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 and community initiatives both locally, 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 if you’d like me to add your favourite 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 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.
The largest LGBTQ charity in the world Stonewall partner with organisations that help create real change for the better. Loads of valuable information and advice on their website. A great place to start exploring.
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.
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.
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!)
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 Artist, expressive arts facilitator, teacher, mom, solopreneur, writer, spiritual music leader, hand holder, community builder.
COMING OUT VIDEOS
Local-ish (Brighton area) Fab 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.