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Posters include the captions: ‘I love my two mums

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Children’s charity Barnardo’s is rolling out a ‘Safe Zone’ poster campaign to champion the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) service users, volunteers and staff.

The Government estimates that between 5 and 7 per cent of the population is lesbian, gay or bisexual. As Barnardo’s works with 100,000 children, young people and families each year and has 20,000 volunteers and staff, that translates to 6,000 service users and more than 1.200 volunteers and staff.

The charity has produced a series of striking posters which will be displayed in its projects and offices to promote the ‘Safe Zone’ campaign.

Barnardo’s chief executive Martin Narey said: ‘For every fifteen service users who walk through our doors, one of them is likely to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual and we need to make sure we are meeting their needs. Although the attitude of society has changed dramatically in recent years, we know that many adults and young people still feel they need to hide their sexuality.

‘Whether or not someone is open about sexuality we want them to feel valued by Barnardo’s and reassured that they are in a ‘Safe Zone’. One way in which we can do this is by increasing the visibility of LGBT staff and service users through our poster campaign so that each individual service user, volunteer or staff member feels included.’

The ‘Safe Zone’ initiative is part of Barnardo’s corporate Equality and Diversity strategy and it has the full support of the senior management team. Martin Narey appears in one of the poster along with a colleague Janice Hawke and the caption: ‘I’m gay – he’s straight. We are both proud to work here.’

Other posters include the captions: ‘I love my two mums.’; ‘This is my transsexual foster daughter. I am so proud of her.’; ‘This is an LGBT safe zone for children, young people and families.’

Press Release: Barnardos


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