LGB&T Youth Groups

LGB&T youth groups are a great place to meet and socialise with other young people in a safe environment.

It can be really good to talk to people who might be going through similar experiences to you. They might also offer support services. Yorkshire MESMAC staff around the region can:

  • Talk to you in confidence about sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual health, as well as issues such as homophobic bullying and hate crime.
  • Provide you with information and free safer sex resources (such as condoms and lube).
  • Tell you about what is going on in your local area for young LGB&T people, including groups and events.
  • Signpost you to other appropriate services if necessary.

Proud 'n' Diverse

Proud 'n' Diverse is a group for LGBTQI people between 18-25 years old.

The group meets at 6pm, every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Yorkshire MESMAC, 22/23 Blayds Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD.

Here's some of what the group aims to provide:
- Support
- Knowledge of the LGBTQI Community
- Social Gatherings
- Helping Others
- Sharing Experiences
- Information
- Entertainment Evenings
- Safe Environment

Get in touch by emailing proudndiverse@outlook.com or liking / messaging their Proud 'n' Diverse page on Facebook.


Out 2 18

The group is a LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Questioning) group for young people aged 13 to 18 that is run through the Leeds City Council, Youth Offer Improvement Team. to support the young people with issues with homophobia, housing, scene life, sexual health and is also somewhere to meet in a safe environment and not feel threatened.

Out to 18 meets every other Thursday from 6.30pm till 8.30pm in a central Leeds location.

A wide range of group work on issues affecting young people, trips out, residential weekends with other LGTBQ/LGBTQ friendly groups from around the country, Social activities like Art based activities such as DJ workshops, dance, photography, self defence, graffiti art, film nights, bowling, and much much more. Just call the group's youth worker on 07712 214421 or email Samantha.Horsfield@leeds.gov.uk for any further information or directions.


Transtastic

Transtastic is a Trans youth group for people who identify as Trans aged 13 to 18 years old that is run through the Leeds City Council Youth Services. It aims to support Trans people with a wide range of activities and mutual peer support.

A wide range of group work on issues affecting young people, trips out, residential weekends with other LGTBQ/LGBTQ friendly groups from around the country, Social activities like Art based activities such as DJ workshops, dance, photography, self defence, graffiti art, film nights, bowling, and much much more.

Transtastic meets every other Thursday from 6.30pm till 8.30pm in a central Leeds location.

Just call the group's youth worker on 07712 214421 or email Samantha.Horsfield@leeds.gov.uk for any further information or directions.


Gendered Intelligence

The first Gendered Intelligence Group outside of London, the Leeds Youth Group was set up in October 2014. The group welcomes all trans, non-binary, gender variant and questioning young people between the ages of 13 and 21.

The group meets 2nd Tuesday of each month.

 at Yorkshire MESMAC, 22/23 Blayds Yard, Leeds, LS1 4AD from 6pm-8pm.

To come along!

Get in touch with the group's youth worker Finn Thorbrian:

finn.thorbrian@genderedintelligence.co.uk

Click here to see the Gendered Intelligence website.

Click here to like the Gendered Intelligence Facebook page.

Click here to follow Gendered Intelligence on Twitter.


"The group is a place where you can be yourself"- Jack 18

BLAGY

This is a social and support group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people under the age of 25, they meet weekly on a Wednesday evening. For more information call 01274 395815 or 07810 550534 or email bradford@mesmac.co.uk.


Phoenix: Bradford Trans Youth Group

A new youth group run by Bradford Council for Trans young people aged 13-21 runs every other Wednesday from 18:00-20:00. All young people who identify as Trans, are questioning their gender identity, or sit outside of male/female gender binaries are welcome to attend. The group is a place to discuss, share and learn about Trans identities, how to move forward and the processes of being a Trans young person.

For more information, email Finn on finn@equitypartnership.org.uk.


Sound

Sound is a group in Bradford for young LGBT people between 13-19 years old. It is a safe, confidential and supportive place where you can meet other young people. You can also meet up with youth workers 1-2-1 to discuss any issues that you might have with sexuality or gender identity.

The group meets every Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Equity Centre (1 Longlands Street, Bradford, BD1 2TP).


The Fruitbowl Youth Group (for ages 13-17 years old)

The Fruitbowl is a youth group open to all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning young people. We meet every Monday evening from 6.30pm - 9.00pm in a central Wakefield location. It is an organised session where we socialise and plan scheduled events.

The group location will be given out by the Fruitbowl Workers and is not publicised online due to safety.

We provide information and support on areas such as sexual health, relationships, keeping safe and anything we feel could benefit the group in their day to day life. You can find out more about Fruitbowl by emailing: gviccarsdyas@wakefield.gov.uk, calling Gail on 01977722815 or contacting the Fruitbowl Worker by searching for "Fruitbowl Worker" on Facebook.

Please note that Fruitbowl is being run with sessional support from Yorkshire MESMAC so the main contact is Gail Viccarsdyas from the Youth Work Team.


"This is one of the best things to happen to me, everyone is supportive to one another"- Bryan 20

YorQueer: York LGB&T Youth Group

A weekly LGB&T youth social group (for ages 14-25) on Wednesday evenings.

For more information contact Lilly on 07710 099 033 or e.allenby@mesmac.co.uk.


SGLBT: Young LGBTQ People in Scarborough

The group meets fortnightly in a safe central Scarborough location to provide socialising and support for LGB&TQ people under the age of 25. The sessions normally start at 6pm and end at 8pm but sometimes there are group trips and residentials too.

Sessions have included costume making for Scarborough Pride, a movie night, sexual rights session, a beach party, food and non-alcoholic cocktails night, a Halloween party, a trip to Leeds LGB&T Pride, a residential in the Dales and more.

The group members are helping to steer the way the youth group develops and grows with a Yorkshire MESMAC worker supporting them. In the future months they have sexual health sessions planned including the development of resources to benefit other young people in the coast and moors areas. Also the group have received some money because of their work evaluating some youth work resources and are planning a group trip or meal.

Young people from across the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale areas are very welcome to join the group, we can even help with travel expenses if it’s difficult to get to the group.

The Scarborough LGB&T youth group has been temporarily put on hold until we have a new member of staff in position. 


Harrogate LGBT Youth Group

A fortnightly social on Wednesday evenings for young LGBT people aged 13-25. For more information contact Tommo on 07899 016 239 or t.snape@mesmac.co.uk.

The group is there to offer support and advice to young LGBT people. As well as being a safe place to meet we also have information sessions to enable people to be more informed about issues that affect may affect you. We also offer one to one support and can arrange support sessions at other times.


Selby Unicorns LGBT+ Youth Group

A youth group for LGBT+ young people aged between 13 - 19 taking place every 2nd and 4th Wednesday.

A safe space to chat, learn, get involved with creative activities and meet new friends. 

For more information contact Cj on 07710 099 031 or email cj.reay@mesmac.co.uk


SHOUT

SHOUT is a safe and confidential space for LGBT young people between 14-25 years old. It’s a great space to have a laugh, get support and meet new friends. The group does different activities and workshops each week. This has included discussions about coming out to parents and friends, trips out to laser quest, trips to other LGBT youth groups, art sessions and DJ workshops.

For more details contact Heidi at The Warren Project on 01482 219357 or heidi@thewarren.org.

You can also take a look at our website

Twitter handle: @Shout_Group


"This group helped me accept myself and give me a place where I can meet people like me"- Catia
"I have made many friends white I have been with the LGBT group and I look forward to being here"- Beth 17