May 17th 2016 marks the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

There are activities across the globe today when we draw attention to the violence and discrimination that against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBT+) people face internationally.

Step Forward is a charity which offers a place of sanctuary for all local young people. We are proud to be part of the local and regional activities to stand up against discrimination and celebrate sexual and gender diversity and promote wellbeing.

Our CEO Jennifer was invited to a LGBT Reception at No 10 Downing Street yesterday by the Prime Minister David Cameron.  The reception bought influential LGBTQ people together to recognise the role the UK has had in promoting rights for LGBT+ people both in our country and internationally; recognising  ways in which we can all work together to keep challenging discrimination and promoting diversity.

In Tower Hamlets, our Mayor John Biggs led the way this week in signing a pledge, which we have agreed to, laying out the councils, police, and local charities commitment to equality and ending bullying harassment and discrimination.

Step Forward is running our Step Out LGBT+ group this week as usual but will also be attending and contributing to an event aimed at LGBT+ young people and their allies on Thursday 19th May in Bethnal Green.

We hope that all young LGBT+ young people are able to proud of who they are and who they love each and every day.  We all deserve to live in a world free from stigma and discrimination and we are committed to help make that happen.