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OUR PRIDE PROMISE

We exist so that no child or young person has to face cancer alone. This means we exist for LGBTQIA+ young people and their families. Pride month is an opportunity for us to reflect on our progress of LGBTQIA+ inclusion at Young Lives vs Cancer.

OUR PRIDE PROMISE

We exist so that no child or young person has to face cancer alone. This means we exist for LGBTQIA+ young people and their families. Pride month is an opportunity for us to reflect on our progress of LGBTQIA+ inclusion at Young Lives vs Cancer.

WHAT IS PRIDE?

June is Pride month, a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQIA+ communities around the world. This includes those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual. It celebrates equity, visibility and community, whatever your general identity or sexual orientation may be. Pride is also an opportunity to honour the LGBTQIA+ liberation movement, and highlight the ongoing fight for rights and inclusion.

While society has come a long way, we know that across the UK LGBTQIA+ people still experience discrimination. One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime in the last 12 months, while that figure is two in five for trans people.* Sadly, the institutions in society that should protect these communities often actively produce harm or are complicit through silence.

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

We recognise our responsibility in supporting LGBTQIA+ communities. We exist so that no child or young person has to face cancer alone, which means we exist for LGBTQIA+ young people and their families. All children and young people with cancer and their families should have the same opportunities as anyone else.

Unfortunately, we know many within these communities may face extra challenges and complexities during cancer treatment and we’re here to help them face it all.

We’re committed to being a charity that truly embraces diversity and is inclusive of everyone. From staff and volunteers, to supporters and young people with cancer and their families, we aim to be an organisation where everyone feels they belong.

It is therefore important we talk and take action on LGBTQIA+ inclusion all year around. However, we recognise Pride month as a timely opportunity to reflect on our progress, to revaluate and realign our approach to LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

 

PUTTING WORDS INTO ACTION

Over the past year we’ve been focused on training our staff and volunteers to become allies and develop their knowledge on LGBTQIA+ communities. With this training our aim is to better support young people and families facing cancer, as well as better support each other within our teams.

This has included:

  • Holding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) group development sessions, focused on building our capacity to become better allies to members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Updating the resources on our staff’s online learning centre, which includes tools on how to actively support LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
  • Updating our diversity data collection methods to be more inclusive of those from the LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Launching our organisation’s DEIB strategy, encouraging staff and volunteers to act #BraveNotPerfect.

While we have taken some steps, we know this is not enough. We haven’t always got things right and we recognise that at times our actions have felt tokenistic and performative. We know we can do better. So this year we’re approaching things differently.

 

MOVING FORWARD

For our incredible teams who make all we do possible, we want to create space to hold honest conversations about the issues that affect fellow LGBTQIA+ staff and volunteers in the workplace. This includes taking time to better understand the barriers faced via our systems, policies and processes. So we’ll be devoting time and space to defining what a healthy and supportive work environment looks like for all in Team Young Lives and will commit to making that a reality.

Our promise to the children and young people with cancer and their families is to listen to what challenges those from LGBTQIA+ communities face and work hard to support them with these. In addition, we’ll be sharing our platforms for people to tell their stories authentically and with integrity, shining a light on key issues affecting the young LGBTQIA+ cancer community.

We’re taking accountability for our part in the system, and using our power and influence to promote equity for all.

 

* You can find statistics on hate crime and discrimination in the Stonewall LGBT in Britain – Hate Crime and Discrimination report.

 

WHAT IS PRIDE?

June is Pride month, a month dedicated to celebrating LGBTQIA+ communities around the world. This includes those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex or Asexual. It celebrates equity, visibility and community, whatever your general identity or sexual orientation may be. Pride is also an opportunity to honour the LGBTQIA+ liberation movement, and highlight the ongoing fight for rights and inclusion.

While society has come a long way, we know that across the UK LGBTQIA+ people still experience discrimination. One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime in the last 12 months, while that figure is two in five for trans people.* Sadly, the institutions in society that should protect these communities often actively produce harm or are complicit through silence.

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

We recognise our responsibility in supporting LGBTQIA+ communities. We exist so that no child or young person has to face cancer alone, which means we exist for LGBTQIA+ young people and their families. All children and young people with cancer and their families should have the same opportunities as anyone else.

Unfortunately, we know many within these communities may face extra challenges and complexities during cancer treatment and we’re here to help them face it all.

We’re committed to being a charity that truly embraces diversity and is inclusive of everyone. From staff and volunteers, to supporters and young people with cancer and their families, we aim to be an organisation where everyone feels they belong.

It is therefore important we talk and take action on LGBTQIA+ inclusion all year around. However, we recognise Pride month as a timely opportunity to reflect on our progress, to revaluate and realign our approach to LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

 

PUTTING WORDS INTO ACTION

Over the past year we’ve been focused on training our staff and volunteers to become allies and develop their knowledge on LGBTQIA+ communities. With this training our aim is to better support young people and families facing cancer, as well as better support each other within our teams.

This has included:

  • Holding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) group development sessions, focused on building our capacity to become better allies to members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Updating the resources on our staff’s online learning centre, which includes tools on how to actively support LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
  • Updating our diversity data collection methods to be more inclusive of those from the LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Launching our organisation’s DEIB strategy, encouraging staff and volunteers to act #BraveNotPerfect.

While we have taken some steps, we know this is not enough. We haven’t always got things right and we recognise that at times our actions have felt tokenistic and performative. We know we can do better. So this year we’re approaching things differently.

 

MOVING FORWARD

For our incredible teams who make all we do possible, we want to create space to hold honest conversations about the issues that affect fellow LGBTQIA+ staff and volunteers in the workplace. This includes taking time to better understand the barriers faced via our systems, policies and processes. So we’ll be devoting time and space to defining what a healthy and supportive work environment looks like for all in Team Young Lives and will commit to making that a reality.

Our promise to the children and young people with cancer and their families is to listen to what challenges those from LGBTQIA+ communities face and work hard to support them with these. In addition, we’ll be sharing our platforms for people to tell their stories authentically and with integrity, shining a light on key issues affecting the young LGBTQIA+ cancer community.

We’re taking accountability for our part in the system, and using our power and influence to promote equity for all.

 

* You can find statistics on hate crime and discrimination in the Stonewall LGBT in Britain – Hate Crime and Discrimination report.

 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Our Pride Promise is a key part of our wider Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging strategy.

With this as a guide, we aim to make a brave and powerful leap into changing our culture for good.

See our strategy