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South West Links

The following websites and resources may be of particular use or interest to young people and their supporters / carers.

Sites Specifically for/about LGBT Young People

Gender Identity Webites

Other LGBT Groups for Young People in the South West

General LGBT Information & Support in the South West

LGBT Collective

Information on local groups and activities.


Intercom Trust

Provides a wide range of help, support and advocacy for LGBT people.


Intercom Helpline 0800 612 3010



Provides support, advice and resources for parents of LGB people.



Pink Families


Pink Families are families that involve LGBT individuals in some way, be they parents, children, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, sisters, great uncles and aunts, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandmas, grandpas, and so on.

Stonewall Education for All


Loads of resources for teachers, youth workers, parents, and young people about tackling homophobia in schools and celebrating difference.



EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia)


Works to affirm the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and reduce discrimination experienced because of sexual orientation or gender identity. In particular they have support to challenge homophobic bullying.



Transgender Guidance for Schools


Produced in Cornwall by Intercom Trust

GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society)


This website is a great place for young people and families to find out info about gender identity. They also produce an E-Learning resource on transgender issues at: http://www.gires.org.uk/localauthorities.php#elearning



Gendered Intelligence


A community interest company that looks to engage people in debates about gender. They work predominantly within young people's settings and have produced useful resources for youth groups.

Young Stonewall


A site especially focused on issues affecting LGBT young people, including guidance on coming out, homophobic bullying, and other key equality issues. They also have a support helpline: Stonewall Helpline 08000 502020



It Gets Better Project


The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. It does get better!



R U Coming Out?


Here you can find other people's coming out stories and advice.



LGBT History Project


An encyclopedia of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history in the United Kingdom. LGBT History Month is celebrated throughout February each year.

Cornwall: YAY! Devon, Plymouth: OUT Devon, Totnes: Proud2Be Dorset: SPACE Somerset: 2BU

If you need someone to talk to now. If you are distressed or really struggling, please consider the following helplines:

Early Help for Mental Health Service

Online and face to face counselling for young people in Devon.


Childline 0800 1111 

Childline offers help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send an email or post on the message boards.


Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.

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Education Support & Guidance



A national charity promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  They also provide some useful factsheets covering a broad range of topics specifically for the LGBT community.



Healthy Heads & Hearts: difference is normal


A mental health support and resource booklet for young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or unsure. Written by the young people of Allsorts Youth Project, Brighton.

Health and Wellbeing Links

Websites for Family and Friends