TOP 12 CHARITIES OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

In alphabetical order

This category is for sportspersons that are either LGBT+ or have proven to be strong advocates of the LGBT+ community in sport.

DIVERSITY ROLE MODELS

Working to actively seek and embed inclusion and empathy in the next generation, Diversity Role Models have a vision where everyone can thrive. Their mission is to create an education system in which every young person will know they are valued and supported, whoever they are. They create safe spaces where young people can explore differences and consider their roles in creating a world where we all feel accepted. Student workshops feature LGBTQ+ or ally role models who speak openly about their lived experiences, building empathy so they can understand the impact of their language and actions. DRM provide training to school governors, staff and parents/carers to ensure sustained change.

INTERCOM TRUST

Intercom Trust is a community-led charity that aims to build a community in the south west where people are treated with respect and celebrated, and where vibrant LGBTQ+ communities live with real equality. Intercom Trust provides training, a helpline and information on how to support and advocate for others. Domestic abuse within LGBTQ+ relationships occurs as frequently as in heterosexual ones, but LGBTQ+ victims are less likely to report it. Their reluctance to come forward may be heightened by a fear of not being believed. Intercom Trust provides a confi dential, non-judgemental support service with access to specifi c advisors for the LGBTQ+ community, called the Safer Rainbow Project.

IT GETS BETTER UK

It Gets Better is an international movement which envisions a world where all LGBTQ+ youth are free to live equally and know their worthiness and power as individuals. They strive to tell the stories of LGBTQ+ people and provide positive and reassuring messages. Its website is packed with inspiring videos and posts set to help and support within the community. The aim is to both archive the stories of LGBTQ+ people, but also combat the high levels of self-harm and suicide in LGBTQ+ youth by providing role models and the positive message that “It Gets Better”. “We exist to inspire, empower and uplift LGBTQ+ youth.”

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LGBT FOUNDATION

The LGBT Foundation is a national charity which places LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing at the heart of everything it does. By providing critical health and wellbeing services, such as a helpline, counselling, sexual health and education, the foundation encourages increased awareness and system change. The LGBT Foundation celebrates and empowers diverse communities to realise their full potential. The services and activities they offer are lifelines for those in need and allows the organisation to offer support in order to help hope and joy fl ourish in LGBTQ+ communities. The foundation’s vision is to create a world where queer liberation brings about meaningful change and a fairer society for us all.

MICRO RAINBOW

Micro Rainbow’s vision is to create a world where LGBTQ+ people are safe, free from discrimination and persecution, and have equal opportunities in life. The organisation does this by providing safe housing to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, facilitating access to employment, volunteering and training. It also provides education for refugees and provide social inclusion activities. Micro Rainbow opened the first safe house in the United Kingdom that’s dedicated solely to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and refugees. These houses provide a safe and temporary shelter. Micro Rainbow wants to change people’s lives, one at a time.

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PROUD 2 B PARENTS

Proud 2 b Parents is an inclusive organisation that delivers services for LGBTQ+ parents/carers to be for those living in Greater Manchester (and the wider Northwest). It provides a variety of services that aim to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ parents and carers including mid-week meetups, youth groups, digital support sessions, monthly and annual get togethers and one-on-one bespoke family support so that those parents in the LGBTQ+ community feel supported during this time. Training and other services are also available to businesses, organisations and professionals so that they are enabled with the tools to parent proudly.

STUDIO LUTALICA

Studio Lutalica is a non-profit design and consultancy agency run by and for feminists and queers. It works with brands, organisations and individuals who share its commitment to improving the lives of women and LGBTQ+ people. The communities that Studio Lutalica work with aim to break down boundaries and challenge expectations. Their identity, practices and purpose are guided by the belief that gender equality isn’t possible without addressing all social inequalities. It believes in the in the power of community and design. Combined, these elements can make profound changes to the societies we live in. Studio Lutalica is committed to design excellence and value active listening, and questioning their own beliefs.

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SWINDON & WILTSHIRE PRIDE

Swindon & Wiltshire Pride’s purpose is to promote equality and diversity for the public benefi t and end discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. It does this by actively raising awareness, engaging with the community, celebrating the diversity of LGBTQ+ communities and advancing education. Achievements include hosting the largest Pride in Wiltshire, raising £85,000 to keep it a free event and having over 75,000 people attend since 2008. It runs a Pride Hub which provides a safe space for the community. There, you can speak to volunteers face-to face, have meaningful conversations and learn about local organisations.

TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST

The Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. It was established in 1982 by friends and the partner of Terry Higgins, one of the first people to die of an Aids-related illness in the UK. The charity aims to reduce the spread of HIV and promote good sexual health, provide services and campaign for greater public understanding. The THT continues to campaign, fight stigma and promote the message that HIV+ people with an undetectable viral load can’t pass on the virus. Their vision is to strive for a future where there are no new cases, where people living with HIV get the support they need and there is good sexual health for all.

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