Our youth sessions have been specially designed for young people aged 14 and over.
Each young person who is attending needs to choose their preferred sessions ahead of the conference and will choose one session for the morning (choices 1-3), they will then all attend the plenary session, then choose one session for the afternoon (choices 5-6).
What to do
Speak to the young people who are attending to select their final choices from the information below as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Every session is open to young people of any sexual orientation and gender identity. Places will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Please encourage your students to read the following information carefully before making their choices as we are unable to swap sessions on the day
11:00 - 12:10
Young people choose one session
1. Exploring trans identities
Thanks to Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner, Jack Monroe and TV shows like Hollyoaks and EastEnders we’re seeing more trans people in the media than ever before. But what’s it like if you’re not famous? From coming out to the impact of transphobia, we’ll hear from trans people about their different experiences. Hear about what it mean to be a trans person today and discuss how society can help make these experiences more positive.
2. Promoting positive mental health and well-being for LGBT young people
Our mental health and well-being is really important and thankfully there are a lot of conversations happening in the UK media right now. Coming out as lesbian, gay, bi or trans can be hard for different reasons and this experience can have an impact on our mental and emotional health. In this session, we’ll hear from experts about the impact that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia can have on young people, and explore how we can support people to feel as safe as possible.
3. Workshop: Stepping up as a role model
We all have people we admire for different reasons, whether they’re family members, friends, famous people or fictional characters. Role models play an important part in influencing us and help us to decide what we aspire to be. This session will look at how we, ourselves, can be positive role models by considering the impact that we have on the people around us, as well as thinking about the particular importance of visible role models to LGBT people.
13:00 - 14:10
All young people attend this session
4. Role model panel: Not just LGBT
Visible LGBT role models are really important. They inspire people and very often speak up for those who aren’t able or confident enough to speak for themselves. But no lesbian, gay, bi or trans person is the same – just like everyone else, there are lots of different aspects of their identity, like religious beliefs and ethnicity. We’ll hear from four LGBT people about how their sexual orientation or gender identity fit in with other parts of who they are and the experiences and challenges they’ve faced.
14:10 - 15:20
Young people choose one session
5. So what about the 'B' in LGBT?
A lot of people identify as bisexual, but we don’t really hear much about the experiences of bi people compared to others from the LGBT communities. In this session, we will hear from bi people who’ll discuss issues like the diversity of bi experiences, bi erasure and visibility, and coming out. We’ll also explore how straight, lesbian, gay and trans people can support the bi community.
6. Workshop: Campaigning as a young person
Stonewall has a long history of campaigning and something that we know is that individuals have the power to change the world! Hundreds of young people have taken part in our Youth Volunteering programme and have campaigned for LGBT equality. Using similar exercises as those in our programme, we’ll inspire you to think about what you can do to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and support LGBT (and those questioning their identity) people in your school and local community.