The Proud Trust has a passionate and skilled staff team that reflects the diversity of the young people we work with. Please see the biographies below for more information about us all.
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My LGBT role model is: Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women's Library
In my spare time I like to: Daydream
I am a lesbian, Catholic, feminist who is a great tap dancer.
I loves good food, especially from Sidney St cafe.
LGBT Role model: Audre Lorde
Favourite pastime: Finding the best lesbian/bisexual characters and plots from TV and film across the world #godblessyoutube
Who would play you in a film? Queen Latifah would play me in a film because she is (or used to be more in her early music and acting days) really tough and cool!
My LGBT role model is: A film maker from Liverpool called Sandi Hughes, she is a mixed race, lesbian who has been making films about the Black LGBT community in Liverpool and the UK for years. She is in her 70s now, has amazing energy, so many great life stories and is still a raver! She is really inspiring and has lots important footage of the LGBT community.
My area of expertise are sport, health and nutrition and I try my best to sneak some physical activities in to our weekly youth group sessions (often disguised as fun games).
Helena Bonham Carter would play me in a movie and if I were an animal I would be a chimpanzee 🙂
I work at four TPT groups: Stockport, Young Women's, Old Trafford and LGYM. Usually doing something creative too.
Who is your LGBT role model? It's hard to choose just one one but I really admire other lesbian youth workers such as Jan Bridget who were (and still are!) committed to specialist youth work and girls work with young lesbian and bisexual women. Young women are often overlooked in many areas, health being one of them, so having someone listening to their needs, concerns and ideas is that can help to get their voices heard. What I find particularly inspiring about Jan is her resilience when she set up a group for young women and was met with resistance from other women and other parts of our community.
A world without strong lesbian women would be a sad one!
Favourite thing to do in your spare time? My favourite thing to do in my spare time is to make […]
I volunteer on Afternoon Tea, and chair the NTYN, and also drive minibuses when asked.
If you could introduce one new law what would it be? Ban all religions
If you were an animal, what would you be...and why? I'd be an Orca, they are majestic animals, who are intelligent and loyal creatures and travel all over the oceans.
If I could introduce one new law: It would be that all commercial businesses donate 5% of their annual profits to a local charity. Haha!
My perfect day would involve: A lie-in, yoga, a long walk with friends and eating my dinner outside in the warm evening sun 🙂
Youth worker with Rochdale, Wythenshawe, & trans groups. Peer support project facilitator. Gender explorer.
Who is your LGBT role model? I have many many many LGBT role models but I'll pick Kate Bornstein because I had the pleasure of meeting them recently and they were fabulous. They taught me that gender doesn't have to be a battlefield, it can be the playground.
If you were an item on a draining board what would you be? If I was an item on a draining board then perhaps I'd be a spork.
I lead on the Young Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Project and Stockport provision.
An LGBT person I admire is: Beth Torbert (of Bif Naked)
If I was an animal: I'd be a squirrel as I like things to be organised.
I make sure that all money coming in and going out is monitored.
In my spare time: I like to run, ride horses and do flyball with our youngest dog.
I'm proud of: All the great work The Proud Trust is doing and the difference its making to so many young lives.
I coordinate and deliver our LGBT education offer, training for professionals and workshops for young people.
My LGBT role models are the young people who access our services, always so candid and willing to share their experiences - their stories keep our training and education fresh and relevant.
My perfect day happens every year, on whichever day the Eurovision Song Contest falls on! Never watched it?! Watch it - you can have a perfect day too.
I manage all the staff who work with young people in youth and support groups; and I help to plan the programme to meet young peoples needs.
Who would play you in a film? I'd like to play a mash up of revolutionary and inspirational women from across time and across the globe.
If you were crash landed on a dessert island what 3 things would you prioritise for survival? Water, shelter, fire.
Who would play me in a film? That would probably be Jonah Hill because he's super funny and he's also fairly down to earth.
If I was an animal what would I be? I would be an owl for 3 reasons, number one is that the Owl is the logo of Leeds where I am from. They can fly and they can turn their heads 360 degrees!
I run Afternoon Tea (trans youth group) twice a month, and run our annual trans youth residential
Something I am proud of is: The Afternoon Tea youth group. It has grown so much since it started in 2012 and is now a wonderful group of young people, and a pleasure to work with.
Favourite past time: I have two. The first is playing with my two cats, the second is organising my coin collection (I am a big nerd and have over 1000!)
Safer Person Project Co-ordinator
I'm in charge of the Safer Person Project, an Open Awards course for young LB women, which supports them in developing the skills to feel safe and confident supporting their friends.
Who would play you in a film? I like to think that if Ellen Page and Julia Roberts had a child it would be me, so I think a mixture of them both.
If you were crash landed on a dessert island what 3 things would you prioritise for survival? Food, food, and food.