Young People - LGBT

Young People in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Relationships

  • Bisexual-means being attracted to both men and women
  • Gay -means being male and attracted to men
  • Lesbian - means being female and attracted to women
  • Heterosexual - means being attracted to people of the opposite sex
  • Transgender-means a person identifying with or being a different gender to the one they were born with.
  • Transexual - means those who prefer to present themselves as a different gender to the one they were born with.

A group of young people from Outburst in Nottingham created a short animated film to challenge some of the assumptions made about domestic violence in young LGBT people's relationships. You can watch the film below:

1 in 4 people in LGBT relationships will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can happen in any relationship. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. People within LGBT relationships can experience the same abuses as those within heterosexual relationships, other experiences could include:

  • Threatening to ‘out' their partner to family or friends
  • Threatening to disclose their partners gender status
  • Threatening to tell people about their partners health status for example that they are HIV positive
  • Not allowing their partner to access the gay ‘scene'. This can make them isolated
  • Tell their partner that support services are homophobic or there is no support for people in LGBT relationships

It is difficult for anyone to leave an abusive relationship. People within LGBT relationships can experience the same barriers as within heterosexual relationships, other barriers can include:

  • A person may have to ‘out' themselves before they can get any support. This could be difficult for a young person still at school.
  • They may think they won't be believed as it may be assumed that domestic violence does not happen in LGBT relationships.
  • They may think there is no support for young people in LGBT relationships
  • They fear that they may become isolated from the LGBT community if they say what is happening or leave the relationship

Help and Support - Specialised Services

There are specialist support services who can help LGBT people overcome the difficulties they may be experiencing or the barriers they face:

Phone Numbers:

Women's Aid - National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000247)
Free and confidential 24hr helpline run by Women's Aid and Refuge. 

Mens Advice Line (0808 801 0327)
Advice and support for men over 16 in abusive relationships.

Broken Rainbow  (0300 999 5428)
A phoneline service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people experiencing abuse. 


LGBT Domestic Abuse Website

Another Closet Website

LGBT Youth Website

Stonewall Website

The following video was created by the LProject to raise money to combat LGBT bullying: