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Supporting LGBT young people: Exploring approaches

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This seminar and discussion event forms part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and will explore LGBT young people and the kinds of support they might need.

We will draw on a number of social science research projects exploring the support needs of LGBT young people from the perspectives of practitioners and young people themselves. Previous studies, for example, suggest that some methods of supporting young LGBT people, such as via counselling, can be seen by LGBT young people as 'pathologising' and/or apportioning 'blame'. Presenting social science research within an informal environment will help to generate thought and discussion between all those with an interest in this area, with a view to informing future practice.

The event is designed to facilitate discussions between academics and practitioners in a supportive environment and there will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

It will begin informally at 4pm with refreshments, during which time participants are encouraged to view and discuss the visual materials on display. This will be followed at 4.30pm by the talks, before a short break and then an informal discussion/workshop to discuss the issues.

Speakers include:

  • Eleanor Formby (Sheffield Hallam University) and Jo Woodiwiss (University of Huddersfield) discussing their current research on approaches to supporting LGBT young people in England and Sweden
  • Catherine Donovan (University of Sunderland) speaking on ‘Young LGB and/or T people and sex and relationships education: Making the case for youth work’
  • Jen Slater (Sheffield Hallam University) talking about their research project, ‘Around the toilet’, which explores the toilet as a place of exclusion and belonging

There is also a linked event in Sheffield on the 7th November if you are interested!

For more information contact Jo Woodwiss: j.woodiwiss@hud.ac.uk, 01484 472172

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