LGBT Youth North West have had a great 2013 and are holding a winter FUNdraiser to celebrate their achievements and to fundraise for a successful 2014. They have trained nearly 5,000 people in schools, with companies, supported 27 regional groups and hundreds of young people each week.
Sally Carr, MBE, organised a trans residential that 24 young people attended. One said that it was “life changing”. LGBT Youth North West have also set up a Wythenshawe and Stockport youth group that both have regular attendees looking for support and belonging in their area. One attendee said “I felt suicidal before I came here, now I have come out I feel happy and free to be me”.
Amelia Lee, Strategic Director said “Christmas can be a difficult time for young LGBT people and we want to be there for as many people as we possibly can”. There will be a number of wonderful volunteers who will be dishing out a delicious Christmas dinner at their Christmas event on the 14th.
There will be a carol service at noon, craft fair from 1pm followed by a delicious dinner made with home-grown ingredients from their allotment and community café set up earlier this year.
All of LGBT Youth North West services are free for young people who attend to make support and space as accessible as possible, and they intend to keep it that way but rely on donations to keep their doors open – so head down and part with a few pounds!
LGBT Winter Warmer Saturday 14th December 12-5pm LGBT Centre, Sidney Street off Oxford Rd. winterfundraiser.eventbrite.co.uk www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk or donate at www.localgiving.com
For some of the young people in our youth clubs, they have experienced their whole education after the fall of Section 28, the toxic legislation that banned in schools ‘the promotion of homosexuality as a pretend family relationship’. Monday (18th) marks ten years since Section 28 fell, but some schools have recently added it back in to internal school policy, whilst many more schools still act like it is in place and do not teach about LGBT identities. So still much to fight for. Why not use the 10 year anniversary of it’s demise to raise awareness of the issues and wear pink on Monday or all week to show how we are promoting diversity and LGBT people’s wonderful contribution to our culture.
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For some of the young people in our youth clubs, they have experienced their whole education after the fall of Section 28, the horrible legislation that banned ‘the promotion of homosexuality as a pretend family relationship’ in schools. But some schools have recently added it back in to internal school policy, whilst many more schools still act like it is in place and do not teach about LGBT identities. So still much to fight for. Why not use the 10 year anniversary of it’s demise to raise awareness of the issues…
On Saturday 100 of us gathered in Huddersfield for the Northern LGBT Youth Conference, and what a day it was. With speakers from Imaan, and the MP Julie Hilling, plus the Gay Gordon’s dancing workshop, and 3Style Sports indoor sports sessions (in classrooms!) it was a day we will all remember with a smile. The event was a joint initiative between us at LGBT Youth North West and The Sheena Amos Youth Trust from Sheffield. Here is one of the LGBT Youth Reps for Manchester’s Youth Council delivering their speech
On November 2nd we have the second ever Sapphormation Festival for women who love women (self-defined) based at the LGBT centre. The event is open to women of all ages, so see the website for more details and to book your FREE ticket see http://www.sapphormation.com/
Well done to all those who took part in the bike ride on Saturday to remember Jaye Bloomfield and to celebrate her life. Those who weren’t on the ride also had a great time at the LGBT centre through our fun day activities doing dance, juggling, eating, face painting, arts and crafts (bicycle themed) and peddling for our own smoothies on the Love Your Bike pedal-powered smoothie making bike! We also raised awareness about the new 20mph zone which will include the Oxford Road corridor next to the LGBT centre, and should make it safer for cyclists in the area, including many of our members and staff! Thank you to Linda, Jaye’s mum, and Gemma, Jaye’s wife, who visited us on the day and poignantly reminded us of the wonderful person Jaye was, as well as renaming our resource library in her memory.
On Saturday 21st September 2013, why not join us at the LGBT Centre for a day of celebration and creativity?
From 12pm at the Centre we will welcome people of all ages, sexual orientations and gender identities to get involved in a variety of creative and bicycle themed activities, including the famous ‘smoothie bike’ on loan from ‘Love Your Bike‘.
We also have a committed group of cyclists, who will be led by staff from Bike Right, cycling the Trans Pennine Way between Liverpool South Parkway and the LGBT Centre to help raise awareness of cycle safety and to celebrate the life of Jaye Bloomfield. They will be making a pit-stop at Sale Water Park to meet a team of other cyclists who will take on the shorter journey back to the Centre where a crowd of supporters will be ready to greet them with smiles and cakes!
If you can’t make the event but would like to make a donation then please visit our project page here.
This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council’.
Manchester City Council’s 20mph campaign grant information can be found here.
The pre-launch event for LGBT History Month 2014 will happen on Thursday 28 November in Birmingham. Dedicated to music, this launch will be like no other. After a day of activities involving young people, educators and movers and shakers, the evening will be an extravaganza of talent and a celebration of what LGBT people have contributed and continue to contribute to the world of music.
Organise your timetables and book your seats now! Click on poster for further info.