Thousands of young people turned to Childline last year for help with issues including coming out and homophobic bullying.
Childline carried out 6,014 counselling sessions with children and young people about issues relating to gender and sexuality last year - on average 16 a day1.
Childline figures from the past 12 months show:
- 12 to 15-year-olds were the most common age group to contact Childline about gender and sexual identity
- 409 of the counselling sessions were with 11-year-olds or younger
- an approximately 80% increase in the number of views of its gender identity webpage in the last year2.
During Pride month, Childline is raising awareness of LGBTQ+ issues among young people. The service is reminding young people that they can get support from Childline by phone, email or online whenever they need it.