Gender and Sexual Identity

As part of growing up, you will spend time exploring your identity and developing a sense of who you are. This will include thinking about who you’re attracted to (sexual identity), how you feel about your gender (gender identity), and the different ways you express your gender.

You may think or realise that you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), meaning your sexual identity or gender identity may be different from some of your peers. Although this should be a positive experience, it can be confusing or distressing.

It’s important to remember you’re not alone with how you’re feeling. Many LGBT people feel anxious before and after they come to terms with who they are. This can be because people at school, outside, in social groups, or at home are not supportive. It can really help if you talk to and get some support from someone who understands.

Below are links to organisations and guidance specifically for young people – whether you know you are LGBT, think you are or would like to learn more!


Mindline TRANS+ : A confidential, emotional mental health support helpline for people who are trans+ Tel: 0300 330 5468


elop: Holistic lesbian and gay centre offering social, emotional and support services Tel:  020 8509 3898 or e-mail


Stonewall Youth: Tel 020 7593 1850 or e-mail

Childline Sexual and gender identity:  Tel 0800 1111 – helpline open 27/4. You can also log-in for a 1-2-1 counsellor chat or send an e-mail

Galop: The LGBT + anti-violence charity if you have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse Tel: 020 7704 2040


Resources and more information

Redbridge Rainbow Community

Stonewall Youth – A Guide to Coming Out


Young People Friendly, local sexual health information and advice, My Sexuality

The Proud Trust