Resources and links
This section includes contact information for specialist and general organisations that offer information, support and services to gay and bi men around sex, sexual behaviour, health and well-being. Some organisations listed only work in London, others are national. Most have really useful websites which contain lots of non-judgemental information and other links. If you want to find out about local groups and nothing is listed, contact the relevant London organisation and ask if they know about any support or services in your area.
Antidote at London Friend works with the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities across London to provide advice, information and support with drug and alcohol issues, including referrals to detox and rehab. Antidote offers weekly drop-ins, complementary therapies, keyworking, counselling, group work, psychiatric assessments and specialist health screens. Individuals can get in touch by telephone, email or just by turning up at a drop-in session. More details on the website.
Tel: 020 7833 1674
Broken Rainbow UK is dedicated to raising awareness and offering help and support to lesbians, gay men, bi and trans people whose lives have been affected by domestic violence or domestic abuse. Broken Rainbow runs a national helpline.
Tel: 0300 999 5428
Brook provides free and confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under 25. It works across the country. Its services are open to young gay, bi and trans men.
Code is a confidential, non-judgemental clinic that offers sexual health and advice for guys into the harder sex scene who use drugs to enhance their sexual experience. Code provides a weekly drop-in at 56 Dean Street in Soho, where you can access sexual health advice, drugs and alcohol advice and have a chance to talk about what’s happening.
To book an appointment, text CODE to 07786 202 243.
cliniQ is a specialist service for all members of the trans community. cliniQ offers sexual health screening, HIV testing, hepatitis B testing and vaccination, liver function tests, cervical smears, contraception, counselling, advice and support. It also offer support around drug use and sexual abuse. cliniQ is a safe confidential space for trans people, their partners, family and friends who may not feel comfortable accessing standard health services.
cliniQ is based on the 2nd Floor, 56 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AQ on a Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm. It is a walk-in service so you don’t need an appointment.
QwesT FTM UK aims to provide a focal point in the UK for Female-toward-Male transsexual, transgender, gender-variant people, and those questioning their gender identity – having previously been assigned as female. QwesT FTM UK publishes and distributes the magazine BoysOwn, written by and for FtM people; offers an information helpline; hosts a national biennial conference, and puts people in touch with their local support networks.
Helpline Tel: 01823 650 700 or 07811 814 302
GMFA is a London-based charity providing information and support about sex, sexual health and general health and wellbeing for gay guys. GMFA runs workshops, groups and training and provides a lot of online and written information.
Tel: 020 7738 6872
Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard offers confidential information, support and referral for lesbians, gay men, bi and trans people and anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality. Support is offered by telephone, email and SMS. There are also Switchboards around the country.
Helpline Tel: 0300 330 0630 (open daily 10am to 11pm)
London Friend is London’s oldest LGBT charity. It runs a range of projects and services to support the health and well-being of the LGB&T community, including counselling, a helpline, social and support groups, coming out groups and many volunteering opportunities. London Friend hosts Antidote, the UK’s only LGB&T drug and alcohol service.
Tel: 020 7833 1674
The Naz Project London provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to selected Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in London. Naz provides advocacy and support, group work, social activities and sexual health screening.
Tel: 020 8741 1879
PACE is London’s leading charity promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Pace offers counselling, group work, family support, mental health advocacy, workshops and groups.
Tel: 020 7700 1323
SM Gays is a not-for-profit social and educational group for gay men interested in consensual, sexual sadomasochism. SM Gays aims to encourage safe and lawful SM practices through sharing of information among people with similar interests. It holds a Discovery Night once a month in Central London where guys can learn more about SM techniques and meet other people with similar interests. There is no membership requirement or dress code and the atmosphere is friendly and informal.
Swish is a service for sex workers who are lesbian, gay, bi or trans. Coming under the THT umbrella, Swish offers drop-ins, counselling, keywork, advocacy, emotional support and fast track health support.
Tel: 020 7812 1809
The Terence Higgins Trust is a national organisation that provides information, advice and support about sexual health and especially to people affected by HIV and AIDS.
Tel: 0808 802 1221
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