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LGBT Youth Key Issues. Key Issue 1: Age Coming Out1998 n15 2008 n50 2010 n20 First Told17.214.814.

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1 LGBT Youth Key Issues

2 Key Issue 1: Age Coming Out1998 n15 2008 n50 2010 n20 First Told17.214.814

3 Key Issue 2: Parents Parental Rejection199820082010 mum 2010 dad Out to Parents93%88%80%55% Negative Parents14%71%44%45%


5 Key Issue 3: School School 1998 (n15) 2008 (n50) 2010 (n20) Knew about sexuality80%92%100% Out at school13%44%60% Experienced homophobic abuse 67%76%70% Witnessed homophobic abuse 80%74%80% Truanted/dropped out13%28%43% Supportive teacher7%73%45% Positive information13%18%35%

6 Secondary school teachers views of group. 1,700 Target for bullying School actively promoting respect for Seen by teachers as feeling supported in school Boy86839 Girl107043 Transgender1577 LGB461614 Disabled258178 Ethnic minority 196747 Religion115337

7 Key Issue 4: Isolation 60% had 3 or fewer gay friends before accessing GALYIC 73% less isolated since attending GALYIC 55% felt less depressed 91% confidence increased 100% more positive LGBT identity 91% GALYIC had improved self esteem

8 Key Issue 5: Homophobic Hate Crime Homophobic Hate Incidents 199820082010 HHI60%68%50%

9 Key Issue 6: Homelessness Housing199820082010 Homelessness27%26%20%

10 Key Issue 7: Substance Misuse Substance Use199820082010 Tobacco40%46%65% Alcohol33%58%24% Drugs33%44%30%

11 Key Issue 8: Mental Health Mental Health199820082010 Depression82%72%60% Anxiety67%56%50% Suicidal Thoughts80%72%50% Suicide Attempts13%56%40% Self Harm40%74%75% Phobias13%20%30% Eating Disorder20%8%12%

12 Key Issue 9: Sexual Vulnerability Sexual Vulnerability199820082010 Rape27%24%5% Sexual Abuse20%32%10% Not Practise Safer Sex when drunk 47%54%70%

13 Key Issue 10: Lack of Services Majority not meeting needs – few notable exceptions Majority not aware of sexuality/gender identity – not monitoring Majority not aware of needs – most not including sexual orientation or gender identity in needs assessments Majority not had appropriate training (neither basic professional nor in-service) Few targeted services like GALYIC with appropriate funding and staffing

14 Public Sector Equality Duty April 2011. All public services proactively: eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation advance equality of opportunity foster good relations remove or minimise disadvantages take steps to meet the needs of persons encourage persons who share a relevant protected characteristic to participate in public life or in any other activity in which participation by such persons is disproportionately low tackle prejudice, and promote understanding

15 Section 158 Positive action suffer a disadvantage connected to the characteristic: overcome or minimise that disadvantage needs that are different from the needs of persons who do not share it: meeting those needs participation in an activity is disproportionately low: enabling or encouraging persons to participate in that activity

16 Positive action 1. Parents - multi-agency care pathway for LGBT young people who are vulnerable at home.

17 Positive action 2. School - zero tolerance of homophobic/transphobic bullying; support for LGBT young people in schools

18 Positive action 3. Hate Crime - targeted support; awareness training for police

19 Positive action 4. Housing - appropriate accommodation pathways for homeless LGBT youth (see Newcastle)

20 Positive action 5. Substance Misuse - local substance misuse strategy to include LGBT youth as vulnerable; specific, targeted service to meet the needs of LGBT youth

21 Positive action 6. Mental Health - specific multi-agency care pathway for LGBT young people with mental health problems

22 Positive action 7. Sexual Health - sexual health strategy to include LGBT young people, including vulnerability to HIV (young men), teenage pregnancy and appropriate safer sex information

23 Positive action 8. Lack of Services – audit services to identify Monitoring Assessing Training Meeting needs

24 Positive Action 9. Isolation Is there an LGBT youth group What is their capacity Can they respond to need Do other agencies refer to them

25 Positive Action 10. National agencies: take on board needs and prioritise work with LGBT youth National strategies: include LGBT youth All research: on young people include sexual orientation and gender identity

26 Resources

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