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Inside Out: Supporting LGBTQ+ Young People

Inside Out

42nd Street’s Inside Out service supports young people, aged 13-25 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning their gender identity and/or sexuality (LGBTQ+). People may describe their gender as non-binary or gender fluid or their sexuality as pansexual, asexual or a huge range of other identities across the gender and sexuality spectrums. The many ways in which we identify ourselves is as wonderfully diverse as we are!

What Support is Available?

We offer individual therapeutic support with an ‘out’ LGBTQ+ worker. Sessions will be arranged at a time and in a venue that works for you. Check out individual therapeutic support  for more information about support available and if you have any worries or questions, take a look at some FAQs that young people often find helpful.

You might want to talk about the process of  ‘coming out’ to friends and family, experiences at school or college, difficulties at home or want to explore your sexuality and/or gender identity. Many LGBTQ+ young people prefer to speak to an LGBTQ+ worker who is familiar with some of their difficulties, life experiences and culture. For others, accessing an LGBTQ+ service enables them to gain the confidence to connect with LGBTQ+ community services and meet other LGBTQ+ young people.

Groups, Projects and Events

42nd Street Manchester PRIDE banner 2017

42nd Street Manchester PRIDE banner 2017

Inside Out delivers groups and projects throughout the year. Our biggest event is planning and getting involved in the Manchester PRIDE parade. Our groups and projects are a great way to get involved in the LGBTQ+ community, gain peer support, have fun and make new friends.

Q42 is our online LGBTQ+ project for young people aged 13-18 across Greater Manchester. The Q42 group  meet weekly here at 42nd Street and young people are creating an online space for other LGBTQ+ young people. If you want to help shape how LGBTQ+ young people connect in the community, meet new people, have fun and learn some new creative skills, get involved!

Call us: 0161 228 7321 or email us: hello@q42.org.uk and we’ll give you all the info you need!

Check out our project page or the Q42 website and tell us what you think!

42nd Street LGBTQ+ Service 2017

What other support is out there?

There are a number of organisations, charities and web resources available to young people across Greater Manchester who are there to help with a range of LGBTQ+ related matters, from simply finding a social space, to advice on sexual health, coming out, housing concerns and domestic violence.

Trans / Gender related support

Mermaids runs a helpline for teenagers and children with gender identity concerns on 0208 1234 819, open 15:00 – 19:00 and they have advice, support and forums at www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/

Connect meets on the 1st Monday and 3rd Friday of the month from 6pm-8pm at the LGBT Foundation and is for trans people 18-35 people and is a relaxed social space: www.facebook.com/ConnectMCR

Afternoon T.E.A. meets at The Proud Trust’s Sydney Street café on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 1pm-3pm and is a group for trans people, gender fluid, non-binary and everyone across the gender spectrum aged 14-25. More info at www.theproudtrust.org/for-young-people/list-of-youth-groups/afternoon-tea/

UK Trans Info – For information for trans people, particularly around legal rights and transitioning, tiac.lgbt/resources offers a range of advice. To find out more about the Leeds young people’s Gender Identity Clinic head to www.tavistockandportman.nhs.uk

LGBTQ+ services

The Proud Trust works with LGBTQ+ young people and also offers weekly youth groups for people up to 25 across Greater Manchester and has helpful advice (including a number of downloadable advice guides) on their website as well as group times and locations at www.theproudtrust.org

In Salford there is an LGBTQ+ youth group for those up to 18 run by Salford Youth Services in the Beacon centre every Thursday from 5:30p,-8pm and you can contact chris.rice@salford.gov.uk for more info.

The LGBT Foundation has a helpline open 10am-10pm and can offer advice on coming out to hate crime and information on STI testing on 0345 3303030 and there is more information at lgbt.foundation/get-support/

Sexual Health

Brook offers free and confidential advice on sexual health for under 19s. More info at www.brook.org.uk/ and you can ring the Manchester centre on 0161 237 3001.

LGBT Foundation offers rapid HIV testing in a variety of locations around Greater Manchester. They have a clinic every Wednesday from 4-8pm at the LGBTF centre on Richmond Street, near Canal Street. For more info and for other locations visit lgbt.foundation/get-support/for-men/get-tested/

You can also find your nearest STI clinic at www.nhs.uk/service-search

Housing and Domestic Violence

The Albert Kennedy Trust is available for LGBTQ+ people under 25 who are homeless, sofa-surfing or living in crisis or living in a violent , hostile or abusive home on 0161 228 3308  Mon – Fri 10:00 – 16:30 or at http://www.akt.org.uk/

GALOP (formerly Broken Rainbow) are available to support LGBTQ+ people experiencing domestic violence and their helpline is 020 7704 2040. The opening hours of this line vary – more information can be found at www.galop.org.uk as well as online support.

Sex work

For young men currently involved in, or worried about, sex work, The Men’s Room runs a drop in in Manchester’s Gay Village on Tuesday nights. More information about their project is available at www.mroom.co.uk

Faith & Religion

Both the Metropolitan Church (www.metropolitanchurch.org.uk) and Imaan (www.imaan.org.uk) offer religious support for LGBTQ+ people (Christian and Muslim respectively). A list of lgbtq friendly places of worship can also be found at www.changingattitude.org.uk


If you are concerned you may harm yourself you can contact the emergency services (999) or the NHS on 111 or get yourself to your nearest A&E department. You can find your nearest A&E at www.nhs.uk

The Samaritans provide confidential 24 hours telephone support on 08457 909090 for a range of crisis. More information is at http://www.samaritans.org/

For under 18’s Child-Line is available on 0800 1111 24 hours a day. More information is at www.childline.org.uk

Online abuse / concerns

If you feel you are at risk online or feel coerced online into sexual acts then there is lots of information at www.ThinkUKnow.co.uk and you can report an incident to CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk