Top 10 LGBT+ Charities or community initiatives 2015

In alphabetical order

This category is for a charity or community initiative that has changed or continues to change the lives of LGBT+ people.

Albert Kennedy Trust / AKT

AKT aim to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes, by providing a range of services to meet the individual needs of those who would otherwise be homeless, or living in a hostile environment. This is done by providing appropriate homes through supported lodgings, fostering and other specialist housing schemes. The charity also helps young people to manage independent living successfully and improves attitudes within society towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people.

Human Dignity Trust

The Human Dignity Trust is a legal charity that supports those who want to challenge anti-gay laws, wherever they exist in the world. Laws that criminalise lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people put them beyond the protection of the law, fostering a climate of fear and violence. The Human Dignity Trust is an organisation of international lawyers that supports local activists and their lawyers to uphold human rights law, including a person’s right to dignity, equality and privacy. Their technical legal assistance is free and available to anyone challenging the criminalisation of homosexuality through the courts.

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF)

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) is a charity based in Manchester, with a wide portfolio of well-established services and a rapidly developing range of new initiatives, aimed at meeting the needs of the gay community. In August 2014, they announced their intention to develop their work with trans* communities. LGF campaigns for a fair and equal society, where all lesbian, gay and bisexual people can achieve their full potential. Their mission is: ‘Ending Homophobia, Empowering People.’

The Kaleidoscope Trust

The Kaleidoscope Trust is a UKbased, registered charity, working to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people internationally. They believe that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Founded in 2011, they became a UK registered charity in 2012. The leaders of all the main political parties in the UK parliament have declared their support for the Kaleidoscope Trust’s work.

London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard

London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard is a voluntary organisation with charitable status. The helpline’s values ensure that our services promote a positive attitude to being LGBT. They take all manner of calls, such as supporting a man who had been queer-bashed, supporting a lesbian teenager thrown out of their home by their 46 parents, providing the telephone number for a gay painter, or the bus route to a local gay pub. As the LGBT community has developed over the years, so too have LLGS, changing and developing their services to fit the needs of the community and provide the service available today.

Opening Doors London

Opening Doors London (ODL) aims to specifically meet the needs of older LGBT communities and is aimed at men and women who identify as LGBT over the age of 50. They have members from across London and beyond. The aims of the project are to develop services for the older LGBT community and combat isolation through the provision of regular social activities, a dedicated signposting and referral service and a befriending service.


PACE is the LGBT+ mental health charity, promoting the emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Their three main aims are outlined: Best possible world for LGBT people; Inclusive, dynamic & collaborative with Integrity, and inspiring better LGBT mental health. Established in 1985 as part of the lesbian and gay centre, PACE was formed by a group of volunteers to provide counselling support to lesbians and gay men who faced discrimination and homophobia.

Safe Network

The Safe Network helps and supports children, and recently launched a specific campaign to help young LGBTs. They offer support to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth groups, clubs and many different organisations in their efforts to help parents and families understand, accept and support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children.