On March 7th Kirsty Williams sponsored the launch of Just Like Us' work in Wales.
Just Like Us is a charity empowering LGBT+ young people to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. Figures from Stonewall show that 86% of secondary school teachers say pupils in their schools have experienced homophobic bullying.
The event was attended by AMs, volunteers, press, charities, teachers, pupils and celebrities - including rugby referee Nigel Owens.
"As a society all of us must work together to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bulling in schools, and prevent the potentially long-term educational and emotional damage it can cause. Our pupils must be allowed to be who they are openly in a safe, school environment. Just Like Us' work taking LGBT+ role models into schools is inspirational, and I'm pleased to welcome them to Wales".
Tim Ramsey, Just Like Us CEO, said:
"Following an amazing year working with over 10,000 pupils in England we're looking forward to launching in Wales. Our student role models are just a little bit older and a little bit wiser than the kids they talk to which makes their message uniquely powerful for LGBT+ and straight pupils".
More information about Just Like Us is available at their website - http://www.justlikeus.org/
More information about the launch is here - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/waless-education-system-must-built-12699181