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Links

Housing and related advice services

Citizens Advice Bureau - General advice website for the public.
www.adviceguide.org.uk

LGBT Jigsaw is a one-stop-shop for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people across London who are homeless or having trouble at home. Jigsaw is a like passport, it allows you to access not just one but four organisations to pick and choose the support that’s right for you. There are four pieces to Jigsaw they are The Albert Kennedy Trust, Stonewall Housing, Galop and PACE. Please look around the site to find out more and find out how we can support you: http://www.lgbtjigsaw.net/

Department for Work and Pensions - Information on and applications for all types of benefits: www.dwp.gov.uk

Homeless London - Resources for homeless people in London. Website has search engine with details of services all over the city: www.homelesslondon.org

Just Ask - The website of the Community Legal Service: www.justask.org.uk

Shelter - Provides housing advice to all: www.shelter.org.uk                                                                    

Sitra - Policy, training and consultancy for housing with care and support: www.sitra.org

Instep - advice, information and training for tenants and professionals in social housing: www.instepservices.co.uk                                

Bisexual Organisations

Bi.org - Serving the world bisexual community: http://bi.org

Bi Community News - Website of the UK bisexual movement: www.bicommunitynews.co.uk

Bicon UK - UK national bisexual conference: www.bicon.org.uk

London Bisexual Group - Supportive social space for bisexual people in London: http://londonbi.bi.org

London Bisexual Women’s Group - Group for bisexual women in London.
http://lbiwomen.bi.org

Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Organisations

Black Men’s Advisory Group - Works for black men who have sex with men.
www.bgmag.org.uk

BLUK - Black lesbian social network: www.bluk.org.uk

British Born Chinese Lesbian - Project offering empowerment to all Chinese lesbians who live within the UK: www.bbclesbian.co.uk

Kiss - Social group of women who identify either as lesbian, bisexual or queer and are of South Asian, Middle Eastern or North African descent.
www.planetkiss.org.uk

Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism - Exists to create a visible anti-racist voice of lesbians and gay men, and to help forge the unity needed to defeat racism, homophobia and bigotry: www.naar.org.uk/lagcar

LYC London - Social, support and sports group for gay Oriental guys in the UK: www.lyclondon.com

The Naz Project - Provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to targeted Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in London.
www.naz.org.uk

UK Black Out - Website for black LGBT people: www.ukblackout.com

Community Centres

Kairos In Soho - Community centre in Soho promoting the health and well-being of the LGBT Communities: www.kairosinsoho.org.uk

London Friend - Counselling, telephone support and social groups for LGB people: www.londonfriend.org.uk

The Metro Centre - LGBT community centre in Greenwich. Runs drop-ins and various groups and projects for young LGBT people: www.metrocentreonline.org

Domestic Abuse Organisations

Broken Rainbow - LGBT domestic violence organisation.
www.broken-rainbow.org.uk

Refuge - Domestic violence organisation for all women and children.
www.refuge.org.uk

Threshold Gay Men’s Shared Housing - Provides support and housing for gay men escaping domestic and/or homophobic violence.
www.threshold-housing.org.uk

Women’s Aid Federation of England - National charity working to end domestic violence against women and children: www.womensaid.org.uk

Directories

Gay Data - London’s LGBT resource directory: www.london.gaydata.co.uk

Gay to Z - The search engine for gay Britain: www.gaytoz.co.uk

Queery - Provides listings for the LGBT communities in the UK and Ireland.
www.queery.org.uk

Disability Organisations

GLAD - Greater London Action on Disability. www.glad.org.uk

GLAMS - Self-help group for LGBT people with MS.
www.mssociety.org.uk/life_with_ms/support_groups/gay_and_lesbian.html

Regard - The national organisation of disabled LGBT people.
www.regard.dircon.co.uk

Faith Groups

Safra Project - Resource project on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who identify as Muslim culturally and/or religiously.
www.safraproject.org

Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group - Friendship and support for Jewish gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their partners: www.jglg.org.uk

