About The Gay Youth Corner
We are a free, safe and discreet social utility for young LGBTQ+ people worldwide aged 13 to 25 years old.

Established in 2004. The original & internationally recognised community for young LGBTQ+ people, aged 13 to 25 years old.

 

Driven towards a brighter world where LGBTQ+ young people are accepted and immersed into society, free to be themselves!

 

History

Founded in January 2004 by two teenagers, Hamish Priest and Jonathan McCarthy.

The Gay Youth Corner (The GYC) was the place to be to meet young people online from all corners of globe. The premise was to make friends, form new connections, participate in activities and discuss anything that was on their mind; Sex, sexuality, health, school, work, relationships and family life.

Including but not limited to: education, destigmatising and eradicating homophobia and discrimination. Ergo making LGBTQ+ as accepting as it is today. It was the international gay youth website with over five thousand users. Now, we cater to a whole new generation of people!

The GYC was eventually shut down in 2011, due to privacy and other concerns. But in 2020, the website was relaunched and revitalised, taking The GYC into a new era and direction, culminating in the vibrant and safe community is it today.

 

Current Ownership

The person responsible is Lee Stewart, a graphic designer from the U.K. Founder of the hugely popular and successful LGBT community site TheGYBook, from 2012 to 2020. Endorsed by the members of the infamous Queer Attitude website.

 

What We Do & Provide

We offer our users extensive access to our community whereby they can edit and maintain a profile, post media and anything that's on their mind, tell people how they're feeling, find other users, post on community boards, create their own groups and pages and more.

We possess a sophisticated community system whereby you can do almost anything, just as the modern social media platforms of today, but it's specifically designed for LGBTQ+ youth.

Your safety and privacy are at the forefront of what we do. We implement measures to ensure that your experience with us is fun, safe and enjoyable throughout.

We adhere to the latest web standards, accessibility guidelines and Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

 

Fun Facts about The GYC

  • - Our members are between 13-25 years of age.
  • - We get on average 12,000 unique page requests every month - That's 400 hits a day!
  • - The majority of our visitors are from the U.K, Canada, US and Australia.
    - We provide free membership to all people aged between 13 and 25.
  • - The website was started by Hamish Priest at the age of 16. He would later go on to work for Google.
  • - The GYC 100% non-profit.

 

Help & Assistance

Still not convinced? Please read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information.

 

Support The GYC

The GYC is a non-profit organisation. It costs over $100 a year to keep the website and servers running. If you love what we do and would like to help us out, you can do so by sending a donation. Every little helps!

 

 

Our original mission statement in 2004:

"To publish content to a range of young adults that will push the gay community that the website serves, beyond stereotypes communicated in media and society."