Allsorts Youth Project to collaborate with STARS for this years IDAHOBIT online campaign

April 28th, 2013 by

Allsorts  Youth Project is excited to be collaborating with STARS – LGBT youth project based in Dorset –  on a social media campaign across Facebook and Twitter to celebrate and acknowledge IDAHO/IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia) Day on 17th May 2013.

The campaign will be in the form of quotes posted on both Allsorts and Stars social media in the run up to 17 May. It is hoped that this will raise awareness of the issue of homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia worldwide, but of course with our main focus on LGBT youth in the UK.

Stars made a trip to Brighton to visit Allsorts in February, which saw links being made and now both organisations are working together on this project. Dan said, “It was a great trip to Brighton. We met some great people and had many ideas of how we can link up our groups.”

I am very excited to be working with Allsorts on a project that could end up having a very large positive impact. It sends out the right messages when organisations work together on things like this.

  “The trip to Allsorts is where the idea for our new ‘THIS’ project came from”. Sam added that he thought it would be a “good idea to give LGBT youth in the Dorchester area the chance to have one to one peer support sessions for those who aren’t comfortable in a group session or can’t make the group on a Tuesday”.

Sam Kelly, STARS Project-Cordinator, added: “Meeting with Allsorts allowed us to gain more insight into how their group is run, and helped us to construct ideas to improve what we offer in the Dorset area.”

As a result of talking to Allsorts, Stars also now stresses that people who are unsure of their sexuality, and transgender people are of course always welcome to the group or ‘THIS’ project.

More information about STARS can be found on their website: www.starspeerproject.com

Stephen Murtagh, President of Allsorts, said: When Dan, Sam and Joe came to visit us in February, I was inspired that people younger than me could set up their own peer support project to help other LGBT young people. Sharing ideas, passions and creativity was a highlight in an already busy year at Allsorts. Having stayed in contact, offering further support and advice it’s been great to see Stars expand and grow.

“IDAHOBIT is always a big event and campaign at Allsorts and our campaigning group Young People’s Voice were ready to push the creative boundaries after the successful launch of our LGBT Children, Young People and Families Day. Collaborating with Stars has been such a great experience and the campaign will go live on Monday 13th to mark the entire week with positive and inspiring posters via social media. As well as that we’ll be filming a rainbow flashmob in Brighton to mark this year’s theme: global rainbow Flashmobs! 

To keep up to date with IDAHOBIT developments and activities please ‘like’ the Allsorts and STARS facebook pages.