Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard

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Connecting you to LGBTQ Support

Switchboard is a charity that has been listening to, supporting and connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities since 1975. Originally a helpline, we have grown to deliver lots of additional services by and for LGBTQ people in Sussex.

Switchboard is a charity that has been listening to, supporting and connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities since 1975. Originally a helpline, we have grown to deliver lots of additional services by and for LGBTQ people in Sussex.

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See, Hear, Support, Believe - LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Service
See, Hear, Support, Believe - LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Service
See, Hear, Support, Believe - LGBTQ+ Domestic Abuse Service
LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants invited to IRIS meet-ups
LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants invited to IRIS meet-ups

LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are being invited to attend new free weekly peer support group sessions in central Brighton. The sessions are part of a new service called IRIS, or International Rainbow Inclusion Service, which has been set up by Switchboard and fellow Brighton-based charity Conversation Over Borders. The service aims to provide much-needed support to LGBTQ+ people who are newcomers to the UK, including those who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. The weekly peer support group sessions, which will be facilitated and include a mix of structured activities and socialising, will be held from 2pm… Continue Reading LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants invited to IRIS meet-ups

We’re welcoming five new trustees – and inviting TNBI people to join them
We’re welcoming five new trustees – and inviting TNBI people to join them

Switchboard is excited to welcome five new trustees and invite people from our trans, non-binary and intersex communities to join them on our Board. Our new trustees and their role We’re delighted to welcome: Lucy Cryan (she/her) Lucy is a chartered accountant focussed on forensic accountancy and financial risk management, with experience of advising companies on their compliance and governance programmes. She is Switchboard’s treasurer. Charlotte Fiander (she/her) Charlotte is a communications professional with more than 17 years’ experience in the charity sector and specialising in membership organisations and development. She also has expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion. Tom… Continue Reading We’re welcoming five new trustees – and inviting TNBI people to join them

Mehul kick-starts our celebration of LGBT+ History Month
Mehul kick-starts our celebration of LGBT+ History Month

Today, Thursday, 1 February 2024, is the beginning of LGBT+ History Month. This annual event was founded in 2004 to enable the LGBTQ+ community to claim our past, celebrate our present and create our future. It’s a dedicated opportunity for us to share our rich and diverse history so everyone can learn more. To mark the start of this year’s celebration, we’ve interviewed one of our members, Mehul, who attends our social events for older people. Mehul has kindly shared his thoughts about LGBT+ History Month below. We hope you enjoy reading them. Please could you tell us about yourself?… Continue Reading Mehul kick-starts our celebration of LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month: Interview with helpline volunteer Michele
LGBT+ History Month: Interview with helpline volunteer Michele

For the second in our series of interviews marking LGBT+ History Month, we’ve had a chat with one of our volunteers, Michele (she/they), who works on our helpline. Our conversation with them is detailed below. We hope you enjoy reading it.  Please could you tell us about yourself? I’m 29 years old, in a long-term relationship and live in Brighton. A former chocolatier, I’m now studying Psychology with Counselling. What does LGBT+ History Month mean to you? It means celebrating everyone who has come before us and our communities’ current successes, and spending time with friends and community and recognising our… Continue Reading LGBT+ History Month: Interview with helpline volunteer Michele

LGBT+ History Month: Interview with Reuben, our Social Prescriber
LGBT+ History Month: Interview with Reuben, our Social Prescriber

For the third in our series of interviews marking LGBT+ History Month, we’ve had a chat with one of our staff, Reuben Davidson (he/him). Our conversation with him is detailed below. We hope you enjoy it. Please could you tell me a little about yourself? I have lived in the Brighton area for the last 12 years and I am the Social Prescriber at Switchboard, working with two groups – TNBI (trans, non-binary and intersex) communities and LGBTQ+ communities who have experienced migration or are refugees and asylum-seekers. What does LGBT+ History Month mean to you? LGBT+ History Month is… Continue Reading LGBT+ History Month: Interview with Reuben, our Social Prescriber

FemFest 2024: Have you got your tickets yet?
FemFest 2024: Have you got your tickets yet?

Have you got your tickets for this year’s FemFest, Brighton’s only arts festival made by and for people who are AFAB (assigned female at birth), non-binary and trans? Don’t worry if you haven’t, because you still have time before the fifth annual event gets under way with the first of 27 shows scheduled to be staged between 7 and 10 March at The Actors, in Princes Street, and The Feminist Bookshop, in Upper North Street. Highlights of this year’s line-up include: New poetry-theatre piece Monument, from Tatenda Naomi Matsvai, a Barbican Young Poet for 2022-23 who boasts a four-star Guardian… Continue Reading FemFest 2024: Have you got your tickets yet?

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Our services:

Our helpline, open 7-9:30 pm Mondays to Thursdays, provides you with support and information and will connect you to the right LGBTQ services or advice.

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Our Health & Inclusion project (HIP) promotes LGBTQ health and wellbeing and gives you the chance to have your say about healthcare and council services in Brighton and Hove.

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Our Older People’s project is for those aged 50+ looking for a sense of community, support or information.

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Brighton’s first LGBT-led Domestic Abuse service, supporting LGBTQ victims and survivors in an inclusive and affirmative community space.

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Trans and Non-binary Social Prescribing is a  service for trans and/or non-binary people.

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Our Dementia Support programme is for LGBTQ people with dementia or concerned about memory loss.

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IRIS is a free service for LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity.

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Grief Encounters is our peer support group for LGBTQ people who have experienced a bereavement.

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News & Events:

FemFest 2024: Have you got your tickets yet?

Have you got your tickets for this year’s FemFest, Brighton’s only arts festival made by and for people who are AFAB (assigned female at birth), non-binary and trans? Don’t worry if you haven’t, because you still ...
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LGBT+ History Month: Interview with Reuben, our Social Prescriber

For the third in our series of interviews marking LGBT+ History Month, we’ve had a chat with one of our staff, Reuben Davidson (he/him). Our conversation with him is detailed below. We hope you enjoy it. ...
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LGBT+ History Month: Interview with helpline volunteer Michele

For the second in our series of interviews marking LGBT+ History Month, we’ve had a chat with one of our volunteers, Michele (she/they), who works on our helpline. Our conversation with them is detailed below. We ...
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Urgent: LGBTQ+ people from Crawley needed for research for NHS

Switchboard is urgently appealing for LGBTQ+ people from Crawley to take part in research for the NHS. We need three people for a study designed to help the NHS improve its healthcare research for our community. ...
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Mehul kick-starts our celebration of LGBT+ History Month

Today, Thursday, 1 February 2024, is the beginning of LGBT+ History Month. This annual event was founded in 2004 to enable the LGBTQ+ community to claim our past, celebrate our present and create our future. It’s ...
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Switchboard expert Astrid attends Parliament to celebrate DA safety net

A Switchboard expert has attended a parliamentary reception to celebrate a fund which supports projects that provide a safety net for survivors of domestic abuse. Astrid Palmer (pictured), an LGBTQ+ specialist independent domestic violence advocate, was ...
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