Support and Advice

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 in D&G are often called names, bullied, left out or even attacked just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This kind of prejudice and discrimination (called homophobia, or transphobia for transgender people) makes it hard for many LGBT people to ‘come out’, and leaves them feeling very alone, depressed and frightened.
You don’t have to put up with homophobia, bullying or discrimination!

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 Centre 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.

Hate Crime

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police. You can find out more Hate Crime page.

Here is the link to Police Scotland’s Online Reporting Form to report if you or someone you know has been a victim of a Hate Crime.


Coming Out

Coming out is when someone tells someone else their sexual orientation or gender identity. Most of us are brought up to think that everyone is attracted to the opposite sex and that our gender identity will match our physical body (or the gender we were assigned at birth). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people come out at all stages of their life and to varying degrees. For some it will be essential for them to live fully as themselves, whereas for others it might be that they only come out to themselves. You can find out more Coming Out page.

“D&G LGBT Plus gives hope to people who feel hopeless, just as I felt. Never would I have believed how different life can be. Thanks to LGBT Plus and alternative self-management, I can now focus on my long-term goals and not my long-term conditions”

– LGBT Plus Member

Gender Transition Support

For some people, support and advice from a clinic are all they need to feel comfortable in their gender identity. Others will need more extensive treatment for a full gender reassignment. The amount of treatment you have is completely up to you. The issue of legal name changing is one which has come up a lot recently and it seems that it is an area that a lot of people are a wee bit unsure of, so we’d like to give a brief overview of the options available to someone who wants to change their name and/or gender on official documents. You can find out more Gender Transition Support page.

Health and Wellbeing

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.

Domestic Abuse

For most people, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives. This is no different for the LGBT Plus community. There are many aspects involved in being in a relationship and many things that can go wrong. Below you will find links to pages that offer advice and support around some of the big issues in LGBT Plus relationships. You can find out more Domestic Abuse page.

“I was surprised that there was so much being offered to people like myself and I wish that I had known about the support offered by D&G LGBT Plus earlier to help me come to terms with my situation”

– LGBT Plus Member

Support for Families and Carers

For the LGBT community there may be additional challenges during the caring journey. Some people feel the support services are ‘not for them’ and won’t understand their needs. Some people may access support late or not at all, because they anticipate stigma or discrimination. This adds to the impact on the carer’s life, and can increase feelings of isolation. Caring always involves an element of putting your own needs aside. You can find out more Support for Families and Carers page.

At LGBT Plus we offer a range of information and support services. If you need immediate help and feel you are at risk or are having thoughts about suicide, please click the immediate help button below.

You can meet with a self management specialist to get guidance on how to get back into the driving seat and manage your long term condition

Meet privately to discuss personal concerns and receive support to connect with other agencies.

One to One counselling is available covering a range of LGBT issues including specific Transgender support

When necessary you can be paired with one of our volunteer befrienders.

Our weekly group supports the more vulnerable of the LGBT community

A range of therapies including Reiki and Creative therapy are available to enhance your life

Other LGBT Organisations

Dumfries & Galloway Partners:
Other relevant services:

Equality Network Scotland
Overall LGBT Rights agency in Scotland promoting policy and campaigns, training and community development.

Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain.

Relationship Scotland     -   01387 251245

Sandyford Gender Identity Clinic   -   0141 211 8130