Social support groups - (Coming Out report findings 2003)

Gay and Lesbian Arab Society (GLAS)
GLAS is based in the USA but aims to serve the Arab community world wide. It has chapters in Egypt and Lebanon. The website includes news and articles from Arab countries, mailing lists by country and useful links.

http://www.glas.org


Girl Diva
A group for young lesbian and bisexual women under 25, who are questioning their sexuality. The group offers support for those at all levels of 'coming out'. They also offer information, advice and support around issues such as relationships, sexual health, housing and bullying. Contact Project worker Theresa on 020 83481785 between 6.30 and 9.30 on Monday evenings For information on other groups like Girl Diva in your area go to http://www.outzone.org

Imaan
A social support group for Muslim lesbian, gays, bisexuals, transgender, those questioning their sexuality or gender identity and their friends and supporters.
Mobile: 07849 170 793
Website: http://www.imaan.org.uk/
E-mail:
info@imaan.org.uk

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Task Force
The mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status.

http://www.iglhrc.org


Kiss
A support group for women from the South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African communities who identify as lesbian or bisexual. If you are attracted to other women or just 'coming out' and you want a safe place to meet and hang out with other women who feel the same then call. Kiss meets last once a month.
Contact Parminder on 020 8714 1879 for more details.
Website: http://www.thekissgroup.co.uk/

Leicester area
SPICE is a monthly social and support group for LGBT Ethnic minority communities, held on the second Tuesday of Each month. It gives the group a chance to discuss issues that affect them, obtain sexual health information, organise social gatherings and receive counselling and support.

RANG NIGHT is a social community event, also organised by us. Its event that brings together people of all races, sexualities and ages. The event has been going since 1999 and had a two year break between 2002 and 2004. This event returned on 26th Nov 2004 as a regular event.

To find out more info about our work or to get involved , call on 0116 2547412 - ask for Chaz

London Friend
NEXTEP - a social group for lesbian and bisexual women aiming to offer a supportive and social environment for women of all cultural backgrounds and ages to meet every second Sunday of the month from 4 - 6 pm.

Services include telephone helplines, counselling, support and social groups.

86 Caledonian Road, Kings's Cross, London, N1 9DN
Tel Helpline: 020 7837 3337 (7.30 pm - 10 pm daily)
Website: http://www.londonfriend.org.uk


Naz Project
Support group for ethnic minority communities and work around the subject of HIV/AIDS.

Naz Project London, Pallingswick House, 241 King St, London, W6 9LP
Tel: +44 (0)2087411879

Naz Project International
Tel:+44 (0)20856301
Website: http://www.naz.org.uk


Polari
Working strategically for more lesbian and gay friendly services to older people. Free newsletter open to all. The main information e-address is info-polari@madasafish.com

Safra Project
A Resource Project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual. trans, queer and questioning women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally.

E-mail: info@safraproject.org Website: http://www.safraproject.org. Listserve-dealing with issues concerning lesbian, bisexual and transgender women that identify as Muslim religiously or culturally.

Safra Project Social Group- meets monthly in the UK, check website events notice for dates and venues.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/safra_project/


Salaam Canada
'Salaam: Queer Muslim community' is a Muslim Identified Organization dedicated to social justice, peace and human dignity through its work to bring all closer to a world that is free from injustice, including prejudice, discrimination, racism, misogyny, sexism and homophobia.

http://www.salaamcanada.com/


The Inner Circle
The Inner Circle strives to reconcile sexuality and faith, and foster friendship through a positive peer group for gay, lesbian, transgendered and other sexually marginalized persons particularly of the Muslim community, as well as persons of other religions or cultures who experience similar or related challenges, and all those who support our aims.

