To mark LGBT+ History Month ITV Border has been speaking to three adults who live in our region about their experiences.
Looking back on their lives they believe attitudes towards the LGBT+ community have improved, but still think more support is needed.
These organisations offer mental health advice, support and services for LGBT+ people in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders:
Dumfries and Galloway:
Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus – Support and advocacy group for LGBT+ people and others questioning or expressing their gender identity and sexuality
LGBT Youth Scotland - Runs youth groups (Phoenix, Up N Oot, Spectrum) for LGBT+ young people and allies aged 13-25 years old.
LGBThq – A centre that hosts individual charities, groups, projects and other organisations – includes free counselling, Hate Crime Reporting Centre, Anti-Bullying Campaign, social and support groups.
PiNC LGBT – Provides social and support services to LGBT+ people aged between 13-25 years old.
Outreach Cumbria – Support and advice for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender people.
Scottish Borders LGBT Equality - Support forum for members of LGBT+ communities, supporters and allies.
LGBT Youth Borders – Supports LGBT+ young people and allies aged 13-25 years old.
National Helplines for support and advice:
Stonewall – 0800 050 2020
LGBT Foundation - 0345 330 3030
Switchboard LGBT - 0300 330 0630
The Mix - 0808 808 4994