LGBT+ North East is part of Humankind.
We’ve been supporting young LGBT+ people and their families across the region since 2006.
We believe it’s important for all LGBT+ young people to have access to stable and welcoming support to enable them to improve their emotional well being and reach their full potential.
Our project works with young people and their families to offer advice, information and guidance as well as access to activities, events and groups.
Meet the team
Billijean Summerbell – LGBT North East Project Leader
Preferred name Billi/Bea Pronouns She/Her
I am the project leader and responsible for looking for and developing new opportunities, funding, reports, and managing the team of fantastic workers across four projects.
I am passionate about helping young people in particular from isolated areas who are needing to connect with LGBT+ services in accessing advice, support and making new friends.
I am very proud of the Rainbow Flag Award and working with some amazing LGBT+ UK organisations and schools. #PROUD moment as when I was younger we still had section 28 in play (I know, I know I don’t look that old ha!)
Favourite Food Dim Sum Dim Sum and more …. Dim sum
Favourite Hobby Walking in the Mountains, music and Laughing
Favourite City Durham, of course (can’t beat walking round the river any time of the year)
Jo Dixon – LGBT Durham Project Worker County Durham and Rainbow Flag Coordinator
Preferred name Jo Pronouns She/ Her
I support LGBT+ young people who live in County Durham and are 15-25 years old. I deliver one to one sessions, family support, peer support groups and activities. I am also a facilitator for the Rainbow Flag Award delivering training to Primary, Secondary Schools and Colleges around LGBT+ inclusion. The best part of my job is watching young people grow in confidence and make new friends.
Favourite Food Chicken parmo
Favourite Hobby Trying different restaurants and watching Netflix
Favourite City York
Steph Wingfield – Young LGBT Project Worker County Durham
Preferred Name Steph Pronouns She/Her
I support young people between 11 and 14 around their gender identity and sexual orientation all over County Durham. We mostly receive referrals from CAMHS and school SENCOs
A lot of the young people I meet are struggling with their emotions and need to feel they can trust someone. My role is to be non-judgmental and to help people to build their confidence and self-esteem. I arrange home and school visits to carry out assessments and person centred care plan reviews
I work closely with parents and schools to promote inclusion and information about LGBT related issues such as bullying and isolation
We run regular group activities for young people and their families which is proving to be very beneficial for all involved
The best part of my job is to see young people and their families become happier. It makes me feel very proud and privileged to be a part of that
Favourite Food Anything but cauliflower! I particularly like seafood, especially scallops and mussels. Crème Brulee is my favourite dessert
Favourite Hobbies I like to get out and about visiting new places and meeting new people. I spend most of my spare time with family and friends and like to go the cinema
Favourite City Barcelona – the art work and architecture there is fantastic, especially at Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia
Lewis Latimer – Gender Identity Project Worker Newcastle
Preferred Name Lewis Pronouns He/Him
I have worked for LGBT North East for five years, on the gender identity support service with young trans people and their families.
My current role is on the LGBT Newcastle project where I support young people aged 11-25.
I’m involved with the LGBTQ peer support and activity groups and provide 1:1 and family support.
Favourite Food Roast Potatoes
Favourite Hobby Reading
Favourite City Berlin
Kate Alexander -Sessional worker