Letters From Mum...To Her Gay Kids
Last year our mum died suddenly. In order to remember her, my gay brother Xander and I (a lesbian) decided to read the letters she wrote to us at university. We found them so funny we started a podcast called:
It is our way of remembering mum whilst doing what we love most: Talking about gay stuff!
As the episodes progress we discuss coming out, being gay parents, having children, and we even get our kids on to ask them questions! It is poignant, touching, but above all funny. You will laugh, you might cry, but you will definitely enjoy the ride.
It is really hard to get any gay parenting stuff out there, and we are constantly battling negative press.
Together we can make LGBTIQ+ parenting normal all over the world.
GENDERTAG seeks to become the brand of choice for the LGBTQ+ and Ally Community, through offering superior quality, bespoke fashion accessories that highlight gender, empower self-confidence, embrace individuality, and raise Pride awareness.
We believe in individuality: Creating products that celebrate your uniqueness with beautifully crafted fashion accessories. We craft each product we make with one purpose in mind: to help you express who you are without words: simply, elegantly and uniquely. From tags to bracelets, the GENDERTAG accessory you carry communicates who you are, easily, visibly and beautifully.
CELEBRATING A RELATIONSHIP
Committing to a relationship has been expressed by the giving of a ring or a keepsake for thousands of years, GENDERTAG products also follows this tradition.
If you would like a Bracelet or a Tag as a commitment statement or gift, we would love to add a clear Swarovski crystal, either shown alone or alongside any gender crystal.
When two crystals are shown together, the first crystal is always a coloured crystal representing gender with the second clear crystal indicating the wearer is in a committed relationship.
Have your say on how Health and Social Care
is delivered in Bucks
(Survey closes on Monday 19 October 2020)
Health and social care providers in Buckinghamshire, including GPs and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, are calling on residents to participate in the new Health & Social Care Survey.
They would like to understand how residents from all backgrounds currently use health and social care services and are particularly interested to hear which services are working well and where possible improvements could be made.
The health and social care providers are all part of the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership who together deliver mental health, social care and physical care to residents. These organisations are responsible for buying and providing health and social care services across the county and are looking at how to achieve better outcomes at an affordable cost in the future to meet the current and future demands of the local population.
Dr Tina Kenny, Medical Director of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This survey is the first step in understanding how we can improve Buckinghamshire’s health and social care. It is imperative that as the county grows and technologies develop, we explore new ways of delivering these services - but we can’t do this without understanding how our residents feel.
Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical GP Chair for Buckinghamshire’s Clinical Commissioning Group, also said: “We have already seen many changes in how we deliver health and social care services throughout the pandemic and now we are keen to understand your views, so that we can use this information to help inform any future changes we make, so please do get involved.”
The survey closes on Monday 19 October so to take part, please visit the ‘Your Voice Bucks’ website at:
Welcome to the UK ‘LGBTQ* Covid-19 Lockdown 18-60 Experiences’ Research Project Website
We want to hear about your experiences – good or bad or both!
We have a NEW, short, anonymous online survey which we would really appreciate you taking a look at.
The survey is designed for LGBTQ* people aged 18-60 years, especially to find out about your experiences with the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures.
Our UK data will also be added to an international study on LGBTQ* responses to the pandemic.
All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.
– Harvey Milk
Reducing the Risk
of Domestic Abuse
Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse develops and delivers services for those affected by domestic abuse in Oxfordshire and provides training across the UK.
Our work in Oxfordshire
We support many of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable adults and children. We work intensively with people who are at risk of harm in their own homes — keeping them safe and helping them to rebuild their lives.
We work to improve the life chances of many children in our community who come from homes where there is abuse.
We provide training, and coordinate and enhance the work of over 1,000 front line staff from a wide range of agencies to help prevent abuse and reduce its impact.
To find out more, please read our 2016/17 annual report, along with additional reports on our domestic abuse and mental health pilot service for October 2016 and July 2017 and on our outreach service to Cherwell.
Buckinghamshire Domestic Abuse Information
We develop and deliver services for those affected by domestic abuse in Buckinghamshire and provides training across the UK.
Victim Support is an independent charity. We are dedicated to supporting people affected by crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales, and we put them at the heart of our organisation. Our support and campaigns are informed and shaped by them and their experiences.
We’re here to help anyone affected by crime, not only those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. It doesn’t matter when the crime took place – you can get our support at any time, and for however long you need us.
We provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for people affected by crime and traumatic events – regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police.
The support services we offer are tailored to the needs of each person.
Our teams of highly-trained staff and volunteers provide a wide range of specialist services that help people affected by all types of crime from burglary, hate crime, fraud and theft to domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation and terrorism.
We run the National Homicide service providing a dedicated, comprehensive wrap-around service and vital independent voice for those bereaved by murder and manslaughter in England and Wales.
Find out more about the different ways we can help on our website.
