Many LGB students will begin their individual journey of ‘coming out’ as lesbian, gay or bisexual during their time in higher education. You may benefit from support around challenges faced in personal, family and social relationships.
Support and Resources:
Queen’s students can access confidential, objective counselling support through Carecall Wellbeing (tel: 0808 800 0016, free from mobile or landline, 24 hours or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rainbow Project
The Rainbow Project works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and/or transgender people and their families in Northern Ireland. They offer counselling, support and advocacy, including help in reporting hate crimes. Click here to be taken through to their website.
Cara-Friend is an organisation dedicated to supporting, empowering, educating, and offering friendship to everyone in the LGBT community. They offer support through our different services including live online chat support, counselling, social events and groups and advice for parents. Click here for more information.
An extensive list of activities, events and organisations in Belfast is available from the QUB LGBT Staff Network.
Students who are transitioning
Students considering transition, or currently transitioning are encouraged to access the range of support available to them (both internally and externally). As each individual’s circumstances are different, you are encouraged to contact the Student Welfare team for an initial discussion. This will explore the support options available to you, and also highlight if there is likely to be an impact on your academic studies (e.g. absence from class due to hospital appointments etc.). This can be done at any stage of studies or before a course begins.
To arrange an appointment please email:
You can also speak with a member of staff within your academic School such as your Personal Tutor or Advisor of Studies, particularly to identify academic options.
More information is available from:
- GenderJam - www.transgenderni.com/GenderJam-NI-9467.html
- SAIL (Support, Acceptance, Information and Learning) - voluntary support group for family, friends, carers etc.) email@example.com support for families and parents
- Transgender NI website has a lot of information and advice including information on how you can get referred from your GP: www.transgenderni.com