Olympic diver Tom Daley, Radio 1 presenter Scott Mills and pop star Carly Rae Jepsen have joined hundreds of people online to post a #SwitchboardSelfie to raise awareness of the charity and the work it does.
LONDON Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (LLGS) provides confidential phone, e-mail and instant messaging services to support people who want to talk about sexuality and gender identity.
Supporters from across the world have posted photos of themselves on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the international phone hand-sign.
YouTuber Calum McSwiggan is also supporting the campaign by uploading a new video every day throughout June featuring various celebrities and YouTubers from the LGBT+ communities.
Calum said: “It’s so important to make young LGBT+ people aware of the incredible services LLGS provides and that’s why I wanted to try to reach them in a unique and different way. In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, I’ve created a diverse series of 25 videos. I’ve had the pleasure of working with drag queens, porn stars, football teams, musicians, as well as sex and dating experts. I’m really proud of the series and it’s already receiving an incredible response.”
Theatre and film artist, Topher Campbell, and independent film-makers, Fox Fisher and Lewis Hancox (Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer), have joined the charity as Patrons alongside existing supporters including author Sarah Waters and actor Mark Gatiss.
Further announcements are due before the end of the month as the charity counts down to its Re-Launch Gala at The Waldorf Hilton, London, on Thursday, June 25.
More than fifteen thousand people use LLGS services every year to talk about a variety of subjects including coming out, discrimination, and sexual health. Volunteers are trained to listen, signpost people to specialist services and to support them to make informed decisions for themselves.
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LLGS is a voluntary organisation whose aim is to provide an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans* people and anyone who needs to consider issues around sexuality.
They promote a positive attitude to being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and are: –
They take all manner of calls, such as supporting a man who has been the victim of homophobic abuse, supporting a lesbian teenager thrown out of her home by her parents, providing the telephone number for a gay painter or the bus route to a local gay pub.
As the LGBT+ communities have developed over the years, so too have LLGS, changed their services to fit the needs of their callers.
LLGS are committed to discussing safer sex to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Whilst they never try to influence the decisions of their callers, they aim to make them aware of their own sexual health.
LLGS have about 160 trained telephone volunteers. All volunteers identify as part of the LGBT+ communities, which enables them to understand the needs and situations of their service users.