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Whether you feel attracted to the same sex, to someone of the same sex, both or don't feel attracted to anyone at all, it is ok. We are all different.

LGBTQ+  stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning), and others. The ‘plus’ represents other sexual identities. It can be difficult to find information or someone to talk to about how you feel without worrying that they are going to judge you in some way. You may find the following helpful NHS - am i gay lesbian or bisexual?       

Relationships Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. They provide services across Yorkshire offering  advice and support to LGBTQ+, young people and adults, transgender communities as well as other groups. You can find more information about what local support there is at MESMAC York by visiting their website or Tel: 01904 620400 or email york@mesmac.co.uk

The NHS are you ready for sex page has more information about sex including sex and the law, contraception, questions to ask yourself, safe sex including safe sex for women who have sex with women and men to have sex with men.

Gender Identity

Many thousands of people feel that they have been born in to the wrong body (this is known as gender dysphoria). For example a trans person may feel that their birth gender does not match how they feel inside. A trans person may not identify as a particular gender, but somewhere in between or outside of traditional gender roles.

If you feel unhappy or uncertain about your gender there are services and organisations which offer lots of advice and support.  

The Childline website has information and practical tips on gender dysphoria, transitioning and how to support someone with their gender identity.

Mermaids is a national organisation that helps and supports gender-diverse kids, young people and their families.

Coming Out

Coming out means sharing with others around you that you are lesbian, gay, bisexual and or transgender (LGBT+). Coming out can be different for everyone and it is important to do this in your own time and when you are ready. If you would like to talk to someone or get more information about coming out, you can contact MESMAC and Mermaids.

The LGBT Switchboard and helpline offer advice and understating by phone, chat or email.  You can also find other services around LGBTQ+ and Sexuality using our online search facility.

 The Childline website has some great information on sexuality definitions and support for coming out.

Search for Services

The service directory has details of organisations that can provide information about sexual health, relationships, contraception, sex and the law, puberty, being a teenage parent, and services for young people. All sexual health services are completely confidential. The services listed will not give information about you to any one else without your permission, unless there is a serious risk to your (or someone else), health.

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