The Dundee-based health and information service will be collaborating with LGBT Youth Scotland’s local youth group AllSorts Dundee during the next two months to raise awareness of a range of gender and sexual identity issues to health professionals, young people and the general public.
The campaign aims to emphasise the reality that gender and sexual identity is a complex and often fluid process, and hopes to demonstrate that the labels and terminology commonly used are limited given that many people do not easily conform to fixed notions of gender and sexual identity. A key objective of the campaign is to challenge LGBT stereotypes.
Tying in with LGBT History Month, The Corner hopes this initiative will make a significant contribution to raising awareness of LGBT issues in Dundee and surrounding areas. It is taking its campaign into a number local secondary schools.
Keeping with LGBT Youth Scotland’s youth-led approach, local young people and artists have collaborated to create the resources being used in outreach work. These consider a person’s identity from four essential elements: gender identity, gender expression, attraction and biological sex. The resources will be on display at the corner’s drop-in on Shore Terrace, Dundee where other interactive activities will also be available to enable young people to increase their understanding of the LGBT community and show how all of us are affected by gender and sexual identity issues.
Speaking to STV Scotland, Barry Jordan, a Development Worker with LGBT Youth Scotland said: “In Dundee, young LGBT people often tell us there is no real sense of an LGBT community like what you find in Glasgow or Edinburgh – [there’s] a real need to promote greater understanding of the issues facing the LGBT community within Dundee.”
The Corner offers a wide range of health, information and peer-led services to young people aged between 11 and 25. It provides a safe, welcoming environment where young people can talk confidentially about issues that might be affecting them. Corner staff have been trained in how to sensitively open discussion with young people about the complex subject matter of gender and sexual identity. The service also provides health and emotional wellbeing support and a range of sexual health services to young people.