Tell us about your life as a young LGBTQI person
The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society is a government agency that works to ensure that young people have access to influence and welfare. We also support the government in issues relating to civil society policy.
We do this by producing and communicating knowledge about young people’s living conditions; following up the objectives set for national youth policy by the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Government and supporting municipalities in their youth policy work; distributing funds to civil society organisations, projects and international cooperation; collecting and disseminating knowledge about civil society, its working conditions, composition and development; and forming networks with relevant governmental agencies and organisations.
The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society has been tasked by the government to conduct a study about the living situation for young LGBTQI people in Sweden today. We will write a detailed report on the lives of young LGBTQI people and will also make proposals about what can be done to make their experiences better. The report will address several different areas, such as:
- Free time/leisure time
- Friends and family
A topic that we will specifically address is experiences of so-called conversion therapy. We have interpreted this from a broad perspective and want to know more about all sorts of experiences with different methods that are used to try to change a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. For example, through religious prayers, forced marriage, participation in ‘corrective’ trainings or camps, meetings with someone who is trying to ‘cure’ a young LGBTQI person.
An important part of our job is to collect young LGBTQI people’s own experiences and that’s why we are looking for young people, 13 to 25 years old, who want to be part of an interview study that is conducted during Spring 2021.
In particular, we are looking for you who have experience of migration, have experience of racism, have a disability, have experience living in rural areas in Sweden (outside of towns or cities), have experienced conversion therapy, or are a binary or non-binary trans person.
If you don’t want to be interviewed, but still want to share your experiences, you can do it anonymously through the link further down this page. The report will be published in June 2022.
I want to sign up to be interviewed
This is a registration of interest to take part in an interview about your experiences as a young LGBTQI person. If you change your mind later, it’s OK to say no when we contact you.
The interview is being conducted by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society within the task to investigate the life situation of young LGBTQI people, or the task to investigate experiences among young LGBTQI people of so-called conversion therapy.
In the report we will publish quotes from the interviews, but the people in the interviews are anonymous. It will not be possible to see who said what, or who was interviewed.
I want to share my experiences anonymously
We are interested in all young LGBTQI people’s stories about their lives in Sweden today. We understand that not everyone wants to or can be interviewed and therefore we want to offer another possibility to tell us your story. Here you can write about your own life and your experiences. Maybe you have been subjected to conversion therapy? Or have you been bullied because you are gay, lesbian and/or transgender? Or do you have positive experiences – did you get a nice response when you came out to your friends? You can write as much or as little as you want! Please also tell us your age and how you identify.
Support and help
Here is some information about where to turn if you need support or help of any kind.
Youth support services for young people who need to talk to someone who listens
Site with links and contact information to support services for young people, girls and trans people in different parts of Sweden.
Offers support to young people who may be subjected to or have experienced honour-related oppression and violence.
Support service from Kvinnors Nätverk – (Women’s Network)
Offers advice and protection to young people between 13-25 who may be subjected to honour-related oppression and violence.
Offers support to young people between 13-26 who are subjected to honour-related oppression and violence. Origo is run by the region of Stockholm and is LGBTQ-certified.
Newcomers Youth is a project which target group are young LGBTQI people (15-30 years old) who are asylum seekers, undocumented or Newcomers in Sweden.
Venues and organisations to meet others
Here are different places you can contact if you want to meet other young LGBTQI people.
Hang out for young LGBTQI people between 13-19 in Stockholm.
Organisation for Christian LGBTQI people with local groups in different parts of Sweden.
Organisation for trans people and their friends and family with local groups around Sweden.
Organisation for LGBTQI people with local branches around the country.
Organisation for young LGBTQI people with meeting venues around the country.
LGBTQI meeting venue Kaleido
Age: 13-17 years (who is or is wondering if you are LGBTQI)
Place: Gröndals ungdomscafé, Gröndalsvägen 41, Hägersten-Älvsjö SDF, Stockholm
When: Regular Fridays at 17:00-20:00
Non-profit member organisation with meeting venues around the country.
More venues and support organisations
More groups and meeting places to come... If you have suggestions to include here, please get in touch!