New LGBT site launched

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A GROUP of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions have come to­gether with Bucks County Coun­cil and Thames Val­ley Po­lice to cre­ate LGBT Bucks, a new web­site that of­fers sup­port across a range of is­sues for peo­ple who are les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual or trans­gen­der (LGBT).

As well as pro­vid­ing a wealth of gen­eral and life­style in­for­ma­tion, the site fo­cuses on ma­jor health and well­be­ing top­ics in­clud­ing sex­ual health, do­mes­tic abuse, and par­ent­ing mat­ters – in­clud­ing fos­ter­ing and adop­tion.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and pub­lic health Martin Phillips said: “At­ti­tudes to­wards peo­ple of dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or gen­der iden­tity have un­doubt­edly im­proved over the years, but LGBT peo­ple still ex­pe­ri­ence resid­ual prej­u­dice and a lack of un­der­stand­ing about their needs and con­cerns.

“Our new web­site will signpost any­one in the LGBT com­mu­nity in Bucks to places where they can find in­for­ma­tion on their rights and links to or­gan­i­sa­tions that can of­fer sup­port.

“It also pro­vides an ex­cel­lent way for peo­ple in the wider com­mu­nity to learn about LGBT is­sues.”

Beck Bry­don, one of Buck­ing­hamshire’s Po­lice Les­bian and Gay Li­ai­son Of­fi­cers, said: “LGBT Bucks doesn’t hes­i­tate to cover se­ri­ous safety is­sues which af­fect the LGBT com­mu­nity – among these is do­mes­tic abuse, which goes un­der re­ported in LGBT re­la­tion­ships com­pared with the wider com­mu­nity.

“And un­for­tu­nately, dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity can still lead to abuse and ha­rass­ment in some sit­u­a­tions – which we must all con­tinue to work to­gether to elim­i­nate. LGBT Bucks gives you ad­vice on stay­ing safe, and how to re­port it if you do ex­pe­ri­ence any kind of ho­mo­pho­bic or trans­pho­bic abuse.”

Visit LGBT Bucks at http://lgbt­bucks.org.

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