We at Allsorts know that without support, exploring your sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be incredibly difficult and isolating. We understand that this can be even more challenging when considering your culture, religion and ethnicity too. Sometimes, it can feel like you are only able to take part in one community or the other.
In the past, it has been difficult for People of Colour (POC) and Minority Ethnic groups to access LGBT+ support, due to barriers such as a lack of understanding and lack of staff representation. People from these communities have often faced racism and prejudice, including being marginalised in LGBT+ and queer spaces, and erased from queer narratives, despite having often fought at the front of queer liberation movements.
We are currently working towards creating our POC and Minority Ethnic youth group. We are running a series of focus groups online to hear what young people from these communities would like the group to look like. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking the button below.
We are also able to offer targeted support from our Inclusion worker. If you would like to seek support, please get in touch.
At Allsorts, we value allyship alongside inclusion. An ally is someone who supports people who are discriminated against, despite not belonging to that group themselves. We run allyship workshops in our youth groups, to encourage our young people and their families to understand more about intersecting identities within our LGBT+ community.
If you are interested in learning more, please read our ‘Unboxing our Identities’ resource, which was written to inform and highlight what life may be like for someone who is a person of colour or from a minority ethnic group, and LGBT+.