IGA 3rd ANNUAL CO.FRE .E, TURIN? ITALY; 17-20 APRIL? 1981
WORKSHOP CHl GAY YOUTH AND THEIR PROBLEM,. ZC'FIW-HOP REPORT No 11.
Chaired by Willie W-,uh of the Scottish Homosexual Rights Grouip.
and convener of the Edinburgh Gay Youth GRoup.
WITHIN THE TWO WORKSHOPS 32 PEOPLE ATTEIIED.
The workshop iiscused a possible fellow up to thf conference qn intlle-
rance organised by the Council of Europe, in 'trasbmurg, and internal
ional Youth Organisetions. It was agreed that wQ must have a recomena
tion about this.
We then exchanged mush useful information about various Youth Services
for young gay men and women. Unfortunately young Lesbians were not
discussed at any great lenth, because most people at the workshop were
unr:w-.'re f what was happening within the respective Lesbian communities.
We talked about young gays and their problem; in a Pae.ophilia relation-
ship. But it was also said that the problems of young gays had nothing
t, di ",'ith Paedophilia.
We disessed the vast problems that yeang people hV@, *.-:Ai mig 'o't
out to their parents. It zas mentioned that mos* tf the parents can
not cope with their son /daughter's gayness. In many cases they have
to leave their homes. The problems of these gay people are-
a) What facilities do our member organizations have for these people?
b) .There can they go and
c) What can they do
We discussed the problems of lack of information about homosexuality.
Sex education in schools rarely mentions it. The young lesbian is
discriminated here because female sexuality is not recognized at all.
To overcciL- some of these problems we. have madethe following reommend-
ations to this conference;-
1) Youth Worksops should be held at every IGA Conference
2) We note the lack of young people at this conference and request
member groups of IGA to give financial asstance to young peo-le
to attend the IGA Conference.
3) We recommend member organizations to have no minimum age limit
and organisation which have such an age limit to take all
necessary steps to abolish it
4) -' recommend th.=t a contact point should be set up in Great Britain
to co-ordinate the exchange of information about youngpeople.
5) We recommend that groups working to change laws in their countries
note the importance of giving young people the legal right to cont-
rol their own bodies without reference to par ents/ guardians espec-
ially in medical matters, such as abortion, contraception, treatment
of venereal disease etc..
Please Note; there will be a questionnaire sent to all member organ-
isations enquiring about youth groups in their respective countries;
further information is available from Willie .., Scottish Homo-
"sexual Rights Group, 60 Broughton Street EDINBURGH, SCOT_.'TT.D EH1 3SA
IGA 3rd ANNUAL CONFERENCE, TURIN, ITALY; 17-20 APRIL, 1981
WORKSHOP ON GAY YOUTH A IL THEIR PROBLEMS. (Workshop Report No,.11)
Chaired by Willie Waugh of the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group.-t.
and convenor of the Edinburgh Gay Youth Group.
The workshop discussed a possible follow up to the conference on
Intolerance organised by the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, and
International Youth Organisations,and how this conference could be very
useful to young gays; It is important to note that all the Youth
Councils of Europe agreed to support an international conference on gays,
with special attention being payed to young gays.
The workshop then discussed the age of consent in various countries and
how this affected the growth of any young gay movement. We also discussed
the problems that youngrgdy6-ahaIesbians face when trying to organise
within the gay community.
We exchanged much useful information about the various youth services
for young gay men and women. Unfortunately young lesbians were not
discussed at any great length, because the majority of the people at
the workshop were unaware of what is happening within the respective
Lesbian communities, we hope this can be remedied.
It was decided that the subject of Gay Youth within the IGA was far
toobig an issue to discuss at one session,so the workshop reconvenes
on Sunday, at 9pm (2100), in Epsilon.