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PACE was London's leading charity promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of the LGBT community. (Registered charity number: 801271). Margaret Unwin was appointed its Chief Executive in 2012, replacing Tim Franks.

Established in 1985, previously part of the London Lesbian and Gay Centre, PACE itself was founded by a group of volunteers in recognition of the difficulties lesbians and gay men faced from homophobia.

Since 1985 PACE services have continually developed, now working with lesbian, gay and bisexual women, gay and bisexual men, trans people and those exploring their sexual or gender identities. PACE offers a range of holistic support services including:

  • Counselling
  • Career/Life coaching
  • Family support
  • Mental health advocacy
  • Training
  • Workshops and groups
  • Youth work (for under 19s)

Evidence shows LGBT people are all too often isolated, marginalised and under-represented in wider society. There are disproportionate numbers of LGBT people struggling with their emotional and physical health. PACE is committed to supporting LGBT people and challenging the stigma and discrimination faced by many LGBT people in our society.

In recent years, there have been many changes in the way LGBT people are portrayed in society, the media and legislation. That said, there are many people who still face harassment in the family, work or school and consequently are required to deal with emotional and physical affects of such treatment.

PACE is committed to researching the changing needs of LGBT people, and offering wide ranging, crucial support services to meet these needs and help people move through their difficult times.

PACE offered weekends like "Out of Control" for men who were unhappy about the amount of the kind of sex they were having.[1]

Young people could access PACE via LGBT Jigsaw.


In early 2016 the charity announced that it was closing down.

“Sadly despite work to support the charity raising the necessary income needed has proved increasingly hard and it has become clear that it is no longer financially viable for the charity to continue."[2]

External links
  1. [[Aurora Croydon] website. Accessed: 2016-03-22. (Archived by WebCite® at
  2. Nick Duffy, Pink News, 22 January 2016.