Lesbian, Gay and Trans

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans

This section is where you will find information about sexual orientation and where some of the common terms are explained.

What is bisexuality? Bisexuality can be a confusing topic because people define it in many different ways. The answer varies, depending upon who is asking the question. Is bisexuality defined by identity, behavior, attractions – or some combination of these? When talking about bisexuality, it is sometimes useful to distinguish between behavior and identity. Someone who has had sexual experience with or even just attractions to people of more than one sex can be described as bisexual, but may not identify that way. Likewise, one can identify as bisexual regardless of sexual experience. Furthermore, identities can change over time. Definitions can change too. For more information on Bisexuality, click here.

A person is said to be gay if he or she is sexually or romantically attracted to members of the same gender, or sex. This doesn’t mean that people who are gay are sexually attracted to all members of the same gender any more than heterosexuals are sexually attracted to every person of the opposite sex. Typically, the words “gay” and “lesbian” are used to refer to men and women who are attracted to people of the same sex. The term “bisexual” refers to people who are attracted to both men and women. Read more here!

It is estimated that between 5% and 10% of the female population of the world is lesbian. A lesbian is a woman who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to other women. Other terms commonly used are gay woman, or homosexual woman.

Trans*, or Transgender: means someone whose gender differs from the one they were given when they were born. Trans* people may identify as male or female, or they may feel that neither label fits them. Read more here!

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans in South Tyneside

mesmac-logo-medium-transparentMESMAC North East

A gay/bisexual men’s health project, offering FREE HIV tests, advice and information on many different health issues including PEP (Exposure to HIV Treatment), counselling, Sexual Health Services, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and much more. They also provide services such as groups help line and drop in service. Their services are:

  • Open to all gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, including those who are still unsure if they’re gay or bisexual.
  • For men who are HIV+, HIV-, or just don’t know.
  • Confidential.

Click here to visit their website for more information.

relatecrop-e1410434067713Relate

Relate relationship counselling is for all LGBT people. Relate can help you begin to fix any relationship problems you might be facing, no matter how big or small. We can also help you if you are separating or divorcing, whether you want to try to rebuild your relationship, or to part amicably and healthily. Relate counsellors do not judge and help find the way forward, at your own pace. Click here to visit their website for more information. be-north-logoBe: Trans Support and Development in the North Be is a Newcastle Upon Tyne based Trans* Community Support, Development and Campaigning Organisation operating across the North East region of England. They offer confidential 121 bespoke holistic support, advice and advocacy services to all gender diverse individuals and their families. They facilitate a variety of peer groups and social events, to promote trans community cohesion, to bring like minded people together in a safe and positive environment where they can benefit from interacting with each other. They also provide Trans guidance, advice and awareness training to public, private and 3rd sector organisations. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans in Sunderland

Sunderland Pride and Sunderland Mind are working in partnership to provided a new LGBT support group. The group has a social focus with a mental health slant.

Call Sunderland Mind on: 0191 5657218 or speak to Joel from Sunderland Pride on: 07555422018

Working towards the annual Sunderland Pride event every September.
Contact: hello@sunderlandpride.com or call: 0191 5655 755

Click here to visit their website for more information.

Wednesday evenings at 7.30 in the Bonded Warehouse.
Contact: LGBT Officer, Students Union on: 0191 514 5512

mesmac-logo-medium-transparentMESMAC North East

A gay/bisexual men’s health project, offering FREE HIV tests, advice and information on many different health issues including PEP (Exposure to HIV Treatment), counselling, Sexual Health Services, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and much more. They also provide services such as groups help line and drop in service. Their services are:

  • Open to all gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men, including those who are still unsure if they’re gay or bisexual.
  • For men who are HIV+, HIV-, or just don’t know.
  • Confidential.

Click here to visit their website for more information.

be-north-logoBe: Trans Support and Development in the North

Be is a Newcastle Upon Tyne based Trans* Community Support, Development and Campaigning Organisation operating across the North East region of England. They offer confidential 121 bespoke holistic support, advice and advocacy services to all gender diverse individuals and their families. They facilitate a variety of peer groups and social events, to promote trans community cohesion, to bring like minded people together in a safe and positive environment where they can benefit from interacting with each other. They also provide Trans guidance, advice and awareness training to public, private and 3rd sector organisations.

Click here to visit their website for more information.


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