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LGBTQ+ sexuality and gender

If you, or someone you know, is from the LGBTQ+ community please use the helpful websites below for further information and support.

LGBTQ+ is the abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer and more. These terms are used when describing a person's sexuality, gender or identity.  

Everyone has the right to be accepted and live in an inclusive society. Our identity is part of our sense of self, having a sense of identity and being seen (and accepted) for who we are is important for wellbeing and resilience.  

If your child is struggling with their identity, it can be a confusing and stressful time for them. They may feel pressure to know their exact identity which can cause anxiety and distress. You may have to have conversations that are uncomfortable for you both, so it’s important to: 

  • Listen and empathise  
  • Remain calm 
  • Make sure they are safe   

Some children and young people may be unable to or feel unsafe to express their identity to others including family. If you, or a family member are from the LGBTQ+ Community you may find these websites or support lines helpful.

Support and advice is available
Stonewall charity

A vibrant global movement for change made up of LGBTQ+ people.


Stonewall’s easy read definitions of lesbian, gay, bi and trans. 

Strong Family Alliance

To help parents navigate LGBTQ+ through guides, essential facts and research, ways to help your child, and challenges you may encounter.

 LGBQ Parent guide

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

Advice and guidance for the LGBTQ+ community.

 Switchboard LGBT

 0800 011 9100

LGBT Foundation

A national charity with LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing at the heart of everything they do.

 LGBT Foundation

 0345 330 3030

Mindline TRANS+

A confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service.

 Mindline Trans+

 0300 330 5468

Report hate incidents

How to report hate incidents
Hate incident monitoring project

You can report a hate incident by filling in our hate crime reporting form.

 Hate incident reporting form

 0116 305 8263

Further information

  • Leicester LGBT+ Centre - voluntary organisation established to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. 
  • Leicester PRIDE  - Leicester’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival.
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