CAMHS LGBTQ+ Resources for Children, Adolescents, Parents & Schools

Stonewall Youth:

MindOut:

  • Website link: https://www.mindout.org.uk/
  • A mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people, who work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern
  • They offer an Online Support service, which is free and open every day for several hours, with a changing timetable, which can be viewed and accessed through their website: https://mindout.org.uk/get-support
  • Email: info@mindout.org.uk
  • Phone: 01273234839
  • Online Support service (see website for opening times, which vary) – when they are online, you can contact one of their Online Support Workers in confidence for instant chat; see the box in the bottom right hand corner
  • They also provide a wide range of flyers and leaflets, available for download here: https://www.mindout.org.uk/resources/

Allsorts Youth Project:

  • Website link: https://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/
  • An LGBT+ youth charity that 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.

Handy resources available for download here:

https://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/resources/toolkits-booklets-guides, including:

It Gets Better UK:

The Proud Trust:

Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre:

Mermaids:

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays:

Terrence Higgins Trust:

Galop:

London Friend:

Switchboard:

Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT):

Redbridge Rainbow Community:

Core services include one-to-one counselling support and young people’s services; they also offer training and consultancy for fellow professionals and those seeking to enhance their understanding of issues facing LGBT communities

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Youth Out East Groups are now running online (free of charge) – these are a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for young people to make friends, hang out, enjoy activities and workshops, and share experiences with other LGBT young people online.

  • They are running weekly on Tuesday evenings with the following times:
    • 5-6.30pm for 12–15s
    • 7-8.30pm for 15-18s
  • If you are interested in getting involved or would like to refer someone, contact youth@elop.org or 020 8509 3898
  • Please note: ELOP do not offer support for parents, but are able to signpost them to available support services.

BOOKS

Picture Books

The following books are recommended by Families Together London; for more, please see here:

  • https://www.familiestogetherlondon.com/library
    • Mommy, Mama, and Me, by Leslea Newman (author) & Carol Thompson (illustrator) (ages 3-7 years)
    • I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings (ages 5-8 years)
    • This Day in June, by Gayle E. Pitman (author) & Kristyna Litten (illustrator) (ages 5-8 years)
    • My Princess Boy, by Cheryl Kildavos (ages 4-8 years)

Adolescents

My Genderation: Tayler, 14 year old trans kid (by My Genderation): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfIXiJbm7ms&feature=emb_title

It Gets Better Project: https://www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject

  • A playlist of uplifting and inspiring videos by lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender young people and celebrities.

Families Together London:

Please note: due to the COVID-19 crisis, their face-to-face monthly meetings are temporarily suspended. In the meantime, they are providing the same level of support over the  next few months,via telephone, email, and virtual meetings on Zoom  - info@familiestogetherlondon.com for more information.

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays:

Website link: https://www.fflag.org.uk/

Allsorts Youth Project:

  • Website link: https://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/
  • An LGBT+ youth charity that 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.

Handy resources available for download here:

https://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/resources/toolkits-booklets-guides, including:

Mosaic:

Mermaids:

Trans 101: Gender Diversity Crash Course:

  • Website link: https://www.trans101.org.au/
  • Trans 101 is a starter pack designed to help support trans people by helping people better understand what it means to be trans, and how to make the world and better, safer, happier place for trans and gender diverse people
  • Offers six videos which you can watch or download, covering information such as “Friends and Family”
  • Provides helpful resources including a “Trans 101: Gender Diversity Crash Course” booklet, available for download here: https://www.trans101.org.au/pdf/Trans101- PDF-Web.pdf

The following books are recommended by Families Together London; for more, please see here: https://www.familiestogetherlondon.com/library

School’s Out UK:

Mermaids:

Allsorts Youth Project:

  • Website link: https://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/
  • An LGBT+ youth charity that 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.

Handy resources available for download here:

https://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/resources/toolkits-booklets-guides, including:

Stonewall:

The Proud Trust:

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays:

Deaf LGBTIQA provides information, represents and supports deaf people who are either coming out and/or identify with LGBTIQA.  http://deaflgbtiqa.org.uk/

The Proud Trust

Allsorts Youth Project:

Keshet works to ensure a world where no one has to choose between their LGBT+ and their Jewish identity. https://www.keshetuk.org/

House of Rainbow is an international organisation supporting the QTIPOC faith community.

  • The organisation founded by Pastor Jide Macaulay aims to foster better relationships among QTIPOC individuals, people of faith and allies, in order to create a safer and more inclusive community.
  • They assist with issues and challenges such as asylum seekers’ support, sexual health, counselling and pastoral care.
  • Link: https://www.houseofrainbow.org/

Sarbat is a social and support group for LGBT Sikhs.

