Young people in Brighton are getting ready to host a ‘families day’ to bring together gay, bi and trans children, their families and local decision makers.
The city of Brighton and Hove on the south coast of England is famous for its gay scene and bohemian atmosphere – although it is still frequently plagued by homophobic abuse and attacks.
Now Young People’s Voice, an LGBT youth campaigning and engagement project at Allsorts Youth Project, has announced plans for an ‘LGBT Children Young People and Families Day’ on 5 February.
The organization wants to use the opportunity to encourage people to celebrate the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths.
The event will feature a tea party in Ballroom of Hotel Du Vin for people from charities and authorities who deal with young people and families.
Then there will be a prom for the teenagers and young people and a dinner for business people, head teachers, local councilors and others. Allsorts will urge them to do what they can to make life better for gay, bi and trans kids.
Jess Wood MBE, 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, humor, fun, solidarity, extended generational support, complexity, diversity and above all, nurture and warmth.
‘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.’
Stephen Murtagh, from Young People’s Voice, said: ‘Families are important for everyone, and at Allsorts we wanted to have a spectacular day to celebrate the importance of LGBT children, young people and their families. By raising awareness, we hope to inspire positive change and representation.’
And Lucas Abedecain, Young People’s Voice Campaigns Action Group Representative, added: ‘Having such a supportive family, the value of being comfortable in your gender identity or sexual orientation is such a positive step. I hope others will be motivated to see how supporting relationships and families can make everyone’s lives better and celebrate their own families.’