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Leeds Freedom Families
26 Feb 2019 6pm - 8pm
A celebration & networking event bringing together supportive families of people in the LGBT+ communities of Leeds, as champions and allies to share their experiences with others.
Booking is essential to attend this event.
LEEDS FREEDOM FAMILIES
Who we are:
Leeds Freedom Families is an informal peer support group for family members (particularly parents/grandparents) of those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+).
What we do:
Our group meets once a month to provide a safe and welcoming space for family members of LGBT+ people.
At our monthly drop-in sessions people can:
- Share their personal experiences and find support from others
- Talk openly and confidentially to others who share similar experiences
- Learn about issues affecting the LGBT+ community
- Celebrate their LGBT+ family members and become active champions for the LGBT+ community
Why we came together
In 2018 Angels of Freedom were contacted by a national organisation who support family members of LGBT+ people, they were asking for advice on where to direct people who need support in Leeds.
It came to our attention that other than the great work Mermaids do for Trans & gender questioning children & families, there wasn’t another local group or place to refer people who are looking for wider support.
This lead to a conversation around the challenges family members can have around understanding and accepting their LGBT+ family members and the value that can be found by the provision of peer support available through groups.
It is a well-researched fact that empowered and supported young people have the opportunity to thrive in their lifetime, while those who are presented with challenge and isolation can be impacted negatively in all aspects of life. Parents and families can help to break this cycle for their own children/adult-children and family.
Leeds Freedom Families came together to provide a space to do just this – to learn from one another, to support one another so that we can understand, accept and celebrate our LGBT+ family members.We're very appreciative of Touchstone Support & Weightmans law firm for supporting this event, and to FFLAG for their help in developing this initiative to date.
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
Spaces are free to attend, however advance booking is essential for access to the venue
- Family friendly
- Wheelchair access
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