Services for LGBT People

LGBT Support

The Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre welcomes women who are lesbian or bisexual, and all transgender people.

We recognise that transgender women will have specific issues to be addressed.

At Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre, survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence receive the same level of support, respect and opportunities. and this will be tailored to meet their own individual requirements for the best chances of recovery.

LRCC also aims to support transgender men and non-binary people who will have services tailored to their own individual requirements.

Many people in the LGBT communities may be reluctant to report because of a fear of being discriminated against.

Under the Equality Act Scotland, the Police have a responsibility not to discriminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your gender or sexual orientation, then you have the right to make a complaint.

Support from LRCC through the complaints process can be provided if it is of benefit to you.

Third party reporting of a ‘hate crime’ can also be made through the Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre or another agency such as LGBT Youth Scotland.

This means that you can anonymously pass on details about what happened to the police, and help them to gather information.

If you are a gay or bisexual man, there are services that offer support to men who have experienced sexual violence, the details of which are below.


Additional support services

Archway: the sexual assault referral centre, where support is offered to male and female survivors of recent sexual violence. 0141 211 8175

Rape Crisis Scotland: helpline for male and female survivors: 08088 01 03 02

LGBT Youth Scotland: Scotland’s national charity for LGBTI young people

Stonewall Scotland: Campaigns for the equality of gay, lesbian and trans people across the UK. Local service directory for LGBT community groups.

Equality Network: The leading national charity for LGBT equality and human rights in Scotland

Scottish Trans Alliance: Working to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland

LGBT Health and Wellbeing: Offering support and opportunities to connect as a community

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project: Working to raise awareness of domestic abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships in Scotland