Why Support The Proud Trust
The Proud Trust is a life-saving and life-enhancing organisation that supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) young people.
LGBT+ young people face challenges their non-LGBT+ peers do not. Many experience discrimination, bullying, exclusion, and have reported a poorer quality of life. With youth groups, peer support, educational workshops and ‘The Proud Place’ LGBT+ Centre we empower LGBT+ young people to make positive change for themselves and their communities. By training adults who work with LGBT+ young people, organising events, campaigns, creating resources and undertaking research we raise awareness of LGBT+ identities and equip people to be better allies to the LGBT+ community.
- With one in three young LGBT+ people having reported being threatened or harmed, our workshops and training have been designed to equip all young people and adults to confidently recognise and challenge LGBTphobia.
- Our LGBT+ inclusive educational resources, workshops and training help to ensure more than the reported one in five young people receive useful relationships and sex education in school.
- LGBT+ affirming spaces and in-person support have been found to lower suicide attempts amongst LGBT+ young people. With more than 40% of LGBT+ young people having seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year, we provide life-saving support with various youth groups and an LGBT+ Centre that offers a safe and welcoming space to meet others.
- Only 36% of young people identify as ‘exclusively straight’. Our targeted youth work and peer support help young people to explore their sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe space. Our resources and educational workshops support young people in learning about different identities.
Donations and fundraising are essential to us continuing this vital work. We take care to ensure we think through our spending and work out the best ways to make a difference. You can read about the impact of our work over the last year by exploring Our Year in Numbers.