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0300 330 0630

Open 10:00-22:00 every day

Message us

Online chat

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Email us

[email protected]

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Welcome to Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most.

We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and we understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.

The Switchboard Promise

To talk things through. We don’t finish a call until you tell us.

Everything is confidential. You can trust us.

We are you too. All our volunteers self-define as LGBT+.

Safe Space

Safe Space is Switchboard’s new, UK-wide awareness campaign launched at Pride in London 2019. With recent figures showing a doubling of LGBT+ hate crime in just five years, this initiative will reach those affected by isolation, low representation and hate crime in towns and cities across the UK – and you can help us! Click the button to find out more.

Find out more

Safe Space campaign poster

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Do you think you can provide calm words when they’re needed most? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Find out more about volunteering with Switchboard here.

Support Us

Support Us

Switchboard has been listening to callers since 1974. Help us listen to many more by supporting us here.

What We Do

What We Do

Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging. Find out more here.


Fantastic event for #LGBTHM at the weekend, talking about #TheLogBooks podcast & so much @switchboardlgbt history!
Special thanks to the chair & panellists: @chryssyh @djritu @dianalouisej @AdamZmith
And to @openingdoorslondon & @lgbtiqoutside for hosting, all vols & staff 📚


we want to host a new website page featuring creative resources for the queer community:

🔥queer publishers
🔥queer writing workshops
🔥queer festivals


get in touch if you'd like to be featured on our page ➡ [email protected]

@switchboardLGBT talking about why there's still a need for this service, despite having set up in 1974. #HPE2020