I am about to commence a social media project in conjunction with LGBT Youth North West, a regional body supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) young people and LGBT Youth organisations. The project will be segmented into three key areas:

– Blog and integration with a variety of other social networking sites – Development of a blog / forum to inform people about LGBT Youth North West as well as giving a voice to the young people involved. Allowing them to contribute features/articles and make comments.

– Video – Production of video ‘advertisements’ to promote LGBT Youth North West, as well as associated groups Lesbian & Gay Youth Manchester and LIK:T. As well as ad hoc filming of events, interviews etc.

– Audio – Conducting and recording interviews across five generations regarding their experiences being a LGBT young person. The idea is to create a set of oral histories that can then be distributed as podcasts. There will also be the ongoing recording of ‘vox pops’ to assist with generating content for the blog.

A key facet of the project will be a process of engagement and consultation with the young people. In addition to ongoing training with those involved with the running of LGBT Youth North West and the sustaining the project in the long term.

Image c/o Bernt Rostad licensed under Creative Commons.