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Description Describe what you are recording about. Identify whether it was a journal paper, book chapter; practice observation; taught theory; lecture or other. I am recording a conversation I had with Stephen who is 25 and a volunteer with GLYNI. GLYNI stands for Gay, Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland. Stephen The conversation came from a discussion we were having around religion and sexual orientation. Stephen came from a faith background and attended his church's youth club from the age of 7 until he was 15. At 13 Stephen started to realise that he was emotionally and physically attracted to other men and began to struggle with this. He started to self-harm suffering from anorexia and trichotillomania. He specified his self-harming began because he felt he was wrong and hated himself and his body for being attracted to other men. Stephen stated that his faith background had an adverse influence on his thoughts and feelings on his sexual orientation. Stephen stated that he left the youth club because he couldn’t listen to the negative messages regarding homosexuality that he realised that his youth club was a homophobic place that could not be supportive to him and his inner turmoil over his sexual orientation; it was not a place where he felt his needs could be met. Understanding What was the main message? What did I understand was being said by the author; lecturer; practitioner etc… What argument was used to support their position? The main message that I got from listening to Stephen was that during the time when he was struggling with his sexual orientation and needed support and guidance he felt that he couldn’t get this from his church, or youth club which was affiliated to the church. The reason was because of his chur... ... middle of paper ... ...ple use the name of God to spread hate? I cannot change what churches are preaching but I can keep challenging people’s homophobic thoughts and opinions and offering support to LGB&T people, especially young people who in my opinion are the most vulnerable. Works Cited Banks, S. (2012) Ethical Issues in Youth Work. Professional Ethics. London: Routledge Carolon, F., Redmond, S. (2003) SHOUT. The needs of young people in Northern Ireland who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. YouthNet: Belfast Dominic, D. (1996) Pink Therapy: A Guide for Counsellors and Therapists Working with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients. McGraw-Hill International: Berkshire Duggan, M. (2013) Queering Conflict: Examining Lesbian and Gay Experiences of Homophobia in Northern Ireland. Ashgate: Surrey Hogan, S. (2004) Gender Issues in Art Therapy. Jessica Kingsley: London

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