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Workers’ “hard graft” helps launch of national LGBT+ website

Workers in Humankind’s LGBT+ projects have played a major part in the creation of a new national website which is aimed at tackling issues faced by the LGBT community in schools.

Billijean Summerbell, LGBT+ Northeast Project Leader at Humankind, said: “After 16 months working on this fantastic project, we finally have the Rainbow Flag Award website up and running.”

She said Humankind had helped through meetings, team work and “sheer hard graft” to develop website content with national partners, Allsorts (Brighton), The Kite Trust (Cambridge) and lead organisation, The Proud Trust (Manchester).

Funded through the Department of Education, the project focuses on improving the lives of LGBT+ people, delivering training in schools and colleges, including strategies to combat bullying. It links schools and students with their local LGBT+ youth services.

Billijean said: “I am so proud of the Rainbow Flag Award and in particular the National partnership that Humankind has been a part of. My colleagues here at Humankind, Jo Dixon and Lewis Latimer, have been fantastic in the delivery of the project and worked so hard in achieving all of the targets with the schools.

Paul Townsley, Humankind Chief Executive Officer, said: Once again, Humankind is operating on a national stage to help people and communities across the country. In doing so, we constantly learn from our partners and, of course, they too gain from our own experience and knowledge. I’m very proud we have helped to establish the Rainbow Flag Awards in the UK.”

And Billijean added: “It’s been my dream to have schools discussing LGBT+ topics and this award gives teachers the confidence to challenge attitudes and the tools to create lessons that are inclusive. It’s been an honour and privilege for our service to be part of this partnership and be included in the development of this website. “