Summary of report content
Young Healthwatch Wiltshire undertook a survey of young people aged 11 – 25 in August 2021 about the support available for LGBTQ+ young people. 28 people responded
There is a need for LGBTQ+ support in Wiltshire and there is currently a gap in services.
Education was seen as key in addressing the lack of understanding and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ community. This included changes in language and normalisation of pronoun use.
Advice and information was seen as an important area where young people could make informed decisions about the support they needed, but finding support was difficult.
Sex education was identified as a support need and for sexual health services to be LGBTQ+ inclusive.
Transgender healthcare was raised as an issue with long waiting lists for HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) and a lack of gender reassignment surgeries.
The report includes six recommendations.