Allsorts Youth Project to host LGBT Children, Young People and Families Day in Brighton on February 5, 2013

Besi Besemar December 17, 2012

Young People’s Voice, the LGBT youth campaigning and engagement project at Allsorts Youth Project, will be hosting an LGBT Children Young People and Families Day on February 5 at the Hotel Du Vin in Brighton.

The event, which will coincide with LGBT History Month, aims to celebrate LGBT youth identity and community, with the theme of togetherness.

A tea party in the ballroom of Hotel Du Vin for community voluntary sector, statutory practitioners and commissioners will showcase the project, then there will be a prom for young people and a Champions Dinner for business people, head teachers, councillors and others to promote the project and encourage people to commit to making the changes they can in their environments to improve the experience of LGBT young people.

Jess Wood MBE, Allsorts Project Director, explained:

“LGBT children and young people are often portrayed in the media as the victims of other people’s negativity whether that is bullying, exclusion or harm. The LGBT young people we know at Allsorts have often faced enormous challenges. So have their families and so do children with LGBT parents. But that is only one side of the story. In fact, one page in a big book of strength, humour, fun, solidarity, extended generational support, complexity, diversity and above all, nurture and warmth.
“The purpose of LGBT Children, Young and Families Day is to celebrate once a year all that is wonderful about belonging to an LGBT family, whether you are parents or carers or children or part of a LGBT youth friendship group. We want the Day to become an annual focal point for schools and youth projects to jump on the Allsorts bandwagon and shout:  LGBT children, young people and families are great, let’s celebrate!”

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