As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016, this event will showcase the work and findings from the evaluation of the Selfies Project, a community arts and SRE (sex and relationships education) project that brought together professional artists with young people from a variety of LGBT youth projects in the North East. Using different art forms young LGBTQ people were provided with the opportunity to explore issues such as consent, respect, warning signs of abusive relationships, and what being a ‘good’ friend means.
A follow-up from the national roundtable discussion of LGBT-inclusive SRE that was held in Sheffield in November 2015 (organised by Prof Catherine Donovan and Eleanor Formby), this event will disseminate learning from this two-year project and discuss implications for practice and policy. The work created by LGBTQ participants in the Selfies Project will also be displayed.
We hope the audience will gain three things from the event: raised awareness about poor experiences that young LGBTQ people have of SRE in formal educational settings; greater understanding of the need for more inclusive SRE opportunities for young people; ideas about how the arts can be incorporated into SRE that is inclusive of young LGBTQ people.
Refreshments will be provided and we may be able to offer small travel subsidies for voluntary sector organisations that need it.