As part of a year-long campaign, The Diana Award teamed up with the West End hit show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie for a special performance.
The hit musical – which is based on the real-life story of Jamie Campbell who pushed boundaries at school to achieve his dream of becoming a drag queen – has joined forces with the anti-bullying charity to highlight that every young person should feel accepted within their school community.
Jamie Campbell and Anneka Rice
Alex Holmes, Deputy CEO, The Diana Award said: “Nearly half of secondary school students have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards being LGBTQ+ and 45 per cent of young people have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative about race or skin colour, which is why we are delighted to kick off a year-long partnership with hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
“The play encourages everyone, particularly young people, to be themselves and educates the audience about the power of language and the need to celebrate difference.
“This is at the heart of our work training young people to be Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Sadly, we know at the charity The Diana Award that school can be a place where young people don't feel accepted and are targeted for their identity.
“We are calling on schools to do more this Anti-Bullying Week to tackle all forms of bullying, particularly in light of this research.”
Carrie and Talia Grant
Jamie Campbell added: “We shouldn’t have to live in a world where bullying exists and the best way to tackle it is through education.
“Charities like The Diana Award and their Anti-Bullying programme and campaign do great work in raising the self-esteem of individuals and it is an honour to be working with this charity.”
Last week, the show held a special performance to mark the start of their year-long campaign and saw the likes of Sinitta, Harry Derbridge and Matt Evers and Carrie Grant attending the show.
Jamie Campbell and Tessy Ojo