Growing up lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) is still unacceptably tough: 86% of young people hear homophobic remarks and 25% attempt suicide. These challenges continue beyond school with 6 in 10 graduates returning to the closet in their first job.
Which is why this June, Broadgate is supporting the young people’s LGBT+ charity Just Like Us and their Rainbow Ribbon Campaign with ribbons available for a small donation across the Broadgate neighbourhood and all of our team proudly wearing them in support.
The campaign is backed by the Prime Minister (watch her video of support here), businesses, schools and celebrities, who will all be wearing the ribbons to raise the profile of Just Like Us’s LGBT+ network, showing support for LGBT+ people and raising money for Just Like Us to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in school and the workplace. This June, it’s time to get involved.
About Just Like Us
Just Like Us was launched because growing up LGBT+ is still one of the most challenging experiences a young person can face. The charity ensures young people hear powerful positive messages from other LGBT+ voices by building a national network of university student volunteers who are given the skills they need to communicate with impact. The charity then sends them into secondary schools to share their stories, bust stereotypes and explain why LGBT+ equality is everyone's issue.
Their national initiative, School Diversity Week empowers teachers and pupils to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying by organising activities that celebrate the value of LGBT+ equality in education.
Just Like Us Ambassadors have worked with 18,000 school students, and more than 250,000 teachers and pupils celebrated School Diversity Week 2017. This short video shares the voices of the people who matter most: the teachers and young people they work with.
Supporting the Rainbow Ribbon Campaign enables Just Like Us to transform the lives of LGBT+ young people in schools, builds your reputation as an inclusive employer and ensures your LGBT+ employees to bring their whole self to work.
· 1 in 5 LGBT staff have been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues in the last year because they're LGBT.
· 1 in 2 15-34-year-olds have hidden or disguised that they're LGBT at work because they were afraid of discrimination.
· 3 in 5 LGBT staff say that senior managers in their workplace do not show visible commitment.
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon