Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall UK said: ‘It was a pleasure to attend and speak at SAYiT’s Developing Future LGBT+ Leaders Conference in Sheffield last week. Empowering young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to take action in their communities and workplaces is crucial to building a more inclusive society. People perform better when they can be themselves, so it was great SAYiT was able to bring together teachers, youth workers, health care workers, parents, and students in support of future LGBT+ leaders.’
CEO of SAYiT, Steve Slack said; ‘We were delighted when Ruth Hunt accepted our invitation to speak at the conference. Ruth delivered a very personal and inspiring keynote speech outlining her own growth as a leader and of the importance of authenticity and openness – in spite of the struggles many of us face to be open and honest to ourselves and to others.
‘We know that many LGBT+ young people still face numerous challenges due to bullying, rejection and discrimination and as a result are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. As an organisation we feel it is important for young LGBT+ people do not see themselves as victims but begin to feel more empowered to highlight and challenge any inequalities they may face and experience’.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: ‘As a council we have always been very proud of our track record in supporting LGBT young people in the city. LGBT+ rights are not special rights but human rights. We have always been committed to improving the lives and attainment of all young people in this diverse city of ours, ensuring that all young people reach their full potential. We were delighted to support this conference organised by SAYiT.’