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LGBT+ youth identity and inclusion

During 2018-2019, Dr Lucy Jones (University of Nottingham) led a research project investigating language and LGBT+ youth identity. She interviewed 32 young people aged 12-20 from LGBT+ youth groups in the North & Midlands of England. The research illustrates young LGBT+ people’s everyday experiences of homophobia and transphobia, as well as the subtle mechanisms of exclusion which shape their lives.

Below are two outputs from the project: a policy brief and a social media campaign. Each of these demonstrate the key implications from the research.

Enhancing young LGBT+ people’s everyday lives through inclusivity

The study findings demonstrate the positive impact that inclusive policies relating to social care, health, and education can have in addressing these inequalities. These points are summarised in the brief, which makes five key recommendations. The policy brief was distributed to policy makers during LGBTQ+ History Month (February 2022). Click on the image to read the document in full.

LGBT+ Youth Manifesto

During lockdown in 2021, a further 40 young people from these groups took part in an additional activity. This was designed to give them a voice and a sense of empowerment. Together, they developed the LGBT+ Youth Manifesto: a set of 12 actions reflecting their vision for a world in which LGBT+ youth can live safer, more confident, happier lives. The Manifesto also draws on interview and focus group data conducted during the original project in 2018-19. Click the image to explore the manifesto.

Cartoon figures of young LGBT people waving Pride flags appear under the words 'Introducing the LGBT+ Youth Manifesto!'

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