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🏳️‍🌈 Welcome to our LGBTQ+ Hub

This is the most colourful corner of our website, the LGBTQ+ page. We’ve created this space for you to explore queer-friendly resources, access support, both on and off-campus, and learn a bit more about the LGBTQ+ community.

Find the advice you need quickly and easily.

Identity & Coming Out

The journey of discovering your identity is unique, but not one you have to do alone. Below are some great resources to help you navigate your feelings, understand new terms, and how to 'come out' to those you care about. 

Identity Glossary

Pan, Ace, Trans, Bisexual - labels can be difficult to navigate! You may come across terms you haven't heard before, or not know how to label a feeling. Stonewall has put together a really useful list of terms around identity. 

Identity Terms from Stonewall

Coming Out

Coming out is a deeply personal decision - who you come out to, and even whether you come out at all, is up to you. If you’ve been thinking about coming out, it’s important to find a way that feels right for you.

Trans, Non-binary & Gender-fluid

This section provides useful advice for people who identify as trans, non-binary or gender-fluid. Gender identity is a person's internal, personal sense of being. Transgender, or Trans for short, is the term used to describe someone whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. Non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. And gender-fluid is the term used to describe someone who doesn't have a fixed gender. 

Gender Identity Support

Trans and non-binary peoples general health needs are the same as anyone else's. But trans people may have additional health requirements. The NHS is here to help ensure you get the care you need.

Trans support from the NHS

Changing Your Name

You don't have to follow a legal process to start using a new name. But you might need a ‘deed poll’ to apply for, or change, official documents like your passport or driving licence.

Student ID's

Students can update their name (and remove their deadname) on their UWTSD student ID for free. Jennifer Sargisson, Gender Identity Officer for Swansea writes, ‘It is one less thing to pay for during a costly process of transitioning, and it is so validating when you get an ID with your name on it.’

Mermaids

Mermaids is a charity that provides support, advice and guidance for trans, non-binary and genderfluid people and their families. They even have a dedicated resource for students aged 18 – 25.

Binding Safely

Trans men and non-binary people may choose to use binders to alter their appearance. There are do's and don't's to binding safely, and the folks at PinkNews have put together an explainer video.

LGBTQ+ Communities

The experience of LGBTQ+ people can be challenging, that's why it's important to use the support of your communities. Here are some groups that can offer advice and support for you.

Liberation Group 

Your Students' Union has an LGBTQ+ Liberation Group for members and allies of the community. It is a student-led network and a safe place for members to share their experiences, build friendships and plan activism.

LGBTQ+ Liberation Group

Representatives

Discover our student-elected Part-time Officers for the LGBTQ+ community.

View All Officers

Student-led Societies

Discover the Union's student-led LGBTQ+ societies. These social groups are a great way to meet members of the community. We have LGBTQ+ societies on our Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea campuses. 

African Rainbow Family

African Rainbow Family provides support for LGBTQ+ People of African Heritage including Refugees and wider Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Groups. 

Visit African Rainbow Family

Black Pride

Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQ+ people.

Black Pride

British Asian LGBTI

British Asian LGBTI provides support for the South Asian LGBTQ+ community.

Gaysains

Provides advice and support for members of the South Asian LGBT+ community.

Glitter Cymru

Glitter Cymru s a widely known social support group for the LGBTQ+ Ethnic Minority community in Wales and surrounding areas. 

Visit Glitter Cymru

Open Minds (Taraki)

Open Minds is part of Taraki, co-creating safer spaces for LGBTQ+ Punjabi people and their allies. 

Visit Open Minds Project

Hidayah

Hidayah is a secular organization that provides specialized support for the needs of LGBTQ+ Muslims. 

Visit Hidayah

Safe Sex

Whoever you have sex with, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and any partner(s) you might have. Here are a couple of resources to help you have great (and safe) sex.

Advice for Cis Men

The Terrence Higgins Trust provides health and sex advice for men who have sex with men. Cis is a prefix or adjective that means ‘not trans’. Cisgender people identify with the gender assigned to them at birth.  

Advice from Terrence Higgins Trust

Advice for Cis Women 

The NHS provides health and sex advice for women who have sex with women. Cis is a prefix or adjective that means ‘not trans’. Cisgender people identify with the gender assigned to them at birth.  

Advice from the NHS

Advice for Trans & Non-binary

The Terrence Higgins Trust provides health and sex advice for the trans and non-binary community.

Advice from Terrence Higgins Trust Advice from Whitman-Walker

Advice for Intersex folx 

Healthline and InterAct provide advice for Gender Expansive people and Intersex Folx. 

LGBTQIA Advice from Healthline Advice from InterAct

Contribute To This Section

The Community is constantly evolving, and so's this page. If you'd like to suggest an update or have a specific query, please send Michaella an email.

michaella.batten@uwtsd.ac.uk

Sex Health Services in Wales

Frisky Wales can provide you with free contraception, lube, testing, and advice.

Go To Frisky Wales

Sex Health Services in England

NHS England has a useful directory to enable you to easily find sexual health clinics in England.

NHS Directory

HIV & AIDS

Terrence Higgins Trust is a British charity that campaigns about and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health.

Terrence Higgins Trust

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

If you're HIV negative, you can protect your negative status by taking PrEP, a medicine that reduces your risk of contracting HIV.

PrEP on the NHS

Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

PEP is a combination of drugs that can stop HIV from taking hold after exposure. To work, PEP must be taken within 72 hours of exposure (ideally should be taken within 24 hours). PEP is not a ‘morning after pill’ for HIV, and it’s not guaranteed to work. 

Find a PEP Provider

Useful Resources

General LGBTQ+ Advice

Stonewall's mission is to achieve legal equality and social justice for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in Wales. They are a great resource for advice on coming out, finding events near you, and info on various LGBTQ+ topics.

Go To Stonewall

Crisis Prevention

The Trevor Project is a leading organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25.

Go To The Trevor Project

Home & Housing Issues

AKT supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 - 25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.

Visit AKT

Wellbeing

The CONNECT Project is a new well-being project that aims to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst students. If you are looking to pair up with a buddy for events or just want a friendly face to talk to, this is your place.

CONNECT Website

Counselling Service

UWTSD offers free counselling sessions, either online or on campus.

More About Counselling

Contribute to this page.

The LGBTQ+ community is constantly evolving, and so's this page. If you'd like to suggest an update or have a specific query, please send us an email.

union@uwtsd.ac.uk

Need some advice?

If you've check out the above resource and still need some advice, feel free to contact the Union Advice Team - they'll point you in the right direction to get the support you need.

unionadvice@uwtsd.ac.uk

Meet Michaella

Michaella helps out with our health and well-being activities and outreach.

michella.batten@uwtsd.ac.uk

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca oversees our Liberation Networks and is your go-to person if you have an idea for a campaign. 

rebecca.crane@uwtsd.ac.uk