Rainbow Alliance

It is very difficult when you are just coming to terms with being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and are still at school.

Homophobic/transphobic bullying is common in most schools.

It is hard enough accepting yourself when you know other young people who are LGBT, so having to do this on your own whilst either experiencing or witnessing this type of bullying at school can be terrifying.

There are also young people who others think are LGBT and who get bullied because of this - but they might not be LGBT!

Similarly, children with LGBT parents sometimes get bullied because their parents are LGBT.

Because of this, GALYIC worked with Calderdale Young People's Service to run an after-school support group.

The first one was in the Upper Valley and met every Tuesday, between 3.30 and 5.30. The venue was kept confidential so that members would feel safe.

There were lots of exciting things to do but the most important thing was that young people were safe.

Members were able to talk to other young people who were experiencing similar things.

They were also given help to deal with the bullying.