LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning), and others. The ‘plus’ represents other sexual identities.
The language we use when talking about sexuality is very important because it can have an effect on people’s wellbeing. You can visit the Brook website to learn about different terms to do with sexuality. There is also some great information on sexuality definitions and support for coming out on the Childline website.
Transgender describes people who feel that the sex they were assigned to at birth doesn’t match how they feel inside. For example, someone who was born as a girl but who has always felt like a boy. If you are feeling confused about your gender, there is lots of information available to support you. Visit the Childline website for information and practical tips on gender dysphoria, transitioning and how to support someone with their gender identity.
Mermaids is a charity that provides online support for transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse young people. They provide practical tips to support someone who thinks they may be transgender, non-binary or gender-diverse, including who to talk to for advice, how to change your name and how to talk to your family and friends. Visit the Mermaids website for more support and information.
LGBTQ+ Youth Groups in North Yorkshire
Yorkshire MESMAC is a sexual health organisation, with LGBTQ+ youth groups in Scarborough, Harrogate and Selby. Visit the MESMAC website for more information about when they meet and how to get in contact.
Getting More Help
Talking to family and friends about your worries can help you feel more supported. You might want to talk to someone outside the family like a GP, teacher or mentor at school, or even a friend’s parent. Choose someone you trust and if you find it difficult to talk about how you are feeling, you could write them a letter or send them a text. Support is also available through Childline, Compass BUZZ, Kooth and Recovery College Online.
Getting Urgent Help
If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111.
If you are in a crisis and feel like you can’t cope, speak to somebody straight away. See the Urgent Help page for contact details for the North Yorkshire single point of access Crisis Service.