Coming to terms and dealing with sexuality in the farming community can often be daunting and a subject not talked about enough. This section will help with contacts and support within this community.
Pride Month 2022
- Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June.
- During Pride Month, FCN have published a personal reflection about diversity and the agricultural community, click here to read.
- While Pride Month is about celebrating our different identities, we also have to talk about how LGBTQ+ people have a higher risk of mental health problems because of the discrimination we can face. If you need support, visit Mind for information about mental health support, click here.
Open Doors London are piloting a new initiative designed for LGBTQ+ people aged over 50. This scheme is being run to try and reach those in the community who may be more isolated and so unable to go to LGBTIQ+ groups or community events. It is a free service, where a volunteer will call you every week for a chat of up to 30 minutes. The volunteer each week will be the same person, allowing you to build up a regular chat with someone familiar. You will be matched with your volunteer based on similar interests/hobbies/things in common. For further information click here.
Agerespect is an online resource to support diversity in the countryside and encourage inclusiveness, spreading awareness that being open about sexuality is something to be proud of rather than a preventative barrier to carrying out normal life in the farming community. Click here to go to their online homepage.
The Gay Farmer
The Gay Farmer is a 24 hour support helpline run to help those who want talk to someone who understands what it’s like to be gay in the farming community.
- An online documentary has been formed in relation to the Gay Farmer helpline, conducted to spread experiences and stories of those who are rarely heard in the farming community
LGBTQ bereavement support
- If you have lost someone as a result of suicide and this person was lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning then support can be accessed through the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide website here.
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern. Find out more here.