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Sexual Orientation

The Mental Health Clinical Board supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Friends and Family Network.

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Research by Stonewall and the Runnymede Trust examines the experiences of black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) lesbian, gay and bisexual people accessing public services. The research shows that many public service workers rarely consider the possibility of multiple identities and most have little or no training to encourage them to do so. 

Mental Health

The lesbian, gay and bisexual population is ethnically diverse, yet many black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people report it’s only the colour of their skin that doctors see. BAME lesbian, gay and bisexual people have health needs that are not being met by the health service, most notably drug use, mental health and domestic abuse. Worryingly, young BAME lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils report high levels of self-harm and suicide alongside significant levels of homophobic and biphobic bullying at school. 


Although attitudes are improving, many lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced difficulties in their lives. Being gay or bisexual does not, in and of itself, cause mental health problems. Instead, homophobic and biphobic bullying, rejection from family, harassment at work and poor responses from healthcare professionals are still commonplace for many lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

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