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In the last year, NSPCC Childline counsellors delivered 4,125 sessions to young people with concerns around gender identity and sexuality.
The charity said there was also a significant increase in the number of young people reaching out for support after being bullied about their sexuality or gender identity, compared with the previous year.
Representatives from the the NSPCC and Childline attended Birmingham Pride on Saturday to highlight the importance of respecting young people’s curiosity and self-expression when it comes to sexuality and gender identity.
They wanted to show their support for LGBTQ+ children and young people in the region. The charity believes that all young people should be free to explore their sexuality and gender, free from fear, shame or bullying.
Any child or young person, who maybe experiencing anxiety and challenges about their sexuality or gender identity, can speak to a trained Childline counsellor over the phone anytime on 0800 1111. Alternatively, they can visit the Childline website, and have a 121 online chat or send an email to a counsellor. We will always be there for every child.
Amanda Synott, community fundraising manager for Birmingham, said: “Like other representatives from the NSPCC and Childline, I will be attending this year’s Birmingham Pride on Saturday 24 September to show our support for LGBTQ+ young people, and remind them we’re here for every child.
“Young people’s most common concerns were coming out, questioning their sexuality or gender identity, gender dysphoria, reporting discrimination and prejudice related to sexuality or gender identity and self-acceptance.”
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