The LGBT+ Network for Change has enabled and leads a number of Initiatives. For these we have developed thematic, comprehensive educational material/resources at the request of the collaborative partners (such as HMPPS, NHS mental healthcare trusts, FE colleges).
These educational resources are used for training provided by the Network, and for the relevant organisations intranet and EDI (Equality Diversity Inclusion) and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and at need guidance and support on given incidents or cases. These information resources are used for both staff/service providers, and clients/service users of the latter, benefits.
A part of these educational resources includes recommended external signposting; here in this page we provide some of the links included in the latter.
The Information resources below, selected for their educational or quality of life enhancing value, are provided for and/or of interest to:
- LGBT+ and LGBTQ+ individuals & communities
- 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
These include from our original area of operation (Dorset and the Bournemouth & Poole conurbation: for these for example please see Useful Links and the links immediately below), to national and international level ones.
- 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
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/
Substance abuse in the LGBT/LGBTQ community caused by prejudice/rejection related:
Please see Drug Rehab.com resource 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/
We are pleased to also provide the following excellent articles and resources on addictions in our LGBTQ+ communities and the contexts of those addictions:
From Chris Carberg, founder of the Addiction Guide: https://www.addictionguide.com/
Free by the Sea Sunset View Drug & Alcohol Recovery Centre:
Dedicated LGBTQ+ context information resource of great value: https://freebythesea.com/lgbtq-substance-abuse-treatment/
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/
American Addiction Centers rehab guide website LGBT section information:
The Network is very pleased to provide this link to the American Addiction Centers rehab guide website LGBT section, further to the AAC kindly contacting us to share very informative information resources which can be accessed at: https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/lgbt
Drugwatch (USA) information resource LGBTQ+ section:
We are very pleased to provide this highly valuable comprehensive thematic information page link from the Drugwatch organisation (USA), after their kindly contacting us to request its inclusion on this webpage, further to learning of the LGBT+ Network for Change important work in international and mental health services support for members of our global LGBTQ+ community. Link: https://www.drugwatch.com/health/lgbtq/
Northern Illinois Recovery:
information resource link regarding addiction and mental health harm caused to LGBTQ+ community members due to prejudice: https://www.northernillinoisrecovery.com/programs/lgbtq/
Psychology Master Programs (USA) Creating LGBTQIA+ Friendly Schools and Campus Communities educational resource:
This LGBT+ Network for Change considers this thematic educational resource especially informative and of great practical value. You can access the resource at: https://psychologymastersprograms.com/lgbtqia-friendly-schools-and-campus-communities/.
The resource was kindly drawn to the Network’s attention by Ms Stephanie Cooper, teacher and advisor at the Arizona-based Students for Research (S4R) a home school online learning
platform (https://studentsforresearch.org/). Thus is a ground-breaking educational initiative in collaboration with the University of California (UC) Riverside’s Research and Economic Development (RED) section. Ms Cooper established contact with us after a student at R4S in one of their diverse communities (in this case LGBT+) research studies found the LGBT+ Network for Change website and noted the high quality of our educational resources. Thanks to S4R’s contacting with the advised link, we also are pleased to share a further very valuable information resource that was accessed by us. This is the American ‘Human Rights Campaign’ (HRC) website: https://www.hrc.org/
We/the LGBT+ Network for Change wish to record or appreciation to the student referred to and their fellow students and Ms Cooper at Students for Research (S4R) for their clear awareness of the importance of the subject of diversity and inclusion in regard to research studies. In the domain of research, especially at High School/FE College to Undergraduate to Postgraduate levels, inclusiveness in terms of subjects and approach is not only evidence of ethical considerations in action, but of academic professionalism too.
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:
The Trevor Project Coming Out Handbook: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/guide/the-coming-out-handbook/
Schools & Education sectors:
Trans & Non-Binary:
All About Trans: https://www.allabouttrans.org.uk/about/support-organisations/
Healthcare / NHS related:
Sexual Orientation — A Stonewall guide for the NHS
Employment & Employers:
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/