If you need advise or help from LGBT Scotland, please contact them using this link LGBT Helpline Scotland.
Wigtownshire Women’s Aid proudly holds the LGBT Silver Charter Mark
Formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.
We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBT people can achieve their full potential. We are passionate about the work we do with LGBT communities and we want to be as inclusive as possible to ensure LGBT voices are heard and their needs are met.
Since our announcement to become an LGBT inclusive charity in August 2014, we have been working hard to include bisexual and trans people more visibly in their services. This journey has involved changing our name from The LGF to LGBT Foundation – we feel this better represents who we are, what we do and what we mean to our service users and supporters.
Our aim is to achieve change with and on behalf of LGBT people and continue to meet their needs by providing vital services. We want to continue to offer support to those who need us the most through inclusive services to LGBT people.
Established in April 2000 following the merger of Healthy Gay Manchester and Manchester Lesbian and Gay Switchboard Services, we have continued to provide a wide range of support and services including a national helpline, sexual health testing and support, free mental health and wellbeing services, the Village Angels volunteers, support groups, and advice for tackling LGBT hate crime and discrimination.
Why is Bi Visibility important?
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘gay marriage’ being used instead of ‘same-sex marriage’ (or just ‘marriage’)? Or witnessed assumptions that individuals in mixed-sex relationships were straight while those in same-sex relationships were gay? That’s bi-erasure.
Bi erasure, regardless of intention, happens any time bisexuality is ignored, considered a fad, dismissed as a phase or not considered a valid sexual orientation.
Did you know?
Across the Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People reports, we have gathered a range of experiences from bisexual young people. Why not share these facts with your colleagues, friends, and networks?
- 71.8% of bisexual respondents thought biphobia was a problem for Scotland and 74% thought it was a problem for their local area. Awareness of biphobia was lower for LGBT young people overall.
- 60% of bisexual young people had experienced homophobic or biphobic bullying at school.
- Bisexual women were the second most likely group (63%) (after transgender young people (66.7%)) to say that they had a mental health problem.
- While 56.5% of bisexual young people said that they would feel confident coming out to their doctor, only 15.2% had already done so.
- Bisexual young people reported low levels of awareness of their rights under hate crime legislation.
- Although bisexual men (68.8%) and bisexual women (67.9%) were the most likely to feel safe and supported by the police, bisexual women were the least likely (46.3%) of all LGBT identities to feel confident reporting hate crime to the police.
Primary/secondary school education, media—bisexuality is rarely portrayed realistically and positively in the media or talked about to school children. This made growing up as a bisexual teenager very confusing and difficult and contributes to bisexual erasure in our society. Services that could benefit bisexual people aren’t set up to include us. Instead they are aimed at gay and lesbian people.’
There are many parallels between LGBT people’s experience of domestic abuse and that of heterosexual women, including the types of abuse and the impact on the abused partner. However, there are a number of aspects that are unique to LGBT domestic abuse such as:
Outing as a method of control, Blaming the abuse on being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
It can be hard for LGBT domestic abuse victims to seek help because they may not want to disclose their sexuality.
Threats to expose as transgender
The situation could be seen as a fight between two equals rather than a violent intimate relationship
You will not stop your partner’s abuse: only they can do that. Please seek help. Everyone who approaches us for support will receive the best, most appropriate advice and support we can give.
Provides services advice and support to the LGBT community experiencing domestic violence.
Specialist transgender helpline Tuesdays 10am – 5pm.
National helpline: 0300 999 5428