LGBT Youth Scotland’s Graeme Ross Speaks at ‘Voices for Change’ LGBT Youth Conference in Winchester

                    (Graeme Ross speaking at the conference)

LGBT Youth Scotland’s Education Capacity Building Officer, Graeme Ross, went down to Winchester last month to join Y Services LGBT youth conference, Voices for Change. Sharing best practice from a Scottish perspective, Graeme engaged with a Hampshire wide audience of young people, youth workers and associated professionals, focussing on LGBT Youth Scotland’s LGBT Schools Charter of Rights.

The conference was attended by around 100 people, most of them young people looking to make a difference in their communities. Trans activist and campaigner Fox Fisher (pictured to the left), and local Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage also spoke at the event. 

Graeme highlighted key messages, themes and learning from LGBT Youth Scotland’s development of the LGBT Schools Charter of Rights. The keynote talk was incredibly well received and was followed up with workshops bringing people together to learn more from the Charter model.

Commenting on the conference, Graeme said:

“When young people can’t be themselves then they are less productive members of society. It is imperative that LGBT young people are able to be themselves in our schools and colleges, so that they can learn and develop personally, socially and emotionally to reach their full potential. During the conference I encouraged young people to get involved, speak to the attending organisations, and share their personal stories. LGBT young people themselves are best placed to articulate their needs. Their voices must be heard, and it was great to be part of a conference that helped achieve that.”

Y Services for Young People is a leading charity commissioned by Hampshire County Council to manage, plan, deliver and evaluate quality youth support services to LGBT young people in the Fareham, Gosport and Havant areas.