LGBTQ+ unsure or questioning what does it all mean?
You may be attracted to people of the same sex as you, or just boys or girls or both. You might feel a bit confused about how you feel or you might be completely sure and comfortable with your sexuality. Whatever, it’s completely normal and natural part of who you are. So don’t worry about it, because you are not alone, LGBTQ+ people exist in all families, cultures and have throughout history. They exist in all walks of life, in your schools, colleges and work places.
Young people who identify as LGBTQ+ often feel isolated and alone, by meeting in a safe, supportive environment with other young people similar to you and with professionally trained youth workers who identify and understand what you are thinking and feeling, can be a great source of encouragement, help, support and sense of belonging.
Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are you questioning your sexual or gender identity? Want to meet other young people similar to you in a safe and relaxed social space?
Want to meet other young people similar to you in a safe social space Projects and 121 support in Fareham, Gosport and Havant
Y Services LGBTQ+ projects provide a safe, comfortable space where young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans and who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity can get to know other young people like themselves. Most importantly we offer a space in which young people who are LGBTQ+ can have fun, laugh, be themselves and embrace their uniqueness.
We also set aside some time for anyone who is new or who wants to talk in confidence with a worker at the project. Our weekly structured activities include work-shops on issues that affect LGBTQ+ young people like: coming out, safer sex, healthy relationships, LGBTQ+ history, knowing your rights, mental and emotional health, personal development, as well as creative arts opportunities for example: visual art projects, sculpture, music projects using a recording studio, photography and film making.
Our vision is to create a county of Hampshire that is the best place in the UK to grow up as an LGBTQ+ young person. Y Services believe that LGBTQ+ young people should feel safe and be able to flourish.
- Y Services aims to provide young people who have the right to access services to support their specific needs that enable them to grow and thrive as individuals and as members of the wider community
- Y Services will work to ensure that LGBTQ+ young people have improved: self identity, mental health, sexual health and physical health. That trans identified young people are recognised and included, as well as reach their full potential as informed and empowered individuals
- Y Services will work to raise awareness, promote good practice, provide relevant up to date information regarding LGBTQ+ and young peoples issues to foster and create a more inclusive local community
Some of our achievements over the years
Voices For Change: An LGBT+ Youth Conference
Held on Saturday 25th June 2016 at Winchester’s Ashburton Hall, the Voices for Change LGBT+ Youth Conference sought to bring together young people from across Hampshire to share their views and experiences, and to hear from people who are working to promote the development and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ young people not just in Hampshire, but across the whole of the UK.
This event was carefully planned with input from LGBTQ+ young people every step of the way and featured guest speakers, a number of workshops, and, most importantly, the opportunity for young people to get together and share their experiences
Voices for Change: An LGBT+ Youth Festival
Y Services is pleased to report that the first LGBT+ Youth Festival was held on Saturday 15th June 2017 and it was an amazing success. 50 young people took part in a number of workshops: ‘Plotting LGBT+ issues’, ‘Developing an LGBT+ Charter for Schools across Hampshire’ and ‘Voices for Heritage: Film making workshop’ which was delivered by Fox Fisher from MyGenderation.
The workshops at the festival was really positive in that, young people were able to have a real involved and have a voice in the development of an LGBT+ Youth Charter for Schools across Hampshire. Y Services have been able to write a draft charter directly from the views recorded. We aim to present and share the Charter during LGBT+ history Month which is February 2018.
The evening section of the VFC and LGBT+ Youth Festival saw RuPaule’s Drag act Malaria introduced the 7 performances that included our very own LGBT+ themed rock bad ‘Status Queer’. All the performances were raw and empowering.
Voices for Transition
Voice for Transition is a peer led film making project, by transgender young people about the issues around being a transgender young person today. Its a short film but packs a powerful message. Its compelling, educational and demonstrates the need to enable and empower young people to have a voice about issues which affect them. Trans young people often have their voice and views ridiculed and silenced.
This film is a powerful reminder of the authority invested in Article 12 of the convention of the rights of the child. Article 12 is particularly important as it requires states parties to the UNCRC to: guarantee to all children capable of forming their own views, the right to express their views freely in all matters affecting them.