They provide information through news/events, articles, discussions and life-orientation. They also have experts and qualified voluntary workers to deal with your queries and counseling, assisting individuals in reconciling their faith with their sexuality and dealing with other sexually related issues.http://www.theinnercircle.org.za/


Trikone
An American gay South Asian group, who also produce a monthly magazine by the name Trikone.

http://www.trikone.org


Web only based support groups

Alterheros
An organisation based on Canada who's aim is to eliminate prejudice and discrimination and to halt homophobia with a particular focus on queer youth, their family, friends and educators. The Alterheros website is comprehensive and bilingual (French & English). The website features over 600 articles dealing with over 50 different categories of topics and issues of concern to LGBT youth and others (i.e. HIV/AIDS, Culture & Religion; Coming Out; Homophobia; etc.). The website also features and Ask the Expert section where you can ask questions about various issues (related or non-related to your sexuality or gender identity) which are answered by a team of nurses, sexologists and other qualified professionals. The My Story section offers youth and others the opportunity to share their coming-out stories and experiences and the eXpressions section gives youth the opportunity to display their artistic talents.

http://www.AlterHeros.com


BiMuslims
An email discussion group for Muslims who identify as bisexual or who may be questioning their sexual orientation. Anything relevant to the bisexual Muslim community can be discussed on this forum. It is intended to be a safe space for Muslims who are bisexual and who want tomeet other Muslims who are also bisexual.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BiMuslims


Bint El Nas
This site is designed to serve the needs and interests of women who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (including female-to-male and male-to-female trans* people in any state of transition), and who are identified ethnically or culturally with the Arab world, regardless of where they live. This includes women of mixed ethnic heritage, and women who are from non-Arab minority groups that exist within the Arab world.

http://www.bintelnas.org/


Gingerbeer
London's leading website for lesbians and bisexual women. Everything you need to know about the scene from bars, clubs and cafes to events and community groups.

Website: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/


Huriyah/Freedom
Online Magazine for LGBT Muslims. The website includes articles, advice, book reviews, links,etc.

http://www.huriyahmag.com


Kaos GL
is a Turkish LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) rights organisation founded in 1994. The organisation has been publishing the journal KAOS GL (now a quarterly publication) since its founding. The group operates the KAOS Cultural Center, which hosts cultural activities, meetings, and showings of films. The center also houses a LGBT history library.

http://www.kaosgl.com/anasayfa.php
Lazeeza
Lazeeza is a project of GLAS (http://www.glas.org) and their website is currently very limited. They are hoping to feature information about mailing lists, news of interest to Arab lesbians, articles, poetry and any other relevant materials.

LGBTQ MuslimYouth
To create a safe space for Muslim youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. Youth is defined as anyone 25 and under.Subscriptions are not screened, so all subscribers are requested to respect the confidentiality of the group and only subscribe if you are a young person 25 and under.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LGBTQMuslimYouth

Mask
A website on gay and lesbian affairs in Africa
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http://www.mask.org.za


Muslim Gay Men
MuslimGayMen is a group for Muslim gay men and their friends and allies.

http://www.yahoogroups.com/list/muslimgaymen


Parents Of LGBTQ Muslims
A forum for Muslim parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning children.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ParentsOfLGBTQMuslim

Partners of LGBT Muslims
To bring non-Muslim partners (who are in relationships with Muslims) together to discuss issues of common concern.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PartnersOfLGBTMuslims


Pink Sofa Lesbian Dating
The worlds biggest online lesbian meeting place where like minded women can meet and interact in a comfortable and friendly environment.
Website: http://www.pinksofa.com

TransMuslims
An email discussion group for Muslims who identify as transgendered, and for those that consider themselves gender variant. This includes anyone that identifies as an MTF (male to female) or an FTM (female to male). Issues of relevance to the Trans Muslim community are welcome on this list, including gender identity, issues of gender socialization in Islam, sex reassignment surgery, and Islam's views towards transgendered people.

http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/TransMuslim


Queer Jihad
A web site devoted to the needs of GLBT Muslims. Website: http://www.well.com/user/queerjhd/

Queer Muslims
Resources for GLBT Muslims. Has information about Islam and Transsexuals.

http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/queermuslim