Supported Loving toolkit


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Overcoming barriers isn’t easy for people with a disability who identify as LGBTQ+. A lack of confidence and a lack of communication skills can leave people vulnerable.

Since coming out as Transgender 2buWakefield have helped me to improve my relationship with others and make new friends #asafeplacetobeyou Charlotte, 2buWakefield Member


2BU Wakefield

2BU Wakefield runs a monthly social group meeting every second Thursday in the month for adults with a learning disability who identify a LGBTQ+ in the Wakefield, West Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

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Various resources in one place

Secret loves, hidden lives?

A summary of what people with learning difficulties said about being gay, lesbian or bisexual.

Resources from SCIE

Resources from SCIE - barriers faced by disabled people, including people with learning disabilities, who use support .

LGBTQ+ guidance - a resource for staff

LGBTQ+ guidance a resource for staff was written by Jon Dennison from Choice Support who set up rainbow friends

CHANGE Easier Read booklet

Lesbian gay bisexual and trans’ booklet in easy words with line drawings (costs £6.99 or whole sex and relationships pack (5 booklets)

Ok, so I'm not clever

Written by Supported Loving Member and semi-retired learning disability nurse Nigel Hodges

Aimed at readers 15+, this novel, narrated by a young man with a learning disability, tells the story of one person’s experiences growing up and coming out.

Just like anyone else, Dave wants friendships, love and sex. But it’s not so straightforward when you have a learning disability. And you’re gay. Over a period of several months, helped by his Advocacy Buddy Henry, he records his story and his search for love together with his desire for “people like me” to be taken seriously and treated “right.” Buy here

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Supported Loving toolkit

The Supported Loving network has produced a series of guides to help support people with issues surrounding sexuality and relationships.

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What Is Supported Loving

What is Supported Loving?

For some people finding love is often more than just chemistry – it can come down to getting the right support

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Supported Loving network

Supported Loving is not a formal membership organisation. Anyone can take part, it is free.

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