The first ever youth festival for LGBTQ+ young people of colour is being held this February in Birmingham. A ‘free to attend’ event, the COLOURS Youth Festival aims to bring together, centre and celebrate LGBTQ+ young people of colour in its inaugural edition. So why should LGBT+ young people of colour come along for the day?
1. To feel a sense of solidarity and security.
A space run by and for LGBTQ+ people of colour means a lot. Young people at previous events have said: “I feel very safe. I’m constantly relaxed. My experiences aren’t questioned because they are immediately understood. We’re able to show solidarity toward each other, and make each other feel wanted; like there is a space to be whoever you are. Feeling comfortable knowing that you are with people like you.”
2. It caters for LGBT+ people of colour from ages 16-25
If you’re between 13-15 you can attend the festive if you come along with your youth group.
3. It’s hosted in the countries 2nd City, Birmingham!
We’re so excited that The Proud Trust have agreed to host this day-festival in Birmingham. Many LGBTQ+ people of colour have expressed that they need to leave the city and move to the capital to find others like them. We want to say to young LGBT+ people of Birmingham and across the UK, ‘you’re not alone and here’s a day to celebrate your identity!’ The day is lead by LGBTQ+ BAME youth workers and hosted by Birmingham City University in the heart of the city at Millennium point.
4. To have a day of stalls, workshops and performances centred around your identity and experience
Visibility of LGBT+ people of colour is growing but is still not where it should be in 2018, people of colour are still vastly underrepresented within LGBT+ spaces and communities. Having LGBT+ spaces that centre around us and our identities is a rare experience for people of colour and we are so excited to be hosting this space just for young people colour to meet and connect with others from not just their cities but from around the UK!
5. It’s Free!
There are a limited number of travel bursaries available for those travelling from outside of Birmingham. Supported by UK Black Pride and Stonewall.
CYN is run by LGBT+ people of colour working with young people around the UK. The network seeks to create opportunities for LGBT+ young people of colour to meet, build social and support networks, friendships and family and to provide spaces to explore and celebrate identity. CYN also exists to support youth workers, providing a supportive platform to develop best practice. COLOURS Youth Network currently includes youth workers from The Proud Trust, Bradford Youth Service, Gendered Intelligence and UNMUTEDBrum.
The Proud Trust is a life-saving and life-enhancing organisation that helps young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. Their work takes place through LGBT+ youth groups, peer support, managing the LGBT Centre for Manchester, delivering training and events, campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.
Free tickets are available on Eventbrite. You can contact Chloe Cousins on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07519814905 with any questions you have about the day.