Suffolk LGBT+ Network

be yourself...

We are a hardworking, committed charity - join us in making a real difference to LGBT+ people in Suffolk


We are a registered charity and support organisation that promotes equality and diversity in Suffolk. Our fundamental aim is to combat sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.

There are many ways in which we support Suffolk's LGBT+ population. These include free counselling, social gatherings and equality and diversity training.

Need support?

Do you identify as gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender or non-binary? Does your sexuality or gender fall outside hetronormitivity? Are you a carer, friend or relative of someone who you think may require support?

What we offer

Free Confidential Counselling Service - we provide a free counselling service to individuals who identify with a sexuality or gender outside the status quo. We also extend this service to family and friends. For further information or to book some sessions please email:

Coming-out & LGBT Advocacy - Anglia Care Trust have assisted six of our volunteers qualify as Independent Advocates. This mainly helps us support people Coming-out, but it is also available to others who confront challenging situations. If you would like to make contact please email:

LGBT Hate Crime - Victim Support have trained five of our volunteers as Hate Crime Responders to support LGBT people who are subjected to hate crime. This services is fully operational, and links to the counselling and advocacy services. If you feel we may be able to help please email:

LGBT+ Awareness Workshops - We have qualified, experienced trainers to provide these workshops to any organisation who feels they may benefit. For further information or to book a workshop please email:

Schools and Colleges - We are working with West Suffolk College, Lowestoft College, Suffolk New College and University Campus Suffolk to develop support for LGBT+ students. If you are a student or teacher and you would like your school to have support for LGBT+ students please email:

Mens Social Gathering - Fortnightly social gathering at The Conservatory, Turret Green Court, Ipswich IP1 1AG (located in the far right corner of the Turret Green Court Car Park). Dates and times on our Events Page. If you have any further questions please email:

Ipswich LGBT Women's Group - A warm and friendly meeting place for LGBT women in Ipswich and surrounding areas. Book group, quizzes, walks, cinema and theatre visits, and generally friendly chat. Join our Facebook page or email

GenderXplored - a self-help group for over 18's who are exploring their gender identity, whether you are still thinking about it, identify as non-binary, have started accessing medical treatment for gender reassignment, or have long completed the process and simply want to meet kindred spirits. The group now meets fortnightly at the La Tour Cafe in Tower St Ipswich.
GenderXplored meetings are being re-launched on Wednesday evenings, every two weeks, and alternately Open and Themed.
All the evenings will have an Open first hour, and then a discussion. The themed evenings will have a speaker followed by a discussion in the second hour.
We have come up with three broad themes "My Journey", "Ask Anything", "Making the most of your body", and we'll be trying these out over the next 6 months.
"My journey" themes explore from personal experience what worked and what still need work - with variations - we will be inviting trans men & women & non-binary people who can give the rest of us the benefit of their knowledge & experience.
"Ask anything" sessions will be with an invited professional and will cover psychotherapy, Hate crime, legal rights and law, transgender rights, name change, internet security and hopefully someone from a Gender Identity clinic.
"Making the Most of Your Body" will cover endocrinologists, surgeons, hair removal, Voice training, and we hope to have a session on Fashion For All Body Shapes.
Under 18? GenderXplored is for over 18's, and we are aware that there are a range of personal needs depending on your age and the direction(or not) of your journey. The needs of trans-men are different to trans-women, and different again for non-binary people - and again it depends on whether you are 18 to 30, 30 to 50, or older as social conditions have been very different over the years. For under 18's we have linked with Outreach youth, a youth project in Ipswich provides support to LGBT young people through one to one support and youth LGBT groups.
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We all need support for the journey that we embark on to discover who we are - GenderXplored aims to be a friendly diverse accepting context to help you on your journey, and where you can also help others.
If you have any further questions please email:

ShOUT - Fortnightly social gathering for 18-30. The County of Suffolk, 29 St Helen's Street, Ipswich IP4 1HH. Dates and times on our Events Page. If you have any further questions please email:

Out-of-Ipswich - We will be offering social activities and events throughout the rest of Suffolk over the coming year. If you have any further questions or would like to organise an event please email:


LGBT Switchboard located in London offer a helpline staffed by LGBT+ volunteers open from 10.00am to 11.00pm everyday. Call them for a chat in complete confidence about whatever's on your mind: 

0300 330 0630

In the case of an emergency where you, family members or friends are at risk, please call the emergency services on 999.

To call the police on a non-emergency number, please dial 101.

You can also email us:

Correspondence address

Suffolk LGBT+ Network 160 Hadleigh Road Ipswich IP2 0HH


Events and Notices

2017 GenderXplored Programme  Fortnightly on a Wednesday, From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at La Tour Cycle Cafe, 17 Tower Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3BE.

Upcoming dates:

  • Feb 15th - Open Evening
  • March 1st - Themed Evening - "My Journey" - Being non-binary
  • March 15th - Open Evening
  • March 29th - Themed Evening - "My Journey" - Being a trans-woman
  • April 12th - Open Evening
  • April 26th - Themed Evening - "Ask Anything" - A psychotherapist
  • May 10th - Open Evening
  • May 24th - Themed Evening - "My Journey" - Being a trans-man
  • June 7th - Open Evening
  • June 21st - Themed Evening - "Ask Anything" - Hate Crime Officer
  • July 5th - Open Evening
  • July 19th - Themed Evening - "Ask Anything" - Being a family member of a transgender person
  • Aug 2nd - Open Evening
  • Aug 16th - Themed Evening

Ipswich LGBT women's group We meet on the first Wednesday of the month by the front windows in Isaacs at 7.30 p.m. All welcome! From 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm at Isaacs on the Quay 7 Wherry Quay, Ipswich IP4 1AS.

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, 3 May 2017
  • Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Mens Group Our fortnightly social event for men (located in the far right corner of the Turret Green Court Car Park). From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at The Conservatory, Turret Green Court, Ipswich IP1 1AG.

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, 29 April 2017
  • Saturday, 13 May 2017
  • Saturday, 27 May 2017
  • Saturday, 10 June 2017
  • Saturday, 24 June 2017

ShOUT 18-30s Social group for young LGBT people 18 to 30 From 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at County of Suffolk Pub - 9 St. Helen's St, Ipswich IP4 1HH.

Upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • Tuesday, 16 May 2017
  • Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Ipswich LGBT women's group Meet-ups

Follow our Facebook Group

There are various meetups throughout the month and it is the book group that meets up on the first Wednesday of the month.

A warm and friendly meeting place for LGBT women in Ipswich and surrounding areas. Book group, quizzes, walks, cinema and theatre visits, and generally friendly chat. For more details email


Membership lasts twelve months. An annual membership entitles you to attend members meetings and have your say in what we do.

We suggest a donation of £20 or more a year for membership, but if you are unwaged or low-waged any monthly donation is fine.

If you would like to become a member please email us your full name and address at:
after you have made your donation.


Every donation will make a real difference to the services we offer.
You can help us give someone a way forward.
Thank You for your Gift.