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Advice and Guidance for the LGBT Community

Navigating the Challenges and Celebrating the Diversity of Sexual Orientation aand Gender Identity

Despite many folk accepting the LGBT Plus community, there are some people in Dumfries and Galloway who don’t like LGBT people and who treat them badly or unfairly simply because they don’t understand the issues, or they are afraid of folk who are different from them.

LGBT people have rights just like everyone else, and the law is designed to protect them from discrimination in most spheres of their lives. Not everyone knows this however, or feels confident enough to stand up for the rights of LGBT people, therefore the Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus works hard to educate people about LGBT issues and about difference in general, and to challenge prejudice so that every child, young person and adult can feel safe, respected and included in their local community.

  • Coming Out

    Coming out can be a challenging and daunting experience, but it can also be a liberating one. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to come out until you’re ready, and it’s perfectly okay to take your time. Before coming out, it’s important to consider your safety and support network. If you’re unsure about coming out to someone, try reaching out to a trusted friend or a support group to discuss your concerns. Remember, coming out is a personal decision and you should do it in a way that feels comfortable for you.

  • Hate Crimes

    Hate crimes are any criminal acts that are motivated by prejudice or hostility towards someone’s perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic. If you’ve experienced a hate crime, it’s important to report it to the police. You may also want to seek support from a counselor or therapist who can help you process your emotions and work through any trauma you may have experienced. Remember, you’re not alone, and there are resources available to help you.

  • Domestic Abuse

    Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It can be difficult to recognize, and it’s important to remember that abuse isn’t always physical. If you’re in a relationship where you feel scared, controlled, or manipulated, it’s important to seek help. There are resources available, including hotlines and shelters, that can offer support and guidance. Remember, you deserve to be treated with respect and love.

  • Sexual Health

    Sexual health is an important aspect of overall health and well-being. It’s important to practice safe sex and get regular sexual health check-ups, especially if you’re sexually active. If you’re unsure about where to get tested, try reaching out to a local LGBT center or health clinic. It’s also important to have open and honest communication with your partner(s) about your sexual health, and to respect their boundaries and needs. Remember, taking care of your sexual health is an important part of taking care of yourself.

  • Mental Health

    Sometimes life can seem too busy to stop and think about our mental health. However, everyone feels stressed, angry, anxious or low at some time or other. It is important not to ignore these feelings and allow them to build up. If you’re struggling with something, it’s important to TALK. There is always someone there to talk to, even if you feel like no one will listen. People can tell the difference between “moaning” and really asking for help and support. You may be surprised how helpful it is just to tell someone else about it.

  • Families and Carers

    If you have a family member who identifies as LGBT, it's important to provide them with support and understanding. Take the time to listen to them and learn about their experiences, and use inclusive language to show your respect. Educate yourself about the experiences of LGBT individuals by reading books or watching documentaries, and show your support through small gestures such as attending Pride events or hanging up a rainbow flag. Remember to let your family member know that you support them and are there for them. You can contact LGBT+ if you have questions or concerns. The most important thing is to show your love and support for your family member.

Join us and become a part of our community today!

By becoming a member of Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus, you'll have access to all of our services, as well as the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and make new friends. We believe that everyone deserves to be accepted for who they are, and we're dedicated to promoting equality and acceptance for all members of the LGBT+ community.

“As a service user I would rate Dumfries & Galloway LGBT+ as the one of the best in the country, the staff and volunteers are a real credit to Dumfries and Galloway”

Murray, LGBT+ Member
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