Liverpool-based Comics Youth CIC has just launched a brand-new project, LGBT+ Me – an independent comics label for young people aged 8-13, specifically devoted to educating, raising awareness, and tackling stigma associated with being an LGBTQIA young person in today’s society. They’re now looking to recruit people for a Youth Steering Group to support it.
Founded in 2015, Comics Youth is a non-profit organisation dedicated to platforming the voices of marginalised young people between the ages of 8 to 25 through comics, zines, and other art and literature. Its young beneficiaries include disadvantaged and vulnerable young people who often find their struggles, identities and experiences to be diminished by mainstream society.
Comics Youth offers these young people a creative pathway with which to articulate their feelings and provide a supportive and inclusive platform from which they can be heard and celebrated. Their aim is to empower youth across the Liverpool City region to flourish from the margins: harnessing their own narratives, developing the confidence and resilience to succeed on their own path and to be inspired to become catalysts of change within their community.
Its National Comics label aims to educate parents, guardians, and the wider community on how to better support the mental health of LGBTQIA youth from escalating.
At its heart, LGBT+Me seeks to embed young people with lived experiences of marginalisation, bullying and mental ill-health to work with each other and their families to create a paradigm shift in publishing and diversify representation in print and digital media.
To make this a reality, Comics Youth CIC are currently recruiting an LGBTQIA+ Adult’s Steering Group to help guide LGBT+Me publication work and place the voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer lived experience at the heart of each publication.
The project will also be supported by a separate Youth Steering Group.
“We believe a blended model will ensure that our content is as culturally sensitive and responsive as possible,” says Rhiannon Mair Griffiths, representing the organisation.
The Steering Group will meet x5 times in the next 12 months (x1 meeting to get to know one another). Each meeting will be one hour in length and hosted via Microsoft Teams.
• The deadline for this application is 12:59pm on Friday 19th February. Please send a copy of the attached application and equalities form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comics Youth CIC explicitly encourage applications from LGBTQ+ people of faith, people of colour and/or Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic people, people who are migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, D/deaf people, as well as people with disabilities, long-term health conditions, learning differences, impairments, and neurodivergence