in the UK and worldwide that support LGBTQ people. This page is dedicated to the ones I have personally found most useful. I am sure there are many I’ve not yet experienced and just because they are not listed here doesn’t mean they are any less worthy. Please contact me to add to the listing.
I’m a board Trustee for MindOut, a mental health service run by and for LGBTQ people. If you’re struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, or need a friendly voice to talk to MindOut have a host of fantastic services and people on hand to support you.
the human rights campaign
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
The WOW Network Women out at work
The WOW Network – Women Out Work has been formed to support, guide and connect with LGBT women who are either out at work or thinking about coming out at work.
The network aims to participate in Pride events across the UK, host regional meetups and provide a support to LGBT women online with a private Facebook group.
Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging.
There to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits.
LBQ (lesbian, bisexual and queer women)
Planet Nation is a listings and lifestyle website by the community for the community. It launched in 2016 following 5 successful years of running Planet London.
The most comprehensive directory I have discovered so far!
The LGBT Consortium are a national specialist infrastructure and Membership organisation. They focus on the development and support of LGBT groups, organisations and projects so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.
STONEWALL & YOUNG STONEWALL
BIUK conduct research on bisexuality in the UK and disseminate this to policy makers and practitioners (via their BiReCon event every other year, and reports like The Bisexuality Report). They also aim to raise awareness of the needs of bisexual people through their website and public engagement.
Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports and connects children and young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
They run youth groups in Brighton, Horsham, Chichester and Worthing.
BRITISH ASIAN LGBTQI
Support for British Asian LGBTI community. Why is this minority group so under represented and what is the common experience? This online forum aims to help unite this community and reduce isolation and discrimination faced, defend global LGBTI rights including repealing Section 377 in India and Asia, specializing in intersectionality of race and sexuality issues.
BGIOK (Being Gay is OK)
Information and advice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and unsure under twenty-fives.
bgiok is about practical advice and information about homosexuality, and cutting through the stereotypes and negativity around it. bgiok aims to help young people feel better about their sexuality and about the person they are beyond that.
Also has great info and advice for parents, family and friends.
News, Media & Entertainment
Entertainment group for lesbians and Bi women. Celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues, entertainment and more.
Tackling topics, like racism in the LGBTQI community, mental health and the challenges facing queer youth, and also profile inspirational women who are making a difference to the lives of lesbian, bi and trans women.
BI Community News
Bi Community News (better known as BCN) is the UK's best-selling bisexual magazine, published six times a year.
It publishes as a not-for-profit community press journal and back issues are available on the website.
Autostraddle is an intelligent, hilarious and provocative voice and a progressively feminist online community for multiple generations of kickass lesbian, bisexual and otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends).
One of the world’s most popular lesbian websites.
Pink News stands for the fundamental rights of the entire LGBT+ community and its allies.
Pink News acknowledge individual experience and work to represent a diverse and intersectional community.
Film & TV
This is a list of film and TV I have watched and loved or liked regardless of whether they’ve been stories about women in love or not!
Please let me know if you think there are any must sees that I’ve missed and I will add them.
Online and Written Resources
A safe way of beginning to come out to yourself is through reading about how others have dealt with similar issues. There are many great books, articles, podcasts and studies available on all facets of LGBTQ life. These are also great resources for allies and families of LGBTQ individuals.
Book lists (N.B. I cannot recommend everything on these lists as I’ve only read a handful myself!)
(I listen to these and always seeking out new podcasts, I love a good podcast!)
Love these two presenters and this show. Inspiring, courageous and reassuring Coming Out stories from across the LGBTQ spectrum. Highly recommend if you are feeling confused or alone with all this.
COMING OUT WITH LAUREN & NICOLE
Not strictly LGBTQ but I am a huge fan of Deborah Francis-White and her podcast show is brilliant, diverse, funny and bang on topic every week. Still my favourite podcast of all time.
THE GUILTY FEMINIST
Hosted by New York City-based comedians Carolyn Bergier and Sarah York, Dyking Out is a podcast about lesbian / queer life, news, and pop culture as told by a couple of dykes.
Fab People & Businesses
Expressive Arts Online (and in person)
Susie Stonefield Miller
USA based Queer Artist, expressive arts facilitator, teacher, mom, solopreneur, writer, spiritual music leader, hand holder, community builder and late in life lesbian.
Local-ish (Brighton area) People & Business Services
I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want to be with someone who gets it if you know what I mean! Reaching out for help from someone who I know is also LGBTQ means I don’t have to explain who I am and go through that whole thing about worrying if they will judge me. Here is my growing list of amazing (tried and tested by me!) people and businesses who can support you with your life and your LGBTQ journey.