News archive 2008 and Before

Family Rejection of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adolescents

29th December 2008
Groundbreaking Research on Family Rejection of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adolescents Establishes Predictive Link to Negative Health Outcomes Published in the journal, Pediatrics


19th December 2008
First ever statement on sexual orientation and gender identity at the UN General Assembly.

Discrimination and Abuse Linked to Higher Rates of Pregnancy Among LGB Teens: UBC Study 2008

December 16th 2008
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) teens in British Columbia are at a higher risk of pregnancy because of discrimination, sexual abuse and harassment compared to heterosexual teens, according to a University of British Columbia study.

Canadian Suicide Study

2nd December 2008
Five year Canadian study into youth suicide identifies Older youth (age 17-18 years), males, Aboriginal children and youth, and gay, lesbian and bisexual children and youth, as well as those who were questioning their sexuality, were at increased risk of suicide.

LGBT Young People Acknowledged as Vulnerable in CAMHS Report.

19th November 2008
"Children and young people in mind: the final report of the national CAMHS Review" has just been published.

Gay Youngsters to tackle homophobic bullying

14th November 2008
Members of Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale (GALYIC) will be giving a dynamic presentation at the launch of Calderdale's Anti-Bullying Strategy on 19th November at Heath Training Centre in Halifax.

Gay teenager works to change attitudes

14th November 2008
A sixteen year old young lesbian in North Carolina, USA is striking back at homophobic abuse in schools.

GALYIC launch new website

12th November 2008
Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale have launched their newly designed website. Whilst the contents are specifically for Calderdale, a lot of the information contained in the website, and links to further information, will be useful to LGBT young people, parents of LGBT young people and professionals working with young people everywhere.

Australian study shows high levels of suicide attempts among lesbian,gay and bisexual young people

11th November, 2008
Suicide attempts among lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) school students in Queensland are at disturbingly high levels, a report shows.

Parents angered by school play that tells kids 'it's OK to be gay'

10th November 2008
School pupils are being shown a play about children coming to terms with their homosexuality, to the anger of some parents.

Manchester to get UK's first gay FM station

10th November 2008
Ian Wallace is the project leader for Gaydio; the Princess Street-based outfit that has been running limited RSL broadcasts for the past three years documentary.

McAleese urges action on homophobic bullying

October 30, 2008
President Mary McAleese urged young people to stand up against those who bully their peers on the grounds of their sexual orientation

Teens fight intolerance

23rd October, 2008
Two Musselburgh teenagers leading a gay rights campaign are to receive air time in a new Channel 4 documentary.

United NationsCommittee on the Rights of the Child tell UK Government to stop discrimination against LGBT young people

3rd October, 2008
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 49th session has criticised the UK government that social stigma and discrimination is still affecting certain groups of young people, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Council of Europe identifies LGBT young people as significantly vulnerable to suicide

27th March 2008
In March this year the Council of Europe passed resolution 1608: Child and teenage suicide in Europe: A serious public-health issue. The resolution emphasises the need for member states to give priority to preventing child and teenage suicide. The report highlights the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

LGBT: The outsiders

(24th January 2008)Members of GALYIC who gave a presentation to two local schools in Calderdale have featured in an article in "Children & Young People Now" magazine. The magazine is read by youth workers and other professionals who work with young people across the country.

Closeted and Vulnerable

(December 2007)In the December 2007 issue of Counselling Children and Young People, Angela Hodgson, Psychosexual Health Counsellor and Jan Bridget wrote an extensive article on young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The journal has a wide readership amongst mental health workers and counsellors.

Social Exclusion

(April 2006) Social exclusion of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) in Europe report published.

Policy & Practice: Briefing - Gay young people outline policy needs:Briefing- Closeted and Vulnerable

(18th January 2006) The GALYIC NAT (Needs Assessment Tool) Report was covered by Children & Young People Now. The item was important because it was included in the Policy & Practice: Briefing section of the magazine.

On the buses with GALYIC

(12 November 2002) A new and unusual publicity campaign has just been launched across Calderdale which should be very difficult to miss. Just keep an eye out for passing buses.

GALYIC in the pink

(August 2002) At last GALYIC (Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale) are getting more referrals from different agencies, especially Calderdale Youth Service.