If you identify as LGBTQ or are questioning your sexual or gender identity, there are a huge range of groups and organisations based in London that can offer support and advice, as well as enabling you to connect with other young people who identify as LGBTQ in a fun and safe space.
At Queen Mary University of London:
Queen Mary LGBT+ Society is a community of LGBT+ students who hold regular social events in order to provide a community and safe space for all LGBT+ students on campus, and is one of the five largest societies in QMSU. In addition to social events like regular tea and coffee meets, board game nights, club nights, group outings and film and poetry nights, Queen Mary LGBT+ Society also provide social and financial aid to members, and seek to represent their interests as a minority group to the student union and to the university. The society prides itself on being very flexible: the committee is large and dedicated, and is happy to help with any event or fundraiser that members might want to host. Above all, Queen Mary LGBT+ Society want to make the society as inclusive as possible, and for everyone to get involved! You can contact the society by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook and Twitter.
Each year, QMSU also runs elections in order to select a number of student representatives. These include two LGBT+ reps, one based in Mile End and one based in Whitechapel, as well as a Transgender Rep based at the Mile End campus. Find out more about this year’s reps and how to contact them on the QMSU website.
Local and national organisations and services:
The Step Out Project is a free and confidential service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered young people. It is based in Bethnal Green and offers information, guidance and support for those questioning their sexual and/or gender identity. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Imaan is the UK’s leading LGBTQ Muslim charity, and offers support for Muslim LGBTQ people, their families and friends. Imaan run an online forum where people can seek help and advice, and are based on Mile End Road. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
London Friend provides free counselling and social and support groups offering a safe space for those dealing with issues around their sexuality. All groups are run by trained volunteers in Kings Cross. Contact email@example.com to find out more.
Switchboard provides and information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people, and others considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity Call 0300 330 0630 between 10am and 10pm every day, or alternatively contact the helpline via Instant Messaging or email.
Gendered Intelligence run youth groups for young trans and gender variant people for those under 21, as well as a peer-led support group in London for those aged 18-30. Gendered Intelligence also offers a mentoring scheme for trans students in education, as well as providing resources for trans youth and their families. The service is free and confidential.
Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays UK is a national charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans sons and daughters. Their website provides links to a number of useful resources for parents and families of LGBT people.
Pink Therapy is the UK’s largest independent LGBT therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.
GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) is a good source of information for trans and gender variant students.
The Albert Kennedy Trust offers a range of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people experiencing homelessness or living in hostile enviornments.
Elop (East London Out Project) is a holistic lesbian and gay centre based in Walthamstow that offers a range of services to LGBT communities including counselling and young people’s services.
Stonewall offers a range of information and support for LGBT communities and their allies on a range of topics including coming out.
Transunite is a comprehensive resource for people searching for support in the transgender community.
Trans Support Groups Worldwide is website containing links for transgender support groups all over the world.