Being Different

Being Different

There are many ways that we can feel different within a larger group, and we often as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals feel different and sometimes alienated from the 'normal' images of LGBT people in the media and press.

However the reality is that all of us are different for one reason or another, whether it is because of our age, faith, ability or ethnicity and there are a range of groups who can help and support LGBT minority groups.

Although this not an exhaustive list we hope that it provides a useful place to start connecting with people within the LGBT community with similar differences.

LGBT Older People

Age Concerns LGBT Project 

Polari 
A national lobby and networking group for older LGBT people.

Older Lesbians Group 
A social networking group for older lesbian couples and singles in the UK.

Department of Health briefing on Older LGBT People's Health and Well Being (Briefing 4)


LGBT Youth

Freestyle 
Freestyle exists to support young LGBT people to get a better deal from services in London. It provides online service details, news,
information and good practice guidelines.

Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale
GALYIC is a group designed to support LGB and trans young people aged 25 years or under.

MosaicYouth
A project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and questioning youth in London. This is a free service based in Brent offering advice, support and one-to-one sessions to people aged 25 or under.

Stonewall 
Stonewall’s Education for All campaign provides a list of agencies and resources for young people.

The UK alliance of LGBT young people
The Queer Youth Network is the UK’s alliance of LGBT young people, run by youth for youth.

Department of Health Briefing on Health of LGBT Young People  (Briefing 3)


Black and Minority Ethnic Group LGBT People

LYC London  
Started in 1983, LYC London is the world's largest gay sports and social club offering a safe space for both men and women from the East and West to meet and make lasting friendships.

Kaleidoscope
This group meets once a month on a Tuesday and is aimed at black gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men of Caribbean and or African heritage regardless of HIV status. Sessions include discussions, workshops and social events.

rukus!   
rukus! is a ground breaking cutting edge enterprise dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the best in challenging, provocative works by Black Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Queer artists nationally and internationally.

UKBlackout.com
This website includes national and international news, and features information on culture, health, Africa, the Caribbean, gay, lesbian and transgender issues.
 
Black Lesbian UK
A positive place for UK Black lesbians to communicate, network, ask for advice, and make friends.

The Safra Project
A resource project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally.

Naz Project London (NPL) 
This project provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to targeted BME communities in London. It provides sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention and support services to South Asians (including Bangladeshis, Indians and Pakistanis), Muslims (including those from the Middle East and Africa), Horn of Africans (Eritreans,Ethiopians and Somalis), Portuguese speakers (including Angolans,Brazilians, Mozambicans and Portuguese), and Spanish speakers (mainly Latin American). 

KISS (part of the Naz Project) A social group made up 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 

Department of Health Briefing on Health of LGBT Black and Minority Ethnic People  (Briefing 12)


Disabled LGBT People

Department of Health Briefing on Health of LGBT Disabled People (Briefing 13)

Brothers and Sisters
The deaf LGBT club - London.

Disabled women on the web: lesbians and queers with disabilities

Outsiders
A community of disabled people who work together to campaign for the acceptance of disabled people as sexual partners.
 
Rainbow Ripples Project
Lesbian, gay and bisexual disabled people’s group based in Leeds.

Regard
The national organisation of disabled LGBT people.


LGBT People of Faith (adapted from GMFA Spirituality Website pages )

Buddhist

Absolute Freedom Buddhist Group of SGI-UK  
The Absolute Freedom Buddhist Group of SGI-UK takes Buddhism into the LGBT Community. 

Christian

Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement (LGCM)  
LGCM exists to encourage fellowship, friendship and support among individual lesbian and gay Christians - especially to those who are subjected to discrimination. 

Quest 
Quest is a group for lesbian, gay and bisexual Catholics. Transgendered persons should feel themselves especially welcome. 

Islamic

Imaan (formerly Al-Fatiha) 
A mixed social support group with advice and information for LGBT Muslim communities in the UK and abroad. 

Jewish

Beit Klal Yisrael 
Beit Klal Yisrael organises cultural, social and religious events for gay and lesbian Jews and their friends. Formed in 1990, the Liberal synagogue community has about 120 members and a mix of male/female and gay/straight - but members are mostly gay and lesbian.

Jewish Gay & Lesbian Group (JGLG)  
It is the longest established Jewish gay group in the world and is open
to Jewish men and women who are gay, lesbian or bisexual.