Reflecting on Just Like Us in 2020, a tough year for LGBT+ young people

It goes without saying that this has been a tough year for everyone but it has been particularly isolating for LGBT+ young people.

When the pandemic began, we immediately knew that Just Like Us needed to respond in a way that puts LGBT+ young people first, who were cut off from their usual support networks. I knew our Ambassador Programme and Pride Groups communities would be really important in enabling young people to stay connected and that our School Diversity Week campaign needed to go ahead. We immediately prioritised making all of our programmes available digitally. Despite the challenging circumstances, this was more successful than we initially believed possible.

With just two months to go until School Diversity Week – our annual celebration of LGBT+ inclusion in schools and colleges across the UK – we moved everything online.

Our Director of Education, Emma Fay, introduced digital masterclasses to deliver three daily onli