|London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard||
LLGS has over the years gathered together a huge number of resources, leaflets etc on many topics related to being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. The fact sheets we offer here are for your information. We are not trying to tell you what to do or how to behave - there is no one size fits all when it comes to people. You are unique and you will have your own decisions to make. We hope that you will find the information in these fact sheets interesting and helpful.
Some of the leaflets and information we have gathered from other countries but even though some of the references are country specific the information they contain applies everywhere.
If after reading any of them you want to talk about things then call the helpline or use our instant messaging or email service.
They are all in pdf format.
Being brave doesn't mean that you’re not scared. It means that if you are scared, you do the thing you’re afraid of anyway. Coming out and living openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender person is an act of bravery and authenticity. Whether it’s for the first time ever, or for the first time today — coming out may be most important thing you will do all day.
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, coming out to parents is a decision with potentially life-altering consequences. While most all youth hope for their parents’ acceptance, many fear rejection.
Get a good doctor, or find out where there's a good walk-in clinic. A straight doctor or one who doesn't know about your sex life may not know to test for certain things, like your mouth or butt for infections. Find someone you can talk frankly with, and who understands the particular health issues of men who have sex with other men. Most larger cities have anonymous walk-in sexually transmitted disease (STD or GUM) clinics.
Generally lesbians are at low risk of HIV infection and unplanned pregnancy. However sex between women is not always safe, and lesbians are just as vulnerable to certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as women who have sex with men. Therefore women need to know the risks and how to protect themselves.
The death of your partner is one of the biggest losses you will face in your life. How you deal with this loss and how you grieve will depend on many things...
Negative life experiences can be stressful and this stress can affect our mental health. Homophobia and transphobia can lead to specific stresses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people that can also have a negative impact on their mental health......