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Publication Launch: Good Sex Is...

As part of our commitment to promote the health and wellbeing of LGBTI young people, we are pleased to introduce the latest in our inclusive sexual health and relationship series: Good Sex Is...for women who have sex with women.

This new guide was written in consultation with young people across Scotland and in partnership with Healthy Respect (NHS Lothian) and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. It has a focus on pleasure and consent throughout, reinforced with advice about safer sex practises and how to access relevant resources. The guide uses medically accurate information written in plain language to help young people make informed choices.

This focus makes it the first guide of its kind in Scotland and was created in response to young people seeking information they felt they weren’t getting elsewhere. When asked about their experiences with sexual health education in school, young people told LGBT Youth Scotland:

 

“I feel like they talk about gay [men] sex and straight sex, but they don't cover lesbian sex. It's very strange.”

“Bisexuals don't exist in the education system yet.”

“[My school] only covered same-sex once! It was very brief--not in detail. I feel like they only talked about it because I was there. I felt like the teacher was looking at me the whole time.”

 

Young people asked for advice on how to talk with partners, so the guide models clear communication and illustrates consent throughout. In response to frustrations that same-sex health education so frequently fixates on avoiding negative outcomes, the writing in ‘Good Sex Is…’ is positive and focused on how to have safe and happy sexual experiences. The guide is available in digital and paper formats to improve access across urban and rural communities.

Written with direct input from LGBT young people, the Good Sex Is... guide discusses sex in a language young people themselves use, covering aspects of sex that are particularly relevant and vital to them.

This guide has been produced for use within consultations between professionals and young people; and aims to help skilled professionals discuss the subject with young people.

People who may use this resource include: health care professionals, guidance staff at school, youth workers, school nurses and Community Learning and Development staff.

Staff may provide information about sex in a variety of ways and in a range of contexts such as:

  • a response to a question or comment from a young person
  • as part of a 1:2:1 or consultation
  • to inform young people of the consequences of unprotected sex
  • an occasional campaign e.g. World AIDS Day, National Condom Week
  • facilitating a discussion after watching a relevant video or television programme
  • through partnership working with other agencies
  • maintaining an up to date information service for young people giving information on local
  • services and help lines.

Key elements of the resource include:

  • Being inclusive
  • Being prepared
  • Being safe
  • Talking about sex
  • Feeling in control
  • Types of sex
  • Contacts for further support.

We hope you find the resource useful and accessible. This guide, along with the two other guides in the series, Good Sex Is…for trans people and Good Sex Is…for gay and bi men are all available in the resources section of the LGBT Youth Scotland website.


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