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Relationships and Families


Although attitudes are changing, LGBT people can still find that the validity of their relationships is questioned by others. As such, LGBT people often find themselves facing difficult relationship issues with little or no support.

You might be experiencing problems in your relationship to do with job stress, money worries, parenting issues, sexual difficulties or other pressures coming from your family, school, workplace, or the wider community. It’s likely that some of the problems you’re experiencing in your relationship are not as visible as others. Speaking to a trained relationship counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your situation and your choices.


Proud 2 Connect is a service provided by Relate in partnership with Switchboard. The service provides relationship counselling to LGBT couples, delivered by Relate counsellors who identify as LGBT, and who have been specifically selected for this project.

Proud 2 Connect is here to help you. The counsellor’s role is to listen to you both, to encourage you to talk openly about your concerns, and to help you to reach your own decisions about the best way forward.

To find out more about relationship counselling with Proud 2 Connect, contact us or get in touch with Relate directly:

01273 697997

Relate also provides additional services such as family support, sex therapy, and life skills courses. Information regarding any of these additional services can be obtained by contacting Relate on the above numbers, or speak to a trained LGBT helpline operator on the Switchboard help-line, 01273 204050 from 5pm.


Like all families, LGBT families come in all shapes and sizes. You might be the child of LGBT parents, or the partner of someone who is undergoing transition to a new gender, a same-sex couple looking to start a family or the parent or relative of an LGBT person – whatever your family is like and whatever question or difficulty you might have, Switchboard is here to help.

We can provide information and support on a range of issues that affect all families, as well as those that have particular implications for LGBT families such as homophobic bullying, co-parenting, adoption, surrogacy, donor insemination, coming out, civil partnership and more.

LGBT Family links

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Rainbow Families is an informal social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children in Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas.


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Stonewall also works with a whole range of agencies to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the wider community.


Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexuality. This website tells you about their services, tries to answer any questions you may have as you get to know them.