Health and Inclusion Project

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.

LGBTQ health and wellbeing matters to us and we talk to and listen to people through a range of ways including; online surveys, one-to-one and small group interviews as well as occasional focus groups.

HIP informs and influences others including healthcare, council services and other charities sharing what we know and highlighting needs and inequalities that exist for LGBTQ communities and individuals.

New research by Switchboard highlights inequalities exacerbated by Covid-19 for LGBTQ communities in Brighton & Hove

Brighton and Hove Switchboard’s Health and Inclusion Project (HIP) have released a report on the impact of Covid-19 on LGBTQ people in Brighton and Hove. The report shows that Covid-19 has exacerbated existing health inequalities across issues such as mental health, trans health and housing, as well as the lack of LGBTQ affirming support. They found the most marginalised of LGBTQ people have struggled the most. This includes young people, people of colour and trans and/or non-binary people.

Switchboard was commissioned by Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to explore the impact of the pandemic on LGBTQ communities in order to inform and influence priorities in the ‘recovery period’.

The results are taken from a survey with 595 responses covering areas such as mental health, housing, sexual health and uptake of vaccinations. This was followed by focus groups exploring issues more in-depth. From this they found:

  • 74% of respondents felt depressed, with 68% of 18-24 year olds and 41% of people of colour considering suicide
  • 60% of those under 24 and 40% of trans and/or non-binary people were living in an unsafe living situation
  • 68% of LGBTQ people felt lonely or isolated

In spite of these uncomfortable findings, the survey highlighted the resilience of LGBTQ communities and the care and concern for others in LGBTQ communities.

  • 35% paid closer attention to their mental health
  • 34% spent more quality time with their household

Respondents called for:

  • Increased access to timely LGBTQ affirmative mental health support
  • Access to safe housing for those in insecure living situations experiencing homo/bi/transphobia and domestic abuse.
  • Access to improved healthcare for trans and/or non-binary people
  • Support and creativity around LGBTQ specific social spaces recognising their protective factor in people’s health and wellbeing
  • Access to LGBTQ affirmative support around grief, relationships, ageing and disability

All of our publications can be found here.

Research & Engagement

We engage with lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people who live, work and socialise in Brighton & Hove about issues that matter to us. You tell us about your experiences and opinions, and we will tell the council and NHS how to make things better for LGBTQ people.

Recent research has included LGBTQ Healthy Eating and Active Living, LGBTQ Experiences of NHS Complaints and Feedback and an LGBTQ Kitemark Scheme. You can see all of our research and read our reports here.