Tomorrow I’m going to have some time with the youth group at LGBT Youth North West; an organisation close to our hearts who have helped us a lot. Earlier this year we did some work with them to develop SECRET DIARIES and tomorrow evening will follow on from that. The young people are incredible, the staff and volunteers are dedicated and together they are helping to make a change to lives.
Along with lots of youth services, they look to the public to make donations, especially after all the cuts. We have been lucky enough to see them in action and believe us, they are a worthwhile organisation to donate to. They also run a campaign which I cannot express he importance of called ‘Don’t assume…’ – and lets face it, we make assumptions about people, but it is important to know the impact of those assumptions. The importance of this was highlighted for me last week when I met someone who DIDN’T assume, which is SO rare. After asking if I had a partner (no mention of gender…), I replied “yes, I’ve been with my girlfriend for nearly 4 years” and to my surprise she became the first person EVER to follow this up with: “So, are you gay or bi?”. Blimey. I always prepare myself for the ‘… but I’m not gay, I’m bisexual which means…’ but I didn’t need to. Here was a 26 year old nurse ASKING me, not ASSUMING. I took a deep breath and I could feel the tension in my shoulders ready to answer questions or defend my sexuality, just fall away; it was so refreshing! I said to her that it was wonderful that she asked me rather than assuming, as most people do and she told me that she thought it was important not to assume, and she is SO right.
I’m proud to say that we’re working with LGBT Youth North West who are doing everything they can to ensure more and more people don’t assume, and for that they need your help. Follow their social networking pages, champion their work, request for them to come and do some training where you are and also help them function and continue their work by donating to them here: https://localgiving.com/charity/lgbtyouth?utm_source=charity_10528&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=badge&utm_content=badge
We’re really looking forward to talking to the youth group who will be helping us shape our education work with SECRET DIARIES so we’ll blog about it afterwards so watch out…