After the conference’s opening key note speeches, young people will break off and attend their own dedicated youth conference.
Our youth sessions have been specially designed by our Youth Programmes team for young people aged 14 to 18, they will empower young people to work with you to champion LGBTQ inclusion.
Students should choose one session from the morning block (1, 2 or 3), they will then all attend the panel discussion, followed by one session from the afternoon block. (5, 6 or 7). Students will be split into learning groups so they can reflect on what they have learnt throughout the day.
Once you have booked your places to the conference, please share the following session information with students to enable them to select their sessions ahead of the conference. Each session will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Encourage students to select carefully as we are unable to swap sessions on the day of the conference.
Every session is open to young people of any sexual orientation and gender identity. Some of the sessions are interactive and will require participation from the young people in the room.
Youth Conference Programme
9:00 - Registration and refreshments
10:00 - Opening session
11:00 - Meet learning groups and introductions
11:15 - Breakout session group A
1. LGBTQ communities online
The internet is a hugely important space for young LGBTQ people, creating limitless opportunities to connect with people from all over the world. Social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Instagram have allowed people to join and even create communities of likeminded people, which serve as virtual spaces for people to find support. There are also ever increasing chances for young people to educate themselves and promote campaigns, causes and projects. However, the anonymity afforded by the internet, as well as the lack of regulation of social media, can mean young people are exposed to trolling and abuse. In this session, you’ll hear from LGBTQ people who have both positive and negative experiences of being LGBTQ online.
2. Exploring trans identities
Thanks to celebrities like Laverne Cox and 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, you’ll hear from trans people about what it means to be a trans person today, their different experiences, what it means to be a trans person today and discuss how individuals and society can help make these experiences more positive.
3. Being BAME and LGBTQ
The experience of being black, Asian or minority ethnic and a lesbian, gay, bi or trans person can vary from the wider LGBTQ community. BAME LGBTQ people face significant challenges including discrimination from both the BAME and LGBTQ communities. The LGBTQ community is diverse and it’s important to understand this, while respecting and celebrating differences. In this session, you’ll hear about what it means to be a minority within a minority, the importance of diverse visible role models and explore how to make LGBTQ spaces inclusive for all.
13:05 - Reflect on session A
13:20 - Session B - Role Model panel
4. What's next for LGBTQ equality?
Although we’ve seen huge strides in equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in recent years, there is still a long way to go before every LGBTQ person is accepted without exception. Many countries are still fighting for marriage equality and young LGBTQ people everywhere are subject to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. What can you do to help achieve LGBTQ equality and what will be the next challenges facing the LGBTQ community and its allies?
14:25 - Break
14:40 - Breakout session group C
5. Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing: how can we look after ourselves and eachother?
The experience of coming out as lesbian, gay, bi or trans, as well as the everyday pressure and stress of modern life, can have an impact on mental health and wellbeing. In this session, you’ll hear from experts about the impact that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia can have on young people, and explore how you can support each other to feel as safe as possible.
6. What about the ‘B’ in LGBTQ?
Although many young people identify as bi, and other similar identities such as queer or pansexual, the issues faced by bi people are not always widely understood. In this interactive session, you’ll hear from bi people about how bi-erasure and biphobia occur and the impact they can have. You’ll learn ways that everyone can support the bi community by challenging language and behaviour that excludes bi people.
7. Faith, Sexuality and Gender
Discussing LGBTQ identities and faith can be complicated and the two are often portrayed as incompatible. In this session, you’ll hear LGBTQ people of faith discuss their identities and understand the challenges and misconceptions that surround LGBTQ people of faith. You’ll gain a greater understanding of how faith, sexuality and gender intersect and the importance of acknowledging all parts of yours or someone else’s identity.
15:40 - Reflect on sessions B and C
16:00 - Join closing session
16:50 - End