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LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ history month happens every February in the UK. It exists to reflect and remember the community’s history and offers a chance to look back at the progress made over the years.

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Why is LGBT+ History Month important?

LGBT+ History Month is a month when we can all remember the people who fought for LGBTQ+ rights in the past. A chance for people of all ages to learn more about the rich history of LGBTQ+ communities. And a moment to remember just how far we’ve come over the years.

But even with all that progress, LGBTIQ+ people are still more likely to face discrimination. Abuse. Stigma. Even today, hate crimes against LGBTIQ+ people have been on the rise. The impact that discrimination and isolation have on the mental health of LGBTIQ+ people couldn’t be clearer.

Still, that doesn’t mean we think LGBTIQ+ stories should only be heard this month. And we know that we’ve still got work to do to make sure our voice is more diverse moving forward.

We all need to do more to make sure these changes happen – for the better.

LGBTIQ+ mental health, hate crimes and abuse

Some of us identify as LGBTIQ+. This means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, queer or questioning. Or we may define our gender and sexuality in other ways. Stonewall's glossary lists many more terms.

Anyone can experience a mental health problem. But those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to develop problems like:

Being LGBTIQ+ does not cause these problems. The reasons why those of us with LGBTIQ+ identities are more likely to get them are very complicated. But it is most likely to do with facing things like:

Hate crime statistics

To learn more about what constitutes an LGBTIQ+ hate crime, this link from Citizens Advice helps to explain it.

Two-thirds (64%) of respondents had experienced anti-LGBT+ violence or abuse in Galop’s 2021 Hate Crime report

Two in five transgender people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity

Participants from Galop’s study indicated that they developed mental health issues such as depression and anxiety

If you would like to report a hate crime or are looking for support, these services can help

Galop works directly with thousands of LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence every year. They specialise in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, and other forms of abuse, including honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and so-called conversion therapies. Their service is run by LGBT+ people, for LGBT+ people. 

Contact Galop

Stop Hate UK is a leading anti-hate and discrimination organisation for corporate, statutory and community sectors. They operate the UK’s only free dedicated 24-hour anti-Hate Crime reporting service for all monitored strands of  a person’s identity or perceived identity  (Disability, Race, Faith,  Sexual orientation and transgender identity, and beyond such as Age and Alternative subculture). 

Contact Hate Crime UK

The National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership brings together 35 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) organisations from across England, Wales and Scotland. Delivered for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the partnership led by the LGBT Consortium aims to increase the reporting of Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic hate crimes. It also aims to improve victim support available to those targeted. 

Find out more

True Vision provides information on what constitutes a hate crime and how to report a hate crime. The website has an online form that you can use to do this.

Contact True Vision

Crime Stoppers are an independent charity that gives you the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously.

Contact Crime Stoppers

Emergency Services 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency 

How to find mental health support as a member of LGBTIQ+ communities 

The Mind Infoline

If you need support, feel free to contact our Infoline by phone, email or post. We can give you information on mental health support and signpost you towards help in your area. Our Infoline is open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. 

You can talk to us about things like:

  • mental health problems and wellbeing
  • how you can look after your mental health
  • support services available near you 
  • treatment options, such as medication and counselling
  • advocacy services (find out more about what advocacy is here).

If it is something we can't help with, we can signpost you to services and support that can help.

You can contact our Infoline by:

Phone: 0300 123 3393 

Email: [email protected] 

Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS 

Side by Side 

Side by Side is a supportive online community. It's a place we can talk openly about our mental health and connect with others who understand what we're going through.

It’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. The community is available 24/7, and everyone is welcome.

Find out more about Side by Side

“I absolutely love Side by Side. It has given me a place to talk to people in similar situations. Having mental health problems, I find it hard to find people like me and talk about things but online it's so easy and comforting.”

- Side by Side user

Local Minds

Our network of local Minds provides mental health information and support to local communities across England and Wales. They’re a safe place where we can talk to people who understand mental health problems and the challenges we face every day.

Some of the services your local Mind might be able to provide are:

  • low-cost counselling
  • peer support groups
  • advocacy - that’s where you get support from another person to help you express your views and stand up for your rights
  • other support services, depending on location.

Search the map on our Find your local Mind page to find your local Mind.

Rainbow Mind is a service that is specifically for members of the LGBTIQ+ community who have mental health problems. The service is staffed and directed by LGBTIQ+ people. The service is delivered by Mind in Salford and Mind in City, Hackney and Waltham Forest.

Outcome is a client-led LGBTQ+ service that has been run by a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans team for 15 years. They meet every Tuesday between 10:30am and 4:00pm and usually have 35 to 40 clients in each session.
Their main aim is to provide a sanctuary for LGBTQ+ people – somewhere safe where they can be themselves, socialise free from discrimination, receive therapies to improve their mental health, learn new skills and acquire knowledge to improve their quality of life.

Bristol Mindline Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Transgender, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary. The MindLine Trans+ provides a safe place to talk about your feelings confidentially. They don’t record calls nor ask for any personal details. Their listeners will try to understand the multitude of feelings and concerns that may be going on for you. They are there to listen and offer support.

Outminds support group is run by Solihull Mind and is open to anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexuality who live within the borough of Solihull. The group meets weekly in Solihull borough and is accessible from all areas of the borough. The group is friendly, supportive and understanding and aims to meet the needs of all who use the group.

The Haringey Wellbeing Network run a LGBTQI+ peer support group every Monday 10am-11am at Mind in Haringey.

Dorset Mind has a range of support groups for members of LGBTIQ+ communities.

The group provides a sanctuary for the LGBTQ+ community, providing a safe space, free from discrimination, where you can share experiences, learn new skills and improve your quality of life.

How to join in with LGBT+ History Month on social media 

We’ll be talking about LGBT+ history month on social media throughout February. Follow to learn more about LGBTIQ+ mental health and hear about the experiences of member’s of the communities.

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

TikTok

LinkedIn

How you can help LGBTIQ+ communities by becoming a Mind member

Our members are at the heart of everything we do. They give a voice to the millions of us in England and Wales who live with mental health problems. Our members are pushing for change and sharing their experiences to help shape our work. We would love to recruit a more diverse range of members to better serve those of us with mental health problems. 

When you become a member we treat you to loads of benefits including:

  • our quarterly magazine
  • regular email newsletters featuring opportunities to get involved in Mind’s work
  • a chance to vote for our board of trustees
  • the opportunity to become a trustee yourself where you can help shape the issues we focus on. 

And that’s not all! There are even more exciting extras like our Book Club, giveaways, and creative competitions. 

We’re always on the lookout for new members. Everyone is welcome to join our community.

Find out more about Mind membership

References

¹Bachmann, C. and Gooch, B., 2017, LGBT in Britain - Hate Crimes and Discrimination, YouGov and Stonewall

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