Gabe, YMCA Swansea
When Gabe first came to YMCA, we were met with a quiet and shy young man. He was facing challenges with his gender and sexuality, which led him feeling discriminated against and bullied in school. As a result, he isolated himself and had difficulty with low self-confidence.
However, over the last two years Gabe has continued to grow, develop and shine through his involvement in YMCA. Determined to help others, he has been volunteering five days a week over the past year, campaigning for LGB, Transgender and Hate Crime awareness. After thorough research, Gabe developed and wrote his own materials/resources in an effort to deliver LGB and Tran’s awareness workshops in local schools at PSE lessons and assemblies.
Gabe has also been responsible for delivering a Hate Crime workshop to schools in Swansea on behalf of the Hate Crime Team in South Wales Police, lobbied on behalf of LGBT+ rights and introduced a number of young people to the wider LGBT+ community.
Thanks to Gabe’s influence, other young people have been given the confidence to come out as LGBT+ and given them a safe space to ask questions free of judgement.