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Posted On: 5th Jan 2016

LGBT Support Fix On ITV

Fixer Jo-James
Jo-James in the broadcast film
Andrew Gilliver, LGBT Foundation

‘Realising I was meant to be a man left me with mixed emotions. I was both happy and confused. It was easier when I was younger as there was a support network there. But now I’m older, there isn’t really anything in my local area.’

Jo-James Booth from Sowerby Bridge in Calderdale wants to see greater support for adult members of the LGBT community.

His story was broadcast on ITV News Calendar on Thursday 7th January.

In the TV piece, the 25-year-old speaks about his transition from female to male and highlights the need for LGBT people of all ages to be able to get together and share experiences.

‘The key message is that adult LGBT people shouldn’t be forgotten,’ explains Jo-James.

‘Especially in rural communities, there should be the option for us all to meet up and support each other.

‘When I first started transitioning, I found there was an LGBT youth group which was brilliant. But once I hit 21 or 22, I felt a bit out of place.'

 

 

With Fixers, Jo-James has helped to create a website called Building Blocks LGBT Support.

 

It's aim is to offer help, share experiences and personal stories and to build a community of LGBT individuals who live in rural areas.

 

Click below to visit the website.

 

 

Andrew Gilliver from the LGBT Foundation features in the broadcast in support of Jo-James’ campaign.

‘I think there’s a lack of support and a lack of awareness of the need for support for LGBT people everywhere,’ Andrew says.

‘We need people in our community to say “I need support, people like me need support, I’m going to set it up, please come and support me.”


‘It’s fantastic and we need to give credit and make sure we promote this.’

Jo-James adds: ‘Being able to help people to get what they need through this project would mean the world to me.

‘To be able to help people makes me happy.’

 

Jo-James' project was supported by the Wellcome Trust.

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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