Aylesbury Vale & Milton Keynes
Sexual Assault and Support Services
We support individuals affected by sexual assault and abuse to live fulfilling lives regardless of gender, race and sexuality. We do this by providing a safe space and using enabling and empowering approaches.
Our telephone helpline remains open and we will continue to respond to all telephone, online and email referrals and queries.
Please be reassured that we will use our best endeavour’s to continue to support those who access our services.
AVMKSAASS will continue to provide:
The above are available via telephone and a variety of video and messaging platforms.
Violence and Abuse
Strategy 2018 to 2021
The domestic violence and abuse strategy builds on the building blocks of the last strategy and sets out what agencies should be working towards within Buckinghamshire around domestic violence and abuse.
The vision is to promote a zero tolerance and coordinated response to people at risk of domestic violence or abuse in Buckinghamshire, to seek to ensure that those who are affected are identified, supported, protected and empowered. Buckinghamshire Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy 2018 to 2021
Domestic violence in LGBT relationships
Domestic violence is classed as any type of abusive behaviour by either partner that attempts to achieve and sustain control over the other. It is all about power and control, trying to manipulate and dominate the other. It happens across all communities, all classes, long term or short term relationships, social classes, ages, different cultures. It can also happen in all types of relationships, even in LGBT relationships. https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/community/community-safety/domestic-abuse-resources-for-professionals/domestic-violence-in-lgbt-relationships/
Galop has provided advice, support, research and lobbying around the issues of LGBT+ policing for over 30 years.
Reflecting back on this history proves an inspiration in how far the gay communities (and the police) have come since the early days of intimidation and fear.
You can learn more about Galop's history from our archive of annual reports.
Hair & Beauty Professionals
Against Domestic Abuse
1 in 4 women will experience abuse from a partner or ex-partner at some time in their life and 2 are killed each week. They may be our clients, colleagues – even family and friends.
Seeing the signs, offering a kind word and providing information on how to access professional support may change or save someone’s life.
Behind the Mask offers hair and beauty professionals’ like you, free access to online learning and resources. This may help you to spot the signs that someone is experiencing domestic abuse and guide on how to respond in the best way. It’s not about intervening or interfering, but knowing how you can truly help someone who may really need it.
Free Legal Advice Group
for Domestic Violence
We're a charity which was set up in October 2012 and registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in October 2013.
We wanted to fill the gap left by the reduction in Legal Aid services. We are a small charity operating across the three counties of the Thames Valley; Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire.
Our confidential helpline is available for male victims of domestic abuse and male victims of domestic violence across the UK.
We support men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).
This can range from actual violence or object throwing to mental abuse such as constant bullying or constant insults.
The helpline provides both emotional support and practical information.
We receive calls from male victims of domestic abuse across all age ranges and professions:
The helplines welcomes calls from mothers, sisters and friends of male victims seeking information.
We also receive calls from support organisations, charities and statutory agencies such as local authorities and police forces.
Safeguarding People Where it Matters
In danger? With a simple shake or tap it activates Hollie Guard, immediately notifying your chosen contacts, pinpointing your location and sending audio and video evidence directly to their mobile phones.
What is Hollie Guard
Hollie Guard is a next generation smartphone app that provides enhanced levels of protection.
Hollie Guard has you covered, whether you’re working alone, travelling to an unknown area or simply commuting around town.
With Hollie Guard, you can set extra levels of protection from right inside the App.
White Ribbon UK
We are part of the global White Ribbon movement to end male violence against women*.
We are the leading charity that is ending male violence against women by engaging with men and boys to make a stand against violence.
Our mission is for all men to fulfil the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
We act as a catalyst, encouraging people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change behaviour.
We don’t do this on our own.
Our voice is strengthened by working together with our supporters, ambassadors, champions, organisations and policy makers, to raise awareness, educate and campaign to bring about change.
These partners are working with us right across England and Wales engaging with many thousands of people to change the cultures that lead to violence against women and girls. Together we can prevent violence happening in the first place.
The Peter Tatchell Foundation
We seek to promote and protect the human rights of individuals, communities and nations, in the UK and internationally, in accordance with established national and international human rights law.
The PTF seeks to raise awareness, understanding, protection and implementation of human rights, in the UK and worldwide. This involves research, education, advice, casework, publicity and advocacy.
The human rights aims and objectives of the PTF are charitable and with a public benefit.
The PTF is independent and non-party political.
Families Need Fathers
Parental divorce or separation should not mean that children lose the love and care of one of their parents.
Families Need Fathers seeks to obtain, for the children, the best possible blend of both parents in the lives of children; enough for the children to realise that both parents are fully involved in their lives. Legally, parents should be of equal status.
Fathers for Justice
In 2001, after Matt O’Connor had what he described as an “epiphany” on Waterloo Bridge, Matt decided that instead of jumping off bridges, dads could aspire to start climbing them, and the idea of Fathers4Justice was born.
