Before 1967, people who identified as gay could be sentenced for up to two years in prison under ‘gross indecency’ laws, it’s crazy to think that was a law in the UK. It’s even crazier to think that being LGBTQ+ in 2021 is still illegal in many countries across the world including Mauritania, Nigeria and Pakistan where the maximum penalty is death by stoning.
There is so much more to be done until we truly live in a world where someone’s sexual orientation and gender identity is not a reason for them to be unrightfully killed and discriminated against.
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Here are a few Charities who are actively providing essential services and support to LGBTQ+ people.
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
Many people in the LGBT+ Community have found themselves in an environment where they cannot safely and freely express themselves. Be it at home or at work. Switchboard is an LGBT+ helpline where you can quite literally give them a ring to hear calming words. Nothing is off limits to talk about and conversations are 100% confidential.
Home Office figures show that reported LGBT+ hate crime has grown at double the rate of other forms of hate crime for the last two years and even still, most hate crimes are unreported. Stop Hate is a leading UK organisation that actively works to challenge hate crimes based on identity factors. Stop Hate UK has been a 24/7 operational reference that offers a safe channel for reporting hate crimes as well as offering support to victims of hate crime based on identity factors ranging from sexuality, race to disability.
Kaleidoscope works towards ensuring that the rights of the LGBTQ+ Community across the world are challenged and improved for the safety and progress of the community. An example of their work includes vocalising the needs required by influential policy makers and politicians to support the LGBTQ+ Community. When you support this charity you help mobilise global powers to eradicate the criminalisation, discrimination and persecution of LGBTQ+ people.
The Serendipity LGBTQ+ Fund sets out to create a future where everyone can freely express their true sexual orientation and identity. We think this is important and although we’ve come a long way - there is a lot to do!