Voices of Just Like Us

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

July 24, 2018

When I came out as gay aged 22, I had no LGBT+ role models. I’d grown up surrounded by exclusively heterosexual books, films and TV shows. That’s not to say these weren’t great stories, but they never included people quite like me. I went through a very isolating depre...

July 13, 2018

The roots of my volunteering lie in the toughest period of my life.

I came out as gay at 22. In the midst of a suicidal depression, I began realising how detrimental hiding my sexuality and mental health struggles over the previous decade had been. I’d tried desperately...

We were all in year 10 when the Diversity Group began, a name chosen to ensure both protection by anonymity and inclusion. Another girl and I approached the Head Teacher with a letter and met for an interview to discuss its opening. Right from that moment we had 100% s...

I’m a librarian by trade, and there are certain things that all librarians learn by heart at school. How to shush people, of course, but more importantly how to advocate and raise the voices of those who are silenced, underrepresented and vulnerable.

One key statement...

When we were informed of School Diversity Week, we knew we had to take the opportunity to get involved. We though that, with this chance to raise awareness of the issues faced by LGBT+ youth, both in our school and across the country, we needed to do something great.

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I started to notice I was different from others aged 13. Yes, I loved Beyoncé and Michael Jackson, but I soon realised I didn’t like girls. Like most high schools being popular was a constant pressure.

I knew being gay was negative. History was gay. Ugly shoes look gay....

A school leader recently told me: ‘I’m not sure this school is ready for homosexuals.’ So no wonder homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying can go unreported for a very long time.

For pupils coming to terms with their sexuality, complaining about ‘gay’ being used...