Newham’s young LGBT group kick off crowdfunding campaign

Dawn Bassinger of Aston Mansfield's Paris LGBT group

Dawn Bassinger of Aston Mansfield's Paris LGBT group - Credit: Archant

A group for the young gay and lesbian community in Newham is hoping to raise £6000.

The Paris group for teenage members of the LGBT community in the borough is starting a crowdfunding campaign with a football match this weekend.

The group, which currently has little funding, is run by Dawn Bassinger who works to support young people across east London and educate the wider community about homosexuality.

She said: “We want to raise awareness and also want teenagers who face problems coming out due to their surrounding environments to know that we’re here.”

One 18-year-old Paris member from Stratford, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “For me, Paris is like my family. You don’t have to worry about what you say or what you’re going to do, just be yourself – the group and the support workers all together.

“When I started college I was not the person I am now, to put it in simple words. I was really shy. The change in me has come just through Paris. Now I talk to everyone.”

The campaign will start with a charity football match between Clapton FC and Basildon United at the Old Spotted dog ground in Forest Gate at 3pm.

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The group is held on Thursdays at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Call Dawn Bassinger on 07950 490034.