Helen Wood and Wendy Hardman have formed a support group of the gay and lesbian community.
Helen Wood and Wendy Hardman have formed a support group of the gay and lesbian community. Adam Hourigan

Gay youth find support

SAME-sex education and building healthy relationships will be focal points at a new Grafton youth group for sexuality and gender diversity.

Helen Wood and Wendy Hardman from the Clarence River Women's Refuge have created a social group to provide support for young residents of the Valley who would like to meet others confronting these issues.

The youth social group for sexuality and gender diversity meets at the Clarence River Women's Refuge on Mondays.

It is open to people from the gay community aged between 16 and 21.

The group will hold workshops on issues such as building healthy same-sex relationships and addressing same-sex domestic violence.

"A lot of people from the same-sex community are hesitant to access normal services because they fear discrimination," Helen Wood said.

"Some of the issues the group has raised already are safe same-sex education and building healthy relationships.

"The group is about providing a support network for the younger members of this community.

"A lot of the gay kids from the Valley tend to leave for Metropolitan areas, which is a real loss."



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