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Trans Youth Conference (January 3, 2017)
A young persons account of the Trans Youth Conference.

"The Trans Youth Conference, although it was an early start, was a day well worth the journey.

On arrival, we were given time to settle in and enjoy the fantastic venue before heading to the presentation, which set the theme for the day: self-care. After that we split off into groups and got started with the first scheduled activity, making bags full of self care tips and zines, as well as analysing what makes us happy as people. The activities were very thought-provoking and definitely tailored for youth, there were activities encouraging active discussions about trans norms, activities that gave us breaks, all activities that allowed us to socialise in a way that made us comfortable.

After lunch in the University canteen, I found a workshop regarding body positivity to be a highlight of the day, it provoked interesting discussion (among trans people themselves) about the cis narrative that trans people must dislike their […]

Every organisation has a duty to make LGBT people's identities visible and affirmed.

An easy way to do this is to 'usualise' people's identities through routine monitoring forms.

See here for an easy guide to inclusive monitoring.

See the-classroom website for more info on usualising.

We wanted to remind people that our Black History Month Challenging Prejudice and Uniting Communities resource isn't just for use in October, its a resource to use all year round - whether that's with students, young people, staff, friends - it's always relevant to be aware of prejudice and how to challenge it. The activities included are simple to run but cover complex and important issues. You can download it for free by clicking here.

When: Sunday 27th November, 2pm
Length: 1 hour
What: This walking tour will tell the story of how Manchester became the first place to build an entirely publicly funded, purpose designed centre for the gay community, just as Thatcher’s government were enacting Section 28.
Meet: Please meet at Manchester Town Hall side entrance, on Lloyd Street (as the xmas markets are on). I will be waving a small rainbow flag! Please note it will end at the LGBT Centre on Sidney Street, just off Oxford Road.

Click here to register your place

We can't begin to tell you how thrilled we are at The Proud Trust to have been successful in a recent bid to grow our training and education offer. The Department for Education initiative, funded by the Government Equalities Office, will enable us to work with many more schools to develop strategies for combating homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.

Read the full press release here.

Alongside our LGBT youth organisation friends from Allsorts (Brighton), SexYOUality (Cambridge) and DISC (Durham) we will be launching our Rainbow Flag Award scheme, where schools will have to undertake a variety of tasks to ensure LGBT inclusion in their schools.

Do you know a school - primary or secondary - that could benefit from some targeted work in this area? If, so, then please nominate them by return email with a short description as to why you think they may benefit from a variety of interventions which could include teacher training, policy support, curriculum and pastoral guidance or pupil voice programmes.

It is […]

We are excited to launch our Friends Scheme which has been re-designed with a fresh new look to reflect who we are as a charity.  This is a fantastic way for individuals and companies to get involved with The Proud Trust in a way that suits your budget or skills!  The scheme has two components:

Proud Friend: individuals and companies can donate monthly or annually to become a Friend.  This is a great way for you to support our vital youth groups and project activities.

Proud Ambassador: this is for those with the skills, time and enthusiasm to shout about our cause.  You could organise a fundraising event, offer professional expertise, give a guest talk or provide a free venue.
Friends and Ambassadors receive special invites, discounts, regular updates, website acknowledgement and a twibbon!
Click here for more information

LGBT Centre re-build update (September 2, 2016)
After many months and years of research, feasibility studies and consultations we are making good progress with the plans for the LGBT Centre’s re-build. A project of such scale takes a lot of time, energy, skills and money from a medium-sized charity like The Proud Trust. As of September 2016 we have reviewed four options through an appraisal process. This options appraisal considered things like: cost, needs, impact and the funding climate. As a result of this the decision was made that the option for a four-storey building with two floors of supported accommodation was not feasible. Our next stage is to go into more depth to look at two other options. They are a two-storey re-build and a reconfiguration/refurbishment of the current building. With a strong Project Board, staff from The Proud Trust and consultation from our users we are committed to providing a safe and supportive LGBT Centre that meets the demands of our LGBT communities. Thank you […]

Think Piece (September 1, 2016)
This is a regular new feature on our bulletin where The Proud Trust or one of our partners shares good practice about youth work or working with LGBT+ young people.

Please welcome Tamzin Forster, a freelance creative wellbeing specialist, who is discussing Peer Support in this month's
Think Piece:
In 2015 Matty Donaldson from The Proud Trust, and I joined forces to create a Peer Support Wellbeing Training Programme. This is designed to enhance and maintain positive mental health. It is based on previous work I have undertaken and The Proud Trust's Peer Support Project which has run in some form or another since the mid 1990s.
What is peer support?
Peer support models are founded in non-hierarchical, reciprocal relationships. It works on the idea that non-professionals, (e.g. young people), can provide flexible social, emotional and practical support to one another through their personal knowledge and experiences. This role can complement and enhance existing services, bridging the gaps that occur within any service, reaching individuals […]

Manchester Pride (August 24, 2016)
We are looking forward to seeing you all in Manchester for Manchester Pride this weekend. We will have a walking float and a vehicle float for all young people involved in any of the North West LGBT Youth Groups. After the event we will be having an after-Parade celebration and showcase. Contact for more details.

Organized by young LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans) people who live in & around Wythenshawe, this event aims to show other LGBT young people that they can be out and proud in their local community.

The event is being held at The Forum in Wythenshawe, opened by Carl Austin-Behan (The Mayor), Claire Mooney (Singer) and Annie Wallace (Actress) at 10am and running all day until 3pm.

There will be stalls, facepainting, performances, badge making, cake decorating, a fire engine and lots more!

The event is aimed at the LGBT community but everyone is welcome in particular other young people.

This project is supported by The Forum, Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust, UHSM Hospital and a grant from Superbia. Superbia Grants provide financial support for LGBT events as part of Manchester Pride’s commitment to the quality and diversity of cultural events taking place throughout the year in Greater Manchester.

2:00 pm Fusion
Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fusion is a safe and friendly youth space for black and asian LGBT young people aged 13 – 19. It’s somewhere to meet new people, get[...]