Changes in equality in the past twenty years have meant that society is changing for the better. However, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience difficulties that can affect their health and well-being. This factsheet looks at some of these issues and how to get support. Some people question including transgender people in the LGBT umbrella. For this section we felt it was right to cover LGB and T people. Lesbian, gay and bisexual relate to sexuality and transgender is about gender. These are different things. However LGBT people all experience coming out and can face prejudice and discrimination as part of a minority.
- LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
- Research shows that mental health problems like depression and anxiety can be more common in LGBT people.
- There may be specialist LGBT mental health services in your area that you can access for support.
- The Equality Act 2010 states that no service provider may discriminate against anyone because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
This section covers:
- What do we mean by LGBT?
- What issues might LGBT people face?
- Where can I get help?
- What if I have problems accessing services?
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed October 2015, next review Sept 2017.
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