The Being Me Campaign was founded in October 2015 by Kieran Stanbridge & Tracy Shayler. Our charity is about owning and celebrating any differences you have. We believe it’s awesome to be who you are and our differences should be celebrated not suppressed. Unlike other charities, we are not restricted to a specific cause, we want everyone to feel that they can get involved and be proud of who they are.
Supported by: Kellie Maloney, YouTubers Trent Owers & Luke Shayler, Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson, BBC The Voice’s Jordan Gray, ITV Birds of a feather’s Charlie Quirke, Gogglebox Stars George, Linda and Pete Gilbey + many more.
We know many young people and adults are made to feel like an outcast on a daily basis because of a difference that makes them, them. This could be because of their sexuality, gender identity, disability, ethnicity, body type etc.
Through our website, workshops, social media channels & campaigns, we give everyone a voice to share their stories, journeys & advice to inspire others to be proud of who they are.
On Tuesday 13th June 2016, the Being Me Campaign was granted official charity status.
Registered Charity: 1167614 and on Saturday 18th June 2016 our new website launched with over 100 + stories and advice.
To learn more about our journey, please visit: http://www.beingmecampaign.com/about- us/
“As someone who experienced horrendous bullying through school, whilst also coming to terms with the fact I was gay. I know first-hand how alone you can feel, like you are the only person in the world who feels different, wishing to end your life every day because you can’t cope anymore.
I am so inspired by the incredible and diverse stories we have on our website already, and we can’t wait to feature many more. Young people and adults need to know that is ok to be different, and you should be proud of who you are. It’s not just enough to acknowledge our differences, we need to celebrate them.
Myself and Tracy maybe an unusual pairing of people to set up a charity, but I am so proud of what we have achieved over the past 8 months and am looking forward to the future!”
– Kieran Stanbridge, CEO & Founder of Being Me Campaign (Aged 20)
“I have seen first-hand the struggles young people and adults face on a daily basis because they try to suppress who they are. One being my son Luke who I supported through bullying at school, and his coming out. I know how vital it is for people to know that they’re not alone.
I have never felt that I have fitted into societies norms, living with a degenerative disability has inspired me to share my story and encourage others to share theirs. Our differences make us the people we are, but at the end of the day we are all part of one big community the human race.
Our website allows everyone to have a voice, and by bravely sharing their stories they are encouraging others to embrace and celebrate their differences.
I so proud of the amazing people who have had the courage to share their story and advice on our site already, and we look forward to showcasing many more!”
– Tracy Shayler, Chair of Trustees & Founder of Being Me Campaign (Aged 50)