He quickly set up designing a new identity for the campaign, including the infamous ‘purple hand’ logo
At LGBT Foundation we have a rich and passionate history of grassroots activism and community involvement, with a track record dating back to 1975.
As the needs of LGBT people have changed so have we, responding to an evolving landscape as well as to changes to health and support needs.
LGBT Foundation (and it’s predecessor The Lesbian & Gay Foundation) formed out of the merger of two community groups, both initially serving LGBT people in Manchester.
Hospitals all around the UK have been referring people to us for many years and we are also in the Macmillan Cancer information leaflet and we continue to raise money for Cancer charities throughout the year
We have a very caring and compassionate team of staff that are able to deal with the sensitivity of medical conditions. We offer a free consultations on a one to one basis where you can sit and discuss your personal requirement.
Want to spread the cost? Ask about our payment plans.
The Healthy Living Centre
We are a community-led service aiming to build opportunities that support the development of individuals and groups in Buckinghamshire. We believe in fairness, respect, support and an open and honest approach.
Community spirit makes everyday life easier and more enjoyable for everyone. We constantly develop our services with input from the community. We believe that together we can all gain the confidence, skills and strength to live a fuller life!
We can achieve so much more when we are in good health! We encourage everyone in our community to eat well, get active and gain a positive outlook in fun ways through a wide range of activities for all ages!
Schools OUT UK is an education charity that began life as The Gay Teachers Association in 1974.
Our overarching goal is to make our schools and educational institutions safe spaces for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities as teachers, lecturers and trainers; as pupils and students; as parents; as teaching and learning support staff; as site-officers, catering and cleaning staff; and as headteachers, managers and governors.
There is no other organisation that supports such a wide community in attaining such a wide, yet simple overarching goal.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is Great Britain’s national equality body and has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations.
Our job is to help make Britain fairer. We do this by safeguarding and enforcing the laws that protect people’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect.
As a statutory non-departmental public body established by the Equality Act 2006, the Commission operates independently.
We aim to be an expert and authoritative organisation that is a centre of excellence for evidence, analysis and equality and human rights law. We also aspire to be an essential point of contact for policy makers, public bodies and business.
We use our unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights. We work with other organisations and individuals to achieve our aims, but are ready to take tough action against those who abuse the rights of others.
Since we were established in 1983, we’ve helped tens of thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people to find safe and secure homes.
Every day, we continue to do this by:
To find out more about any of these services, please contact us.
A Loving Spoonful
A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV and co-existing illness in Metro Vancouver and the surrounding areas.
Every week, all year round, since 1989, our volunteers deliver frozen meals and groceries to individuals and families who are HIV+ and primarily homebound. Our average meal cost is only $4.33.
Ultimately, A Loving Spoonful is about food, love, hope and compassion. This means we aim to help those who need it most with nourishing meals, healthy grocery options and the support of a registered dietician.
On average, we provide approximately 100,000 meals each year to those most vulnerable in the community, living with chronic, life threatening illness and many of whom are isolated and dealing with multiple physical, mental and emotional challenges.
We're here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they're not alone.
We believe we're stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better.
We have laid deep foundations across Britain - in some of our greatest institutions - so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential.
We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.
But our work is not finished yet. Not until everyone feels free to be who they are, wherever they are.
We empower LGBT people to be their authentic selves, enabling them to realise and achieve their full potential, and we empower LGBT people and allies to create positive change. We will support individuals to understand how they can make a difference for LGBT people at work, home and in their communities. We will equip them with the tools and confidence to connect with, influence and enable others in their communities.
They will challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, celebrate difference, and step up to improve inclusion and visibility of role models and allies. Increasingly, we will work in partnership to grow our reach, and network of empowered individuals, internationally.
OutBüro’s mission is to connect the world’s LGBTQ employees, professionals, and entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow in their careers and grow their companies.
We strive to connect companies and organizations that support LGBTQ Corporate Equality with quality candidates while providing a voice and insight into workplace culture and LGBT workplace issues. OutBüro strives to be inclusive which includes those with disabilities.
How We Support Our Mission
Our services are designed to promote economic opportunity for our members by enabling you and thousands of other gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer professionals along with diversity recruiting professionals and our friends and allies to meet, post job opportunities, create a professional profile, store and submit your resume, find quality diversity candidates, exchange ideas, learn, and find business opportunities, and make decisions in a network of trusted relationships within as LGBTQ professionally-oriented safe and accepting platform.
See our Accessibility Statement.
We are a national specialist infrastructure and membership organisation. We work to strengthen and support LGBT+ groups, organisations and projects so that they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.
Here's how we work to build a stronger LGBT+ third sector:
We support our 450+ Members to thrive so that they can deliver vital support and services
We connect the sector and lead it in innovative and sustainable ways of working
We consult and listen to our Members and make sure their voices are amplified
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