This guide uses medically accurate information written in plain language to help young people make informed choices. It focuses on pleasure and consent throughout, reinforced with advice about safer sex practises and how to access relevant resources.
The guide was written in consultation with young people across Scotland and in partnership with Healthy Respect (NHS Lothian) and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
It is the first guide of its kind in Scotland and was created in response to young people seeking information they felt they weren’t getting elsewhere. When asked about their experiences with sexual health education in school, young people told LGBT Youth Scotland:
“I feel like they talk about gay [men] sex and straight sex, but they don't cover lesbian sex. It's very strange.”
“Bisexuals don't exist in the education system yet.”
“[My school] only covered same-sex once! It was very brief--not in detail. I feel like they only talked about it because I was there. I felt like the teacher was looking at me the whole time.”
Young people asked for advice on how to talk with partners, so the guide models clear communication and illustrates consent throughout. In response to frustrations that same-sex health education so frequently fixates on avoiding negative outcomes, the writing in ‘Good Sex Is…’ is positive and focused on how to have safe and happy sexual experiences. The guide is available in digital and paper formats to improve access across urban and rural communities.
Written with direct input from LGBT young people, the Good sex is... guide discusses sex in a language young people themselves use, covering aspects of sex that are particularly relevant and vital to them.
Key elements of the resource include:
The two other guides in this series, Good sex is…for trans people and Good sex is…for gay and bi men are both available in the resources section of the LGBT Youth Scotland