Support

 
POP (Parents of Pride)

POP is a social support group for parents of young LGBT+ people living in and around Darlington, although it doesn't matter where you live; you are welcome to attend.

Currently we are meeting online and virtually in order to keep in touch in the following ways:

POP on Facebook (Private Parents Social FB Group)

For more details and the link you can contact the Group Organiser, Michelle Haigh by calling 07944539969 or by emailing michelle.ypopdarlington@gmail.com

YPOP ran independently of Arcus
 
 
YPOP (Young People of Pride) 

YPOP is a social support group for young LGBT+ people living in and around Darlington, although it doesn't matter where you live; you are welcome to attend. 

We usually meet in a central location within the town centre of Darlington; every Saturday afternoon from 1pm till 5pm.

Currently we are meeting online and virtually in order to keep in touch in the following ways: 

Instagram an online support group for our young people

For more details you can contact the Group Organiser, Michelle Haigh by calling 07944539969 or by emailing michelle.ypopdarlington@gmail.com 

YPOP ran independently of Arcus


Local support and counselling service




Support info for students


Here are some organisations who call support you around your own wellbeing:

Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline - 0300 330 0630, open 10am–10pm every day. Email support: chris@switchboard.lgbt/. Online chat is also available through their homepage.


MindLine Trans+ 0300 330 5468 Nationwide, is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as transgender, agender, gender fluid and non-binary.


Mindout - MindOut Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Queer Mental Health Service - 01273234839 or email info@mindout.org.uk or directly through their Online Support service, dates and times on the website.


Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm, Monday to Friday) info@mind.org.uk





Gender is a tough subject to tackle. There are a lot of facets to consider, a lot of pressures at play. This information is here to help you answer some of the questions you may be having about yourself. 
  • Gender identity is all about how you, in your head, think about yourself. It’s about how you internally interpret the chemistry that composes you (e.g., hormone levels). As you know it, do you think you fit better into the societal role of “woman,” or “man,” or do neither ring particularly true for you? That is, are you somewhere in-between the two? Or do you consider your gender to fall outside of the spectrum completely? The answer is your gender identity. 
  • Gender expression is all about how you demonstrate your gender through the ways you act, dress, behave, and interact–whether that is intentional or unintended. Gender expression is interpreted by others perceiving your gender based on traditional gender roles (e.g., men wear pants, women wear dresses). Gender expression is something that often changes from day to day, outfit to outfit, event or setting to event or setting. It’s about how the way you express yourself aligns or doesn’t with traditional ways of gendered expression. And like gender identity, there is a lot of room for flexibility here. 
  • Biological sex refers to the objectively measurable organs, hormones, and chromosomes you possess. Being female means having a vagina, ovaries, two X chromosomes, predominant oestrogen, and you can grow a baby in your stomach area. Being male means having testes, a penis, an XY chromosome configuration, predominant testosterone, and you can put a baby in a female’s stomach area. 
  • Sexual orientation is all about who you are physically, spiritually, and emotionally attracted to. If you are male and you’re attracted to females, you’re straight. If you’re a male who is attracted to males and females, you’re bisexual. And if you’re a male who is attracted to males, you’re gay. This is the one most of us know the most about. We hear the most about it, it’s salient in our lives, and we understand where we stand best.



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