LGBTQ youth in Kent – Needs, assets and provision

This report outlines some of the experiences of a sample of young people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ) attending the LGBTQ youth hubs in Kent between August 2013 and December 2014 – as reported by young people themselves. It also provides useful information about both the role of the LGBTQ youth health adviser and the function of a dedicated LGBTQ youth space and how these young people experience them. The report is based on young people’s responses to an in-depth survey (Appendix 1), designed and conducted by a health promotion practitioner based within Sexual Health Services, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and supported by Kent Integrated Adolescent Support Services (KIASS). The report also includes an outline of the business case for the provision of LGBTQ youth hubs
The sample size is small but the study in depth and by using the framework of the far-reaching  national study carried out by Metro Centre: Youth Chances, plus our own anecdotal evidence gathered over the last four years these young people’s experiences in this study are representative of the wider LGBTQ youth population in Kent.
Kent LGBTQ Youth report 2015