WHO WE ARE
The Leeds Freedom Families launched on 26th February 2019, aiming to provide a supportive network for close family (and friends) of the LGBT+ community.
By creating a non-judgemental safe space we encourage open dialogue to assist in the acceptance stage of family supporting their children in coming out as LGBT+, along with identifying opportunities to be champions for the community.
We provide a forum to seek peer support from other parents and members of the LGBT+ community. This aims to help you understand LGBT+ identities, discuss concerns or raise any questions in order for you to fully support children in their own journey of discovery and acceptance.
Meet other parents / family members with shared experience of supporting LGBT+ children.
This can help you build up a network of friends within Leeds, attend events and undertake other activities to bring together rainbow families.
At Angels of Freedom, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Advocacy is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
MONTHLY DROP IN SESSIONS
Meet up with other parents & close family members over a coffee (or wine), supported by volunteers from the Angels of Freedom.
These drop in sessions are every third Thursday of the month from 5.30pm til 7.30pm - and you're welcome to join us at any point during that time, and stay for as long as you like.
Due to Covid-19 our drop in was suspended for the majority of the year, however the sessions are relaunching on 21 January 2021 which will be hosted virtually on Zoom (so you'll have to provide your own refreshments!). For a link to join the sessions please get in touch with the team.
Supporting parents in the LGBT+ community.
We've been supported, and continue to work closely with the national charity FFLAG, who have been working hard to help the community for over 25 years.
There are a number of resources available to download from their website, both for parents with LGBT+ children and also to provide advise to children in coming out to their parents.