Who are you? What do you like? As a young person you will begin
to find the freedom to discover things about yourself. You'll also
meet a lot of different people with a wide range of opinions,
tastes and identities.
It can be exciting to explore things and try and define
yourself, to find out where you fit in and where you don't. It can
also be a confusing time, not only thinking about who you are, but
who you'd like to have relationships with.
Becoming an adult brings questions and decisions about loving
and sexual relationships.
Not everyone is clear about their sexual orientation; it may
take time for some people to understand their sexual feelings -
If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, or if you're unsure about
your sexual orientation there are confidential services you can
contact for information and support or to meet other people:
- LGBT Youth Scotland gives information and
support on their website they can also give advice,
support and information by text message directly to your mobile
phone. Regardless of where you are in Scotland, you can send
a text asking for details about groups, events, or for information
about coming out tips, help about your mental health and much more.
All you need to tell us is your age and where you are. All texts
are picked up by trained youth work staff who can help you out at
the touch of a button. Text "info" and where you
are to 0778 148 17 88.
- Strathclyde Gay & Lesbian Switchboard
gives support and information on its helpline. Phone 0141 847 0447
every night from 7pm to 10pm.
- If you are a student you can ask your student union if there's
a lesbian/gay/bisexual club on campus.
- If you want some advice contact The Place which is part of
Sandyford. It's a young people friendly sexual health service.
Phone: 0141 211 8130 for more.
Have a good time but remember to stay safe and that you have the
right to be happy and fulfilled in relationships.