What they say

Some words from x2y members past and present

What they say

WHAT x2y MEMBERS SAY ABOUT US!

Don’t just take our word for it! Hear what others have to say!

I was meant to come over a year ago, but I actually held it off because I was too scared to come here, and I wasn't sure what people would be here. But after a few months I finally found the little number in a drawer somewhere and I thought OK, I'm going to do it. When I first came I was a bit shy but after a few times, when you get to know the people that are around in x2y and you know they're there to help you - it's been a really good experience... x2y's been a really useful group. ...And it's good that you know that everyone in the group is LGB or T, so it's really supportive.
Anon
Current x2y member
I first went to x2y when I was 15 or 16. I didn't know anyone else my age or at school who was 'out' and I wanted to make some friends who were also gay. I was too young to go to gay bars and clubs so I searched online to find a local gay youth club. To my delight I found x2y in my home town of Wolverhampton. It was in a safe, discreet and easily accessible location. Although I was nervous on my first visit, I was welcomed and made to feel comfortable. It was great to meet other gay guys around my age and older and just have a chat and talk about things in a safe and understanding environment. I also knew that advice on other youth-related issues was available from the professional staff and related youth services if needed. Over time, I made some good friends (some I am still friends with now - over 10 years on!). x2y really helped build up my confidence and my social circle and prepared me well for my subsequent move to university and career. On reflection, one of the main benefits of x2y for me was being able to meet like-minded people in a safe environment - which was not a bar or club, or meeting people off the internet - which can be dangerous and risky for young people. Thank you x2y!!!
Rob
Former x2y member
x2y is a service in Wolverhampton, open to everybody, but targeted at 11-25 year olds who feel they belong to the LGBT spectrum. This is an incredibly important organisation that benefits its members in a huge variety of ways. LGBT people face prejudice in society, and while this is improving, those people within x2y's target age-range are particularly vulnerable, almost always belonging to wider institutions such as universities, colleges and, particularly, schools, where bullying is rife and particularly targeted at outsiders. This is the reality for many people that attend x2y, many of whom are teenagers, just beginning to open up to themselves about their sexual orientation and to engage with the world more widely. This is not to mention a family situation that may or may not be supportive... in some cases members of x2y have had to keep their identity secret out of fear of discrimination, physical abuse and homelessness... For these people, x2y is an invaluable service.
Anon
Former x2y member
What, for me, is most striking about x2y is how it sticks around. I, theoretically, have moved on from the group. The point of x2y isn't to take in vulnerable young members of the LGBT community and keep them safe; while it does do that, it crucially gives them the tools to keep themselves safe, to deal with their issues, and to understand the wider community in which they find themselves. That's what it has done for me...even though many of the issues that plagues me during my teens have returned in some form or other, I'm equipped to deal with them responsibly and to keep myself going. This was made possible, directly and indirectly, by x2y, and I don't need to go back - but I do. I go back in my holidays to say hello, to see old friends and meet the new generation of young teens. It's now my role to give back to the group, and be one of the more mature, experienced members to guide that helped me when I was new to the group. The group was vital to me, and now the group is vital to a new isolated generation of the LGBT youth.
Anon
Former x2y member
It's made me be more happy and express myself and not care about what other people say about me. I love me for who I am. If anyone's got a problem they can jog on! ...I was shy when I first came.then since i kept coming more, I opened more. Now I'm hyper half the time!
Anon
Current x2y member

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