Lesbian and Gay Christians - Ecumenical Christian organisation open to all irrespective of sexual orientation challenging homophobia in the Churches and other Christian communities: www.lgcm.org.uk

Quest - Group for lesbian and gay Catholics: www.questgaycatholic.org.uk

Family Support Organisations

Depend - Offers free, confidential and non-judgmental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people. www.depend.org.uk

FFLAG - Support group for families and friends of LGB people.
www.fflag.org.uk

Mermaids - Family support group for children and teenagers with gender identity issues: www.mermaids.freeuk.com

Pink Parents - Offers a range of support services and social activities for all LGBT families: www.pinkparents.org.uk

Gay and Bisexual Men’s Organisations

Black Men’s Advisory Group - Works for black men who have sex with men.
www.bgmag.org.uk

Freedoms - Free condom service for gay men: www.freedoms.org.uk

Gay Men’s Wellbeing - Provides services for men how have sex with men in East London: www.gaymenswellbeing.com

London Gay Man - Online information service for gay men living in or visiting London: www.londongayman.co.uk

Outzone - Popular youth group for gay and bisexual men aged 25 and under in and around London.
www.outzone.org

Survivors UK - Help for men who have been sexually abused or raped.
www.survivorsuk.org

SW5 - Works with male and transgender sex workers.
www.sw5.info

Hate Crime Organisations

Galop - Provides advice and support to victims of homophobic and transphobic violence and hate crime. www.galop.org.uk

LGBT Advisory Group - voluntary group of independent LGBT advisors to the Metropolitan Police Service. Advises on and monitors police issues that affect our communities across all the London boroughs: www.lgbtag.org.uk/

True Vision – police initiative to stop hate crime against the LGBT communities: www.report-it.org.uk/

Health and Welfare Services

AIDS Map - The National AIDS Manual’s website. Provides information on HIV and AIDS: www.aidsmap.com

Food Chain - Improves the health and well-being of London’s population living with HIV by alleviating hunger and malnutrition: www.foodchain.org.uk

Gay Men’s Wellbeing - Provides services for men who have sex with men in East London: www.gaymenswellbeing.com

GLAMS - Self-help group for LGBT people with MS.
www.mssociety.org.uk/life_with_ms/support_groups/gay_and_lesbian.html

Kairos In Soho - Community centre in Soho promoting the health and well-being of the LGBT Communities: www.kairosinsoho.org.uk

London Friend - Counselling, telephone support and social groups for LGB people: www.londonfriend.org.uk

The Naz Project - Provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to targeted Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in London.
www.naz.org.uk

PACE - Promotes lesbian and gay health and well-being.
www.pacehealth.org.uk

Positive East - Practical and emotional support for people living with and affected by HIV in East London. Provides specific services for gay men.
www.positiveeast.org.uk

Survivors UK - Help for men who have been sexually abused or raped.
www.survivorsuk.org

SW5 - Works with male and transgender sex workers.
www.sw5.info

Terrence Higgins Trust - Provides services for those affected by HIV and AIDS, and campaigns for better public understanding of the issues.
www.tht.org.uk

You Choose - Victoria Clinic for Sexual Health – provides information on taking an HIV test: www.youchoose.org.uk

Intersex Organisations

UK Intersex Association - Education, advocacy, campaigning and support organisation run for and by intersexed people: http://www.ukia.co.uk/

Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Organisations

BLUK - Black lesbian social network. www.bluk.org.uk


British Born Chinese Lesbian - Project offering empowerment to all Chinese lesbians who live within the UK.
www.bbclesbian.co.uk

Gingerbeer - London’s leading website for lesbians and bisexual women.
www.gingerbeer.co.uk

Girl Diva - Popular youth group in Highgate for lesbians and bisexual women aged 25 and under.
www.outzone.org/girldiva/intro.htm

Kiss - Social group of women who identify either as lesbian, bisexual or queer and are of South Asian, Middle Eastern or North African descent.
www.planetkiss.org.uk

London Bisexual Women’s Group - Group for bisexual women in London.
http://lbiwomen.bi.org

