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Parents and Carers connect: supporting young LGBTQIA+ people

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Parents and Carers connect: supporting young LGBTQIA+ people

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Parents and Carers connect: supporting young LGBTQIA+ people

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Today is IDAHOBIT day,  the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. It’s a day where we celebrate LGBTQIA+ globally, as well as a day where we recognise the continuing work needed to prevent discrimination. 


We know that LGBTQIA+ young people and their families can continue to face discrimination- but we also know that for young people, having family who are supportive and accepting  can be massively protective. Parents don’t have to have all of the answers- just knowing that you’re in their corner is something that can be incredibly powerful. 


For parents and carers with young people who identify as LGBTQIA+ community, you may feel uncertain about how best to support them. 

We have a range of great resources here if you’d like to learn more , and we’d also love to hear from you about how you’ve supported any young people in your life! 


A parent’s story about gender identity 

Supporting teens with their sexuality 


Gender identity and school 

If you feel like some extra support would be useful for you and your family, here’s some services to check out: 


ReachOut One to One Support: a free coaching service for parents and carers


QLife: Phone and online counselling for LGBTI people, their family and friends


Minus18: Education and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ young people