By Ed Kennedy
Bayside City Council has announced the establishment of a Same Sex and Gender Diverse (SSAGD) social/support group, with the first meeting to be held next week.
The group will provide social interaction and support services to young people aged 14-24, who identify as same sex attracted, sex gender diverse or who are questioning their sexuality.
Emily Buttriss, a Youth Worker with Bayside City Council indicated the group shall be easy going and inviting to those who wish to attend.
“There is no pressure for a young person to say or do anything they are not comfortable with when they attend meetings”, Ms Buttriss said.
“This is a group for people with similar interests and experiences and a great place to meet like-minded people.”
In particular, while participation is voluntary, Emily feels the conversational nature of the group shall be a core benefit to those who come along.
SSAGD shall “provide young people with the opportunity to come together to learn about the discuss topics that are of interest to them”, Ms Buttriss said.
Such conversations could be “about ‘coming out’, the transgender community, SSAGD affiliated youth organisations and so on.”