Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support and empower young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. For our Members’ Monday focus, we interviewed Reuben to discover more about the current work of the organisation.
1) What is your name and your role inside Allsorts Youth Project?
My name is Reuben Davidson and I’m a trustee and the lead youth volunteer.
2) What is a very exciting project Allsorts Youth Project is currently working with?
Recently, we started running a group for trans and gender questioning children under 11. It meets one Saturday morning a month and also gives parents a chance to meet peers having similar experiences. At Allsorts, we feel passionate about inclusivity and wanted this to be outwardly reflected, so have also recently launched a BME campaign. The campaign asks members of the Allsorts community to pledge to challenging racist language and behaviour in LGBTQ spaces and beyond, aiming to help eradicate barriers BME LGBTQ young people might face when accessing services.
3) What is a priority in Allsorts Youth Project’s agenda?
A significant priority to Allsorts currently is Hate Crime reporting and tackling Homo/Bi/Transphobia. The main ways we’ve been working towards this is delivering workshops in schools around LGBT awareness and HBTphobic bullying, with a specific emphasis on its seriousness in school and its potential consequences in the wider community. A more covert and common manifestation of HBTphobia is the use of the phrase “that’s so gay” and we focus on bringing it to an end by facilitating the students to reflect on the impact of the phrase on LGBTQ and questioning young people and their school as a safe place.
4) Why did Allsorts Youth Project want to become a member of IGLYO?
IGLYO and Allsorts has similar aspirations when it comes to empowering LGBTQ young people and providing leadership and participation opportunities. The platform that IGLYO provides for its members to develop their skills made joining a valuable experience.
5) Which is the most useful advice you would like to give to an LGBTQI young person at present time?
I would tell them not to suffer in silence. If you are struggling with your sexual orientation or gender identity, mental health or something else, reach out to a youth worker, teacher or another trusted person that can help support you or signpost you to a service. There are also lots of online resources and spaces that LGBTQI young people can connect and find support, just check that they are safe and moderated by an adult.
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