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Iwanttobelongtothestars
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I am struggling to cope with my sexuality, while I have come to terms with it but I feel like I have not been able to explore it. I have no lgbt friends or know anyone else who is in the community, my school doesn't provide any 'gsa' and I just want to make friends who I can talk about this with. What can I do to meet people?
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Sam W
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Hi Iwanttobelong,

To clarify, when you say you want to meet people, are thinking more in terms of finding friends and a supportive community, or looking for a romantic relationship to explore?

There are a few places to meet people, depending on the community you are living in right now. Some towns and cities will either have an LGBT center, or will have LGBT groups that meet every now and then to hang out. So, it might be worth it to do a little digging online (if you haven't already) and see what is nearby.

The other option is to get involved with online communities. While these may not guarantee in person friendships, they can often be great support networks and a way to make friends and explore ideas.

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Iwanttobelongtothestars
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I am looking to make friends, while I have explored online and locally I can't find a safe, legitimate website I feel comfortable to use. I live in North West London, if thats of any use. Thanks for your advice.
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Sam W
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Gotcha. Hmmm, I am not super familiar with UK/London specific resources, but I will check with the other volunteers who might be and see if we can come up with some organizations or sites that we know to be good, safe spaces.
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Iwanttobelongtothestars
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Thank you for your help, any sites will be greatly appreciated [Smile]
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Sam W
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You're quite welcome [Smile]

We'll try to get them to you ASAP, but it might take a few days (depending on who is around).

Of the exploring you've done online, were there any sites that seemed more to your liking than others (even if you decided that they didn't quite feel safe enough after a closer look)?

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Iwanttobelongtothestars
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I did try to get into contact with 'mosaic; an lgbt youth club but they meet face to face regularly which I don't want. My parents are very strict and don't allow me to go out very often. I also didn't feel unsafe to go meet people I don't know.
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Heather
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So, are you just looking for a safe place online, only, to talk to other queer people?

If so, you are already here. [Smile] Around half of all our users, and a good deal of our staff, are LGBQ folks. but, of course, we can still drum you up some other options, too,

[ 02-27-2014, 03:10 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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Thanks! I just Want to make close friends that I can talk to regularly [Smile]
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Thanks! I just Want to make close friends that I can talk to regularly [Smile]
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