akt supports lgbtq+ young people in the uk experiencing homelessness or living in hostile environments to find safe homes, employment, education or training, and to celebrate their identities in order to improve their life outcomes.
Socialising and support for Bristol’s Bi Community. Please note that the link directs to a private Facebook group.
Monthly youth group for trans, non-binary, gender variant and/or gender questioning young people aged between 13 and 20.
Bristol Hate Crime Services is a group of agencies working in collaboration to provide a comprehensive service for victims of hate crime.
The collaboration is led by SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality), with local providers Brandon Trust, Bristol Mind, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum, Avon and Bristol Law Centre and Bristol Mediation.
Changes Bristol is a mental health charity that provides weekly mutual peer support meetings for those in mental distress. Their services are free to access, with no referral required from a health professional, and are open ended so that people can access the service for as long as they would like.
During COVID-19, support groups are primarily taking place through online video, although some face-to-face groups are operating.
As well as groups open to all demographics, Changes operate dedicated support groups for Women, Men, LGBTQ+ people, and Women of Colour.
Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations. Directory of organisations.
The Bristol Crossroads group has been supporting the transgender community in and around Bristol, under various names, for over 25 years. The meetings are informal and provide the opportunity for all transgender people (Transvestites, Crossdressers, Transexuals, both male-to-female and female-to-male) and their partners and family to meet and dress in a safe and supportive environment. There are changing facilities available for those who need them.
EACH is a charitable support agency for people affected by homophobia. It provides a UK Freephone Actionline for people affected by homophobia, giving callers the opportunity to be heard and offered help and support. The Actionline also provides a homophobic incident reporting line for the West of England.
FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans daughters and sons.
They offer support to local parents groups and contacts in their efforts to help parents and families understand, accept and support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members with love and pride.
FFLAG members are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual or Trans sons and daughters. These young people and their families face serious homophobia and transphobia in our society, which brings in its wake prejudice, bullying and alienation.
Freedom Youth is a fun, safe, inclusive and supportive project for those aged 13-25 years, where you can meet other lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or questioning young people. It’s open to anyone questioning their sexuality or gender – no labels applied! As well as groups, the Freedom staff offer one-to-one support and signposting, including to Off The Record’s in-house LGBTQ counsellors. The service is operated by Off The Record.
For LGBT+ people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence or hate crime. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system. Operate a confidential service, hate crime reporting service and domestic violence helpline, including Trans specific service.
A social and support group for gay people in the South West. Meets Sat mornings in the Rainbow Cafe in Bath.
Guide to changing things linked to gender.
A monthly safe space for young people (13-25 years old) who might be questioning their gender identity, or who identify on the trans spectrum, to talk about gender and what it means to them. Sessions are workshop based and provide support, information and signposting.
Telephone support line for trans and gender questioning people. Set up for patients of Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health, seeking advice on preparing for first appointments, information about gender care services, support with holistic well-being, signposting to community and support organisations. Gendered Intelligence offers a trans led confidential service
Online Transgender Medical Clinic, with advice on gender issues, counselling and diagnosis, blood tests and monitoring and prescription medication, plus directory of other resources.
Are you an LGBTQI+ Muslim? Questioning your gender or sexuality? Questioning your faith? Hidayah offer support and support groups for LGBTQI+ Muslims.
Social Support for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans Muslims. 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.
Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community resource in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West. They maintain a directory of services for LGBT in the South West.
LGBTQ meetups happening in or near Bristol
Please see attached LGBTQ Services Bristol leaflet
Bristol Mind’s low-cost counselling service for those identifying at LGBTQ+, delivered by therapists with LGBTQ+ lived experience.
Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The helpline offers emotional support, a gateway to the parents and teens forums, information about current legislation and protections under the law, plus signposting to training and resources.
A confidential national emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary.
MindLine Trans+ provides a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. We don’t record calls nor ask for any personal details. Our listeners will try understand the multitude of feelings and concerns that may be going on for you. We are here to listen and offer our support.
A listing guide for lesbian events, groups and organisations of interest to lesbians and within reach of Bristol UK. Missing Lesbians exists to give people information on events and groups of interest to the lesbian community in the South West and South Wales. They currently cover Bristol, Bath and Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire and South Wales including Swansea and Cardiff.
Non-Binary South West is a peer support group for trans* people in the South West of England (or beyond) with non-binary gender identities
Support Group for Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians who may be having difficulties in coping with their child being gay, would like to have the opportunity of meeting other parents who are in the same situation as yourself and would like to know how they have managed.
Online directory of LGBTIQ affirmative therapists, search ‘Avon’ region within ‘Find a therapist’ for counsellors in Bristol and surrounding area. Therapists specialising in gender identity issues and couples counsellors listed among others.
Prism is a dedicated support service for Bristol’s wide and varied LGBT+ communities and individuals. Prism provides free and confidential support to people around their alcohol and drug use. Prism provides outreach support in clubs and bars across Bristol, as well as providing direct access support in the Prism drop-in near Old Market.
National LGBT charity. ‘What’s in My Area?’ local LGBT services and community groups search tool available online.
National helpline providing free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK.
Survivors’ Network and LGBT Switchboard run a dedicated helpline which offers support to trans people including those who are non-binary or questioning, who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lifetime.
TransUnite is a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. Our easy to use, mobile friendly directory connects you to an established network of trans support groups near you. Support groups bring together people facing similar issues to share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people at all stages of the transition.
Our aim is to bring these together and make finding them as easy and accessible as possible. TransUnite connects you to a network of groups throughout England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland and can be split into physical local and online groups.
TranzWiki attempts to be a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting trans and gender non-conforming individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families across the UK. It has been developed by GIRES to support the trans community but its content is determined by a broad range of stakeholders. From Youth groups and support groups to organisations that can help provide advice and assistance such as housing or support with domestic violence.
Walk Out is a project specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to get together to share time, thoughts and the surprisingly amazing walks in and around Bristol. In partnership with Walk for Health Bristol, this project will bring accessible, gentle and welcoming walking groups to anyone who would like to join.
WWW is a group for gay women who meet to walk together and catch up with old and new friends in a relaxed environment. We look forward to meeting any gay women who would like to join us. Generally the walks are 6 – 8 miles in length and take place in the south west. The group welcomes gay women over 16 and well behaved and controlled dogs.
Do you need to talk about your journey and life as it is today? Are you struggling to find a sense of belonging in the community? Feeling low, anxious or depressed?
Womankind are offering a 12 month group therapy starting Spring 2018. The aim is to provide a therapeutic space where you can share your experiences with others. The group is free. For more information call the Womankind helpline or email Womankind