The UK's national organisation run by and for young people that exists to provide a united voice for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, intersex, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, queer, and curious youth.
Founded in 1999 by David Joseph Henry and C N Lester as a grass roots civil rights group, the Queer Youth Network's (QYN) formation was inspired by YouthSpeak and originally called the Queer Youth Alliance until December 2006,
and also Queer Youth Overground for a short period between 1999 and 2001. In the beginning, the movement consisted of two member groups – Queer Youth Manchester (a local social support group based at the Hollywood Showbar
in Manchester’s gay village) and Putney High School’s Gay Straight Alliance (the first of its kind in the UK). Henry and Lester got together to form a national alliance of LGBT Young People.
The Queer Youth Network offers online peer support and has a specific team of Trans Support Officers who are appointed members who offer one to one support for young trans people. It has a very active trans youth community.
The network also offers regional meets all over the country, providing an opportunity for young people to socialise and meet others like them.
They also run a monthly swimming meet in London specifically set up to be a supportive environment for trans young people to gain more confidence in swimming, meeting other people and using changing rooms.
The third contingent of QYN is campaigning. QYN have been instrumental in many campaigns, including overturning Kent County Council's "Mini Section-28" and having Westboro Baptist Church banned from entering the country.
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