Many of us across the world are either social-distancing, self-isolating, or living under a lockdown because of the coronavirus at the moment.
LGBTQ+ people already experience higher rates of mental health problems, disability, underlying health conditions, domestic violence, and lower levels of income. We might also be trapped living with people who are homo/bi/transphobic at the moment. This is going to be an especially difficult time for us.
I know life can feel pretty bad right now so I hope these resources are useful for you. Don’t forget that you can use Facebook groups and apps like Meet Up to chat with other LGBTQ+ people. Many queer groups are now having digital hangouts. Perfect for hopping along to say, Manchester BiPhoria if you live in rural Wales and there are no local groups near you! If you are nervous about joining a group for the first time you could message the group organiser in advance. You don’t have to put your video on if you don’t want to!
Just remember that you are not alone, and for every dark thing that happens there are people in the LGBTQ+ community who are rallying together to help each other.
If a resource for a specific issue or medical condition isn’t listed here, please give one of the LGBT helplines a call as they will be able to signpost you to other services.
These are all UK based organisations and websites. If you live elsewhere and know of any resources for your country please comment below, then I will add them to this post. Thank you.
|Organisation||What they do|
|Gallop||LGBT+ domestic abuse helpline|
|Micro Rainbow||Suport and housing for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees.|
|London Bi Pandas||Have set up a Covid-19 hardship fund for people living in London.|
|LGBT+ Foundation||Has a whole section on Covid-19, including what your rights are, how to access services, living well in lockdown and where to get support.|
|Queer Care||Provide support if you are isolating and need help/deliveries. Or you can volunteer to help others. Has resources on how to deliver items to others safely and organise a local network in your area.|
|Mermaids||Support for trans kids & young people.|
|The Proud Trust||Find your local LGBT+ youth group.|
|Just Like Us||Currently looking at ways to support LGBTQ+ teenagers who are stuck at home with families they can’t come out to.|
|Mind||Mental health charity. Have a web page on how to cope with things like anxiety, isolation, depression, etc. during the pandemic.|
|LGBT+ Switchboard||Helpline, chat, and email service.|
|Shout||Text based helpline. Text SHOUT to 85258|
|Papyrus||Have a telphone line and chat service for when you’re feeling distressed/suicidal. |
|CALM||Same as above, but their services are for men.|
|Turn2Us||Website to help you find a charity or grant giving organisation if you are experiencing financial hardship.|
|Money Saving Expert||Helps you make the most out of your finances. E.g. if someone who banks with Nationwide refers a friend to switch current accounts, you both get £100.|
|Citizens Advice||Website providing information on topics such as debt, housing, law, work, benefits, consumer rights, etc. Has a section on Covid-19.|