Freedom is OTR’s gender and sexuality social action project.
LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, questioning or queer and the ‘+’ includes other diverse identities such as asexual, demigender, non-binary, pansexual, to name a few. Freedom is open to anyone questioning their sexuality or gender and is supported by a team of friendly and knowledgeable LGBTQ+ youth workers.
Here’s what’s on offer…
Freedom Youth (age 13-19)
Group sessions are social, informative and safe supportive spaces. Sessions are filled with workshops (on topics such as housing, relationships, mental health, gender and sexuality, keeping safe and much more). Members decide the programme which always includes games, socials, trips and creative activities.
Freedom (age 19-25)
Freedom is a social and information space which provides support, advice and social opportunities for those aged between 19 and 25. Group members can gain experience in campaigning, activism, mentoring and event organising. Members lead the group and are supported by friendly and experienced youth workers.
Gender Jelly (Age 13-25)
Gender Jelly sessions are for young people who might be questioning their gender identity, or who identify on the trans spectrum, to talk about gender and what that means. Sessions are workshop based and provide support, information and signposting.
Freedom Members can gain experience in campaigning, activism, mentoring and event organising. Freedom also offers a space for one-to-one chats about what matters to you.
One-to-one work is a supportive space to chat about what matters to you. Staff can work with you to explore identity and a range of topics alongside offering information and signposting to other support such as our specialist LGBTQ+ counselling service.
Working together with EACH our young people created ‘What is gender?’ a short film with documentary and animation: