Allsorts Youth Project launches LGBT Children, Young People and Families Day

February 21st, 2013 by

LGBT Children, Young People and Families Day took place on Tuesday February 5th organised by Young People’s Voice – our campaigns action group at Allsorts Youth Project.  It was the first major event of its kind to celebrate LGBT youth identity and community, with ‘Togetherness’ being the theme of the day.

The day opened with a tea party in the Ballroom of Hotel Du Vin for the community voluntary sector, statutory practitioners and commissioners.  The tea party was filled with chit-chat, cake eating, and was opened by Brighton Mayor Bill Randall.  It featured presentations by YPV, Sue Sanders (Founder of LGBT History Month) and Sam Beal (Partnership Advisor in Brighton and Hove City Council) and stunning performances by Allsorts young people.  The theme of togetherness was marked by everyone writing what they felt togetherness was on a leaf which will hang on Allsorts togetherness tree.  Some examples included ‘united in diversity’ and ‘togetherness means there are all kinds of families.’

The tea party was then followed by two events, a prom for the young people which was held at the beautiful Hilton Metropole and a Champions Dinner, for business people, head teachers, councillors and others to promote the project and encourage people to commit to making the changes they can in their environments to improve the experience of LGBT young people.

Stephen, Allsorts Co-President said: “The day was an amazing first as a true and unique celebration of LGBT Children, Young People and Families! The tea party was enjoyed by practitioners, young people and everyone with inspiring speeches from all and lots of cake!”

The Dinner was held by Moshimo, and was an amazing success.  It was filled with tear jerking testimonies from Allsorts young people who spoke about their battles and triumphs against adversity.  There was also an award ceremony in which people were honoured for their commitment to improving the lives of LGBT young people.

Whilst the dinner went ahead, Allsorts, Mind Me Up, BMEYPP, Hangleton & Knowle young people enjoyed the prom at the Hilton Metropole.  The prom was held to unite young people from many projects and for the young people to celebrate togetherness. There was a glam station in which Allsorts young people got creative, giant board games for the competitive, as well as a dance floor and cat walk for others to strut their stuff.

Lucas, Allsorts Co-President summed up the true spirit and purpose of the day: “LGBT History month has got off to a great start and LGBT CYPF added a brilliant day of togetherness to carry on annually. The young volunteers from YPV and Allsorts put their hearts into making the day enjoyable for all. Young people and allies came together at the prom to celebrate LGBT identity and the first step to equal marriage. The dinner brought together people from all professions and backgrounds to support work being done to make equality for all!”

 Jess Wood MBE, Co-Founder and Director of Allsorts, summed up the success of the day: “LGBT Children, Young People and Families Day was about Togetherness – bringing all those different people that work with us in to one space and having fun while at the same time, learning more about each other. Those who attended – parents of LGBT children, LGBT parents of heterosexual children, children and young people from youth groups who we work with – ate huge amounts of cream cakes or danced into the evening in the ballroom at the Hilton.

 Our funders, sponsors, business people and our LGBT champions attended a dinner at the Hotel du Vin. Mayor Bill Randall and our Brighton and Hove city council Chief Executive, Penny Thompson spoke movingly about their experience. Four champions were presented with awards: Sam Beal for her work in schools, Mary Evans, former head of Equalities Team at the council, Bernard and Terry Reed, founders of the trans organisation GIRES and the founder of LGBT History Month, Sue Sanders.

All in all it was a great day and one which we will repeat annually as the children, young people and families day in LGBT History Month. We thank NHS Health Promotion, the Rainbow Fund, the Hilton Hotel and Hotel du Vin for their immense generosity and above all our great friend and LGBT champion, Karl Jones, from Moshimo, who hosted the dinner and provided all the sumptuous food!”