So you think your child is gay? - Stonewall's new guide answers parents' common questions. Written in plain English, it dispels the common myths about what being gay means for young people stonewall.org.uk 8 Feb 13
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard adds email and instant messaging for the first time - Tel 0300 330 0630 llgs.org.uk 16 Mar 12
can use the GAYtoZ Directory to find advice,
support, and many other services which will help you come out. If you'd
talk to someone, try
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard on 0300 330 0630.
You're sure to find a friendly
and supportive person to speak to.
they are extremely busy and it may be difficult to get through. Search
through the GAY to Z Directory to find other
local 'Switchboards' and 'Friend' groups around
the country. There are 100s of links and suggestions.
You can also search by TOWN / REGION using the 'Who, What, Where' search at the top of the page.
of these groups also run social clubs especially for young people
coming out. You can meet other people of the same age group who are
also coming out. It's great to share the experience and most of us
keep many of the friends we make when we first venture into the gay
Buy a copy of GT (Gay Times), DIVA (for women), or ATTITUDE magazines which are available in newsagents around the UK. In London TIME OUT and the Evening Standard both have listings of gay events and activities.
you're in London, head for Old Compton Street in Soho where you'll find many gay pubs, shops and cafes, and where you can pick up free copies of the weekly gay newspapers BOYZ,
and QX Magazine.
Manchester head for the shops and pubs in Canal Street behind the bus station. BENT and CITY LIFE magazines have gay listings.
In Birmingham head for the bars and shops inHurst Street in the City Centre. Pick up ZONE magazine
look out for ScotsGay magazine.
Around the world
You can use the GAY to Z to search for your country. There is international legal information at ILGA.
Online there are many supportive places to find, including the 'It gets better' project which features videos of hundreds of ordinary lesbian and gay people from all walks of life. If you're looking for young, or old, people in the same situation as yourself, you'll hear their stories of how they came out.
Where do you fit in?
Whether you are unsure of your sexuality, or your gender, or if you just want to find other people in the same boat as you, you can use the GAY to Z Directory to find someone to talk to:
Sky Sports News presenter comes out
Mark McAdam has come out in an interview with Gay Times saying he has "battled" with his sexuality for years, revealing that he was bullied and physically attacked at school. "Only gay people will ever understand the trauma you go through about accepting your sexuality," he said. "I don't know of any other gay sports reporters." sportsmole.co.uk4 Sep 14
Rugby international Gareth Thomas struggled to come to terms with his sexuality, but it can be just as difficult for everyone else: 'You could say I am making a career out of being gay' telegraph.co.uk3 Sep 14
Being gay doesn't harm your acting career
Sherlock star Andrew Scott: 'The most important thing is to be who you are. I don't like to talk about it too much because, frankly, I don't have much more to say about it' metro.co.uk3 Sep 14
'I was known as Gay Boy
As a kid, bullying makes you weary': Gareth Malone on being bullied dailymail.co.uk 15 Dec 13
Apple approves 'only gay social app for ages 12 and up'
The founders of Distinc.tt believe it's time for a gay social app that doesn't have sex at its core. This is an app that "you can bring home to Mom" cnet.com 15 Dec 13
Tom Daley reveals he is in a gay relationship "In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great ... That someone is a guy." youtube.com 2 Dec 13
Lord Browne - Former BP chief said that he hadn't felt comfortable with speaking about being gay for years, but that he felt better about being open now thetimes.co.uk subscription 21 Apr 13
Sheffield schools - praised for tackling gay abuse thestar.co.uk 24 Mar 13
Blue's Duncan James - 'I was so frightened about my bisexuality being exposed I had to leave the country' mirror.co.uk 23 Mar 13
Prince Harry - I'll consider going gay if it doesn't work out with Cressida metro.co.uk 17 Mar 13
