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Useful Contacts


Hertfordshire Cortex
Email: fvacaster@tgcortex.com

Transgender support and social group


Young Pride in Herts
http://www.youngprideinherts.org/       Email:   youngprideinherts@hotmail.co.uk

Young Pride in Herts is a LGBTQIA Youth group for young people between 13 - 25.  We have groups in East Herts/Broxbourne and Harpenden and we are looking to create a group in Watford.  We meet on the first Tuesday of every month offering a varied programme of events, including film nights, guest speakers and much more.  We provide support, share experiences with others in a safe and friendly environment.


Milton Keynes


http://www.qalliance.org.uk/       Email: communications@qalliance.org.uk

Q:alliance is a registered charity that provides support, information and representation for LGBTQ people who live, work and play in Milton Keynes.  Our services include: Youth Group, General Assembly, Counselling Service & HIV Support Project.



Our weekly youth club meets  at the Spot Youth Cafe in The Point, Central Milton Keynes on Wednesdays from 7.30 - 9.30pm. HQMK offers a wide range of activities and services for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and for young people just questioning their sexuality or gender identity aged 13 - 25, including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Monthly 'outings' to local entertainment and cultural activities
  • Special events such as barbecues, visits to other LBGT youth groups, and trips to Pride parades.
  • Partnership working on projects with mainstream youth agencies

Email: hqmk@qalliance.org.uk


National Organisations

Broken Rainbow


Broken Rainbow - providing the National Helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic violence.  Helpline number:  0300 999 5428 (LGBT)  (LGBT = 5428 on telephone keypad)

These are the opening times:

Monday and Thursday 10am to 8pm

Tuesday and Wednesday 10am to 5pm (1pm to 5pm Tuesday is a Trans specific service)

For general helpline advice: help@brokenrainbow.org.uk

Office telephone number: 08452 60 55 60     Email: mail@brokenrainbow.org.uk




Switchboard LGBT provides a range of services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  Our services include a helpline, online chat through instant messaging, email support, information on sexual health and the Turing Network database, a public access search facility that enables anyone to look for support or services catering for the LGBT community. 

The helpline number is 0300 330 0630 

(Calls to this number will cost you the same as calls to 01 and 02 numbers and are included in any call allowances you may have either on a mobile or landline)

We are open between 10am and 10pm every day of the week, 365 days a year.

You can email LLGS any time of the day or night at chris@switchboard.lgbt.  Please only use this email for support.


The Gender Trust


The Gender Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues.

We help:

  • people who might be Transgender, Transsexual, Gender Queer, people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or those who are simply unsure.
  • we also provide support and information for significant others, friends, families and allies


Terence Higgins Trust


We are the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, running services out of local centres across Great Britain.  Online support and phone helpline: 0808 802 1221


Gender Identity Clinic / Charing Cross GIC


the Gender identity Clinic (GIC) in Hammersmith (sometimes known as the Charing Cross GIC) is the largest and oldest gender identity clinic in the world and has been in operation since the 1960s.

Tel: 020 8482 2801



Mermaids is a support group for gender variant children and teenagers, and their families.  Our goal is to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all persons aged 19 years and under who are in any manner affected by gender identity issues, and their families, and to advance public education in the same.

Information line: 0208 1234 819 Monday to Saturday 3pm to 7pm only.



GIRES combines the expertise of a largely voluntary team of trans and non trans people, which provides a wide range of support for trans people and those who care for them.

Tel: 01372 801554           Email: info@gires.org.uk          Fax: 01372 272297


The Beaumont Society


The Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for those who cross-dress or are trans-sexual.  We welcome all transgender people and their partners, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed or colour, and all varieties from nervous new transgender people to those who are experienced and confident in their second gender.

The Beaumont Society operates a national 24/7 information line.  This information line contains the telephone numbers of all the society's regional organisers, who are available to speak to for advice, details of where to go for a good night out - even a friendly ear to listen.

Information line: 01582 412220 


Albert Kennedy Trust

AKT supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or are living in a hostile environment.  We aim to meet the individual needs of each young person and ensure we get them back on track in life.

Both our London and Manchester offices are staffed 10am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

London: 0207 831 6562        Manchester: 0161 228 3308




We work to combat social isolation amongst our membership, and to campaign on issues specifically affecting disabled LGBT people.

Post: BM REGARD, London, WC1N 3XX        Email: secretary@regard.org.uk




The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender(LGBT) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to emigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.  Supporting LGBT asylum seekers; providing support & information via our helpline and in person; referring to solicitors; organising a monthly support meeting; visiting detention centres and running other social support projects.

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