Just Like Us

Just Like Us (JLU) is working for a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people live awesome lives. Why? Because growing up LGBT is still unacceptably tough: 86% of young people hear homophobic remarks and 25% attempt suicide.

JLU works to change this by empowering young people to be role models who champion LGBT equality and challenge prejudice at school and work. Since launching in 2016, they've thus far trained some 119 LGBT young people to deliver talks and workshops to over 22,000 school pupils. Mentoring and training have helped double the number of LGBT young people who feel confident enough to start their first job openly LGBT.

To involve and unite schools across the UK JLU launched School Diversity Week with the support of the DfE. JLU provides schools with a free toolkit for organising events that celebrate LGBT equality in education. Last year, over 250,000 teachers and pupils across the UK took part in activities to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. With this year's SDW involving over 400,000 pupils even more LGBT young people will benefit from JLU’s work.

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