Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

Rainbow Hamlets – Tower Hamlets LGBT Community Forum

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans and live, work or have strong associations with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, we would like to cordially invite you to join us on our journey. If you work with our community we would like to offer you our partnership.

Rainbow Hamlets was founded in 2009, becoming independent in 2010, incorporating in 2012 and achieving charitable status in 2013. Now it is recruiting its first staff and launched its new phase officially on January 29, 2013.

Alongside Rainbow Wednesdays – a weekly LGBT centre in Limehouse offering hate crime, domestic or family abuse and housing advice, support groups and networks, community consultations, and voluntary activity – there is a rich cultural programme already in place ranging from Holocaust Memorial Day to East London Pride, from London Gay Men’s Chorus to the LGBT influence in Blues and Rock, from a gala LGBT history month opening party celebrating drag history to a one woman show.

If you would like to get involved with the forum or find out more, contact hello@rainbowhamlets.org or visit the Rainbow Hamlets website.

Organisations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people

Age Concern England Older Lesbian and Gay Working Group

Runs a national programme called Opening Doors that provides information, services and resources for and about older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, both nationally and locally.

Email: openingdoors@ace.org.uk

Visit: www.ageconcern.org.uk/openingdoors

Albert Kennedy Trust

Supporting LGBT homeless young people

Tel: 020 7831 6562
Email: london@akt.org.uk


Antidote – Campaign for Emotional Literacy
An organisation that works to create an emotionally literate society

Tel: 020 7247 3355
Fax: 020 7247 7992

Visit: http://www.antidote-lgbt.com/

Beaumont Society

As well as being a support network, the society keenly promotes the better understanding of the conditions of transgender, transvestism and gender dysphoria in society, thereby creating and improving tolerance and acceptance of these conditions by a wider public. They have a small number of dedicated personnel who are available to give talks and presentations on transgender issues to Health Services, Police, Samaritans, Social Services and other support organisations.

Tel (24 Hr): 01582 412220

Beaumont Trust

This organisation is a charitable educational resource for medical, voluntary and lay people who require to increase their knowledge on the subjects of Transsexualism and Transvestism. It operates a helpline manned by a team of volunteers on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 1900 and 2300 hours.

Tel: 07000 287878
Email: beaumonttrust@gmail.com

Broken Rainbow

Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.

Mondays to Fridays 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Staffed by LGBT people

Tel: 08452 60 44 60

East London Out Project (ELOP)

East London Out Project (ELOP) is the only LGBT centre in North East London. ELOP provides the following services: counselling, community safety, sexual health, advice & information, social and support groups, Youth Out East, plus community events and activities as well as volunteering opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community members. In addition we provide training & consultancy to the statutory and voluntary sectors.

Tel: 020 8509 3898
Fax: 020 8521 4720
E-mail: admin@elop.org


Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is dedicated to supporting parents and their gay, lesbian and bisexual sons and daughters. It is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity with more than 40 telephone helplines across the UK and parents' groups which hold regular meetings.

Tel: 0117 942 9311
E-mail: info@fflag.org.uk

Visit: http://www.fflag.org.uk/

Freestyle London

Supports young lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender youth to get a better deal from services in London.

Tel: 020 7064 8383
Email: freestyle@lgbtconsortium.org.uk


Galop is LGBT community safety charity. They give advice and support to those affected by homophobic and transphobic violence or hate crime.

Tel: 020 7704 6767
Fax: 020 7704 6707
Email: info@galop.org.uk

Visit: http://www.galop.org.uk/


Social Support for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans Muslims.

Tel: 07849 170793
Email: info@imaan.org.uk

Visit: http://www.imaan.org.uk/

LGBT Bereavement Helpline

Bereavement helpline and counselling by London Friend.

Every Tuesday and Thursday 19.30 - 22.00

Tel: 020 7403 5969

Visit: www.londonfriend.org.uk/helpline

Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement

UK -based international Charity who are praying for an inclusive church. The aim of the LGCM is to encourage fellowship, friendship, and support among individual lesbian and gay Christians through prayer, study and action, wherever possible in local groups, and especially to support those lesbian and gay Christians subjected to discrimination. The LGCM National Headquarters office is based in Tower Hamlets.

Tel: 020 7739 1249
Email: lgcm@lgcm.org.uk

Visit: http://www.lgcm.org.uk/

Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF)

The LGF has been working in the area of mental and sexual health for many years and is the basis for many important networks in the North West of England.

Tel: 0161 235 8035

Visit: http://www.lgf.org.uk/


Family support group for children and teenagers with gender identity issues.

Tel: 07020 935066

Visit: http://www.mermaids.freeuk.com/

Metro Centre

We work to support anyone experiencing issues to do with diversity, identity, gender and sexuality. In doing this we provide youth groups, counselling, mentoring, sexual health, HIV prevention & HIV support services in the community.

Tel: 020 8305 5000
Email: info@metrocentreonline.org

Visit: http://www.metrocentreonline.org/ 

Metro Youth Service

A supportive youth groups for under 25’s across South East London who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning their sexuality.

Tel: 020 8305 5000
Email: info@metrocentreonline.org

Visit: http://www.metrocentreonline.org/ 

Pink Therapy Service

London's private therapy practice working with sexual minority clients. Aims to provide high quality therapy and training services for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people.

Tel: 020 7739 5542
Email: info@pinktherapy.com

Visit: http://www.pinktherapy.com/

Sayge (Psychotherapy & Counselling)

London based provider of gay-affirmative psychotherapy and counselling services working with individuals to identify, understand and manage the anxieties that trouble them.

Tel: 020 8376 3412
Email: info@sayge.com

Visit: http://www.sayge.com/

Step Out

Group for young lesbian, gay and bisexual young people under 25

Tel: 020 7739 3082
Email: scott@stepforward-web.org


Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals

Visit: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/

Tower Hamlets Victim Support

Tower Hamlets Victim Support has a specially trained homophobic crime worker to support LGBT people who have experienced a crime. 

Victims of crime do not have to report to the police to access our service and can self-refer.

We are open 9:30am-5pm and based at:

Shadwell Centre
455 The Highway

Tel: 020 7364 2448

Visit: http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/