Supporting LGBT Young People

All young people should be able to access advice and support that helps them make informed decisions regarding their lives. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people can find it difficult to find accurate and non-biased information regarding their sexual orientation or gender identity therefore adults and professionals can play an essential role supporting them.

This section will provide useful information but please feel free contact us regarding making a referral, advocacy for young people or advice regarding a particular case.

E-mail: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk

Phone number: 0131 555 3940

We believe that any professional can support LGBT young people when following these key principles:

• You do not need to be an expert in LGBT young people’s lives – using a person centred approach will ensure that you will understand their experience and enable you to provide effective support.

• It is important to involve young people in decisions that affect their lives. If you are working directly with an LGBT young person, take time to listen to their experiences and make decisions that take their views into consideration.

• LGBT young people can receive negative messages regarding their identities and who they are. Is it therefore important to be non-judgemental in your approach and provide positive and supportive messages regarding their feelings, thoughts and identities.

• Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to LGBT young people. You will have to share issues relating child protection or vulnerable adults at risk however, issues pertaining to sexual orientation or gender identity alone, are not justification to share information.