LGBT youth north west | putting LGBT youth on the agenda

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people find organised sports to be intimidating and alienating, having experienced homophobia and transphobia within sport, particularly school sport, from an early age. What can we do about this?

We have been working with Pride Sports to produce this guide to help us find some of the answers…

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We will not be having youth work sessions until 8th January, but there are still people who can help you. If you need someone to talk to, have a look at our tips and contact lists here:

http://www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk/for-young-people/afternoon-tea/need-help-urgently-or-feeling-suicidal/

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Check out our new animinations, thanks to Jo Lane and Paula at Manchester Libraries for this… click below

Animations about coming out from youtube

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Last night LGBT Youth North held our winter celebration at St. Ninian’s church in Chorlton. Throughout the evening there was an array of delightful treats, warm drinks, raffle, crafts stall, carol singing and an opportunity to decorate your own mince pie! This event also saw the first full public production of the pantomime ’Fairyland’s next top fairy’ which was a roaring success. Much happiness, togetherness and festive cheer was felt throughout the evening especially as the event aimed to raise money to help those most vulnerable. A whopping £400 was raised from the evening which shows the care and generosity of those who came. Half of this money will go to the Lesbian Immigration Support Group and the rest will pay for emergency food parcels for young LGBT people in need. A massive heartfelt thank you to all those involved in making the winter celebration happen, our young people, staff, volunteers, allies and supporters!

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The Schools OUT National Conference for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans)  History Month will take place on February 2nd 2013 at the University of Manchester from 9.30am to 5pm, as part of a wider festival of activities for LGBT History Month.

The aim of the Conference is to enable all educators, (from primary to HE), to be able to make their schools and colleges safer, more inclusive and more celebratory of LGBT diversity. The theme of LGBT History Month will be Maths, Science and Technology, giving prominence to subject areas that have not traditionally been associated with diversity, though the conference spans the full range of all curriculum areas.

Delegates will sample a range of curriculum ideas on how to include LGBT themes in their teaching. Schools OUT aims to make all schools safe places for staff and students to be out and proud, and the Conference will discuss ways to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the classroom.

There will be guest speakers throughout the day, including a representative from OFSTED who will outline the way that diversity is included in school inspections. There will be LGBT theatre in education showcases, and a lively debate in the evening of the conference  on the motion: ‘This house would welcome the discovery of a Gay Gene’. The conference will also include the School’s OUT election of Trustees and AGM, as the organisation is in the process of becoming a charity. New members are welcome before the event or on the day itself.

The Conference is sponsored by the National Union of Teachers and Manchester Universities Education Department. It is part of a week of events organised by LGBT Youth North West and Schools OUT.

The following day, Sunday February 3rd, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester will host an afternoon on LGBT and Alan Turing themed events, including a Turing costume character theatre performance followed by a tour of the LGBT communities exhibit. Staff and student groups from schools and youth groups are welcome.

Tickets can be purchased from http://schoolsoutconference.eventbrite.co.uk/

For more information contact Amelia Lee on strategic@lgbtynw.org.uk / 0781 398 1338

Scxhools OUT is the equality in education organisation for LGBT equality, and created the UK’s LGBT History Month. For more information about Schools OUT see http://www.schools-out.org.uk/

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This year we have worked with the partnership of George House Trust, Brook Manchester, Health Schools and Manchester Council to remember those who have died from AIDS and to promote awareness of the need for safe sex and support for those who are HIV and AIDS affected. We made lanterns and decorated jam jars for the parade around canal street.

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Great to work with two wonderful schools this week for anti-bullying week! Thanks to all the staff and pupils.

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Well done to the new peer educators who have started their training this week in Trafford to be able to combat homo/bi/trans-phobias in schools and colleges. Well done to the Greater Manchester Peer Supporters for their training which they completed yesterday.

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Lion’s Pride – West Cheshire’s LGBT Steering Group, of which LGBT Youth North West is a member – is holding an event marking World AIDS Day on Saturday 1 December in Chester.

The “Walk of Light” parade will begin at 4pm at the Cross proceeding along Eastgate Street, up St Werburgh Street, down Northgate Steet, back along Eastgate Street, down St John’s Street and culminating with a vigil at the Amphitheatre in remembrance for the loss of lives through AIDS and a celebration of hope.

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Well done the the peer educators who trained Salford Integrated Youth Support Services on Tuesday, and to those helping train the PGCE primary school teachers at Manchester University in LGBT awareness this week and next week. We are also excited to embark on working with Hindley Young Offenders Institute to help them support LGBT young people.

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