‘Be Yourself and Challenge Injustice’ claim the entrants to this year’s Pink Box Competition. | The Proud Trust

Last night young people from across the North West came together in Liverpool for International Day Against Homophobia to enter the regional Pink Box Competition – ‘UrOwnVision’.

Each year LGBT Youth North West and the network of LGBT Youth Groups Across the region set the Pink Box competition to showcase the talents of young LGBT people and to raise the profile of the issues they face.

This year the Pink Box competition was entitled ‘UrOwnVision’ and in the words of the young hosts from GYRO youth group from YPAS, ‘is a music competition that in no way is based upon the European music competition of a similar name(!)’. The idea of UrOwnVision is for groups to explore what their vision of a better future for LGBT young people might be.

There were 11 entries from Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The challenge was for youth groups to work through a Pink Box session all about LGBT people and Music, (as this was the theme of LGBT History Month 2014), and then create a music-inspired entry.

Entrants included: Films inspired or utilising music and lyrics; Drag miming and singing; playing instruments; a music themed Time Capsule; a custom-made dress with built-in speakers; and some wonderful live and recorded covers of songs that have particular relevance to the LGBT Community.

The finalists from this year were:

  1. GYRO’s Taylor Southern with a cover of Rhianna’s ‘We Found Love’
  2. GYRO’s Aaaron and Cameron’s drag performance of ‘It’s Raining Men’
  3. = WynotLGBTQ’s music-themed time capsule

3. = Stockport Wednesdays’ Coming Out film – WATCH NOW

We also gave out the Being Proud Awards.

This year the winners were:

Thomas Peters – Young Person to be Proud of (Runners up were Emily Kendall, Alex Mason and Jennifer Winn)

GYRO – Youth Group to be Proud of (Runner-up was Lesbian and Gay Youth Manchester)

Rachel Williams – The Jan Bridget Award for Youth Worker to be Proud of (Runners up were Liam Mason, Jane Garside and Claire Cleaver

The special award for Supporter (friend family or ally) was named after to Jaye Bloomfield this year, a supporter of LGBT Youth North West who sadly died in 2013. This award was won by the singer-songwriter Claire Mooney.

Read more about the finalists for the pink box here

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