Young lgb people from across Wigan have worked tirelessly to generate knowledge and understanding of the issues they face as young people over the past 7 years. They have delivered conferences on Hate Crime & Bullying as well as delivered sexuality awareness to agencies and organisations across the borough as well as designed posters and information leaflets for other young people and parents.
This February, young people will be part of Wigan's Hate Crime awareness Week ( 19th-23rd) delivering a performance of Romeo & Julian, Rosemary and Juliet. This take on Shakespeare's classic, is funny, emotional and clearly articulates the homophobia faced by many young people from parents, carers and peers.
To the Young lgbt people of Wigan, Lgbt history month gives them encouragement and faith in the knowledge that other people across the borough are aware of their presence and that schools, colleges and youth projects are learning about the issues they face. Young lgbt people's voices are becoming stronger as their confidence grows as individuals and members of their communities.
As a practitioner, lgbt history month is an opportunity to celebrate difference and challenge the ignorance and discrimination faced by lgbt people across the UK. It is an opportunity for young people to understand the history of the struggle to be equal and their rights gained through positive action. It is also an opportunity for youth work projects and schools to explore homophobia as a global issue, one which still leads to death and imprisonment for many who identify as lgbt