Dad's letter to son - Dad overhears nervous gay teenage son talking about his coming out plan ... Writes his son best note ever facebook.com/fckh8com 17 Mar 13
Overcoming Adversities as a Gay Teen - documentary tells the story of ten gay males, ages ranging from 15-82. We find out how each of them overcame their adversities as a gay teen throughout each generation youtu.be 15 Feb 13
Paul J Burgess tells the story of his father's incredible transition from a man unable to accept his gay son, to a man fully accepting and embracing of not only his sexuality, but the powerful work of the Pink Triangle Theatre tackling homophobia youtu.be | pinktriangletheatre.co.uk 8 Feb 13
Bullying study suggests it subsides as gay, lesbian, bisexual teens get older cbsnews.com 5 Feb 13
Jadin Bell - who hanged himself two weeks ago after complaining of bullying, died early Sunday afternoon in an Oregon children's hospital oregonlive.com 4 Feb 13
'Good morning parents,
I'm gay' - How teenage girl came out to mom and dad with a homemade cake and letter full of witty baking puns dailymail.co.uk 30 Jan 13
New Jersey teen announces he's gay in front of high school assembly abcnews.go.com 25 Jan 13
43% of 'coming out' calls at the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard are from people aged 35-late 60s metro.co.uk | llgs.org.uk 19 Jan 13
Homophobia in Hollywood: Why gay movie stars still can't come out of the closet independent.co.uk 19 Jan 13
Boy Scout Camp Leader comes out and condemns organization's policies thinkprogress.org 19 Jan 13
Victor Garber - Argo star lives in New York with his companion of 13 years, Rainer Andreesen - I don't really talk about it but everybody knows greginhollywood.com 15 Jan 13
Jodie Foster 'comes out' - in opaque Golden Globes speech - transcript vulture.com
Morgan Westcott - Only Boys Aloud star 'was bullied online' - I've always had people calling me gay because I sing itv.com 10 Jan 13
Matt Damon on gay rumors: I never denied them because I was offended aceshowbiz.com 15 Dec 12
Thomas "Bozzy" Bosworth, I'm 18 and from Wales. My story is about being gay but masculine youtu.be
Megan Hall - Battered for being gay: Brave teenager helps put her attacker in jail mirror.co.uk 7 Dec 12
Get involved in Anti-Bullying Week at school - 19-23 Nov stonewall.org.uk 19 Nov 12
Ian McKellen and young people talk about the effects of homophobic bullying in this video for Anti-Bullying Week 2012. Find out how you can help tackle this serious problem at stonewall.org.uk 16 Nov 12
Gay executives running Britain's leading companies should come out to provide "visible senior role-models" independent.co.uk 13 Nov 12
I should have come out sooner, says Irish parliament TD Jerry Buttimer eveningecho.ie 12 Nov 12
I finally understand gay conversion therapy! - It's a form of abuse that parents .. inflict on their children huffingtonpost.com | BBC iPlayer 2 Nov 12
Facebook accidentally "Outs" gay kids to their parents sfweekly.com 17 Oct 12
Matthew Kimball - is one of many gay scouts coming out, to rally around teen's Eagle Scout bid nbcnews.com 10 Oct 12
I hope our kids don't turn out gay. It's a constant fight even in today's society thesun.co.uk 8 Oct 12
Lesbian & Gay Foundation will be providing 24 hour support for those who are questioning, thinking of coming out - Thu 11 Oct US National Coming Out Day | UK
- 74% experienced name calling / verbal abuse
- 47% experienced threats / intimidation
- 47% experienced harassment
- 25% experienced physical assault because they are LGBTQ or people think they are LGBT.
- 53% have hurt themselves on purpose
67% of female LGBQ respondents have hurt themselves on purpose, compared to 36% of male LGBQ respondents
- 75% of transgender respondents have hurt themselves on purpose, with a staggering 27% still actively self-harming. Survey results | Take part in survey 18 Sep 12
Diversity Role Models tackles homophobic bullying by giving workshops to young people in schools diversityrolemodels.org 10 Nov 11
It gets better - LGBT Equality Caucus lesbian and gay members of US Congress send a message of hope that it will get better youtube 9 Nov 11
Google and Stonewall bring 'It gets better' phenomenon to UK TV. New Google Chrome TV ad to raise awareness in the UK of the urgent need to tackle homophobic bullying and to inspire young people YouTube | stonewall.org.uk4 Jun 11