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LGBTQIA+ Staying Safe

Reaching out to other young people is a great way to become part of the LGBTQIA+ community, to feel like you belong and feel supported. But there are risks to look out for. Here’s what you need to know to keep yourself safe online, at school or college and at work. 

Mental Health

Here’s the thing. If you identify as a young LGBTQIA+ person, you’re more likely to experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety or low self-esteem. The good news is, there’s specialist help available from a range of sources. 

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If you’re in crisis or at breaking point, there are support services you can talk to.

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What services are there in Leeds?

Discover a range support services available to you in Leeds aimed to support your wellbeing by clicking the button below.

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Tips for your wellbeing

Feelings change from day to day for most people. Click the button below to find out more information on common issues and tips on where to go for more help.

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Sexual health

Let’s talk about sex. As a young LGBTQIA+ person you need to take care of your sexual health too. Here you’ll find loads of no-nonsense, straight-talking information and advice to help you stay safe and healthy. 

Leeds Sexual Health

Discover great information for young people on the Leeds Sexual Health website and a tailored section for the LGBTQIA+ community. Here you’ll find out information about STIs, contraception, sexuality, health and unhealthy relationships, safe sex and they also have an online chat feature where you can ask questions.

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Yorkshire MESMAC

One of the largest sexual health organisations in the country. Mesmac offer a sexual health testing, a range of mental health and wellbeing services and support groups for the LGBTQIA+ community.

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If you have experienced abuse and violence, Galop are here to support you. Visit their website for more information about support available.

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Bullying and hate crime

Did you know that bullying is a form of hate crime? That means it’s against the law for anyone to discriminate against you or abuse you because of your gender identity. Find out how to get help if you feel you’re being bullied or threatened. 


If you’re worried about bullying and looking for ways to get help, visit our MindMate page for more information.

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Hate crime

Find out more information about what hate crime is and how you can report it on the True Vision website.

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Visit Galop’s website to find out more information about hate crime, why it’s important to report it and how you can get help.

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Your rights and the law

No matter how you identify, as a young LGBTQIA+ person, being respected and protected is your legal right. That’s right, you’ve got the law on your side. Find out where you stand. 

Proud Trust

Discover more information on the Proud Trust website about your rights and how you can protect yourself.

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Looking to connect with people from the LGBTQIA+ community ?

Visit our community and support groups page here to see what’s available to you in Leeds.