Voices of Just Like Us

Just Like Us staff and ambassadors, educators and LGBT+ young people make up the voices of Just Like Us

Our best takeaways from training ambassadors online

Our ambassadors are amazing young LGBT+ adults, who deliver sessions in schools and colleges championing equality. This autumn Just Like Us has trained nearly 100 new ambassadors, ready to work in Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, London, Manchester and Oxford schools. One brand new thing we trialled this year was training a small group of our ambassadors online rather than in-person. We used only Google Apps - specifically, the videocalling app and the word processor. Here are my takeaways from designing and delivering our online ambassador training. The key challenges Maintaining the focus and motivation of new ambassadors When ambassadors arrive at in-person training, we close the door and, for s

Be allies to LGBT+ people and #ChooseRespect

For Anti-Bullying Week, I want to talk a little bit about my experiences at school and why we should choose respect. I grew up in a small, conservative town in the middle of the Shropshire countryside – don’t worry if you don’t know where this is, I won't take it to heart! It seemed like most residents weren't accepting of anything or anyone that wasn’t traditional. It meant that, if you were LGBT+, you were most definitely the black sheep. I can happily say that I never experienced any extreme forms of bullying towards anyone LGBT+, but no one really spoke about LGBT+ things openly. When they did – well, you can guess how lovely that was! Some used the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ as an insult

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