NHS Choices – Sex & Young People
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexandyoungpeople/Pages/AmIgay.aspx - Am I Gay, Lesbian or Bi-sexual
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/LGBhealth/Pages/Comingout.aspx - Coming Out
During puberty, you have lots of emotions and sexual feelings. It’s normal for girls to think about girls in a sexual way, and for boys to think about boys in a sexual way. You don’t choose your sexuality, it chooses you. These links offer information for young people who think they might be gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Includes sources of support, safer sex, coming out and dealing with bullying.
The London Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
Helpline: 020 7837 7324
LLGS offers a support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality. Call us if you want to talk about your feelings, are frightened, confused or isolated. Maybe you're falling in or out of love, coming to terms with your sexuality, or have feelings for a classmate or workmate. We won't tell you what to do. We won't judge you. We won't tell anyone else about your call.
The Terence Higgins Trust
Helpline: 0845 12 21 200
Growing up and entering the world of sex and relationships can seem confusing and worrying at first. If you are not sure if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you may find it helpful to talk to someone you trust about your feelings. – THT is there to answer your questions and give you some support.
TheSite.org aims to be the first place all young adults turn to when they need support and guidance through life. Understanding your sexuality is something that can involve a lot of soul-searching - it's been said the first person you need to come out to is yourself. Coming to terms with the fact you’re gay is one thing, but telling the world is quite another. This site has some tips on making it easier.
Confidential Helpline: 0800 28 29 30
Young people’s free, confidential sexual health advice.
Freephone: 0808 808 4994 (1pm - 11pm)
Confidential National helpline for young people under 25 to help you work out what you need most and can put you in touch with places that can help - whatever the issue.
Helpline: 0800 1111
Childline is the free, confidential, 24-hour helpline for any child with any problem. Lines can be busy so keep trying.
Papyrus HOPElineUK – 0800 068 4141
Support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults.
FFLAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Central Helpline no: 0845 652 0311
Offers support to local parents groups and contacts, in their efforts to help parents and families understand accept and support their lesbian gay and bisexual members with love and pride.
Anti Discrimination Campaigns
Stonewall – The Lesbian, Gay and Bi-sexual charity
Information Line: 08000 50 20 20
Stonewall also works with a whole range of agencies to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the wider community. Stonewall can't give legal advice or help you to pursue a case or complaint, but our trained volunteers and staff aim to put you in touch with the people that can. We can point people towards gay-friendly solicitors and local lesbian, gay and bisexual support groups and services.
Blow the whistle on Hate Crime
www.stonewall.org.uk/at_home/hate_crime_domestic_violence_and_criminal_law/2639.asp to download pdf
Stonewall has recently released new guidance for the public on what to do if you have experienced a hate crime or incident. YouGov research has shown that one in five lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident in the last three years. And three in four of those didn’t report them to the police. Blow the Whistle gives clear, concise information for people who are victims of homophobic hate crime. The guide explains what homophobic hate crime is, why hate crime should be reported and what to say when reporting it. A third of victims don’t report incidents because they don’t think the police would or could do anything about it.
LGF – The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
Support, advice & Information Helpline: 0845 3 30 30 30
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) is a vibrant charity with a wide portfolio of well-established services and a rapidly developing range of new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. We campaign for a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay and bisexual people can achieve their full potential, and our mission is: ‘Ending Homophobia, Empowering People.'