Sexual orientation - Confusion about one's sexuality can be a source of great distress. While some people are aware of their orientation from an early age, others need time to make sense of their feelings and desires. Many people are afraid to express their sexuality and 'come out', fearful that their friends and family will reject them.
Although some family members may initially struggle with the news that their son or daughter is gay, the vast majority learn to come to terms with and accept their sexuality. Nevertheless, it is some times helpful for the person to seek help and guidance from a professional trained to provide emotional support and advice.
Unfortunately social prejudices cause some to subject gay people to harassment and abuse. It's very important that anyone experiencing this kind of behaviour seeks help and support immediately. Fortunately there are a number of help-lines and organisations that provide information about sexual orientation counselling and gay therapy. We've included a selection of resources below.
Find sexual orientation counselling
Sexual counselling help-lines
Each Action - 0800 1000 143
Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, and Saturdays 10am to 12pm. Phones are manned by advisors who give support and advice to young gay people experiencing homophobia.
Lesbian And Gay Foundation - 0845 330 30 30
Set up over 30 years ago, this well-established charity provides support to and help to gay people about issues such as HIV and homophobia. They also provide information about sexuality counselling. Their lines are staffed 6pm to 10pm each evening with an automated service running from 10pm to 6pm.
Sexuality counselling and resources
This award-winning charity offers help to people suffering from homophobia and provides training initiatives for preventing homophobic bullying in the workplace. They also supply a helpline for people who think they may be the victims of harassment (See above)
They are the UK's biggest therapy organisation and provide resources about gay issues. They also have a very large directory of gay counsellors and therapists, found throughout the United Kingdom.