GMB – Top 10 LGBT+ Charities or community initiatives 2019

In alphabetical order

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


Ditch the Label (DTL) aims to combat bullying by tackling the root issues and to support young people aged 12-25 who are impacted. This is done by a) providing support, b) producing world class research and c) creating campaigns to positively influence society. To date, DTL has reached over 500 million people with their campaigns – each designed to positively influence how society thinks and behaves and to encourage the crucial societal shifts we need in order to create a world that is truly free from all types of bullying. DTL has multiple online resources and support guides to help people through tough times such as overcoming bullying, coming out to parents, and dealing with homophobia and biphobia.


ELOP is a holistic lesbian and gay centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to LGBT communities, and their core services include counselling and young people’s services. By having a range of services ELOP is able to refer those using one service into another for additional support, information or advice as appropriate. In addition to operating direct community frontline services ELOP also delivers second-tier work which includes providing information, training, consultancy and support to statutory and voluntary sector policy makers, managers, service providers and their staff teams.


Gaysians is the umbrella organisation for the British South Asian LGBT+ community, promoting positive visibility for greater acceptance. Created from a need for individuals to more easily access the support available to them, the organisation operates as an online platform, connecting organisations around the country to those seeking support in the form of meet ups, mental health access, sexual health support and social events. Gaysians works with Pride in London, UK Black Pride and with mainstream, LGBT+ and South Asian media to own and elevate the conversations related to our community.


Gendered Intelligence (GI) works with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people under the age of 21. GI delivers trans youth programmes, support for parents and carers, professional development and trans awareness training for all sectors and educational workshops for schools, colleges, universities and other educational settings. GI’s vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.


GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is an American non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT+ people in the media. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change by monitoring media outlets for LGBT+ inclusion (Studio Responsibility Index), organising fundraising events, and recognizing LGBT+ trailblazers (the GLAAD Media Awards).


The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America’s largest civil rights organization working worldwide o achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realise a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


LGBT Youth Scotland’s mission is to play a leading role in the provision of quality youth work to LGBTI young people that promotes their health and wellbeing, and to be a valued and influential partner in LGBTI equality and human rights. LGBT Youth Scotland works to build the capacity of professionals to meet the needs of LGBTI young people; to influence decision makers and to improve LGBTI visibility in Scotland. Their key national programmes focus on Schools & Teachers, Policy Influencing, Domestic Abuse and the co-ordination of LGBT History Month in Scotland.


Love Equality is a campaign led by a consortium of organisations within Northern Ireland who are campaigning for the introduction of legislation in Northern Ireland for equal civil marriage for same-sex couples. Love Equality is a consortium of Amnesty International Northern Ireland, The Rainbow Project, Irish Congress of Trade Unions Northern Ireland, Here NI, Cara-Friend and NUS-USI.


MindOut is a project run by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer people. The staff, volunteers and board of trustees are all LGBTQ. 100% of the team have lived experience of mental health needs, or caring responsibilities for a person with lived experience. MindOut’s vision is a world where the mental health of LGBTQ communities is a priority, free from stigma, respected and recognised. Last year they helped 1,342 people struggling with social isolation, suicidal distress, financial hardship, discrimination and prejudice, hate crime and exclusion.


Naz and Matt Foundation exists to empower and support LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex) individuals, their friends and family to work towards resolving challenges linked to sexuality or gender identity, particularly where religion is heavily influencing the situation. By tackling homophobia triggered by religion head on and raising awareness, Naz and Matt Foundation hopes to open the eyes of closed minds in communities and families so that they will love the children they gave birth to, for the individuals they were born to be.