NOTICE ON THIS IMPORTANT PAGE’S REDEVELOPMENT:
For the start of 2021 we will have redeveloped this page as the demand for its value as an important self-help & signposting, and research resource has increasingly been made clear to the Network from email requests — including international — over more than 12 months.
In the local Dorset era the comprehensive failings — that we have represented on repeatedly to high and highest levels — of the local NHS (Dorset CCG) and Public Health Dorset on Covid 19 related support messaging and, well evidenced, direct potentially life saving and Covid 19 risk spread to particular sections and sub-population groups of our LGBT+ communities have provided a particularly important stimulus for the expansion and redevelopment (will include a side bar section to cover thematic information resources) of this page.
Self-help and outreach to private sector (healthcare and other) and GENUINELY LGBT+ friendly organisations and employers, through information resources of the kinds that we are pleased to provide below, are we believe the best route to meaningful LGBT+ community support in the Dorset area (but to a certain extent at national level too in the UK, where there are comparable minimal LGBT+ engagement & support examples, BUT some excellent very different best practice examples too).
These [online, internet searched information resources of quality and LGBT+ originated and/or LGBT+ appropriate] are clearly the most effective means of to a certain extent addressing major quality information self-help needs.
This in the Network’s core current South Coast/Dorset area of operation is particularly important while from Dorset NHS contexts engagement experience perspectives, commonly the most well-known health and wellbeing issues and needs regarding our LGBT+ communities remain at this time (late 2020) matters of perceived minimal de-facto interest or comprehension amongst, in our experience at the Network, elements of senior management at NHS organisations such as in particularly CCGs.
This perspective is based on extensive communication and engagement with elements of the latter over years in the Dorset area: we hope that this information resource may help to educate NHS strategic decision and policy makers in regard to why LGBT Lives Matter, and LGBT+ community health needs especially.
The Information resources below, selected for their educational or quality of life enhancing value, are provided for and/or of interest to:
- LGB&T individuals & communities in or beyond Dorset and neighbouring areas
- The general public, businesses and employers, for educational and anti homophobic and anti trans-phobic information and awareness purposes
- Public service organisations, local authorities, and for education institutions, and voluntary sector groups and organisations
Also see Useful Links which contains details of groups and organisations run by or working for our LGB&T communities.
These include both Dorset and neighbouring areas and national level information resources for our LGB&T communities and LGB&T individuals reference.
- Dorset area LGBT NHS services Survey findings report and recommendations
- Thematic educational PDF resources of the ‘Time for Change — Now!’ Olympics Legacy anti-homophobia in sport exhibition project (with artwork produced by HND graphic design students of the Bournemouth & Poole College)
- Sport BU (Bournemouth University) ‘Homophobia in Sport: “What’s the Score”‘ Report
- Gay & Grey Project: nationally important research project by Professor Lee Ann Fenge and Dr Kip Jones (Bournemouth University) into promoting understanding of sexuality and ageing. Link
- LGB&T Dorset Equality Network mental health related information resource for LGB people, their friends and families — also useful for healthcare service providers. Link
International students — LGBT community members ‘need to know’ information resource:
We are very pleased to recommend the following link which provides crucial need to know information for LGBT+ community members from overseas who study or are coming to study at UK universities and colleges. Read more at https://www.studying-in-uk.org/the-complete-guide-to-studying-and-living-in-uk-as-an-lgbt-student/
LGBTQ & Addiction information resource:
Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful. Read more at www.drugrehab.com/guides/lgbtq/
Regarding Alcohol Abuse / Excess Consumption:
We wish to thank Ms Taylor Trier of America’s Alcohol Help organisation for connecting with the Network to share the very helpful information resource below. This is most appreciated as it constitutes an important information resource for community members, as at late 2020 there is still so much work to do in the UK’s NHS, and especially NHS county areas such as Dorset, where ready access to need to know information of this kind on such an important subject is concerned.
According to reports, about 25% of the LGBTQ population has at least a moderate alcohol use disorder, along with other substance abuse challenges. By comparison, about 10% of the general population struggles with alcoholism. … read more at: https://www.alcoholhelp.com/alcohol/victims-alcoholism/lgbtq-community/
The national LGB&T equality and anti-discrimination campaigning and educational organisation, Stonewall, has a number of high quality practical guides and reports that support all sections of our communities, and those such as schools, employers and others:
Stonewall guide to coming out
Schools & Education sectors:
Trans & Non-Binary:
All About Trans: https://www.allabouttrans.org.uk/about/support-organisations/
Working with Faith Communities:
Healthcare / NHS related:
Employment & Employers:
Global Allies: ENGAGE, EDUCATE, EMPOWER – a Stonewall guide
About the importance of Diversity Monitoring Forms and how to boost their completion by members of our communities:
LGB people from ethnic minorities:
Stonewall and the Runnymede Trust’s One_Minority_At_A_Time__2012_: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/resources/one-minority-time-2012
Guides for individuals on a range of important topics:
Stonewall’s Help & Advice index page: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice
- Asylum and humanitarian protection in the UK
- Coming Out – Advice and guidance for parents; coming out as a young person
- Criminal Law — information and advice on laws that affect LGBT people and how to complain to the police (includes key information on a range of topics including Domestic Violence [DV] and Forced Marriages)
- Discrimination — Information on your rights and how to take action against discrimination (includes discrimination at work and as a consumer)
- Hate Crime — Information on understanding and reporting hate crime, and how to get support
- Parenting Rights – Information on parental responsibility, adopting, fostering, co-parenting, fertility treatment and surrogacy and related topics
- Partnership Rights — Information on civil partnerships and same-sex marriage: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/partnership-rights
Weymouth Gay Group ‘What’s Happening in Dorset’ information — https://weymouthgaygroup.weebly.com/