Gay & Bisexual Support Groups
Bristol City Council maintain a page with information about support groups in Bristol, including locations and contact details. Click here to visit this page.
LGBT Bristol is the brand name of the Bristol Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum. In working in partnership with Bristol City Council we have empowered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to become actively involved in community life. We pride ourselves in challenging homophobia and transphobia in the wider community and help promote understanding of equality and inclusion of LGBT people. For further information call 0117 353 4621, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to visit the LGBT Bristol website.
University of Bristol Student Union LGBT+ Society
The LGBT+ Society supports, represents and brings together the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Plus students of Bristol Students' Union. They arrange events, run campaigns and provide advice and support. To contact the LGBT+ Society email email@example.com or click here to visit their website.
UWE LGBT+ is UWE's LGBT network. The network promotes equality and diversity across the board while working closely with contacts both within the university and outside. They deal with issues that affect LGBT students directly and indirectly as well as generally raising awareness with events such as LGBT History Month (February), Bristol Pride and the Love Music Hate Homophobia event.
They also have a highly active social calendar with activities catering for all sorts of people and occasions including regular main events throughout the year such as Halloween and Anti-Valentines themed Bar Crawls, bowling and crazy golf.
UWE LGBT+ is open to all students, staff and members of the community within Bristol. This is regardless of sexual or gender identity. Talking about sexuality is becoming more commonplace but for some it is still a huge step and they provide a wholly confidential advice service should you need it.
Bristol Families & Friends
Bristol Families & Friends is a support group for families and friends of lesbians, gay men and bisexual women and men and their partners based in Bristol. It provides an opportunity for people to explore issues and share experiences, as well as their fears, in a safe place.
If you would like one of their support packs, would like to come along to the group (held in Bristol on the third Wednesday of every month), or just want to talk, then contact Sue on 01454 898644 or Janet on 0117 9504104 (a 24-hour helpline is available on both these numbers). For further information click here to visit the Bristol Families & Friends website.
Gay Men's Book Club
The club has members from a mixture of ages and backgrounds. The books we read vary from ‘light’ to ‘heavy’, usually written either by or about gay men. We meet monthly, usually Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, at 7.30 for 8 in a member’s flat on Bristol’s harbourside or at two members’ house in Bishopston and chat over a glass of wine, beer or cup of coffee. Some people turn up to every meeting; others choose which meetings to attend according to whichever book is being discussed at any given time. For further information please click here.
Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most. We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and we understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone. Everything is confidential and all our volunteers self-define as LGBT+. Call 0300 330 0630 (10am-11pm, seven days a week).
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, and queer people. While most of their services operate only in the Brighton area, they do offer a free, confidential, 1 to 1 online chat service for LGBTQ people with mental health concerns. Get in touch for advice, information, support or just for a chat with trained LGBTQ volunteers.
The service runs in the evenings most days, check their home page for the latest opening times.
You can access the chat from their home page from a computer or from your smartphone. Click here to visit their website.
The Beaumont Society
The Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for the transgender community. It has developed a support network which has been at the forefront of the transgender, transvestite, transsexual and cross-dressing community since 1966. On their website you will find news, events, advice and information, and by becoming a member you can access their forum where you can chat with other trans people. To visit the Beaumont Society website please click here.
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- Calls to all numbers starting 01, 02 and 03 are charged at local rate (up to 9p per minute) from landlines and from 8p to 40p from mobiles
- Calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers are free from landlines but could cost up to 40p from mobiles
- Calls to 0844 numbers cost between 1p and 13p from landlines and from 5p to 41p from mobiles
- Calls to 0845 numbers cost between 1p and 12p from landlines and from 5p to 40p from mobiles.