Just Like Us is an incredible charity – they work with children and their families to promote positivity regarding LGBTQ+ identity. Just this week during workplace pride, Just Like Us taught us how they ‘call each other in’ instead of ‘out’’ when they slip up; there is enough ostracisation and marginalisation happening in society that it doesn’t need to happen amongst team members flying the same flag. This speaks volumes about their positive and uplifting charity.
Something else Just Like Us does just right is School Diversity Week. School Diversity Week is an annual event organised amongst schools and colleges, nationwide to educate young people about the LGBTQ+ community and help young LGBTQ+ people feel accepted and understood.
This year's event takes place between 21st to the 25th of June.
School Diversity Week is absolutely not about excluding any other young people; many young people are scared to come out and this week can provide them the tools and confidence they need to be themselves. However, it’s also about acceptance of all. Discrimination is learned behaviour and if in school, young people are taught to accept, this can mean positive change for the next generation of LGBTQ+ people.
Whilst Just Like Us is dedicated to improving the opportunities and lives of young LGBTQ+ people, Diversity Week can also be celebrated in your university, workplace or household. It goes beyond the LGBTQ+ community and can be applied to all under-represented groups who struggle with discrimination, harassment, bullying, violence, isolation and low mental health that overlooked groups are proven to have suffered from most over lockdown (ONS, Just Like Us).
The Just Like Us mission is simple: make young LGBTQ+ lives better. We can all play a part in that just by paying attention and letting them know we love them. We love the work Just Like Us do and wish them the very best for this week.
You can sign up here: https://jlu.force.com/s/school-diversity-week-signup