Our mission is to provide a social support network to a secluded sector within the LGBTQ+ and BAME community through our Under Veil project. The vision is to introduce, deliver and expand our services beyond the needs of just our immediate beneficiaries in order to promote a sense of social cohesion in an ever-changing society.
How can we help?
Under Veil offers peer and social support to the LGBTQ+ BAME community which faces alienation, discrimination, bullying and violence from both without and within the BAME community.
A moving testimonial from a LGBTQ+ member who is now a confident and outspoken transexual:
I just want to say thank you ever so much for being part of my life. When I first turned 18, I remember meeting you not knowing what LGBT life was until you held my hand and guided me through my journey to be who I am today. Y
ou helped me become the woman I wanted to become as I was never accepted by my family. I saw family in you and your family and open armed you called me your daughter, you gave me the love, the acceptance, and the confidence for Layla to be alive. If it wasn’t for you Layla wouldn’t even exist.
So, thank you for being an amazing role model for so many out there. Your heart is so pure, your ambition is always to keep others happy around you. Thank you again for making me who I am today, I wouldn’t be here without you.
My name is Alice and I wanted to share a quick glimpse of my experience of identifying as transgender. Before changing my gender, I faced a lot of abuse and violence from my family as they had never heard of this existing before. They just didn’t get it; I was a boy and always would be in their eyes. I’m Indian, and my family upheld traditional views, even though their mindsets should have been modern. I tried to be what they wanted me to be for years, but I knew this wasn’t me.
When I turned 19 they threw me out, I was homeless. I did everything and anything I could to keep some sort of roof over my head. I would never wish this on my worst enemy. I felt like I had nobody, until I was signposted to a service in Birmingham that supported people who identified as LGBTQ.
I was guided through my change from male to female and given the best support I could have asked for, I had no one I could lean on but them. At 21 Alice Delight was born, I could be me. I know in my heart that God had chosen this family to be mine, and it’s always growing! Thank you would never be enough, they picked me up at my lowest point and held me tight. I owe so much to these beautiful souls; I don’t know where I would be without them.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Every person in my position deserves this support and happiness. I feel free.