Safra Project - Resource project on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and transgender women who identify as Muslim culturally and/or religiously.
www.safraproject.org

Lovegirls - UK-based community website for lesbians.                          www.lovegirls.co.uk

National Organisations

LGBT Consortium - Consortium of LGBT voluntary and community organisations. www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard - Information, support and referral service for LGB people throughout the UK.
www.llgs.org.uk

Stonewall Lobby Group - Campaigns for equality and justice for LGB people.
www.stonewall.org.uk

UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group - Provides information and advice on immigration for same-sex couples and asylum seekers.
www.uklgig.org.uk

Older People’s Organisations

Polari - Works for better services for older LGB people. Provides an information service: www.casweb.org/polari

Caffmos - Website for older gay men: http://www.caffmoscommunity.com/

Opening Doors - Age Concern’s programme that seeks to address the needs of the often hidden population of older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the UK. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/health-wellbeing/relationships-and-family/older-lesbian-gay-and-bisexual/

Transgender Organisations

Beaumont Society - UK Transgender Support Group. www.beaumontsociety.org.uk

Depend - Offers free, confidential and non-judgmental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people.
www.depend.org.uk

FTM Network - For female-to-male transgender and transsexual people.
www.ftm.org.uk

Mermaids - Family support group for children and teenagers with gender identity issues.
www.mermaids.freeuk.com

Press For Change - Campaigns for respect and equality for all trans people.
www.pfc.org.uk

SW5 - Works with male and transgender sex workers.
www.sw5.info

Young People’s Organisations

Albert Kennedy Trust - Supports LGBT homeless young people.
www.akt.org.uk

Freestyle - Supports young LGBT people to get a better deal from services in London.
www.freestylelondon.org.uk

Mermaids - Family support group for children and teenagers with gender identity issues.
www.mermaids.freeuk.com

SW5 - Works with male and transgender sex workers.
www.sw5.info

Refugee & Immigration Support Groups

Refugee Women's Resource Project, Asylum Aid - Women seeking asylum face many discriminatory barriers throughout the process. The new Charter of rights of women seeking asylum seeks to create a gender-sensitive culture within the UK Border Agency, promoting a holistic approach to the treatment of women asylum seekers. It does this by covering all aspects of the end-to-end asylum process: the asylum determination system, accommodation, welfare, detention and removal. In providing a framework of principles on the treatment of women asylum seekers it promotes strategic thinking and encourages the UK Border Agency to close the gap between policy and operational implementation of standards.  

·         For free legal advice and representation on asylum matters, call our advice line on 0207 354 9264 or email info@asylumaid.org.uk

The advice line is open on Mondays 2.00 pm – 4:30pm and Thursdays 10.00 am –12:30pm.

Somali Gay Community - Somali Gay Community was established in 2005 by a small group of Somalian guys who, apart from sharing the same culture and background, acknowledge the fact that we are homosexuals living in the UK. The aim of starting this group is to create a space and medium for Somalian gay and lesbians to access information, share experiences and develop support networks. This group’s main focus is for those living in the UK: http://www.somaligaycommunity.org - info@somaligaycommunity.org

Iraqi LGBT - Iraqi LGBT is an underground network of LGBT activists established inside Iraq. Iraqi LGBT is coordinated by Ali Hili from the safety of London UK. All the group’s members in London are Iraqi refugees seeking asylum. http://iraqilgbt.org.uk/ - info@iraqilgbt.org.uk

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group - The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.

Tel: 020 7620 6010 - www.uklgig.org.uk - admin@uklgig.org

Asylum Aid - Provides free legal representation and advice to asylum seekers and refugees and is specialised in casework for vulnerable asylum seekers. They operate a telephone advice service on +44 (0)20 7377 5123 during the following times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 2.00 - 4.30 PM / Thursday, Friday: 10.00 AM - 12.30 PM.

Amnesty International (AI) - LGBT Network - AI has a specific LGBT Network. Their website includes: action alerts for specific countries, links to AI contact persons working on LGBT issues in several countries and useful links to other organisations. It is available in English, Spanish and French. http://www.ai-lgbt.org