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Young LGBT People: Health & Care Equality. Jan Bridget Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale. Credentials. 20 years: 1987 LIS; 1997 Action/GALYIC Support: Long distance/local; telephone, email, text, letter, face-to-face; 1-1, groups

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Young lgbt people health care equality

Young LGBT People: Health & Care Equality

Jan Bridget

Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale


Credentials
Credentials

  • 20 years: 1987 LIS; 1997 Action/GALYIC

  • Support: Long distance/local; telephone, email, text, letter, face-to-face; 1-1, groups

  • Research: Library; LIS website; Young Lesbians; Young LGBs

  • Publications: Lists; Packs; Reports; Booklets

  • Training: Homophobia awareness from a multi-oppression perspective; 1,000’s of professionals, around country

  • Campaigning: Mental health; alcohol misuse; LGB young people


Main issues
MAIN ISSUES

  • Young Trans – no/little data

  • Vulnerability

  • Effects

  • Inaccessible Mainstream Services

  • What can SOGIAG do?


Vulnerability
VULNERABILITY

  • Identifying and coming out at younger ages therefore more vulnerable:

    • At school – homophobic bullying; invisibility of issues

    • On streets – homophobic bullying (usually same perpetrators)

    • At home – parental rejection (homelessness) or on-going emotional abuse (non-acceptance)

    • Media – religious homophobes

    • Isolated – no information, friends

    • High levels of sexual abuse




Inaccessible services
INACCESSIBLE SERVICES

  • Most mainstream services say accessible to all young people, including LGBT, but few are (lack: training, resources, specialist service/group/member of staff)

  • Clear young LGBTs should be accessing mainstream services, especially mental health; alcohol/drugs; social services (families – emotional abuse; sexual abuse); housing; sexual health; youth services

  • Not access services unless know gay-friendly or if do and not out, not getting needs met


Galyic accessing mainstream services
GALYIC: Accessing Mainstream Services

  • 21% had tried to access other services and found them to be homophobic or lacking in understanding of LGBT issues

  • 65% not out to GPs


What can sogiag do
What can SOGIAG do?

  • POLICIES: Acknowledge LGBT youth highly vulnerable: inclusion in relevant strategies/actions (MKing’s lit review: 12/24 papers related to young LGBs; acknowledged abroad - Queensland); local PCT – no funding unless included in national strategies and action points

  • EXPERTS: Set up national working party of experts & relevant departmental representation (quarterly and virtual on KC)

  • FUNDING: Prioritise government funding programmes, e.g. section 64, opps4vols, etc, LGBT youth groups – specific to develop/build on current provision

  • RESEARCH: Commission mapping current provision; trans youth

  • TRAINING: Relevant professional basic training

  • MAINSTREAM SERVICES: training, policies, working with LGBT youth groups

  • RESOURCES: CSIP – support to develop resources on KC


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