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To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Bi-phobia and Transphobia, Vodafone UK made a generous donation towards our #KennyLives campaign - a campaign which aims to send a copy of our latest LGBT+ inclusive book to every UK primary school.
"Our work aims to help create a more accepting society for future generations by combating LGBT+ related prejudice as soon as possible," Pop'n'Olly Director, Olly Pike, told Vodafone UK News.
"My videos and stories include families with two mums or two dads, bisexual and transgender characters, because that is the reality of modern Britain. LGBT+ related bullying is the most common form of bullying found in UK schools; LGBT+ young people are far more likely to self-harm, and sadly they are far more likely to make an attempt at ending their own life."
At the beginning of the UK lockdown, BBC News reported that some people from the LGBT+ community were forced to isolate with relatives who didn’t approve of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Others who have come out to their work colleagues, but not their families, are finding it more difficult to be themselves while at home.
According to the charity Stonewall, for some LGBT+ people, the risks of homelessness, insecure employment, restricted access to healthcare and other inequalities have deepened during the lockdown period.
We want to say a MASSIVE thank you to Vodafone for supporting our continued work to help combat discrimination against the LGBT+ community by championing LGBT+ inclusive education.