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Complainant Name:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth Scotland

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Nico Juetten, Policy & Information Officer for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Youth Scotland, complained that an article misleadingly gave the impression that its website targeted 13-year-olds with advice on sex. The complainant said the group worked to improve the emotional, mental, physical and sexual well-being of LGBT young people and the article’s claim that it “promote[d] illegal sex” was incorrect.

Resolution:

The newspaper said its concerns rested on the fact that there was nothing on the complainant’s website to warn younger users that some of the material was explicit. It further explained that it had received advice from the organisation to an email it had sent purporting to be from a 14-year-old girl.

That notwithstanding, the newspaper agreed to publish the following letter from the group and the complaint was resolved on this basis.

Further to the article headlined Now taxpayers fund lesbian sex website aimed at teenage girls (21/09/06), we would like to correct the impression that was given about the work done by Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Youth Scotland.

The article stated that LGBT Youth Scotland was somehow ‘promoting illegal sex’. This is not true. LGBT Youth Scotland provides information to young people from 13 to 25 years old on all aspects of health, including sexual health. Heterosexual young people are provided with sexual health information at school and this

information equally is not about promoting ‘illegal’ sexual activity but about giving young people relevant and accurate information. LGBT Young people have the same right to information which is ultimately about their health and wellbeing.

Our organisation supports young people and encourages them to make wise and informed decisions about their emotional, sexual and physical health, and grow up to be healthy, confident and responsible citizens.

Report: 75



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