Equality and Diversity

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender action group (LGBT)

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Hampshire County Council is dedicated to supporting the LGBT communities to appropriately access services to meet their individual needs.

How to get involved

We are keen to explore alternative ways for people to contribute to the network, please get in touch with any ideas or to have your name added to the distribution list. The group is open to all staff who subscribe to the aims of the group. If you would like to find out more please email moira.smyth@hants.gov.uk

Members are permitted to attend meetings in work time. Meetings are scheduled in advance and it is the individual member’s responsibility to give sufficient notice and make the appropriate arrangements with their manager

Aims of the group

We are a group of staff from all sorts of backgrounds who are interested in promoting better equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) staff and service users/customers with the folowing aims:

  • To assist in creating an open and inclusive work and service culture where no employee or service user feels the need to conceal their sexual orientation or transgender identity
  • To send a positive signal to employees, potential employees, customers and potential customers that HCC is a respectful and supportive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people
  • To recommend good practice concerning sexual orientation equality to the Corporate Equality and Diversity Action Group, eg, via a Best Practice Guide
  • To provide a supportive environment for employees that enable them to discuss issues concerning gender identity and sexual orientation
  • To foster an environment in which the public can engage with HCC and its partners on matters of sexual orientation and transgender identity without fear of discrimination
  • To contribute to HCC policies and strategies where appropriate
  • To make contact with other LGB&T representative groups in the region and to share best practice
  • To motivate the Corporate Equality and Diversity Action Group to commit to Stonewall’s Equality Index

Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend this group regardless of whether you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or not. You can either join the group as a standing member or you might just want to come for one meeting to discuss a specific issue. Contact Moira Smyth by emailing moira.smyth@hants.gov.uk

LGBT support groups

Some of this information is by its nature sexually explicit – if you are likely to be offended by such information, please do not access these parts of the website.

Local support groups

  • Chrysalis Chrysalis is unique in that it has Meeting Centres exclusively for transitioning transgender adults of all ages. Chrysalis also has a Progress Group for those who have made significant progress in their transition and for those who are significant in the lives of anyone going through the transitioning process there is a Support Group.

  • Healthy Gay Hampshire - The gay men's HIV prevention organisation for Eastleigh, Mid and North Hampshire, Test Valley and New Forest Provide regular workshops and courses for gay men.

  • HIV support in Hampshire - The HIV webpages give reliable and up-to-date information on HIV and related issues. It includes information for those infected or affected by HIV.

  • Chatterbox - a social group for those who are aged 25 or over to meet up and be who they are, in adiverseand equal environment, without prejudice. Covering the Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Portsmouth and surrounding areas. We meet regularly for coffee meetings, reading groups, craft sessions, theatre, film society, bowling and campaign for local LGBT needs.


National support groups

  • FFLAG - Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity which provides support to parents and families of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

  • GMFA - GMFA has information about social groups and workshops for gay men as well as loads of brilliant sexual health information support and advice.

  • The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is a membership based international ecumenical organisation, open to all. They offer support, counselling, publications, groups, conferences and networking opportunities focussed on creating an inclusive Church and welcoming congregations.

  • London Friend - London Friend offers counselling and other support services which set out to explore issues of same-sex relationships and sexual identity, and promote personal growth and self-confidence.

  • Pace counselling services - The PACE Helpline is available for family and relationship support. The Helpline is open on Monday 9.30-12.30 & Thursday 3.30-6.30 on 0808 1807 223. They also offer structured Telephone Counselling, of up to 6 weekly 30 minute sessions. Or you can email the Helpline: pacehelpline@pace.dircon.co.uk

  • Quest is a group for gay men and lesbians who want to sustain and increase Christian belief among homosexual men and women.

  • Stonewall - Stonewall is a national organisation who campaign for the equal treatment and rights of the gay community. Information includes civil partnership information, workplace information, education for all and loads more.

  • Terrence Higgins Trust -Terence Higgins Trust provides information and advice, counselling and group support, guidance on managing your own health, HIV testing clinics, and practical support services

  • THT young gay men’s site - Information includes sexual health, the scene, relationships and coming out.


Black and Minority Ethnic support groups

  • IMAAN - is a mixed social support group with advice and information for LGBT Muslim communities within the UK and abroad.

  • Naz Project London (NPL) - provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services to targeted Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in London. NPL also provides training services to voluntary, community and statutory organisations as well as a wide range of free resources.

  • The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group provides information and advice on immigration rights for same-sex couples and support for lesbian & gay asylum seekers.


Specific transgender support groups

  • The Beaumont Society - is the largest and longest established transgendered support group in the UK.

  • GIRES - Gender Identity Research and Education Society - promotes and communicates research and provides education to all those in a position to improve the lives of people affected by gender identity and intersex issues.

  • Mermaids - provides support and information for children and teenagers who are trying to cope with gender identity issues and for their families and carers.