Who: For Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT workers who work with the LGBT and trans young people
What: The question we want to answer is: how do we BAME LGBT workers provide the right kind of service for our LGBT young people?
How do we navigate working in all white teams?
How do we ensure we are not compromising our responsibility as workers to young people?
How do we support ourselves and each other?
As BAME LGBT people, our experiences are different - we are at the intersections of identities that are often left out of the conversations on equality and justice. We experience sexism and racism in addition homo/bi/trans-phobia. These parts of oppression are all linked.
As professionals and working in teams, our experiences are often overlooked, tokenised and challenged. We are often the only BAME person in a team, and very often the only BAME LGBT person an organisation or even city will know.
This puts us in a tricky position where our experience is desired by professionals but our duty is supporting LGBT youth. We want this to be the first step in creating a work and support network of BAME LGBT youth workers where we can share information and best practice, support each other, collaborate on events and campaigns, and so on.