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 year of Pride

Over the past year, Josh and Elana have been helping to facilitate a Pride Group (an LGBT+ group) in St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School in Orpington. They are both Just Like Us ambassadors who have been supporting the school staff and student leaders coordinating the group. Just Like Us aims to empower LGBT+ young people and raise awareness about how to be a great ally. As part of their Pride Groups programme, we went into a secondary school to support a group where students (LGBT+ and non-LGBT+ alike) can feel comfortable and confident being themselves, have a place to meet other people like them, learn about being LGBT+, and just have a safe place to have fun together. We worked wi

What it means to say 'they'

Ari is one of our ambassadors whose gender identity is ‘nonbinary’, and who prefers to be referred to as ‘they’ rather than ‘he’ or ‘she’. Read why, and what impact it has when you do that. I’m nonbinary, which means my gender identity isn’t 100% male or 100% female. Nonbinary is an umbrella term that encompasses a lot of different gender identities that fall outside the boxes of 100% male and 100% female. Because of this, many nonbinary people (myself included) prefer neutral terminology to be used when referring to them, as gendered words are inaccurate, and often uncomfortable and even upsetting. For example, you would use “sibling” rather than “brother” or “sister”, and so on. Some peopl

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