Just Like Us is an LGBTQ+ young people’s charity – founded in 2016 – which aims to “help improve the lives of LGBT+ young people”, by working with schools and young people across the UK.
To celebrate Birmingham Pride’s 25th anniversary, Just Like Us and Birmingham Pride have launched a new partnership that will allow school students to get involved with Pride for the first time.
Dan Brown, Event Producer at Birmingham Pride, explains: “Just Like Us is such a magical charity. Their work is essential for the young queer community. We are so excited to be working alongside them for 2022 to help uplift the local LGBTQ+ community!”
As part of this collaborative project, they have produced a new event specifically for secondary school students to discover the city’s LGBTQ+ history.
Secondary schools have been invited to join a special ‘brunch and learn’. They will then hear from a range of speakers on the city’s diverse history. Speakers will include the Pride team, Eva Echo, and other LGBTQ+ figures from Birmingham.
What’s more, Paralympic athlete Jude Hamer, Lauren Rowles MBE and body positivity content creator Megan Jayne Crabbe are all set to appear.
Dominic Arnall, Chief Executive of Just Like Us, said: “We are really excited to launch this partnership with Birmingham Pride and to also help more secondary school students learn about the incredible, diverse history of their wonderful city.
“Research shows that LGBTQ+ inclusive education is linked to pupils having better mental health. And this schools event will bring their learning to life in a very special way.”
Any local secondary schools that are interested in joining the educational event can get in touch with Just Like Us.