Dilemmas of Sexuality
People can be confused about their sexuality and this can cause a lot of anxiety and heartache. Some people can know from an early age if they are gay or lesbian, others take longer to work out their feelings. The following websites will give you information about agencies that can help with this and also those that provide help, advice and support to transsexuals, transvestites and anyone confused about gender issues.
Naval Service Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Information Resource
Changes in the law from January 2000 meant that it was acceptable for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people to work in the Navy. This has required a huge change in attitude from within the Service environment and meant that the Navy has had to look at what support it can give LGBT people.
A lot of research has gone into the type of advice, support and information that will assist Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in their daily lives. This site deals with issues such as: "Being Gay", "Coming out", and also identifies helpful booklets. Information is provided that will also help those that work with them understand LGBT issues.
Proud 2 Serve
This is a site aimed specifically at the gay military community in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. This site contains resources of use to all personnel interested in finding out more about the background to being gay in the military, the military and civil law which covers it, and what being proud to serve actually means.
Web Site: Proud2serve.net
The Queery Site!
It can be difficult to get any information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities within the UK. This site covers a wide range of non-profit services and non-scene community groups as well as commercial business services. The purpose in setting up the Queery site was so LBGT helplines could create a national resource of information. This site makes that resource directly searchable with privacy safeguards enforced to ensure details are only available on the site with consent.
As with many of the LGBT sites there is information on "coming out", "sexual health" and partner helplines.
Web site: Queery.org.uk
The Beaumont Society
Sometimes being "different" is difficult. The Beaumont Society is a transgender support group that is keen to assist in the better understanding of transgender, transvestisms and cross-dressing. People can be troubled by gender dysphoria (dissatisfaction/unhappiness) and this can lead to violent mood swings and abuse within the family until a level of understanding is achieved. The Beaumont society can provide referrals to appropriate organisations, counsellors and self help groups. They offer a variety of assistance which includes a national information line network and a specific group for Women of the Beaumont Society who operate a helpline using their personal experiences and knowledge of being in a relationship with a gender dysphoric person.
On a more sociable level Beaumont volunteers also run large events, pub, bar and club group meetings, but for reasons of security one must join the society before you can access any personal information.
Web site: Beaumont Society
"Coming out" can be quite difficult as you are never sure how your family and friends will react. However, once you have made the move it can be important to have information about a new lifestyle. Are you looking for a website that will give you all the information you could possible want in one go? This site covers everything from the latest news about gay issues, provides a list of pubs, clubs and hotels where you can meet like minded people, and also has a section dedicated to help lines and support groups.
Web site: Gay Life UK
FFLAG - families and friends of lesbians and gays
About 1 in 10 people in this country are gay, lesbian or bi-sexual and it can be difficult to know how to react if it is your son or daughter who has recently decided to "come out". FFLAG offers support to local parents groups in their efforts to help parents and families understand, accept and support their lesbian, gay and bisexual family members. It also provides a central point for exchange of information between parents' groups and local parent contacts.
Web site: FFLAG
Stonewall is the gay equality organisation founded in 1989 in order to create a professional lobbying group that would put a structured and strong case for equality for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals on the political agenda. Stonewalls Diversity Champions programme, is the leading good practice forum on sexual orientation issues in the UK workplace.
The Royal Navy will be working with Stonewall to promote good working conditions for all existing and potential employees and to ensure equal treatment for those who are lesbian, gay and bisexual. It is acknowledged that senior RN Personnel have a key role to play in creating a culture in which gay and lesbian personnel feel confident that they can work without fear of being harassed or bullied because of their orientation, and in which they can feel free to 'come out' if they wish. The underlying principle is that people work best when they feel able to be themselves; if an individual is concerned about being 'outed' in the workplace, then he or she is able to focus 100% on their job. Good leadership will ensure that people are able to give their best wherever and whenever it is needed, especially in an operational environment.
The advantages of the RN working in partnership with Stonewall are:
It promotes the RN as an Equal Opportunity employer, both externally and internally, particularly to RN lesbian and gay personnel.
It will help lesbians and gays within the RN feel more comfortable with being open and honest about their sexuality if they wish to.
The RN can explore best diversity practice with other companies. Membership will entitle RN delegates to attend a series of seminars throughout the year and network with other organisations to discuss best practice.
Web site: Stonewall