As Ellen Page comes out, we ask, is this heralding in a new era for younger celebrities to come out and still have a mainstream career, or will the Ellen effect mirror the Ellen (De Generes) effect when her career stalled after coming out? Time will tell, but what is encouraging is young lesbians have another out possibility model in Hollywood, and that surely must show that a new wind is a-blowing!
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The Same-Sex Hand-Holding Initiative (#SSHHI) was launched by Pride House International on 14 August 2013. The campaign is simple: Pride House International is calling on everyone present in Sochi – athletes, staff, media, officials, spectators, sponsors, vendors, and fans – to take every opportunity to hold hands with a person of the same sex.To make as many people as possible who’ll be present in Sochi aware of #SSHHI, Pride House International has launched a photo blog at holdhandsinsochi.tumblr.com. There, anyone can post a photo showing them holding hands with a person of the same sex (or not… we don’t discriminate) as a sign of solidarity with the athletes, officials, vendors, media, and spectators who will be holding hands throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi
For more information see http://www.pridehousemcr.com/
Check out our new youtube account for information, advice and some fun animations too. Just visit https://www.youtube.com/user/LGBTYouthNorthWest
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery, four of our youth groups are going to spend the year training as oral historians and researching LGBT activism in education, for a play, a book, schools resources and a new mural at the LGBT centre. We are looking for a coordinator to lead this project. If you are interested please download the Job Description and Project Plan and then email to firstname.lastname@example.org a 3 page summary of how you meet the job description by 5pm Tuesday 7th January
So with Christmas nearly upon us, it’s always a mixed time for us lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans folk. It can be a time when we re-connect, come out, go back in the closet, have fun with our ‘logical’ or biological families, or feel quite alone. So if you need to talk this Christmas click on Childline or call 0800 1111 for someone to listen, not to judge and to be there for you. We helped train their staff this year so they should be good! Thinking of coming out over the turkey this year? Then before you do, read our top tips page and perhaps look at the advice to adults below, which you might want to print out and give to the person you have chosen to come out to. Most of all, know that we, the LGBT Youth North West community, love you for exactly who you are, and welcome you to come to our groups and activities in the new year (from 6th Jan).
Children in Need helped us fund some work looking at how LGBT young people can be supported by adults. Check out this summary of how adults can help young people, written by young people (below), and click here for more advice on coming out.
The Manchester Evening News has ran a piece today to look at where Beyonce should eat when she comes to Manchester, now that she is vegan. And guess which community cafe came up on the short list? Why ours of course! And given her support of the LGBT community, not least with her ambiguous BFF-affair with Lady Gaga, then we would like to say to the iconic singer, ‘come over, have a brew with us, you are very welcome!’ Read more
LGBT Youth North West have had a great 2013 and are holding a winter FUNdraiser to celebrate their achievements and to fundraise for a successful 2014. They have trained nearly 5,000 people in schools, with companies, supported 27 regional groups and hundreds of young people each week.
Sally Carr, MBE, organised a trans residential that 24 young people attended. One said that it was “life changing”. LGBT Youth North West have also set up a Wythenshawe and Stockport youth group that both have regular attendees looking for support and belonging in their area. One attendee said “I felt suicidal before I came here, now I have come out I feel happy and free to be me”.
Amelia Lee, Strategic Director said “Christmas can be a difficult time for young LGBT people and we want to be there for as many people as we possibly can”. There will be a number of wonderful volunteers who will be dishing out a delicious Christmas dinner at their Christmas event on the 14th.
There will be a carol service at noon, craft fair from 1pm followed by a delicious dinner made with home-grown ingredients from their allotment and community café set up earlier this year.
All of LGBT Youth North West services are free for young people who attend to make support and space as accessible as possible, and they intend to keep it that way but rely on donations to keep their doors open – so head down and part with a few pounds!
LGBT Winter Warmer Saturday 14th December 12-5pm LGBT Centre, Sidney Street off Oxford Rd. winterfundraiser.eventbrite.co.uk www.lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk or donate at www.localgiving.com