Thanks for a lovely day today at the Pink Box, Being Proud Awards. Some highlights include… Salford volunteer Leia receiving a being proud award, Oldham group’s winning pink box entry, lovely singing by the duo from Pyro Lancaster, and respect to Blackburn, Blackpool, Wigan and Warrington for making the journey! And thanks to Miki and Charlie for being great comperes! Click on the Flickr (blue and pink circles) button to the right of this post to see all the photos of today!
We are really proud to announce news of a new aspect to our work, working with BAME (Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic) LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans*) young people.
The lead worker for this exciting development is Chloe Cousins:
Chloe says the role will seek to support BAME LGBT young people in the following ways:
- 1-2-1 support for young people
- Developing self-esteem, confidence and positive self image
- Development of an online space for BAME LGBT young people
- Development of a physical group and meeting space for BAME LGBT young people
- Project and issue based work
- Raising the awareness of peers about LGBT issues and experiences
- Encouraging peers to create safe and inclusive spaces where LGBT people can feel safe to be themselves
- Advocacy in BAME and faith based communities on behalf of BAME LGBT young people and raising awareness to issues and experiences of BAME LGBT people
Please contact Chloe to discuss how this role can support young people within your organisations, projects, schools and colleges.
Last night we celebrated a year of the Let’s Talk partnership, and it brought me back to eighteen months ago, when we were lobbying Rochdale Council to bring back its LGBT youth group. We went to an event run by the CCG (the local NHS) about the Social Innovation fund. This fund is unique in that it offers a large amount of funding to the voluntary sector from the main NHS funding pot.
For them it makes sense: sometimes the voluntary sector can reach people the NHS can’t and can run programmes that prevent or reduce health problems in a non-medical way.
We joined with five other grassroots organisations under the leadership of the Gaddum Centre, to be able to offer a joined up counselling, support, peer support and listening service, and we called it ‘Let’s Talk‘.
This has enabled us to establish the LGBT peer support group in Rochdale and satellite support out to Heywood.
LGBT young people in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are similar to many young LGBT people in our northern towns. They are frequently faced with social isolation, bullying, fear of family rejection and worries about their future. This leads to higher stress levels and can lead to depression, anxiety or self-harm.
But all of this is avoidable!
Because the issue is not the young person, it is wider society that has the problem, and the problem is ‘heterosexism’ (the assumption that everyone does or should identify as heterosexual).
What the youth group does is provide a safe space where people have their identity affirmed and celebrated, and where young people can support others. This moves young people from feeling low and stressed to feeling more positive, capable and supported. The group have also began to change the culture in their towns through events, awareness raising campaigns and workshops in schools – this is the long road to dismantling heterosexism.
We are very proud of the group and the workers who support them. Congratulations on your first successful year!
Or so they say!
In the early hours of this morning (9/04/15) someone broke into the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre. No one was hurt and while we are fairly sure nothing valuable was taken, both our outside and inner doors to the Centre were kicked in. We have reported it to the police as a Hate Crime.
Later this morning we set up a localgiving page to raise £1000, enough for three new doors and new sets of keys for user groups. As a result of all your help, support, donating and tweeting we have reached our target in just 3 hours! We are now above and beyond our target and all the funds we have raised today will go straight back into the centre to help us continue our vital work and also help us to cover some of the additional staffing cost.
From everyone at LGBT Youth North West we would like to extend our thanks for your continued love and support during this incident
Check out our new film from the young LGBT people of Stockport! Stockport Wednesdays LGBT group
With special guest stars former Corrie star Julie Hesmondhalgh & Banana and Cucumber’s Andrew Hayden-Smith!
Following its Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 premiere, the world’s first show based on coming-out stories tours the UK this spring ahead of international dates.
Andrew Hayden-Smith, current star of Russell T. Davies’ Channel 4 and E4 series Banana and Cucumber,joins previously announced Julie Hesmondhalgh for Salford show on 24 February at The Lowry.
Few comings-out attract millions of YouTube views like Tom Daley’s did. But for whoever’s saying ‘I’m gay’, it’s a life-changing moment. This new show, which premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe explores true-life stories with a cast of star actors and comedians. Inspired by recent high-profile ‘comings out’, from Tom Daley and Ellen Page to Ricky Martin and NBA star Jason Collins, the show is based on stories from gay men and women from around the world, exploring how they came out and what effect it has had on their lives.
Seabright Productions Ltd are proud to be supporting LGBT Youth North West as a local community partner when the show comes to The Lowry on Tuesday 24 February.
Outings will be in Salford for one night only so please join us for this “life-affirming” show. For exclusive £15.00 tickets, please visit www.thelowry.com and use discount code LGBT15!
Thank you to all those who have engaged with a lively debate over the past few days.
If you would like to know more about the picture for young LGBT people in the North today, click on the research tab above or watch some films from our young people via the YouTube button.
You may have read some things in the papers or online this week about LGBT Youth North West’s plans for an LGBT school.
Let’s separate the facts from the fiction here:
1. We have received £63,000 Feasibility funding to take on a lease from Manchester City Council to run the LGBT Centre in Manchester on behalf of the LGBT community.
2. This funding includes training, a building refurb consultation, website support and funding for us to ask the LGBT Community what they want from the building.
3. If young LGBT people tell us they want an LGBT Inclusive school we will explore this.
1. No public money or grant income has been spent on a trip to New York.
2. No school plans have been developed currently. We are at very early consultation stages.
3. If we explore setting up an alternative education provision, this provision will be open to all pupils, and we would expect many pupils to not be LGBT.
It will also be in addition to what we currently do now, which is train over 10,000 pupils and teachers in mainstream schools each year, so we can make all mainstream schools safer for all pupils.
We work with some super schools that are really helping remove homophobia, biphobia and transphobia from education and we are proud of all their hard work.
For our press release please go here
For more information please email info [at] lgbtynw.org.uk
Inspired by a true story, SECRET DIARIES spans six key years in a young person’s life where the world is a place you often struggle to find a sense of belonging in. We see Hayley confronted with volatile friendships, sexuality, homophobia, loss of a parent and rejection. We follow her journey into today where as an adult, she is challenged by views on same sex marriage and adoption. The 2015 tour includes free teacher training that LGBT youth North West is delivering. So book now!
The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Thurs 26th February: 2pm* & 7.45pm
Fri 27th February: 11am*
The Met, Bury
Wed 4th March: 11am*
Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate
Fri 6th March: 2pm* & 7.45pm
the egg, Theatre Royal, Bath
Thurs 12th March: 7pm*
Fri 13th March: 1pm* & 7pm*
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Wed 18th March: 7.45pm
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
Fri 20th March: 1pm* & 7.30pm
Harrow Arts Centre, North London
Wed 25th March: 7.30pm
Thurs 26th March: 7.45pm
The Lowry, Salford Quays
Thurs 2nd April: 1pm* & 8pm
*Indicates a Youth Performance with Workshop