The L Pack: Addressing the sexual health needs of young lesbians

Siobhan McAlister, Gail Neill

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Concerns about the sexual health of women who identify as other than heterosexual have been highlighted in numerous research reports, yet access to information, advice and services remains limited within Northern Ireland. In response to this, a group of young women have produced a sexual health resource (“The L Pack”) specifically for those who identify as lesbian or bisexual. This article discusses the issue of lesbian sexual health and the rationale for the production of The L Pack. Drawing upon discussions with the young women involved and the various partners, it outlines the participatory process of producing information for young women by young women, the meaning and value of this and the nature of learning for all involved. Illustrating feminist and related principles through practice examples, the article outlines how the project moved from a focus on individual learning to one where the young women involved gained the knowledge, skills and confidence to take their learning to their peers and others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209 - 226
Number of pages18
JournalChild Care in Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jul 2009


  • LGBT
  • Lesbian
  • Sexuality
  • Youth
  • Sexual Health
  • Northern Ireland
  • Sex education


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