The Gay Survival Kit.

Convinced there’s no gay community? Think again. Away from the bars, clubs and apps, there’s a whole range of support and help available for your wellbeing, plus an ever-growing network of social and recreational ways to connect to other gay and bi men to get the most out of your life.

Support & Advice

Counselling & Therapy

  • ALBANY TRUST professional support around gender, sexuality and relationship issues.
  • BACP (British Association for Counseling & Therapy) Find & search for a registered UK therapist
  • BADTH (British Association Of Dramatherapists) Find out how Dramatherapy can offer you alternative ways to heal your life through drama and storytelling
  • ELOP (East London Out Project). Holistic centre offering support services to LGBT people mainly in North and East London.
  • LGBT Recovery Group A group for people who are abstinent and in recovery from drugs and alcohol, who may also be struggling with process addictions-­‐ sex, exercise, food, etc. For more information contact David – or Sarah or visit
  • LONDONFRIEND LGBT Organisation offering a helpline and befriending service, social and support groups and low-­cost one-­to-­one counseling.
  • METRO CENTRE Holistic social centre for LGBT people in Greenwich and Lewisham.
  • OUTCOME (Islington Mind) Day centre for LGBT people with mental health problems.
  • PACE Organisation promoting LGBT therapy, health and wellbeing with a helpline for family and relationship support.
  • PINK THERAPY LGBT counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups.
  • 50 plus living with HIV – counselling for individuals from Health Wealth & Happiness project at Terrence Higgins Trust email;
  • The Havelock clinicprivate sexual wellbeing clinic, Harley St, the City & online.

If you have any additions you would like to suggest to the Gay Survival Kit from “A Change of Scene“, please email

Addiction & Recovery

There are many 12 Step programmes available for those seeking sobriety, abstinence and recovery from substance and process addiction. Meetings take place across London (and all over the UK) every day of the year.


* Some groups have specific meetings for gay men, but all are welcome in all meetings.

Recommended Reading

  • Straight Jacket; How To Be Gay And Happy Matthew Todd
  • Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself Melody Beattie
  • 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives Joe Court
  • Cruise Control:  Understanding  Sex  Addiction  In  Gay Men Patrick J Carnes
  • Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives Pia Mellody
  • Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love Pia Mellody
  • Healing The Shame The Binds You John Bradshaw
  • The Velvet Rage Alan Downs
  • Sexual Health in Recovery Douglas Braun Harvey
  • Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self Hatred Patrick Carnes
  • The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron
  • The Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous (4th Edition)
  • The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations for Codependents Melody Beattie
  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming The Pain Of Growing Up Gay In A Straight Man’s World Alan Downs
  • Who Says I’m An Addict? David Smallwood

If you have any additions you would like to suggest to the Gay Survival Kit from “A Change of Scene“, please email

Sports & Activities

Social & holistic activities


If you have any additions you would like to suggest to the Gay Survival Kit from “A Change of Scene“, please email