  • They believe there is no room for discrimination within the community for being who you are.
  • They aim for local volunteers to commence Sarbat groups globally. Based in London, they organise events around the UK including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Leicester, Bradford and New York
  • http://www.sarbat.net/

Quest exists to provide pastoral support to lesbian, gay and transgender Catholics. https://questlgbti.uk/

Twilight People discovers and celebrates the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK past and present. http://www.twilightpeople.com/

Hidayah’s mission is 'to provide support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education about the Muslim LGBTQI+ community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice.' https://www.hidayahlgbt.co.uk/

Imaan: a national LGBTQ Muslim charity, Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam.

  • It provides a safe space and support network to address issues of common concern through sharing individual experiences and institutional resources. https://imaanlondon.wordpress.com/

London Queer Muslim The UK's only Islamic organisation run exclusively by and for religious LGBTQI+ Muslims. https://londonqueermuslims.com/

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative: The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is a registered charity that creates safe and inclusive places of worship and spiritual practice and promotes inclusive Islamic principles. http://inclusivemosque.org/

AZ Magazine is an online publication for LGBT+ people of colour.

  • This is a media platform that allows LGBT+ people of colour to showcase their talents and to address the issues that are faced in the BME community.
  • They organise monthly AZ Hub events which are a social space for workshops, screenings, art display, discussion, performance and information sharing.
  • Link: http://azmagazine.co.uk/

The BAME LGBT charity aims to empower and celebrate BAME LGBT+ in the UK through various initiatives. https://bame.lgbt/

Bi’s of Colour is a national group for bi people of colour. The group organises meetups, gives talks and collects writings on bisexuals of colour throughout the UK. https://bisofcolour.home.blog/

Bisi Almi Foundation is a charity supporting social acceptance for LGBT+ Nigerian.

  • BAF aim to work towards a Nigeria where everyone is equal irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • They focus on three thematic areas, so as to contribute towards influencing opinions and views on LGBT issues in Nigeria – these are research, capacity development and stakeholder engagement.
  • Link: https://www.bisialimifoundation.org/

BlackOut UK is a not-for-profit social enterprise run by black queer men.

  • This group was created to recognise the need for black queer men to have a space to think, shout, show off, curse, celebrate, launch, reflect, share and be heard.
  • They encourage and stimulate debate and discussion online and face to face through their website, writer workshops, networking events, and supporting interventions to meet the needs of black queer men.
  • https://blkoutuk.com/

TPOCalypse Gendered Intelligence is a a youth group for trans, gender variant and questioning young people of colour aged 13-24.

  • TPOCalypse is Gendered Intelligence's youth group for trans, gender variant and questioning young people of colour aged 13-25.
  • They organise quarterly events as well as an annual residential programme. They hold screenings, panels and performances to create a celebratory and empowering space.
  • Link: https://genderedintelligence.co.uk/trans-youth/BAM

DesiQ is a social space (Facebook group) for queer desi people of South Asian origin.

  • The group welcomes those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, questioning/unsure and queer.
  • The group is an intersectional radical and proud community. They use the space to heal, organise and build connections and ensure the community’s voice is heard.
  • Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/desiQLondonSE/

Gaysians is a platform that promotes positive visibility for South Asian LGBT+ people.

  • It is an alliance of charities, support groups, meet-ups, activists and leading voices within the community.
  • These groups have joined forces to improve access to resources and services to the South Asian LGBT community, as well as to elevate their collective voice in mainstream media.
  • Link: https://www.gaysians.org/

Queer Asia is a global platform that publishes and organises events platforming queer people from Asia.

  • Queer Asia is a collective of early career researchers, doctoral researchers and activists, housed at SOAS, University of London.
  • Their work connects queer activists, artists and academics globally who strive to challenge dominant ideas, forms and representations of gender and sexuality.
  • They organise events including monthly seminars, screenings and discussions focusing on specific regions or disciplines pertaining to queer themes from Asia.
  • Link: https://queerasia.com/

The NAZ Project London is a sexual health charity focused on the BAME community.

  • Led by ethnic minorities, NAZ is dedicated to delivering culturally-specific free sexual health services to those historically left behind, recognising the large gap in the sexual health outcomes of BAME communities.
  • They are one of the longest-established charities to focus predominately on sexual health improvement and HIV support services for BAME communities.
  • They reach around 10,000 people each year.
  • Link: http://www.naz.org.uk/

Naz and Matt Foundation is a charity that aims to tackle homophobia triggered by religion to help parents accept their children.

  • Naz and Matt Foundation exists to empower and support LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex) individuals, their friends and family to work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality or gender identity, particularly where religion is heavily influencing the situation.
  • Individuals who are of South Asian heritage make up over 90% of the LGBTQI+ people who come to them for support.
  • Link: https://www.nazandmattfoundation.org/

Purple Rain Collective is a collective space for QTIPOC in the UK to mobilise, converse on their experiences and develop strategies for safety, resistance and liberation.

  • They want QTIPOC people to come together to support each other in prioritising their care, safety and wellbeing as well as creating real dialogue for meaningful discussions.
  • Link: https://purpleraincollective.com/