Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s Local LGBTQ+ Support Charity
Hello and welcome to Breakout Youth. Breakout Youth is an independent charity (no. 1147556) based in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We offer a confidential support service for young people aged 7 to 21, who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or unsure of their sexuality or gender identity.
Young people who identify as LGBTQ+ or are unsure often feel isolated and alone with their sexuality or gender identity. At Breakout Youth, you will find a group of likeminded young people that you can socialise with safely. You’ll also find help with those feelings of isolation or confusion. We run confidential youth groups based in Southampton, Eastleigh, Basingstoke (Freedom Youth), Hart, Rushmoor, the New Forest, and the Isle of Wight.
We offer a range of support services to young people and professionals on LGBTQ+ issues
- Regular confidential youth groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
- Local activities and events providing enjoyment, support and valuable information.
- Help with telling others about your sexuality or gender.
- Access to other services that may help you.
- Confidential one-on-one support.
- Access to free condoms, lube, Chlamydia screens, pregnancy testing and advice from qualified sexual health workers.
- Support to help you stay safe in your relationships and your community.
Raising awareness and educating professionals
If you are a professional, we also offer bespoke training on issues around sexuality, homophobia, gender and transphobia. We can design and run sessions for groups or assemblies, or support young people on a one to one basis. Get in touch for more details
April 30, 2018
Youth Funding Cuts on the Isle of Wight Following the withdrawal of the Youth Offer Funding for 2018/19, support groups for young LGBTQ+ people on the Isle of Wight face closure. Breakout Youth, a small Hampshire based charity, first came to the Island in 2015 as part of the Youth Offer, where the charity provided […]
March 31, 2017
With Trans Day of Visibility on the 31st of March, we thought it would be a good idea to give some insight into what it’s like to be transgender: If you want to understand what it means to be transgender, you need to begin by taking a step back from what you think you already […]
March 29, 2017
Friday 31st March 2017 marks Transgender Day of Visibility and in order to celebrate and help our young people become visible, the Isle of Wight Breakout Youth group have been working with Joanna Kori & Jeni Saunders on an exhibition to encourage people to ‘Open Your Eyes’. Not only does the exhibition take you on […]
November 15, 2016
It’s the final day of Michael’s 79 days of abstinence! To mark the last day of the challenge, we’re looking at the lack of LGBTQ rights in Zimbabwe. People who identify as LGBTQ in Zimbabwe face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. Anyone who is found to […]
November 14, 2016
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November 13, 2016
It’s day 77 of Michael’s 79 days challenge and today represents Yemen, a country where homosexuality is considered to be illegal. People who identify as LGBTQ in Yemen are likely to suffer discrimination, in addition to both legal and social challenges. According to the country’s Shari’ah law, the maximum punishment for anyone who commits same-sex […]
November 12, 2016
Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Uzbekistan. Same-sex sexual activity between men is considered to be a crime in Uzbekistan, with people who are found guilty facing a penalty of 3 imprisonment. Women, on the other hand, are treated differently in Uzbekistan, for female homosexuality is considered to be legal. Michael is raising […]
November 11, 2016
Michael has 4 days left of his 79 days of abstinence from meat, fish and sugary treats! Today represents the lack of LGBTQ rights in the United Arab Emirates. As stated in section 354 of the Penal Code, homosexuality in the United Arab Emirates is considered to be illegal, and people who are found to […]
November 10, 2016
People who identify as LGBTQ in Uganda face discrimination against their sexuality and gender identity that is not experienced by heterosexual residents. According to Section 145 of the Penal Code, anyone who is found to be guilty of committing same-sex sexual activity can face a penalty from 7 years up to life imprisonment. Homosexuality is […]
November 9, 2016
Today marks the lack of LGBTQ rights in Tuvalu, where there is currently no recognised LGBTQ rights. Same-sex sexual activity committed among men is illegal in Tuvalu, and any man who is found to be guilty of sodomy can face up to 14 years imprisonment. Female homosexuality, on the other hand, is legal in Tuvalu. […]
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