YOUNG people in Bournemouth are at the forefront of a new campaign demonstrating the need for more LGBT+ inclusive education in schools.

The #YoungerMe campaign, created by Just Like Us, the charity for LGBT+ young people, launches on December 9 and will raise awareness that growing up LGBT+ is still challenging and tough.

The online campaign will run at a time when young people are facing increasing isolation over Christmas, worsened by coronavirus restrictions.

Several LGBT+ young people – who are ambassadors for the charity and give talks in schools in Bournemouth and across the country – are sharing their experiences growing up and what needs to change for schools to be happier, safer places for those within the LGBT+ community.

Just Like Us ambassador Siraaj M, 24, said: "As a gay, South Asian, Muslim boy, I didn’t see the way I wanted to live my life represented in the lives of people around me, nor did I see my traits and values necessarily reflected in anyone I looked up to.

"Younger me needed a sense of community. The attitude at Just Like Us is one of unrelenting positivity and passion to make things better moving forward.

"This is just one piece of the puzzle in improving the lives of LGBT+ young people but it’s a piece we’re committed to doing well."

Throughout December, celebrities, influencers and supporters will be sharing what it was like for them growing up LGBT+ and how inclusive education would’ve helped them.

UK Drag Race queen Divina De Campo, transgender Emmerdale actor Ash Palmisciano, athlete Michael Gunning and non-binary author Jamie Windust are among supporters who will feature as part of the campaign, highlighting the huge need for inclusive education in the UK.

Chief Executive of Just Like Us, Dominic Arnhall said: "We’re thrilled to be launching this campaign with the support of people like UK Drag Race queen Divina De Campo at a time when LGBT+ young people are facing increasing isolation due to lockdown restrictions.

"Both coronavirus and Christmas are likely to add to the feeling of isolation among LGBT+ young people and it’s vital that we are able to continue supporting them through our community network, mentoring, Ambassador Programme, and by helping schools and colleges to make education inclusive through our Pride Groups programme.

"Just Like Us is looking forward to shining a light on the vital need for inclusive education in transforming the lives of LGBT+ young people."

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