Just Like Us
Just Like Us is the charity for LGBT+ young people. The charity was founded in 2016 for one simple reason: growing up LGBT+ is still unacceptably tough.
Their mission is to empower young people to champion LGBT+ equality. Just Like Us works to make education more inclusive and ensure all young people know that being LGBT+ is something to be celebrated. A key part of their work is platforming young LGBT+ voices – such as their ambassador Deep, who wrote for Gay Times about celebrating Diwali as a proud Hindu lesbian.
Just Like Us runs three programmes across the UK:
The Ambassador Programme
Just Like Us' ambassadors are LGBT+ and aged 18–25. Ambassadors do school talks (virtually during coronavirus), receive mentoring, become part of a community, and take part in a wide range of activities, such as creating content, writing about their experiences, fundraising and running campaigns. If you are interested in volunteering, we really encourage you to sign up.
Just Like Us' Pride Groups programme trains educators and school staff to support pupils in establishing and running Pride Groups. These are student-led and create a safe, welcoming space for LGBT+ pupils and allies to talk about LGBT+ topics, socialise and find community. Pride Groups are an integral part of their work in making education more inclusive and the programme runs all year round – including online during coronavirus.
School Diversity Week
Just Like Us' annual initiative, School Diversity Week, empowers school staff and pupils across the UK to tackle homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying by organising activities that celebrate LGBT+ equality in education. In 2020, schools and colleges representing 1.9 million young people signed up to take part in School Diversity Week, demonstrating to their pupils that being LGBT+ is something to be celebrated.
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