Young people in the North East are to benefit from a new project which has been launched in parliament in support of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
School pupils addressed the Education Secretary and other politicians ahead of the first ever School Diversity Week.
It has been organised by the Just Like Us charity to celebrate diversity and tackle homophobic bullying in the classroom.
Robin Casey and Angus Wood from the Crossley Heath School said the project was important because it will make LGBT pupils feel more confident in coming out and being who they are. They say the world is changing and that as a society we are becoming more accepting of the LGBT community.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said we are reminded by the terrible events of Orlando that hate-filled crime still exists against LGBT people.
She says if they are worrying about being bullied or being too scared to go to school, they will not be getting the education the government wants them to have.