Members of H&F’s LGBTQ+ community shared moving stories of the impact we can all have on each others’ lives at an event marking National Coming Out Day.
The event was organised by H&F’s Youth Council and attended by about 50 people. Many said they were moved and inspired by the passionate young people and all they’re doing to create a more accepting society.
LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning) + others.
“Hammersmith & Fulham celebrates and cherishes the community and is trying to make the lives of the LGBTQ+ society easier,” said H&F Youth Council member Scarlett Knowles at the event.
“To have a loving, accepting and cherishing community is what we are aiming for.
“Create conversations that challenge discrimination, join societies that fight for equality and be yourself through and through, and help others be that too. Everyone should be able to love anyone regardless of the gender or who they are.”
People shared their experiences of being part of the LGBTQ+ community at the event on Tuesday 16 October. They included youth council member Cas Bradbeer, who is transgender, and who screened who screened their video about their experience and what it is to be LGBTQ+.
There was a presentation by a student who set up a spectrum society at her school in Chiswick. A spectrum society is an LGBTQ+ safe place where anyone (LGBTQ+ or not) can come to find support, make friends and join in debates and discussions. H&F Youth Council is working to create these in H&F as part of its manifesto.
VIDEO: H&F Youth Council 2018 manifesto
“I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone for one of the most inspirational events I have had the pleasure to host,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
“It was truly amazing and moving. This is just the beginning of how we can support those on their journey."
Those attending said how the discussions gave them valuable insight - from the terminology to a deeper knowledge of the discrimination people face. They said it showed just how important events like these are.
People left heartfelt accounts of the way the event had touched them.
One person, said: “I came out in the year 2000 when I was 29. I was married with two young children so this wasn’t easy.
“I fell in love with my gay best friend who is now my wife. My children suffered bullying at school.
“I would have loved their school to have a youth council member who could have supported them. I think that you are wonderful- well done!”
You can find out more about the work of H&F Youth Council here.
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